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Baltit Fort, Karimabad

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Survey the scenery from the upper terrace of Baltit Fort, an ancient clifftop fortress. In 1996, the fort became a museum, exhibiting artifacts belonging to Mir of Hunza and providing an overview of the historical heritage and culture of Hunza. On the ground floor, see the fort's storage chambers, then proceed to the large open hall on the first floor. Continue to the second floor, which contains an audience hall the quarters of those who used to live here. From the fort's terrace you can enjoy sweeping views of Rakaposhi. You have to climb up to the fort by foot, taking a path which will lead you along cobbled streets lined with old houses and stores, giving you a taste of the local lifestyle. The shops sell local crafts, embroidery, jewelry, and handmade items. To visit Baltit Fort and get the most from your holiday in Karimabad, create itinerary details personal to you using our Karimabad itinerary builder.
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  • The Baltit Fort is located high on a hill above Karimabad, the peaceful Center of the Ismailis. So is called or was called earlier, before the city was renamed after Prince Karim Aga Khan, the leader of the Shia Ismaili Karimabad. He lives not here but on the Lake of Geneva, which I don't quite understand that, because I like better the Hunza Valley. The 700 year old and many times remodeled Fort bears a distant resemblance to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, is however not nearly as formidable. It was renovated at the end of the last century in a reconstruction program, with the necessary funds development network have been provided mainly by the Aga Khan. It is open as a museum visitors to understand and offers excellent views over the intensively cultivated Valley with views of the surrounding 7000, under which the rakaposhi forms the dominant massif. A narrow path along an irrigation canal in the steep lateral Valley behind Baltit leads to the so-called "Glade of fairy tales" with a fantastic mountain scenario. There are numerous areas where traditional use and art objects are exhibited in the Fort itself. The save-view is impressive and offers many excellent photo motifs depending on the lighting conditions.
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  • Great views from the fort, brilliant guide with very high level of English & great knowledge. A must do if you are in Hunza! 
  • A good walk up the cobblestone road up to the fort. I got a nice view of Hunza Valley and Karimabad and the villages below. And you get to take a photo with the famous guard at the fort. You won't mis...  more »
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  • The 750+ years old fort depicts the traditional Tibetan and Balti architectural heritage. The fort is now a museum open for all for visiting. Traditional events like Bofao and Ginani are also held at the fort. The best thing about the fort is that unlike many other forts in the regions, it has a great variety of antiques and equipment of olden days displayed inside the fort.
  • It gives you best view of Hunza. A must visit destination
  • Wonderfully restored and maintained, the guided tours are great. You learn so much history about the fort, the area and the people.
  • The beauty of Baltit Fort can be traced to over seven hundred 700 years ago. 2800 meters above see level. Built in eleventh century on smit of a mountain, made of stones, wood and clay .
  • almost 800 years old historic fort. must visit place