Gilgit Baltistan-Hunza has so much to offer that you cannot imagine. It has so many hidden gems, the region is so rich in culture, traditions and has a very strong position in the history. As it lies on the old trade route which is know as the silk road. This region was the main hub of the trade, this is why it’s culture links to many different tribes.
There is so much to talk about Hunza and the gems it has to offer but in this we will get in detail about Altit Fort Hunza. The marvels structure is one of its kind and thing that surprises the most is that fort is 800 years old, with stand many earth quake, wars and still young.
On my last visit to Altit Fort Hunza, I was surprised and disappointed at the same time as one of the local guide “Javaid” at Altit Fort told me that there was actually 4 to 5 more small forts around Altit Fort originally, all completely gone due to lack of maintenance and the people living around Altit Fort did not took care or you can say the people who had the power at that time did not take it seriously. They did not know the value of what they had, they did realized their mistake and took full responsibility of what was left and as a whole community they are working now to uplift their region.
It has also been the capital of Hunza, but due to a dispute between the two brothers of the royal family, another fort came into being the Baltit Fort which is on UNSECO World Heritage Tentative list since 2004 and a wonderful piece of structure, which is also around 500 years old.
As the main purpose of the Altit Fort was to keep an eye on the valley from enemy entering in this region, you do not understand how well it served it’s purpose until you get on top of the Fort. It provides complete 360 view of the valley, which helped a lot during the time of war’s as many Chinese and Russian forces tried to overtake but could not succeed due to forts design and positioning.
During the British Raj in subcontinent some additions were made like 3 to 4 rooms and corridor was constructed and integrated in the fort for delegates that came to check their last post to secure the region as they had a doubt that Russians may enter in subcontinent from this side. You can see the pictures hanging in the corridor of the fort.
People living in the surrounding of the fort are very friendly welcoming and offer whatever little they have. You will be surprised that the literacy rate of this region is higher than Punjab, Pakistan and this is helping very much in the development of Hunza.