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When someone talks about the world’s most beautiful and spectacular views, you will definitely hear about the Hunza valley of Pakistan. Although nature has bestowed Pakistan with stunning views and natural landscape, no one can deny how beautiful this part of the world is. This article will give you a complete insight about Hunza aka heaven on the earth.
Hunza – A hidden jewel in the world, is located in the Gilgit Baltistan region of Pakistan. This beautiful valley is near the Hunza river, and you can view one of the top peaks such as Rakaposhi, Ladyfinger, Hunza Peak and Ultar Sar. Hunza is at the elevation of 7,999 ft, and the valley covers an area of about 7900 sq.km. Geographically, there are three parts of Hunza, i.e., Upper Hunza, Central Hunza and Lower Hunza. To reach Hunza, you can either take a flight of 2-3 hours from Islamabad or take a 24-hours bus from Islamabad.
People of Hunza spend simply life away from the modern world. They are the most educated people in Pakistan with the literacy rate of 95%. They speak fluent English language, and they are incredibly hospital. These honest people don’t rip you off, but instead, you will inspire enough to tip them. They remain strong and hardworking in the old age. People are Hunza speak three main language – language changes when you move from lower to central or central to upper Hunza. These people love their old traditions and transfer these norms and values to the next generations.
Nature has blessed Hunza with enormous beauty and wonderful nature. It has so many beautiful places to visit. Following are the places that should be in your list when you are in Hunza.
Hunza people usually live for more than 100 years. The secret behind their longevity is their diet, and others is a healthy environment. They breathe in the fresh air, and there are not any air pollutants. They drink clean water from water springs. Hunza valley is surrounded by mountains and has very rough terrain. Hunza people have to climb the mountains and navigate through the rocky passages. They have to go too far areas to bring wood and for cultivation purposes. Indirectly they remain physically active the whole day. This is again a big reason for their longevity.
Hunza people consume a mostly raw and plant-based diet. There are trees of apricots, cherries, grapes, plums, and peaches in Hunza valley. Hunza people love to consume these fruits. Hunza people also consume grains in limited amounts such as wheat, barley, and millet. They used to make chapatti (traditional bread) by mixing apricot flour and wheat flour.
Eating raw fruits doesn’t mean Hunza people don’t cook food. Here are some famous dishes from their cosine.
Hunza is a cancer-free region, and it is again an interesting fact. Some people consider it a myth, but there is omen logic behind it. One is, breathing in a fresh smoke-free environment, and dither is the use of raw fruits, especially apricot. Apricot seeds contain vitamin B12 and which has anti-cancer properties. Usually, the doctor advised consuming apricot and nut from its seeds too. There are many other products of apricot such as apricot oil, jam and even soap too.
Hunza people are also known for their smiley faces, and some researches call them the happiest people in the universe. They are leading a simple life from thee glim and glitz of modern life, but they are happy and contented. I think this contentment also plays a vital role in their longevity.
Hunza is also famous for its apricot and cherry blossom in the spring season. This is one of the ideal times to visit Hunza valley to sight mesmerizing views of the valley. In the spring season, fruit trees erupt with different blossoms, and the whole valley looks like a wonderland. Blooms start with almond trees and then followed by apricot and cherry blossom. Usually, blossom starts at the end of March and prevails till the end of April. The best time to the vast valley is the start of the blossom season, as you can sight spectacular views of blossom.
Hunza is heaven on earth and a place worth visit. You can’t consider yourself a passionate traveler until you don’t visit Hunza (Pakistan). There is also a need to learn some life lessons from form Hunza people such as consume raw fruit, live a simple life, and keep themselves physically active to live longer and safe from diseases.
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7 July 2020 6 min. Muhammad
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