At an altitude of about 4,900 feet and 365 miles away from Rawalpindi lies the picturesque Gilgit Valley. One of the finest tourist destinations in Pakistan, Gilgit witnesses the flow of tourists year round. This unique little town of Gilgit is blessed with spectacular beauty. The peak tourist season is from May to mid-October nevertheless, tourists keep pouring in all year round. The maximum temperature in May is 33 C whereas the minimum goes down to 16 C, while in September, temperatures show a maximum 28 C and a minimum of 11 C. Though the tourist season is from May to October, one can see tourists in Gilgit through out the year.
Gilgit is not only about beautiful scenic views, but the valley has a number of historic places as well that you can visit. At one point of time in history, Buddhism was the way of life in this region as one come across a number monuments and symbols associated with the life of the Buddha. About 10 kilometres from Gilgit, there is the Buddha sculpture carved out of stone. Just nearby is the game sanctuary Kragah Nala. Kragah Nalla is wonderful for trekking.
Taj Mughal, built some 700 years ago, is another monument that you can visit. The monument is located about 30 kilometres from Gilgit town.
Sher Qilla, about 40 kilometres from Gilgit is another place that you can visit on your tour to Gilgit Valley. Other places of interest include Gahkuch (ideal for trekking and fishing) and Nalter Valley, which is about three hours drive from Gilgit.
Those interested in Polo can chalk out their tour in the month of November. Every year a polo tournament is held from 1st November to 7th November. Gilgit Valley is fine tourist destination for trekking and fishing. Trout fishing can be done at Kargah Nullah, which is just 10 kilometres from Gilgit, Singal (56 km), Phandar (117 km) and Gakuh (73 km). Gilgit is a key transit point for trekkers because of its location between Chitral and Baltistan and just South of Hunza. Gilgit is the best place to start exploring the region which has some of the best mountain scenery in the world.
Gilgit is well connected by air with Islamabad (weather dependent) and by road with Islamabad/Rawalpindi, Skardu and Chitral. You can take a flight to Gilgit from the capital of the country and reach Gilgit The airport at Gilgit is just a mile away from the main bazaar and you can take mini-vans or some other vehicle to reach Gilgit town