Gilgit Valley has been the trade center of the region for centuries. It is the capital town and administrative center of the province of Gilgit-Baltistan. The area is fed by waters of the Hunza, Ghizer, and Indus rivers along with several of their tributaries. Gilgit has also been an important city on the historical Silk Route, facilitating religions to spread across trans boundaries. Shina is the language spoken in Gilgit while English and Urdu are widely spoken in the region. Of particular note, Naltar is a picturesque Greenland surrounded by high peaks with accessible glacial lakes, perfect resorts for winter skiing.
Furthermore, Kargah valley is only a 10km distance from Gilgit with Kargah Buddha a rock wall carved Buddha dating back to the 8th century AD, and ruins of a Buddhist monastery and Stupa. Other valleys include Danyore, Bagrot, Nomal, and Oshikhandas.