Juglot

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Juglot
Village
Juglot is located in Karakoram
Juglot
Juglot
Coordinates: 35°41′06″N 74°37′26″E / 35.68500°N 74.62389°E / 35.68500; 74.62389Coordinates: 35°41′06″N 74°37′26″E / 35.68500°N 74.62389°E / 35.68500; 74.62389
Country  Pakistan
Region Gilgit-Baltistan
Division Gilgit Division
District Gilgit District
Elevation 1,988 m (6,522 ft)
Population 27,000
Time zone PST (UTC+5)
Website Jaglot Travel Guide

Juglot or Jaglot is a town in Gilgit District, Pakistan, situated 45 km south east of Gilgit on the Karakoram Highway. It is located at the junction of three mountain ranges, the Kurrakuram, Hindukush, and Himalayas. It is also a junction point between Skardu and Gilgit. The road to Skardu branches off about six kilometres towards Gilgit.

History[edit]

Historically, Juglot was strategically important as it lay along the route linking British India to China via Kashmir . Bunji, the historical garrison of the army of the Maharaja of Kashmir, is situated across the River Indus. The struggle for Kashmir's independence from the Sikh Manharaja of Kashmir also originated in Juglot.

Even today, Juglot is the most important logistic base for the Pakistan Army. It gained this importance from the 1984 war in Siachin, which became the highest battleground in the world. Much of the development of Juglot is a result of the Army's presence.

Resources[edit]

Juglot is located in a fertile valley with rich natural resources. It is one of the business hubs of the Northern Areas because all six districts have access through Juglot. The town also contains the largest oil, wheat and flour depots for the Northern Areas. It has independent power generation facilities and sufficient electric power to attract a number of flour mills and marble plants. Even artisanal gold panning in the Indus river is still carried out by a tribe known as the Soniwals (gold hunters).

Villages[edit]

Juglot contains fifteen villages which include:

  • Damote (also known as shahot, kot, barmas, Gushot, bargin), which features meadows for summer animal grazing;
  • Chakarkot (also known as Zarot, Sabil, Shumrote, Jagot);
  • Gasho Pahote, which is the seringaty for animal grazing and boasts a stock of trout in the twin rivers;
  • Manote the only village with a majority of Yashkuns (ethnic group).

Inhabitants[edit]

The people of Juglot are tribal in nature, and have a reputation as hard-working and devout Muslims. The population of Juglot, including the suburbs, is approximately 45,000 in 3200 houses, with an education rate of 48%.[citation needed]

The tribal mix consists of some well known sub-castes of shin which includes the Koliwal shin Chilliskhel and Gabarkhel known as Kuloche.30% Shin Juvay, Madiyay, Shaiday, Manay, Buday, Dimsay, shumoray, Yodnay, Darkhany, Matchakay.23% Yashkun Shukatay, Manay, Jatary, Gagray, Lalbakay, Kutry, Sabilchey, Jagotee etc. The rest of population belong to minority tribal groups like Karamin the oldest Inferior occupy major political balance of the area. The Kashmiris particularly Mir clan occupy a major area.

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