Baltit Fort

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Baltit Fort
قلعہ بلتت
Baltit fort, Hunza Valley.jpg
Once the seat of the Hunza kingdom, Baltit Fort is now one of the Hunza Valley's most iconic sights
Baltit Fort is located in Gilgit Baltistan
Baltit Fort
Baltit Fort is located in Pakistan
Baltit Fort
General information
Town or cityKarimabad
CountryGilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
Coordinates36°19′32″N 74°40′11″E / 36.325556°N 74.669722°E / 36.325556; 74.669722Coordinates: 36°19′32″N 74°40′11″E / 36.325556°N 74.669722°E / 36.325556; 74.669722

Baltit Fort (Urdu: قلعہ بلتت) is a fort in the Hunza valley, near the town of Karimabad, in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of northern Pakistan. Founded in the 8th century CE, it has been on the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative list since 2004.[1]

The Mirs of Hunza abandoned the fort in 1945, and moved to a new palace down the hill. The fort started to decay which caused concern that it might possibly fall into ruin. Following a survey by the Royal Geographical Society of London a restoration programme was initiated and supported by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture Historic Cities Support Programme. The programme was completed in 1996 and the fort is now a museum run by the Baltit Heritage Trust.[2]

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Bibliography[edit]

  • Biddulph John, Tribes of Hindoo Koosh, The Superintendent of Government Printing-Calcutta, India 1880, Reprint: Ali Kamran Publishers, Lahore-Pakistan, 1995.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Baltit Fort UNESCO Tentative List - official website. Retrieved 05 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Baltit Fort | Pakistan Tourism Portal". paktourismportal.com. Retrieved 6 August 2022.
  3. ^ Baker, Aryn (27 June 2005). "Best of Asia: Baltit Fort Hunza Valley, India". Time Asia. Archived from the original on 12 September 2005. Retrieved 11 December 2006.

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