Reasons To Visit Gilgit
Gilgit is the capital of the province of Gilgit-Baltistan in Pakistan and a popular base for travelers looking to explore the Pakistani Himalayan region. With its stunning natural landscapes Gilgit-Baltistan is one of the world’s leading destinations for mountaineering and hiking enthusiasts, while the city of Gilgit itself can also be an interesting place where locals and travelers meet and mingle. Besides venturing out into the wilderness on foot, that are many more outdoor activities to embark upon in the region such as mountain biking, fishing and boating, or you may want to take in the scenery from the air on a scenic aviation trip.
Arriving In Gilgit
Gilgit Airport is located just 2 km from the city of Gilgit and currently handles regular flights from Islamabad with Pakistan International Airlines. Travelers looking to catch flights from the UAE to Gilgit will not find any direct flights available, but it is easily possible to fly into Islamabad directly from the UAE before transferring onwards to Gilgit.
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Gilgit Travel Information
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UAE nationals traveling to Pakistan will have to have a visa, so send off an application with plenty of time to spare before your journey. However, those traveling to the country on business will be able to get a business visa upon arrival. In Gilgit temperatures can get rather hot during the summer with average highs of around 35 degrees from June until August, although it soon gets cold with the onset of winter so you will need to bring warm clothing with you if you visit during the winter period. The currency used in Pakistan is the Pakistani rupee, while you will need to put your clocks forward by just one hour to get on local time.
If you're thinking of exploring more of the country, find some inspiration with our guide to the most beautiful places in Pakistan.
* This information is correct as of April 2018
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