Hunza, often known as Heaven on Earth, is a magnificent alpine valley in Pakistan's Gilgit-Baltistan area. It is bordered by numerous high peaks, including Rakaposhi, Hunza Peak, BojahagurDuanasir II, Darmyani Peak, Ghenta Sar, Ultar Sar, and Ladyfinger Peak, and is located to the north-west of the Hunza River. The valley features a variety of magnificent natural beauties that draw travelers. Among these sights are the forts of Baltit and Altit. The Baltit fort was recently renovated and converted into a history museum. The Karimbad market in Hunza is famed for its local handicrafts, handmade carpets, traditional embroidered hats, shawls, hand-woven linen (paffu), and its gemstones, notably Ruby. The Ruby mines are well-known tourist destinations.
This fairy-tale-like fort, erected on top of a hill overlooking Karimabad in the 8th century BC, is one of Hunza Valley's most recognizable monuments. The fort's spectacular setting, surrounded by snow-capped mountains, makes it one of Pakistan's most picturesque locations.
The Altit Fort is built atop a big rock with varying heights, with the eastern side being taller than the western side. The fort-palace structure was created in six stages, taking use of the varied natural levels of the rock: the first level is built on the western side and consists of a two-story building, while the second level is built on the eastern side and consists of a single-story building. Both were constructed about 900 years ago. The fort's building on an uneven cliffside rock adds to the fort's diversity of construction elements. After the erection of the watchtower, it was turned from a palace to a fort. Following the British occupation of Hunza, the fort was used as a guest house. After relocating the capital from Altit to Karimabad, the royal family used the former as a summer residence.