Chilas

Chilas is a small town in the Gilgit-Baltistan on the bank of mighty river Indus. The town is located just off the Silk Road which is connected to the Chinese cities of Kashgar and Tashkurgan via Gilgit, Sust and the Khunjerab pass. The town can be reached through the KKH or from the Kaghan valley passing over the Babusar Pass. Chilas has small airport but currently closed for domestic flights. Chilas to Gilgit is a very scenic drive. Karakorum Highway is very picturesque with panoramic views.There are more than 20,000 pieces of ancient rock drawings and carvings of animals, triangular men and hunting scenes all along the Karakoram Highway between Hunza and Shatial. These carvings were created by various invaders, traders and pilgrims who passed along the trade route, as well as by locals. The earliest date back to between 5000 and 1000 BC.

Chilas is an essential tourist destination in Pakistan, known for its historical and cultural significance. The city has a rich history, dating back to the ancient era, and was once an important center of Buddhism. Its strategic location between Pakistan and China has made it a crucial trade hub for centuries. The city offers a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural diversity, and historical landmarks, making it a must-visit destination for tourists. Chilas offers several places to visit for tourists. The Shatial Rock Carvings, located on the Karakoram Highway, are a popular attraction. The carvings date back to the 1st millennium BC and depict various hunting scenes, religious symbols, and animals. The Gilgit-Baltistan Complex Museum is another must-visit destination that showcases the cultural heritage of the region. The Diamer-Bhasha Dam, one of the largest dams in Pakistan, is also located in Chilas. Nanga Parbat Base Camp, located in the nearby town of Raikot, is a popular destination for trekkers.The city is situated at an altitude of 1,200 meters above sea level and has a moderate climate. The summer season in Chilas is pleasant, with an average temperature of 20°C, while the winter season is cold, with temperatures dropping below freezing point.