Hunza: Stunning Hues of Golden Blankets the Valley in Autumn

Hunza, popular as Heaven on Earth, is a mesmerizing treat to the tourists in autumn. The valley takes on the spectrum of colors-golden, yellow, orange and red. Tourists from all around the world flock in Hunza from September to November to witness its golden beauty.

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Hunza, a breathtaking mountainous valley, turns golden when autumn approaches the valley from the end of September to the end of November. Hunza, characterized as Heaven on Earth, situated in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of North-West Pakistan, is enveloped by lofty and world-famous mountainous peaks of Rakaposhi, Hunza Peak, BojahagurDuanasir II, Darmyani Peak, Ghenta Sar, Ultar Sar and Ladyfinger Peak in Himalayan and Karakoram ranges.

Apart from its unmatched landscape, the land is popular for donning distinct shades of color with every changing season; hence nature is in the transition from winter to spring as it scatters distinct shades of color in the valley.

While autumn generally connotes a season of bare trees shedding its green leaves everywhere else, the autumn season shrouds the Hunza valley with the vibrant hues of golden, orange, yellow and predominantly red. These golden-yellowish colored leaves sharply contrast with the barren mountains and snow-covered peaks that augments the captivating beauty of the valley

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The fall season in Hunza valley is the second-best in the world after William Town in the USA. The bluish-green water of the river amplifies the picture of autumn. Autumn is also a ripening season of apricots, mulberry, apples, peaches, and plums in the valley.

While the summers in the valley are lush green with warm days, the residents urge the tourists to head the valley in the autumn season to witness the eccentric landscape of Hunza valley.

With the construction of quality roads, tourism in Hunza valley has surged in recent years. Experts, however, believe that an exponential rise in tourism in Hunza valley calls for the government’s attention to streamline and manage the impact of the unplanned and haphazard expansion of tourism prompting the rapid rise in the construction of concrete buildings in the valley.

They assert that while tourism is a positive force to drive the region towards development and creation of employment it must not happen at the cost of depletion of the natural landscape of Hunza valley.

The increase in tourism has saddled the existent resources in the valley and the government must intervene in the burst of concrete sweeping Hunza. They opined that the valley has been destructed with tourism and the mass exodus of youth from the valley nullifies the claims of the government of beefing up sustainable growth in the region. Hence immediate corrective mechanism is required to preserve the natural landscape of Hunza and other surrounding valleys.

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