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Hunza was formerly a princely state in the northernmost part of the Northern Areas of Pakistan, which existed until 1974, ruled by a Mir (local king). The state bordered the Gilgit Agency to the south, the former princely state of Nagar to the east, China to the north and Afghanistan to the northwest. The state capital was the town of Baltit (also known as Karimabad - in honour of Prince Karim Agha Khan). The area of Hunza now forms the Aliabad tehsil of the Gilgit District.

Hunza was an independent principality for 900 years. The British gained control of Hunza and the neighboring valley of Nagar between 1889 and 1892 followed by a fierce military engagement.

The first time I was in Hunza was Autumn of 1982. My brother and I purchased horses in Shishkot, near Passu, and rode to Baltit, for the purpose of teaching me to ride. We had planned to ride to Peshawar, but because of horse complications, I ended up riding alone from Baltit to Gilgit. There I had to sell my horse.

The Karakorams at Passu
The Karakorams at Passu
Man and mountains-Passu
Man and mountains-Passu
Mountian tea
Mountian tea
The River Indus
The River Indus
Autumn Shades
Autumn Shades
Standing on the porch
Standing on the porch
Karimabad
Karimabad
Karimabad
Karimabad
Karimabad
Karimabad
Rocks & Mountians
Rocks & Mountians
Roadside panarama near Altit
Roadside panarama near Altit
Chumar Khen
Chumar Khen
Street in Baltit
Street in Baltit
Dust coming down the valley
Dust coming down the valley
Fields
Fields
Fields, mountians, and Autumn trees
Fields, mountians, and Autumn trees
Flour mill Near Passu
Flour mill Near Passu
Genesh
Genesh
Gulmit - ready to roll
Gulmit - ready to roll
Gulmit
Gulmit
Roof tops and river gorge
Roof tops and river gorge
Karakoram Hwy
Karakoram Hwy
Karakoram Hwy rest spot
Karakoram Hwy rest spot
Karakoram Hwy
Karakoram Hwy
Karakorams-Hunza
Karakorams-Hunza
Cross traffic in Baltit
Cross traffic in Baltit
Baltit
Baltit
Early half moon
Early half moon
Room and grass
Room and grass
Our horses behind hotel
Our horses behind hotel
Mir's Palace
Mir's Palace
Panarama
Panarama
Old man
Old man
Man and baby
Man and baby
Mir's palace
Mir's palace
Road between Baltit and Genesh
Road between Baltit and Genesh
Three people and a yak
Three people and a yak
Batura Glacier
Batura Glacier
Batura Glacier meltoff
Batura Glacier meltoff
Batura Glacier meltoff - 1
Batura Glacier meltoff - 1
Precarious pathway
Precarious pathway
Batura Inn
Batura Inn
Batura Inn yard
Batura Inn yard
Clouds and mountains
Clouds and mountains
Cow in water ditch on roadside
Cow in water ditch on roadside
Bibi Ajil (Girl and Chapatti)
Bibi Ajil (Girl and Chapatti)
Shepard girl
Shepard girl
Looking out shepard's hut door
Looking out shepard's hut door
Goat track
Goat track
Rabab player and family
Rabab player and family
Post office at Passu
Post office at Passu
The pathway to Shimshal Valley
The pathway to Shimshal Valley
Riverbed
Riverbed
A real cliff hanger
A real cliff hanger
Riverbed-near Passu
Riverbed-near Passu
Shepard's hut
Shepard's hut
Shepards hut - other side
Shepards hut - other side
Shepard's front yard
Shepard's front yard
Coming in
Coming in
Yak in front yard
Yak in front yard
Shimshal Valley trail
Shimshal Valley trail
Shimshal Valley trail
Shimshal Valley trail
Suspension bridge
Suspension bridge
The trail to Shimshal
The trail to Shimshal
Old rabab player and family
Old rabab player and family
Family
Family
Hunza rabab
Hunza rabab
Road below Baltit
Road below Baltit
The road to Hunza
The road to Hunza
The road to Hunza
The road to Hunza
The road to Hunza
The road to Hunza
River erosion
River erosion
Fields by the River Indus
Fields by the River Indus
A Smoky Dwelling
A Smoky Dwelling
Stone walls
Stone walls
Tree and glacier
Tree and glacier
Hunza-Mir's palace
Hunza-Mir's palace
Hunza-Karakorams
Hunza-Karakorams
Hunza-Karakorams
Hunza-Karakorams
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P Hunza-82-Karimabad-Mirs Palace roof.jpg