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Chilas

Chilas The City of Mystery

Chilas is a small city located in Diamer district of Gilgit-Baltistan territory. It is considered as gateway to Gilgit-Baltistan as it is the first major city on Karakoram Highway coming from down country. It is situated on bank of River Indus and surrounded by rocky flat mountains. The surrounded mountains are so barren that they store all the heat during the day making Chilas one of the hottest cities of Gilgit-Baltistan.
Chilas is situated on main Karakoram Highway about 450 kilometers from Rawalpindi. An alternate route used to reach Chilas passed through Mansehra – Balakot – Naran – Babusar Pass reducing the journey to 365 kilometers; however this route is only opened during summer season. The residential city of Chilas lays a couple of kilometers above the hill from main Karakoram Highway. A famous tourist attraction of Diamer District, Fairy Meadows, is only 60 kilometers from Chilas. Many tourists who are on the way to Fairy Meadows make their night stay in Chilas to start afresh in next morning’s trek.
The accommodation services are quite good and several good hotels are available in Chilas city including Panorama Hotel, Shangrila Hotel and Chilas continental. All these hotels lie on main Karakoram Highway and provide quality services to tourists. These hotels also provide porters and guides to expeditions who are willing to scale Nanga Parbat through its Diamer Face.
Chilas is also known because of its Buddha rock carvings as historically this area was continuously used by traders on old Silk Route and has also seen several invaders. However, due to negligence of authorities, these are now rarely found. Other than these attractions, a few nearby Nalas (water streams) are also famous including Thak Nala, Thor Nala, Hoder Nala and Batugah Nala.
As a safety precaution, foreigners might need a permit to travel through Chilas. Visitors should also strictly follow local customs and norms.

Chilas