Gilgit, acknowledged locally as Gileet, is the capital city of the Gilgit-Baltistan region, an administrative territory of Pakistan. The metropolis is located in a large valley close to the confluence of the Gilgit River and Hunza River. Gilgit is a prime visitor vacation spot in northern Pakistan, and serves as a hub for mountain climbing expeditions inside the Karakoram Range. It became an essential prevent at the historical Silk Road, and these days serves as a main junction along the Karakoram Highway with street connections to China, Skardu, Chitral, Peshawar, and Islamabad.
Brogpas trace their settlement from Gilgit into the fertile villages of Ladakh thru a wealthy corpus of hymns, songs, and folklore which have been surpassed down thru generations. The Dards and Shinas seem in many of the antique Pauranic lists of individuals who lived within the region, with the previous additionally referred to in Ptolemy's money owed of the place. Gilgit turned into an crucial town at the Silk Road, alongside which Buddhism was spread from South Asia to the rest of Asia. It is taken into consideration as a Buddhism hall from which many Chinese clergymen got here to Kashmir to research and hold forth Buddhism. Two famous Chinese Buddhist pilgrims, Faxian and Xuanzang, traversed Gilgit consistent with their accounts.