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A bird’s eye view of Gulmit village from Ondra Fort

By Irfan Ali:

Gojal valley in Hunza hosts a number of historical memorials dotting each of its villages. Gulmit, the major town in the Gojal valley, is scattered with wooden mosques, Maktabs (holy schools), holy places and forts.

This fort is hovering on the Ondra hill overlooking the eye-catching Gulmit village. The fort is demonstrating its tactical significance for both protection and territory management.

The fort is a historical entity of the wakhi ruler of the state, one of numerous opponent states in northern Pakistan at the instance of its structure. Its impressive beauty was a mainly symbolic message to surrounding villages that the area was a higher, influential and clever people.

Historically (according to the local people of Gulmit) this fort is supposed to have been built by Qutlugh in the 16th century. He was the foremost local ruler who established his rule in gulmit intimidating the mirs of hunza. Previous to him, Gulmit was under the control of Azur Jamshid, who was the head of state of Gilgit.

The place is at a height from where a bird’s eye view of the entire Gulmit Village can seen at a solo fleeting look can be seen from here. The fort is surrounded by Gulmit and Ghulkin village. From the top of the hill you can also view Ghulkin, Shishkat and Ayeenabad and some part of the Atabad Lake.

People visiting the Ondra fort loves to stay there on the top because they feel quiet and pleasant. The fort along with historical importance also gives spiritual comfort.


Irfan Ali (Munna) is an E-Marketing expert. He loves to write news and blog about education, culture, and politics. He can be reached at irfan.gojali@gmail.com

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