The most beautiful area of Gilgit-Baltistan is Phander Ghizer with its lush green valleys, sky-scraping mountains, blue skies and the trout fish found in its clear and transparent waters invite the tourists. In the most beautiful area of Ghizer district, Phander, which is a piece of paradise on earth, thousands of tourists camp in this paradise-like valley every year. Phander is a three-hour drive from the Ghizer district headquarters, Gahkuch. Located at an altitude of 8,500 feet above sea level, this most beautiful area is also called Chhota Kashmir.
Hotels Facility for tourists in Phander Valley
PTDC hotels are government rest houses and about half a dozen hotels in the valley. In addition, more than a dozen guest houses have been built by the people here for the tourists so that the tourists who come here do not face any difficulty in terms of accommodation. The people of Ghizer district are very naive and hospitable. The crime rate in this district is almost non-existent while the literacy rate is over 90%. This valley is also called the land of martyrs and conquerors. Thousands of Soldiers are defending the country.
Special thing about Phandar ValleyDue to the love of the people here, millions of tourists visit this area every year and after staying here for many days, they return to their areas with good memories. Another special thing about Phandar Valley is that About half a dozen lakes enchant tourists here, and tourists enjoy the world’s rare fish, the trout, found in these lakes. Most tourists come here and spend time by the river in tents brought with them instead of staying in hotels. If the federal government improves the condition of the Gilgit-Ghizr highway, millions of tourists can flock to the area every year and our country can be on the path of development in the field of tourism. Apart from Ghizer district of Gilgit Baltistan, there are other areas besides Phandar Valley which invite tourists but due to poor condition of roads, the tourists face difficulties for which Gilgit-Chitral Road Construction time is of the essence. Another special feature of Phander is that most of the tourists reach here via Gilgit and from here they reach Peshawar via Chitral and from there reach Islamabad. If any tourist reaches Gilgit from Islamabad, he returns via Gilgit. He said that he would not go to Islamabad but would reach Islamabad via Ghirr via Chitral and Peshawar, which would give the tourists a chance to see Gilgit-Baltistan as well as Chitral after staying in the most beautiful valley of Ghizer.
Here is the list of the phander valley hotels
- PTDC hotel Phander
- Sada Bahar Hotel &restaurant
- Dream Island Hotel(contact #0315 0123424)
- Paradise Hotel and restaurant
- Lake Inn Phander(contact # 0355 5203015)
- Phander view Hotel(0355 5172994)
How is the weather in Phander Ghizer?
From April-October, the weather over there is pleasant. The temperature ranges from 20-25 degrees centigrade during the day times If we talk about the temperature at night in this season, the temperature hits 10-15 degrees centigrade. Therefore, it’s recommended that you always take coats and some extra worm cloths with you for Phander Tour.
From October to March, the temperature at Phander valley touches 0 degrees centigrade, and there is harsh weather and unbelievable cold. So the locals limit themselves to staying inside in warm.
So it is recommended that the weather in summers is pleasant in Phander Valley to plan your trips in Summers. Avoid winter if you’re from down cities of Pakistan.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the charming Phandar Valley Pakistan
One thing is very famous in Phandar Valley that when Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif came to Phandar during his previous tenure, seeing its beauty and charm, he said that his heart wants me to build my house here. Now the Phandars are proud to tell other people that our Phandars are so beautiful that even Nawaz Sharif wants to live here and build his own house. I asked different people where they want to build their house and one person said that they want to build their house on this small island in front of the river while another person pointed to the other side of the river. Is this the place where Mian Sahib wants to build his house? Anyway, my heart used to wish I could build a small house by the river here, but in the long and icy weather it will be difficult for us.
It is not difficult to reach these valleys and spend time here. There is a small market in Harwadi here, everything you need is easily available, there are also hotels. However, if you are getting back in your car, you have to be a good driver and in some places the road has been swallowed up by the floods. And every year the floods continue to plague the people of these areas. On the contrary, sometimes it brings great catastrophe as the entire Chitral Valley was badly damaged in 2015, but the people here are very brave and lively. They become super brave in the face of these floods, rebuild roads, rebuild houses and live their lives happily.