Jan 23, 2014

Silk Route Festival in Gilgit-Baltistan

Silk Route Festival is observed in different countries of the world at different time and seasons. In Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan it is commonly observed in the month of September or October. This festival is known as one of the most inspiring festivals of the world owing to the following features of the region:
Festival on the Roof of the world ”Gilgit-Baltistan”  where natural environs, landscape, privileged location in the highest mountains of the world, breathtaking spectacles of sheer scenic beauty, wildlife and nature, awe-inspiring snow peaks, glittering glaciers, serene valleys of lush green foliage and fruits, gleaming and scintillating streams of unpolluted water, rich diversity of people, culture, folklore, arts, crafts and heritage, await you.

Festival Activities:

Artisans-at-work (Gilgit, Karimabad & Skardu) - Master artisans from different parts of Gilgit-Baltistan are kept at work in beautifully designed and documented pavilions. 

Folkloric Song & Dance Ensembles (Gilgit, Aliabad, Gulmit, Karimabad & Skardu) - Folk dancers and musicians from all parts of Gilgit-Baltistan, including Dance, Song Ensembles from the neighboring Xinjiang Province of China and Central Asia are invited to entertain visitors to the festival.

Folk Music Groups - Small open air stages are set up at the festival grounds in the different cities to present folk musicians from all over the Gilgit-Baltistan. 


Exotic Craft Bazaar - Exotic local bazaars are held including Sunday & Friday markets for the local communities where people can sell, exchange or exhibit local produce, offering an endless variety of cottage crafts, Knickknacks, flea-market, etc.

Food & Fruit Fair - Food festivals are held in co-operation with hotels and communities in several places. Farmers exhibit and sell fruits.                                                                                                             

Polo Matches and Indigenous Sports Events - Several Polo matches are serve as a major attraction for domestic tourists and foreign visitors at Gilgit and Skardu. 


Camping Villages & Open Air Local Restaurants - Are set up at the scenic spots for nature lovers.

Ethnic Fashion Show - Depicting regional costumes and cultural traditions are held.

Community Festivals at District Level - AKCSP, AKRSP, and Craft Development Projects, Literary and Cultural Forums, IUCN, WWF, and other NGOs holds community Festivals at district levels. 


Crossroads of Asia - One of the few regions in the world that hold a fascinating combination of Adventure, History, Natural Beauty, Culture, and Trade at the crossroads of Asia. The region and its indigenous heritage of arts, crafts, history, landscape, people, produce, and cultures is a unique experience.

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