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Silk Route Festival

Festival on the Roof of the world 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.

Highlights Of The Festival

Artisans-at-work (Gilgit, Karimabad & Skardu) Master artisans from remote parts of Northern areas will be 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 Northern Areas including Dance, Song ensembles from the neighboring Xinjiang Province of China and Central Asia will be 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 Northern areas.

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 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 will exhibit and sell fruit.

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

Camping Villages & Open Air Local Restaurants – Is 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 hold community Festivals on district levels.

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