پاکستان کے شمالی میں واقع خطہ گلگت بلتستان قدرتی حسن سے مالامال ہیں۔ ان علاقوں کے جنگلات، پہاڑ، جھیلیں، آبشار، سرسبزوشاداب وادیاں اور پُرسکون ماحول سیاحوں کو اپنی طرف راغب کرتے ہیں۔
وادی چھپروٹ ایک پر کشش سیاحتی مقام ہے۔
سائنسی ایجادات کے اس دور نے انسانی دماغ کو تھکا کر رکھ دیا ہے ، سیاحت انسانی دماغ کی ورزش تصور کی جاتی ہے جوکہ ذہنی تھکاوٹ کو دور کرتی ہے ۔ سیاحتی مقامات کے حسین قدرتی نظارے ہمیں قدرت الٰہی سے روشناس کرواتے اور ہمارے ایمان کو پختہ کرتے ہیں۔ سیاحت علم میں اضافے کا باعث ہے، سیاحت ہمارے لئے غور و فکر کے نئے دروازے کھولتی ہے ۔ آسمان کو چھوتی برف پوش پہاڑی چوٹیاں ، خوبصورت آبشار یں، چشمے ، ، سرسبزپہاڑ اور وادیاں ، رومان خیز جھیلیں ہمیں ربّ رحمن کی طرف بلاتی ہیں اورکائنات کے بہترین تخلیق کار اور خالق کائنات ہونے کے بارے میںآگاہ کر تے ہوئے پیغام دیتی ہیں کہ یہ تو خالق کائنات کی دنیا ہے اس کی جنت کتنی حسین و جمیل ہوگی جو پرہیزگاروں کا ابد ٹھکانہ ہے ۔
Miles and miles of terraced fields and fruit orchards mark Chaprote, the earlier capital of Nagar Valley। It offers a panoramic view of the Rakaposhi, and other peaks surrounding Nagar Valley. It is about 70 kms from Gilgit and it takes a jeep about 1:15 hours to cover the distance.
Chaprote has an area of 3 square kilometres.The region is significantly mountainous, lying on the foothills of the Karakoram mountains, and has an average altitude of 1,600 metres (4,910 ft). It is drained by the two rivers which are rising from the north of the vally from Kachaili and Gapa.(Pastures)
Chaprote was an important hub for years ago due to its unique safety location in the State of Nagar which was ruled by Buddhism rulars (Ra). People from the home village were spread to the neighbouring vellages i.e Chalt , Thole etc. A large number of Buddhist Sanskrit symboles have been unearthed on the surrounding hills..
‘The former rulers had the title of Ra ,and there is reason to suppose that they were at one time Hindus but for the last five centuries and a half they have been Mohommedans . The names of the Hindu Ras have been lost , with the exception of the last of their number , Shri Buddutt(Ra of Gilgit). Tradition relates that he was killed by a Mohommedan adventurer , who married his daughter and founded a new dynasty , since called Trakhane , from a celebrated Ra named Trakhan , who reigned about the commencement of the fourteenth century . The previous rulers of whom Shiri Buddut was the last were called Shahreis .
Chaprote was ruled for centuries by the local Dynasty. However, its independence came to an end about afer the independence of Pakistan, the last Raja was Shouket Ali Khan.
The rulers of Hunza and Nager claim origin with the Trakhàn dynasty (Gilgit). They claim descent from a heroic Kayani Prince of Persia by the name of Azur Jamshid (also known as Shamsher) who secretly married the daughter of the king Shri Badat who conspired with him to overthrow her Cannibal father. Sri Badat’s faith is theorised as Hindu by some and Buddhist by others. However, considering the region’s Buddhist heritage, with the most recent influence being Islam, the most likely preceding influence of the region is Buddhism. Though the titular Sri and the name Badat denotes a Hindu origin of the this ruler. But cannibalism is not practiced in Hinduism or Buddhism at all.
Prince Azur Jamshid succeeded in overthrowing the tyrant cannibal King Badat who was known as Adam Khor (lit. man-eater often demanding a child a day from his subjects, his demise is still celebrated to this very day by locals in traditional annual celebrations. In the beginning of the new year, where a Juniper procession walks along the river, in memory of chasing the cannibal king Sri Badat away.
Azur Jamshid abdicated after 16 years of rule in favour of his wife Nur Bakht Khatùn until their son and heir Garg, grew of age and assumed the title of Raja and ruled, for 55 years. The dynasty flourished under the name of the Kayani dynasty until 1421 when Raja Torra Khan assumed rulership. He ruled as a memorable king until 1475. He distinguished his family line from his step brother Shah Rais Khan (who fled to the king of Badakshan and with who’s help he gained Chitral from Raja Torra Khan), as the now known dynastic name of Trakhàn. The descendants of Shah Rais Khan being respectfully known as the Ra’issiya Dynasty.
‘ The period of greatest prosperity was probably under the Shin Ras , whose rule seems to have been peaceable and settled . The whole population , from the RA to the poorest subject lived by agriculture . According to tradition Shri Buddutt’s rule extended over Chitral Yassin Tangir, Darel, Chilas Gor, Astor Hunza, Nagar and Haramosh all of which were held by tributary princes of the same family.
Tourism and transport
Chaprote is one of the t major hub for all mountaineering expeditions in theNortrhern Area.
Important Places to Visit
Overview of the Karakoram Highway
Chaprote lies about 5 km from the Karakoram Highway The KKH connects Chalt. There are various transports companies i.e. Silk Route Transport Pvt, Mashabrum Transport Pvt and Northern Areas Transport Corporation (NATCO) at Chalt. But NATCO has vast coverage faciality. It offers passenger road service between Islamabad, Gilgit, Sust and Tashkurgan, and road service between Kashgar and Gilgit (via Tashkurgan and Sust) started in the summer of 2006. However, the border crossing between China and Pakistan at Khunjerab Pass (the highest border of the world) is open only between May 1 and October 15 of every year. During winter, the roads are blocked by snow. Even during the monsoon season in summer, the roads are often blocked due to landslides. The best time to travel on Karakoram Highway is spring or early summer.
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Photos: Yawar Abbas
Rakaposhi view From Chaprote