Kharmang Valley

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Kharmang Valley
وادئ کھرمنگ
Tolti Kusuru.JPGTolti.jpgManthokha aabshaar (water fall) skardu photo by me.jpgTolti Indus River.JPG
Kharmang Valley وادئ کھرمنگ is located in Karakoram
Kharmang Valley وادئ کھرمنگ
Kharmang Valley
وادئ کھرمنگ
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Coordinates: 34°56′40″N 76°13′21″E / 34.94444°N 76.22250°E / 34.94444; 76.22250Coordinates: 34°56′40″N 76°13′21″E / 34.94444°N 76.22250°E / 34.94444; 76.22250
CountryPakistan
ProvinceGilgit Baltistan
DistrictKharmang District
Time zoneUTC+5 (PST)

The Kharmang Valley (Urdu: وادی کھرمنگ) is one of five main valleys in the Baltistan region of Pakistan.[1][2] The area became a district in 2015, with temporary headquarters at Tolti.[3] The valley sits about 100 km from Skardu.

Tourist destinations include Manthokha Waterfall, Khamosh Waterfall, Mehdiabad valley. Kharmang is where the Indus River enters into Pakistani territory from Kargil District in Indian Administered Kashmir.

Etymology[edit]

Kahrmang is a Balti word that consist of two parts (khar means "fort" and mang means "abundant"). The name Kharmang was given to the valley in the era of Ali Sher Khan Anchan,[4] who built many forts in this region because of its strategic importance.

Demographics[edit]

Kharmang valley is a populated area. The approximate population is about 20,000 households (Approximately 60,000 people); most of the population resides in scattered villages. The main source of income is subsistence livestock rearing for their livelihood and agriculture and unskilled man power working abroad and urban centers of Pakistan. Many Kharmang people work in Gulf countries with a majority in Kuwait, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. Natives of Kharmang Valley speak Balti and predominantly follow Shia Islam, with the exception of a few people who belong to Noorbakhshi who live around Mehdi Abad.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kharmang Valley". pakistantourism.net. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Kharmang Weather Forecast". www.worldweatheronline.com. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Kharmang now GB district". Archived from the original on 2015-11-24.
  4. ^ Tradition & Culture