Visit Juglot from Gilgit Baltistan Province

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Juglot or Jaglot is a town in Gilgit District, Pakistan, situated 45 km south east of Gilgit on the Karakoram Highway. It is located at the junction of three mountain ranges, the Kurrakuram, Hindukush, and Himalayas. It is also a junction point between Skardu and Gilgit. The road to Skardu branches off about six kilometres towards Gilgit.

History

Historically, Juglot was strategically important as it lay along the route linking British India to China via Kashmir . Bunji, the historical garrison of the army of the Maharaja of Kashmir, is situated across the River Indus. The struggle for Kashmir's independence from the Sikh Manharaja of Kashmir also originated in Juglot.

Even today, Juglot is the most important logistic base for the Pakistan Army. It gained this importance from the 1984 war in Siachin, which became the highest battleground in the world. Much of the development of Juglot is a result of the Army's presence.

Resources

Juglot is located in a fertile valley with rich natural resources. It is one of the business hubs of the Northern Areas because all six districts have access through Juglot. The town also contains the largest oil, wheat and flour depots for the Northern Areas. It has independent power generation facilities and sufficient electric power to attract a number of flour mills and marble plants. Even artisanal gold panning in the Indus river is still carried out by a tribe known as the Soniwals (gold hunters).

Villages

Juglot contains fifteen villages which include:

  • Damote
  • Chakarkot
  • Gasho Pahote
  • Manote

Inhabitants

The people of Juglot are tribal in nature, and have a reputation as hard-working and devout Muslims. The population of Juglot, including the suburbs, is approximately 45,000 in 3200 houses, with an education rate of 48%.

The tribal mix consists of some well known sub-castes of shin which includes the Koliwal shin Chilliskhel and Gabarkhel known as Kuloche.30% Shin Juvay, Madiyay, Shaiday, Manay, Buday, Dimsay, shumoray, Yodnay, Darkhany, Matchakay.23% Yashkun Shukatay, Manay, Jatary, Gagray, Lalbakay, Kutry, Sabilchey, Jagotee etc. The rest of population belong to minority tribal groups like Karamin the oldest Inferior occupy major political balance of the area. The Marotche and Kashmiris particularly Mir clan occupy a major area.