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Gilgit

Gilgit
Administration
Full nameGilgit
Settlement typeCity
CountryPakistan
RegionGilgit-Baltistan
DivisionGilgit Division
DistrictGilgit District
Government
MayorFaqeer Muhammad
Geography
Elevation4921.3 ft (1500 m)
Demography
Total Population216760  (1998)
Other information
Time zonePST (UTC+5)
Postal code15100
Area code+92 5811

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Gilgit (Urdu/Burushaski: گلگت, Hindi: गिलगित) is the capital city of Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan. Gilgit City forms a tehsil of Gilgit, within Gilgit District. Its ancient name was Sargin, later to be known as Gilit, and it is still called Gilit or Sargin-Gilit by local people. In the Burushaski language, it is named Geelt and in Wakhi and Khowar it is called Gilt. Ghallata is considered its name in ancient Sanskrit literature. Gilgit City is one of the two major hubs in the Northern Areas for mountaineering expeditions to the Karakoram and other the peaks in the Himalayas, the other hub being Skardu.


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