By: Yasin Nadir
The magnificent Attabaad Lake, which is also known as Gojal Lake is situated in Gojal Valley of Gilgit Baltistan. There is a sad fact that a lot of Pakistanis don’t know about the lake, It was formed in January 2010 after a massive land sliding into the Hunza River. As per the locals of the area, twenty people died as the result of land sliding, and more than twenty six families were displaced in the natural disaster, despite going through so much pain and agonies, people of the area are not only polite, but also welcoming to the tourists from all parts of Pakistan and abroad.
As a result of the damming of Hunza River, five villages north of the barrier were flooded. One village, Ayeenabad, was completely submerged. Major portions of another village, Shishkat, was also submerged. Around 40% of the village of Gulmit, which also serves as the headquarters of Gojal Valley, was also submerged. Significant portions of land in Hussain and Ghulkin villages of Gojal also got submerged as a result of the surging lake.
To some, Attabaad Lake might be only a place for beautiful clicks, and travel in holidays, but there is another perspective hidden in the shaping up of Attabaad, which is that to balance itself and bring out a beauty like that of Attabaad, nature first destructs nature, that sometimes might even effect the population of the area in a negative way, but in the larger picture Attabaad has been more of an attraction source to the tourists from all over the world.
So far you must have seen a lot of images and videos of Attabaad Lake on Social media, but it is for sure that you never would have seen these twenty one amazing clicks of Pakistani photographers, that Pakiholic has featured.