British writer, James Hilton, while trekking in the mountains of Pakistan in 1931, was so taken by the scenery that he coined a term for an earthly paradise, calling it ‘Shangri-La’. Buddhist, Hindu and Islamic influences that passed along major arteries of the Silk Road produced a unique cultural legacy at this confluence of three great mountain ranges. For the people who live in the kingdoms of the Northern Areas, it is hardly a ‘Shangri-La’. The built and natural patrimony have both suffered. But in this remote area, unnoticed by a global media fixated on terror and extremism, a cultural and environmental revival is underway.
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