The Body Shop | Mini Haul

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Hi lovelies,

Upon my recent stopover at The Body Shop I picked two things absolutely randomly. I tried to get out of my comfort zone and 'safe' shades to try out something new. This included a new lipstick shade I usually do not prefer and a cheek shade I want to try out as a 'bronzer' (yep!).

Color Crush Lipstick in   140 Make My Heart Gleam
All-In_One Cheek Color in   09 Truffle

The Body Shop

                                           Color Crush Lipstick in   140 Make My Heart Gleam

Starting off with Color Crush Lipstick in the shade 140 Make My Heart Gleam, it comes in a nice plastic packaging. The cap of these Color Crush lipsticks reflect the color category of the shade inside, so it's either pink, orange or mauve. Ever since I started experimenting with orange shades in lipsticks I have found really beautiful shades that look as natural on my skin tone as some pink shades too. One of my recent favorites is from the same Color Crush lipstick range in the shade 105 Coral Cutie.

140 Make My Heart Gleam is a beautiful peachy shade with strong range undertones. It is loaded with tons of gold glitter and shimmery finish. It is incredibly pigmented so I do not intend to use it alone as a lipstick shade. When I bought it, the idea was to either blend it with another lipstick shade or to use a bit of it on top of the main lipstick for a glamours look, perfect for evenings. I think it was a good choice, the texture is soft, creamy and quite moisturizing. It has a hint of scent which is I find really pleasant. Wear time of lipsticks usually vary from person to person but I personally feel the shade starts to fade in 3 hours leaving behind the gold shimmer.

The Body Shop Color Crush Lipstick 140 Make My Heart Gleam
The Body Shop Color Crush Lipstick 140 Make My Heart Gleam

                                                      All-In_One Cheek Color in   09 Truffle

Since - to date I haven't been able to figure out how to contour your cheeks with a bronzer without ending up with tons of it all over your face - I still haven't given up. This time my approach is to go for a matte shade (any - eye shadow, blusher etc) in a light brown shade and use it with my blusher to create the look. For this I chose All-In-One Cheek Color in 09 Truffle. Since, in this case as well, I have used two blusher shades from the same range 05 Bubblegum and 04 Marshmellow. I've had great experience with both these shades therefore trying 09 Truffle in terms of consistency and matte was easy. 

09 Truffle is a light brown shade with neutral under tones and matte finish. Its supposed to be used as blusher but I think it would work great as a contour shade. I love the shade and the fact that its buildable without the risk of over-going it which works great for me! I also absolutely love how the shade stays its original color and gives that natural look rather than turning into orange-ish or dark brown. That for me (or anyone) is a makeup disaster! 

The Body Shop All-In-One Cheek Color in 09 Truffle
The Body Shop All-In-One Cheek Color in 09 Truffle
The Body Shop
As seen on my Instagram Pretty.Gloss

I am experimenting with both the products and cant speak enough of the product quality. Do let me know if you have used any of these two products from The Body Shop or from the same range.

How do you wear your bronzer and glitter lipstick?



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Burberry Brit Rhythm for Her Floral | Fragrance

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Hello Lovelies,

It is Burberry Brit Rhythm for Her Floral time of the year (summers!) for me. I received this one as a gift from a dear friend of mine who was visiting London. If your idea of elegance is understated and casual, then Burberry Brit Rhythm for Her Floral is the one for you. I haven't tried a lot of fragrances from Burberry. The previous one that I had tried was Burberry Body which, as I recall, was a really nice fragrance I bought on my way to London. If I compare Brit Rhythm with Burberry Body I would pick the later as I loved the youthful twist and sweetness of Burberry Body. But having said this, Burberry Brit Rhythm for Her Floral is no doubt a classy British fruity-floral fragrance with an edge.

Burberry introduced a fragrance pair inspired by the British rock scene, Brit Rhythm for Him in 2013, followed by the feminine edition Brit Rhythm for Her in 2014. In February this year new flankers of the fragrance came out - Brit Rhythm for Him Intense and Brit Rhythm for Her Floral. It was designed by Francis Kurkdjian who says, "I personally wanted to express the uncompromising energy of music with a twist of youthful attitude and sexiness. The scent is bright - fluid - vertical - young."

Burberry Brit Rhythm for Her Floral Fragrance
Burberry Brit Rhythm for Her Floral Fragrance
Burberry Brit Rhythm for Her Floral Fragrance

Burberry describes it as..
 "   A sensual, floral fragrance with an unexpected fruity twist. Fresh top notes of Orchid Fruit, Sicilian Lemon and Orange open up an exotic heart of Egyptian Jasmine, Lotus Blossom and dewy Lilac. Base notes of Amber Woods, Driftwood and Musk gives a sultry dry down.  "

The signature Burberry ridged glass bottle gives so much character to this fragrance. I love the classic tweed designed embossed onto the glass bottle which allows you to see the dusky pink fragrance inside. The original Burberry Brit Rhythm is apparently inspired by "the exhilaration and adrenaline of live music and electric energy of the crowd". The original fragrance was created by the remarkable perfumers Nathalie Cetto and Maisondieu of Givaudan on behalf of Burberry.

Brit Rhythm for Her Floral is soft, powdery, seductive, uplifting and a bit masculine I would say. I've only used it once or twice (since I already opened so many perfumes at the same time and want to safe a few for rainy days..) and received a lot of compliments. Everyone wants to know 'which fragrance is it?'. The fragrance was impressively long lasting but I cannot really confirm for how long since I am in a habit of spraying every few hours. It's sensual but not overpowering which I really admire.

Burberry Brit Rhythm for Her Floral Fragrance
As seen on my Instagram Pretty.Gloss
Burberry Brit Rhythm for Her Floral Fragrance
As seen on my Instagram Pretty.Gloss
Burberry Brit Rhythm for Her Floral Fragrance
 Burberry Brit Rhythm campaign stars British models Suki Waterhouse and George Barnett.
Which is your favorite Burberry fragrance?


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Neutrogena | Deep Clean Gentle Scrub

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Hi Lovelies!

So here I am after a bit - been really busy with a few things this month. But I am finally back with a new post of a product that I recently purchased.

Neutrogena Deep Clean Gentle Scrub is a skincare product I recently purchased. I am someone who always, always has a scrub around whether facial or body scrub (I even have The Body Shop's Long Handle Cactus Bath Brush for the purpose). Thanks to my difficult-to-manage combination skin, I am often left with either whiteheads or dry patches on my skin. Consequently, scrubbing my face as well as body religiously is very important to keep those pores from clogging and smooth out any dead skin. But having said this, too much of something is always bad and I often get carried away! Hence, most of the time I go for mild cleansing scrubs so that I do not unintentionally overdo my skin. Keeping all this in mind I picked Neutrogena Deep Clean Gentle Scrub which is perfect for daily use.

A face scrub.. 
The main reason for having a skincare regime is to, obviously, look your best. While facewashes and skin moisturizers play a significant role in promoting a healthy, glowing skin; there's an unsung hero that is more than often neglected from skincare routines - a face scrub. A face scrub comes with multiple benefits ensuring that flawless complexion. Not only does a facial scrub help remove dirt and grime, it also keeps your pores un-clogged and gently buffs away dry and flaky skin. 

Neutrogena Deep Clean Gentle Scrub comes in the form of a squeeze tube with a nice flip cap ensuring no accidental leak hence good to go along in your travel bag as well. I love the texture which is just the perfect creamy consistency neither too thick nor too light. Open the flip cap and you get to smell fresh oranges which is very refreshing especially in summers. I wet face and apply a little amount of scrub on the palms of my hand. I massage it gently all over my face (sometimes on my neck as well especially during a shower!) avoiding the eye area and rinse thoroughly.
What Neutrogena says..
" .. a daily scrub with Beta Hydroxy proven to clean deep down into your pores, yet is gentle enough to use everyday. Beta Hydroxy formula penetrates deep into pores to remove blackheads-causing dirt and oil. Gentle mircobeads exfoliate dull, dead skin surface. Its rich, foaming creamy lather rinses clean. Skin is instantly softer, smoother, healthier looking and refreshed.  "

Neutrogena Deep Clean Gentle Scrub
Neutrogena Deep Clean Gentle Scrub
Neutrogena Deep Clean Gentle Scrub
Neutrogena Deep Clean Gentle Scrub

Overall, its one of the better facial scrubs I have used in the past. I did try a lot of products from Neutrogena in the past and have found these of really good quality. I certainly recommend Neutrogena Deep Clean Gentle Scrub as part of your daily skincare regime. Do visit Neutrogena online to check out their entire range of skincare.



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Lavender Reed Diffuser | Crabtree & Evelyn

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Hi lovelies,

I have always been fond of fragrances, as you might have noticed by now. But this love for sweet smelling scents is not limited to just perfumes. I LOVE scented candles and reed diffuser immensely! Anything that makes my vicinity and surrounding smelling fresh and relaxing is my favorite. I cannot recall a time when I was out of reed diffusers, scented candles, air freshners etc. Running out of the previous reed diffuser, I got hold of one from my most favorite brand for such items - Crabtree & Evelyn. In the past I have used their home fragrance spray and scented candle (review) from the Iris Collection which were amazing. Every time someone entered my room they noticed how fresh and amazing it smelled. Off course, these fragrances are designed to create that unique ambiance around your home. This time around I picked Lavender (one of my favorite flowers) Reed Diffuser from Crabtree & Evelyn.

Crabtree & Evelyn Lavender Reed Diffuser

Let's talk a bit about the Lavender. Lavender is a beautiful flower. Since ancient times, Lavender has been used as a natural remedy in herbal and aromatherapy. People used to fill pillows with Lavender to promote sound sleep at night - thanks to the beautiful aroma. I have always been mesmerized by the beautiful shades of Lavender's small violet color flower. You must have come across those beautiful Lavender fields wallpapers - aren't these breathtaking! The essential oil of Lavender is so widely used in the production of perfumes, fragrances and skincare products. Depending on the type, Lavender essential oil can have a sweet or sharp aroma. For example, French Lavender has sweet aroma while Dutch Lavender has a stronger aromatic and sharp odor. As I write this post I am imagining an endless field of Lavender blooms on a mountainous land of the Mediterranean....
The story of Lavender.. 
"   Let the scent of England's favorite floral transport you to the purple fields and sun-dappled meadows of summers. Lavender, long renowned for its calming effects, is the perfect thing to life your senses. Notes of sweet violet, sensual jasmine, tonka bean and musk delight and charm, whilst a whisper of lemon adds zest and energy. In short, soothing days of summer, distilled.   "

Crabtree & Evelyn Lavender Reed Diffuser
Crabtree & Evelyn Lavender Reed Diffuser
Crabtree & Evelyn Lavender Reed Diffuser
Crabtree & Evelyn Lavender Reed Diffuser
Crabtree & Evelyn Lavender Reed Diffuser
Crabtree & Evelyn Lavender Reed Diffuser
Crabtree & Evelyn Lavender Reed Diffuser

Crabtree & Evelyn Lavender Reed Diffuser is a great choice for those who like a continuous stream of uplifting Lavender fragrance like myself, without the fuss of lighting wicks or pressing buttons. There are so many new gadgets out there in the market these days with fancy decor and advanced techniques. However for someone like me, placing the reed sticks in oil is a soothing experience which is unmatched. With some good spa music in the background, I can simply sit back, relax and enjoy the aroma. Lavender Reed Diffuser comes in a nice, very presentable packaging and makes a perfect gift as well. The box clearly mentions the collection name with light, almost watercolor-like illustration of the scent, Lavender in this case. The best part is the glass container. Its simple yet so classy! The container is secured tightly with a nob and has Crabtree & Evelyn written around the neck.

Without doubt Crabtree & Evelyn Lavender Reed Diffuser is an elegant way to scent your home. It definitely adds a dash of charm in your living space weather its your bedroom or guestroom. The packaging includes 10 wooden wicking reeds that can be rotated every now and then for a fresh hit of the scent. One bottle stays around 90 days but this can vary depending on the environment around you. I have noticed this these stay around for longer at my home than at office. Highly recommended, this is your perfect summer scent to lift the ambiance around you.

Also try other items from the range like the Lavender Bath & Shower Gel to help you unwind or the Lavender Poured Candle to fill your room with fragrance and soft light.

Let me know whatever you choose. 



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The 'Perfect' Red | Maybelline ColorSensational Lipstick in Cherry Candy

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Hello lovelies!

I am a big time pink lipstick girl. While the entire world might be crazy about those sexy red lips I feel a bit nervous around red reason being that I never felt red looked better or even equally pretty on me than shades of pink. Maybe I never found the perfect red shade of lipstick until now! Behold - Maybelline ColorSensational Lipstick in Cherry Candy. The perfect red for me!
Limited Edition translucent lip color in fruity flavors. Fresh color meets smooth shine in a sensational way! 
While casually swatching shades of lipsticks from different brands I came across Maybelline ColorSensational Lipstick in Cherry Candy after trying most all shades of lipsticks in the rack! While most of the shades were amazing, Cherry Candy was just beautiful! This is the kind of red I just could not resist trying so I decided to take off my lipstick and try it out there and then (something that I do not really bother about when buying lipsticks. But hey, it was a red lipstick after all!). Love at first sight! The shade was perfect. It complimented my skin tone a lot and did not look too loud, something that I always fear wearing bold lip colors.

Maybelline ColorSensational Lipstick in Cherry Candy
Photos with flash.
The packaging is really girly and attractive. The lipstick bullet is set in a silver base which is covered by a translucent pink lid. The sticker at the bottom reveals the lipstick name, number and shade as well. Though I always prefer matte lipsticks for they are long- lasting, Maybelline ColorSensational Lipstick in Cherry Candy is basically a glossy lipstick. This makes it super easy to apply and also keeps the lips moisturized. I usually never apply any lipstick directly from the bullet. I usually either use my ring finger or a lipstick brush for better application. As I apply Cherry Candy I can see the sheer formula of the lipstick but the pigmentation is so rich that it quickly builds up to your heart's desire. Since I have naturally dry lips, this glossy lipstick does wonders and keeps them hydrated.

Tip: Before applying red or any other bold lip shade make sure you exfoliate your lips gently so that the lipstick looks smooth and neat. Try using your toothbrush gently over your lips while washing your face and pat dry with a towel. This will get rid of any dead skin on your dry, chapped lips.

Maybelline ColorSensational Lipstick in Cherry Candy
Maybelline ColorSensational Lipstick in Cherry Candy
Maybelline ColorSensational Lipstick in Cherry Candy
Maybelline ColorSensational Lipstick in Cherry Candy
Maybelline ColorSensational Lipstick in Cherry Candy
Maybelline ColorSensational Lipstick in Cherry Candy
Maybelline ColorSensational Lipstick in Cherry Candy
Maybelline ColorSensational Lipstick in Cherry Candy
Maybelline ColorSensational Lipstick in Cherry Candy
IPhone6 photo without flash.
Maybelline ColorSensational Lipstick in Cherry Candy
Daylight photo (via my Instagram pretty.gloss) with light application. 
My verdict: there is probably no shade that defines a woman's sensuality better than red. If you do not have a red lipstick, I strongly suggest you get one for yourself. For me, Maybelline's Cherry Candy has proven to be that perfect red. If you are a lip-gloss girl you would love this a million times more than your lipgloss as this range of lipsticks will give you high shine without the stickiness of a lipgloss. Moreover, it definitely has more staying power and would not stain your lips like other darker shades of lipsticks do. Do give it a try and look for your perfect shade. I would love to hear which one you picked. 




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Elie Saab Le Parfum | Resort Collection 2015

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Hi Lovelies,

Summers is here. While I'm trying my best to embrace summers with summer prints, sunglasses and fruit punch, one thing that is meant to change with the season is my perfume. Chanel Coco Mademoiselle remains my all-time, all-season favorite fragrance; next in line is a new spring fragrance to my collection  - Elie Saab Le Parfum from the Elie Saab Resort Collection 2015.

Elie Saab is a fashion designer renowned for his exquisite fashion gowns. His creations are drop dead gorgeous and I absolutely love the choice of colors and shades he uses for his gowns. Elie Saab launched his first fragrance simply called Le Parfum in 2011. However, for 2015 the designer launched its first limited edition - Elie Saab Le Parfum Resort Collection. Created by Francis Kurkdjian, the perfume came out at the end of February 2015. It is inspired by the summer couture collection and reflection of sun in the water.
Elie Saab Le Parfum Resort Collection 2015
Elie Saab Le Parfum Resort Collection 2015

"The fragrance is released in waves like a warm gentle breeze caressing the face of a woman who stands on the deck of her yacht wearing a stunning long dress in a shade of blue that is reminiscent of the sea. It is a fleeting but intense moment filled with noting but harmony" - Francis Kurkdjian, the perfumer.

The packaging gives a true insight to this fragrance. The blue shade of this new bottle perfectly matches the Resort Collection 2015. With the infinite range of captivating shades of blue, this beautifully faceted crystal bottle mirrors the changing reflections on the surface of water taking you the journey across Amalfi Coast - a chic and glamorous escape to the Mediterranean!

To me Elie Saab Le Parfum Resort Collection is a beachy fragrance which is fresh, light and summery. What I love most about this fragrance is the beautiful warmth of Mediterranean, the tropical feel which spreads with the first spray and makes you feel as if you are strolling on a tropical island on a humid day. I think when I visit a beach this summers I will definitely take this fragrance along to experience the harmony of everything around with this scent.

Elie Saab Le Parfum Resort Collection 2015
Elie Saab Le Parfum Resort Collection 2015
Elie Saab Le Parfum Resort Collection 2015
Anyone knows which flowers are those in the background? I randomly picked these from the florist.

Notes
Elie Saab Le Parfum Resort Collection is a springtime reinterpretation of Elie Saab orange flower signature enhanced with a sweet and gourmand fig. Top notes of a sweet fig and a mandarin zest adds a delicious and fresh sensation to this fragrance. One spray and you know exactly what you are dealing with! This is also my favorite note. In the heart note, the white and luminous bouquet of the original fragrance signature is enriched by a solar frangipani flower and white jasmine. At heart Elie Saab Le Parfum Resort Collection is a fresh, orange blossom fragrance. The base note of cedar and amber gives a beautiful elegance and sensuality to the fragrance. A fruity-floral and modern fragrance, this scent is your best companion to summer vacation trip this year. Luminous and refreshing, the fragrance will not overpower at any point while you take a stroll along a white sandy beach with the bluest of ocean right in front of you!

While I have considered many fragrances to be perfect for summers in the past, I am almost certain that Elie Saab Le Parfum Resort Collection is a glamorous designer fragrance choice and will definitely recommend it to you. The perfume truly holds the essence of Elie Saab and is as sophisticated and chic as his collections. It has great staying power and fades elegantly to its base note.

Elie Saab Le Parfum Resort Collection 2015
Elie Saab Le Parfum Resort Collection 2015
 Image: Elie Saab 
Here are some of my favorite designs from the collection! 
Elie Saab Resort Collection 2015
Image: Elie Saab
Elie Saab Resort Collection 2015
Image: Elie Saab
Elie Saab Resort Collection 2015
Image: Elie Saab
Elie Saab Resort Collection 2015
Image: Elie Saab
Elie Saab Resort Collection 2015
Image: Elie Saab
Have you tried Elie Saab Le Parfum Resort Collection yet? 

SHOP ONLINE!
50 ml  £ 47

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Hunza Valley | 7 Days Road Trip to Fairyland

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A tribute to my Adventure Club members - a team of 3!

Hunza Valley - beyond doubt is heaven on earth, a fairyland surrounded by snow-capped mountains. When we, a team of three including myself, my sister and a close friend decided at the last moment to go for our dream trip last October (2014) none of us could imagine it would be our best adventure yet, even better than our last favorite trip to Lake Saif ul Muluk. This post is a way of paying tribute to this beautiful place called Hunza and it's beautiful, friendly people. Though I cannot justify the experience of this trip in one post, I would however like to share the most informative and beautiful photos along with the description so that if you ever plan this trip in the future this post could help you guys out a bit. Located in the province of Gilgit-Baltistan at an elevation of 8,200 ft (2,500 m), Hunza Valley is one of the most beautiful tourist destinations of Pakistan. It's a place you would want to visit time and again.
A peek into the past..
Rakaposhi (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
The majestic Rakaposhi (elevation: 7,788 m))

For centuries Hunza Valley provided quickest access to Swat and Gandhara for a person travelling on foot since the route was impassable for animals with luggage, only human porters could get though upon permission for the local authorities. Since the paths were often merely half a meter wide, Hunza Valley was easily defended and for centuries remained hidden from the rest of the world. This, no doubt made Hunza Valley the   mythical Shangri-La of James Hilton's 1933 novel Lost Horizon. Formerly a princely state, it bordered China to its north-east, Pamir to its north-west and Gilgit to its south. Hunza was an independent state for more than 900 years before the British gained control of it 1889 - 1892 and later was dissolved by Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto in 1974.
Spectacular View and Peaks
Hunza Valley provides spectacular view of some of the most beautiful and magnificent mountains of the world including the breathtaking and one of my most favorite peak (after K-2 off course!) Rakaposhi 25,551 ft (7,788 m) situated in the Karakoram Mountain Range. I remember when we first visited Lake Saif ul Muluk in Naran Valley, the view was breathtaking. There was nothing like it, there is nothing like it. But I must admit, once we started traveling towards Hunza, the view was just amazing. It is like nothing I have seen before, something very different from what I have experience and visited before. Hunza is also surrounded by other majestic peaks like Hunza Peak, the famous LadyFinger Peak, Diran Peak, Ghenta Peak, Ultar Sar etc. Eagle Nest, a famous tourist spot at the top of Hunza Valley offers a view to seven of the surrounding peaks! Hunza Valley is also host to the ancient watch towers of Ganish, Altit Fort and Baltit Fort.
Karakoram Highway - KKH
Witnessing of the spectacular scenery in the valley of Hunza is made possible due to the world's highest paved international road, Karakoram Highway or KKH. The route of KKH follows one of the many paths of the ancient Silk Route. During our trip, the excitement of getting on to KKH and experiencing the beauty of the landscape from Gilgit to Hunza Valley was something that magnifies the overall experience of this place. KKH crosses Hunza Valley connecting Pakistan to China via Khunjerab Pass. Although we did not go further towards Khunjerab Pass, something that we couldn't manage because of the lack of planning and research, we did went up till Attabad Lake which was an experience in itself. Tip: Click, click, click while on the road, it's KKH! En-route to Hunza Valley we made a quick stopover at Rakaposhi View Point famous for its french fries and tea along with a breathtaking view of Rakaposhi itself right in front of us. We spent some time along the water stream till our fries were ready and took a lot of photographs. Tip: Look out for apple and cherry trees, grapevines and request the owners for some. We managed to get our hands on the juiciest fruits! Thanks to the locals for the hospitality.


Rakaposhi (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
Rakaposhi (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
That - is a pretty 'tanned' version of me.
KKH, Hunza Valley (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
KKH, Hunza Valley (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
KKH, Hunza Valley (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
KKH, Hunza Valley (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
The beauty of Hunza River
KKH, Hunza Valley (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
Two unkept, tanned, sun burned, vacation hands
KKH, Hunza Valley (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
Rakaposhi View Point (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
Rakaposhi View Point (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
Rakaposhi View Point (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
Rakaposhi View Point
Rakaposhi View Point (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
Rakaposhi View Point (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
Much needed tea! (Nail polish: Artdeco 79 Orange Lush)
Haldeikish, Hunza Valley (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
Haldeikish, Hunza Valley (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
Haldeikish, Hunza Valley (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
Haldeikish - sacred rocks of Hunza with ancient carvings is a cultural heritage of the valley.
Haldeikish, Hunza Valley (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
Important message
KKH, Hunza Valley (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
KKH, Hunza Valley (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
Welcome!
Climate and Tourist Season 
Tourist season generally starts around May (temperature: 27 C/81 F) and goes up till October (temperature: 14 C/57 F). Hunza Valley is blessed with all four seasons.

Spring (March - April)
Summer (May - August)
Autumn (September - November)
Winter (December - February) 

I personally think Hunza Valley is an absolute beauty in autumn! Tip: Plan a trip in October to witness the colors of autumn in Hunza Valley. However, I am assuming spring time with Sakura all around will be equally mesmerizing. Since I haven't witnessed spring in the valley yet I would say autumn is the best as the valley changes colors to different shades of yellow, brown and red! During our trip from end of September till early October the weather during the day was comparatively hot but not too uncomfortable. We all got a bit of tan all over since we were roaming in the sun and enjoying the cool breeze. Tip: Want to wash those tees? Go ahead. My jeans were dry like an autumn leaf in the morning, along with the towel and leggings. My sunblock didn't help us much though as I was told upon return that I looked kinda kali (dark). Mornings were beautiful and pleasant and nights were pretty chilly where you needed blankets and some bonfire. We had a great time bbq-ing one night out in the PTDC Hunza premises. Tip: If you step out at night in Hunza Valley look up at the sky. It will be nothing like you have ever seen before. All three of us saw 'the milky way' that night and fell asleep dreaming about it.

Hunza Valley (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
Hunza Valley (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
Hunza Valley (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
Hunza Valley (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
Parked cars & motorbikes. We saw a lot of youngsters looking for gemstones down close to the river.
Hunza Valley (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
Hunza Valley (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
Autumn setting in slowly..
Hunza Valley (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
These beautiful roads..
Hunza Valley (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
PTDC Hunza, Hunza Valley (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
PTDC Hunza - early morning view..
PTDC Hunza, Hunza Valley (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
PTDC Hunza, Hunza Valley (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
Attabad Lake (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
A glimpse of Attabad Lake
Famous Forts
We also had a plan to visit the two famous forts of Hunza Valley - Altit Fort and Baltit Fort. Besides its scenic beauty, this valley is also famous among tourists for these two ancient forts. Altit Fort is one of the oldest forts in the northern region built in the 11th century. It was originally home to the hereditary rulers of Hunza before they decided to move to somewhat younger Baltit Fort three centuries later due to the conflict between the two sons of the ruler thus making it the capital seat of Hunza. Altit Fort is built with great architectural design on a rock where Hunza River flows at its back side. It has also won 2011 UNESCO Asia Pacific Heritage Award winner. Tip: Do go around the village to get the real feel of the vicinity. It's so peaceful and calm.

Baltit Fort is built on top of Karimabad foundations of which can be traced back to 700 years. Ayasho II, Tham (Mir of Hunza) in the early 15th century married a princess of Baltistan (meaning Land of Balti people) was the first to modify the face of Altit and Baltit Fort. Balti people had very strong relations of Ladakh territory in those times. Consequently, the structure of Baltit Fort was influenced by the Tibetan architecture with some resemblance to Potala Palace in Lhasa. Baltit Fort has also received the 2004 UNESCO Award of Excellence. During our visit at Baltit Fort we also witnessed, for the first time, an avalanche high up in the mountains. We were told by the tour guide that at one time the avalanche was so extreme that it came down to the fort and the valley!

Altit Fort

Altit Fort, Hunza Valley (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
Altit Fort, Hunza Valley (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
The Altit Fort apricot & orchid garden..
Altit Fort, Hunza Valley (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
Vineyard full of sweet fruit..
Altit Fort, Hunza Valley (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
Altit Fort, Hunza Valley (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
Can you spot a beautiful bird?
Altit Fort, Hunza Valley (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
Kha Basi Cafe - Altit Fort
Altit Fort, Hunza Valley (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
Altit Fort, Hunza Valley (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
Our tour guide..
Altit Fort, Hunza Valley (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
Altit Fort, Hunza Valley (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
Balcony overlooking the village..
Altit Fort, Hunza Valley (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
From the Altit Fort balcony..
Altit Fort, Hunza Valley (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
Altit Fort, Hunza Valley (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)

Baltit Fort

Baltit Fort, Hunza Valley (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
Baltit Fort, Hunza Valley (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
Baltit Fort, Hunza Valley (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
Baltit Fort, Hunza Valley (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
Baltit Fort, Hunza Valley (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
Baltit Fort, Hunza Valley (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
Baltit Fort, Hunza Valley (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
Royal thrown.. such a beautiful view.
Baltit Fort, Hunza Valley (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
Baltit Fort, Hunza Valley (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
Baltit Fort, Hunza Valley (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
Baltit Fort, Hunza Valley (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
Baltit Fort, Hunza Valley (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
Witnessed an avalanche high up on the mountains..
Looking down at the village from Baltit Fort
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Eagle's Nest at Duikar View Point
One of the best attractions of Hunza Valley was the Eagle's Nest Hotel at Duikar View Point at the height of 10,000 feets above sea level. Since our small ride failed to go that steep up the mountain we had to get off our car! It is wasily accessible by jeep however. Eagle's Nest Hotel has plenty of rooms where you can stay over night. It is most famous for the magnificent view of surrounding peaks like Rakaposhi, Ultar, Golden Peak, Lady Finger etc which are easily visible through naked eye. When we reached the spot we found plenty of tourists in groups taking photographs of the sunset and making time-lapse videos. We, however settled with out digital camera and cell phones since I did not own a DSLR at that time. We visited Eagle's nest twice. Once during daytime to have lunch, the restaurant was clean, food was tasty and ambiance traditional and comfortable. The second time, we went around sunset to experience the twilight and almost missed it! Tip: Do NOT leave Hunza Valley without a visit to Eagle's Nest. 

We also made a quick stopover at the famous Hunza de Cafe for the best coffee and amazingly delicious Walnut Cake! We all had tea and Walnut Cake slices on the roof top looking towards the Baltit Fort and surrounding mountains. Hunza De Cafe not only offers the best kind of Espresso but also wide range of books and maps along with apricot oil, beauty soaps, pure honey etc made locally. Tip: Book your Walnut Cake for delivery to your hometown! We ordered 2 of them! I also filled my hot flask with Hot Chocolate and got a Brownie for breakfast.


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Hunza Valley (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
Trees changing colors - autumn is here..
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Hunza Valley (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
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Hunza Valley (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
Needed a 2 minute break every minute! We were literally hiking at 45 degrees angle.
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Hunza Valley (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
Our ride - yes! 
It was a Mehran (600cc) & yes we came all the way on that little one!
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Lady Finger Peak! (Bubulimuting 19,685 ft)
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Hunza Valley (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
The biggest pumpkins I ever came across! Almost every house had these.
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Hunza Valley (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
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Hunza Valley (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
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Hunza Valley (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
Hunza Valley (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
The twilight.. the calm air..
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Hot chocolate for me!
Hunza de Cafe
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The famous Walnut Cake!
 @ Hunza de Cafe
The People of Hunza Valley
I've talked about everything that was beautiful and breathtaking but the best thing about Hunza Valley is it's people - Hunzakuts. Warmhearted, friendly and known for their hospitality, the people of Hunza Valley are probably the most friendly in the region and also the most literate (approx. 90%) as compared to other similar districts! It is indeed a 'role model' for Pakistan. Virtually every child in the valley goes to school and studies up to at least high school level.

There is a sense of calm and peace in this valley which is nothing like we felt elsewhere. Every morning when we used to wake up and prepare breakfast in the balcony (we stayed at PTDC Hunza) we saw kids, girls and boys, school teachers (wearing sneakers which was really cute) with books in their hands. Young girls and boys are often seen on the streets going to and from the schools and women doing everyday grocery shopping in the local market. Many times kids would wave and teachers (women) would smile a bit too, that welcoming smile. We hold them with great respect. And guys.. well they always smile, no? :) I think this is the essence of this beautiful valley. People are glued to their culture and traditions but the are open minded and welcoming. Most of the people of Hunza Valley are Ismaili Shia Muslims, followers of His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan. The present Aga Khan has provided a lot of funding for the valley to help with agriculture and local economy through the Aga Khan Development Network. The Hunza region is home to people of three ethnicity.

The Lower Hunza area (Khizerabad - Nasirabad) mainly inhibited by Shinaki people who are Shina speakers. The Central Hunza area (Murtazaabad - Ahmedabad) mainly inhibited by Burushaski speakers and, the Upper Hunza area known as Gojal (Shiskat - Khunjerab) mainly populated by Wakhi speakers. 

I have so much to write and talk about but let's just say you cannot experience the entire beauty of Hunza Valley through my eyes - make a plan and visit! I can assure it will be a memorable trip. You can either fly to Gilgit from Islamabad and drive to Hunza Valley which is approx 2 hours. Or if you plan to go all the way by road then make a detailed itinerary. This is how our itinerary looked like:

Islamabad  >  Naran (1 night stay) 
Naran  >  Gilgit (via Babusar Pass and Chilas, 1 night stay at Gilgit)
Gilgit  >  Hunza Valley (4 nights stay)
Hunza Valley  >  Naran (1 night stay) 
Naran  > Islamabad

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Hunza Valley (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
Hunza Valley (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
Hunza Valley (www.prettygloss.blogspot.com)
Oh fruit - how can I forget thee?

Tip: Do purchase any local fruits you come across. We got walnuts, apricots and apples!

This is a really hectic schedule with hours of non-stop driving so make sure you add a stopover if you cannot drive that long. We had plenty of food (dry, snacks) with us along with warm clothes, just in case. If you are as crazy as we are make sure you take a water-bath in the glacier water of Hunza River. Tip: Extremely cold! More than you can imagine, so keep dry, warm clothes handy! Also make sure you are well prepared for the trip in terms of your vehicle, accommodation, living etc as this will be a long journey. Most of the time, while we were in Hunza Valley and also uptil and ahead of Naran we filled our water bottles with fresh spring water which did wonders to my digestive system, I was craving for food every 3 hours! So do not worry about fresh, clean water. There is plenty.

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Our friendly neighbor - @ KKH 
Hunza Valley trip to us has been the most memorable of trip ever. We plan to visit HUnza Valley again, this time during spring when Sakura is at full bloom. Until then we will cherish the time spent at the beautiful valley with its wonderful people.

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