ISLAMABAD  - Ministry of Kashmir Affairs has ensured preservation of six archeological sites in Gilgit Baltistan (GB) to promote tourism and cultural activities.

The archaeological sites include Manthal Rock Art Skardu, Karga Buddha Site Gilgit, Lamsa Buddha Site Shighar Skardu, Fugush Monastry District Diamer, Hanzal Stupa Gilgit, rock carvings and inscriptions Ganish Hunza.

Highlighting the steps taken to promote cultural activities, tourist resorts and sports in Gilgit-Baltistan, official sources on Sunday said that these are implementation of Annual Calendar of events-2016 to promote indigenous culture and arts.

These also include events such as Spring Blossom Festival, Silk Route Festival, Ginnani Festival, Babusar Festival, Rama Festival, Jash-Nouroz, Baba Gundi Festival, Thukham Razi Festival and holding of Gilgit-Baltistan Festival in Lahore and Faisalabad.

The sports activities include improvement and rehabilitation of 33 Polo grounds across GB, holding of All Pakistan under-14 Football Championship in Gilgit, holding of All Pakistan under-14 Table Tennis Championship in Gilgit, construction of multi-purpose sports and recreational complex in district Gilgit, Skardu, Ghizer,Ghanche and Astore and approval of GB Sports Act.

Moreover, the sources said with regard to tourist resorts activities, the authorities developed tourism facilitation infrastructure including Tourism Information Centers in District Skardu, Ghizer, Ghanche and Astore and establishment of Tourist Facilitation Centers at entry points of Gilgit-Baltistan at Babusar, Teru and Khunjerab.

The other step was construction of 30 km approach roads to tourist destinations in Districts Gilgit, Skardu, Diamer, Astore and Hunza Nagar which are beneficial for promotion of tourism.