Juglot or Jaglot (formerly Sai) is a town located in the Gilgit District of Gilgit−Baltistan, Pakistan. It is situated 45 kilometres (28 mi) southeast of the capital city of Gilgit on the Karakoram Highway. The town is situated at the junction of three major mountain ranges: the Karakoram, the Hindu Kush and the Himalayas. The confluence of Gilgit and Indus rivers is also located nearby.
|Elevation||1,988 m (6,522 ft)|
|Time zone||UTC+5:00 (PKT)|
Jaglot is situated at the mouth of Sai Nala as it joins the Indus River on its right side. Across the Indus River on its left bank is the village of Bunji. In the 19th century, a ferry service used to run between Jaglot (then known as Sai) and Bunji, which provided the only means of communication between Gilgit and Kashmir. In 1893, a suspension bridge called the Partab Bridge was constructed upstream, which provided an easier means of communication.
Approximately three miles above the mouth of Sai Nala, another mountain torrent joins it from the left. This and the Sai Nala provide several fertile plains, on which some dozen hamlets were raised, all of which have now merged into the village of Jaglot.
Historically, Juglot was strategically important as it lay along the route linking British India to China via the Kashmir region. Bunji, which served as a garrison location for the state military forces of the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir, is situated across the Indus River. The struggle for Kashmir's independence from the Sikh rulers of Kashmir also originated in Juglot.
Today, Juglot serves as one of the most important logistical bases for the Pakistan Army. The town gained significance for Pakistani forces during the 1984–2003 India–Pakistan conflict over the Siachen Glacier, which remains the highest active battleground in the world.
This section needs additional citations for verification. (October 2021)
Juglot is located in a fertile valley with rich natural resources. It is one of the business hubs of Gilgit−Baltistan due to its provision of access to all six districts of the Pakistani-administered territory. The town also contains the largest oil, wheat and flour depots in the territory. It has independent power-generation facilities and sufficient electric power to attract a number of flour mills and marble plants. Artisanal gold panning in the Indus River is carried out by a tribe known as the Soniwals (gold hunters).
Juglot contains fifteen villages, including:
- Gazetteer of Kashmir and Ladak, 1890, p.711.
- Gazetteer of Kashmir and Ladak, 1890, p.232.
- Gazetteer of Kashmir and Ladak, 1890, p.250.
- "Eleven years on, tragic memories of the earthquake disaster linger". www.geo.tv. Retrieved 2022-03-10.
- "Jaglote: where three empires meet". The Express Tribune. 2016-10-06. Retrieved 2022-03-10.
- Sai Nala mapped on OpenStreetMap, retrieved 16 May 2022.