The Hunza Valley is one of the natural wonders of Pakistan. It is situated in the province of Gilgit-Baltistan, the country's northernmost territory. The valley was its own princely state for 900 years prior to the establishment of the British Raj. It remained a quasi-independent state until the 1970's, when it was absorbed by Pakistan. Largely rural, the territory's people represent a distinct ethnic group whose culture has been heavily influenced by those of the neighboring parts of Afghanistan and China.