Not to miss places in Skardu

In the North of Pakistan, surrounding by the mighty mountains of Karakoram and Himalayas, personification of beauty, calmness and wilderness, Skardu is the capital of Skardu District located in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan and is the center of trekking, trailing and climbing journeys. Here are 10 famous places of Skardu that make it worth visiting.

1. DEOSAI NATIONAL PARK

Deosai is one of the most famous places of Skardu. Deosai National Park was first established to secure the lives of several animal and bird species such as Snow Leopard, Red Fox, Himalayan Brown Bear, Wolf, Golden eagle, Sparrow Hawk and snow Cock. Besides the wild life planet, this Park is famous for its green hills, flora and fauna, snow-capped mountains and streams and wild thick flowers. Deosai National Park is only visited in summer, welcomed by breathtaking view of flowers and butterflies.

2. BASHO VALLEY

Basho is a lush green beautiful valley located at a distance of 20 Km from Skardu airport. Basho valley is pine forested and beautiful valley . This beautiful valley is famous for its green meadows, pine forests and waterfalls.

3. KATPANA COLD DESERT OF SKARDU

At the cold region and high altitude , Sand dunes are no less than a wonder. It is also in the list of famous places in Skardu. Sand Dunes in Skardu are located near the Indus River covering the two main deserts; Katpana Desert and Shigar desert. Sand dunes, also known as cold desert holds a magnetic attraction in itself.

4. SHANGRILA RESORT

The Heavenly Shangrila Resort is built on a beautiful lake and is located 35 minutes from Skardu and is surrounded by the fascinating sceneries. This resort is best known for boat riding in Skardu.

5. MANTHAL BUDDHA ROCK CARVINGS

On the way to Sadpara lake , Manthal village is located on right side. The Buddhist rock is located in this village. This rock carving came into existence when Buddhist was practiced in Skardu.  Buddhist monks of that time craved drawings of their visions, experiences and images of Buddha with texts written in Tibetan Language. These Buddhist rocks were the place of their worships till the mid of 14th Century A.D before the advent of Islam in Baltistan.

6. SHIGAR VALLEY

This valley is watered by  Shigar river and is the gateway to the mighty Karakoram Mountains. Shigar is also one of the most famous places in Skardu. Shigar Valley is 23km away from Skardu. It is a beautiful village proliferates with crops and fruits of all sorts such as apricots, walnuts, pears, peaches and grapes. Shigar Fort in Shigar Valley once was the residence of local Ruler and recently modernized by Agha Khan. There is also a Wooden Mosque built by Kashmiri Carpenters in the middle of Shigar Valley.

7. SATPARA LAKE

Bright Blue, bursting with rainbow, surrounded by the glacial mountains and carrying enchanted lake in its middle, this lake is the ultimate fairy-tale resort in the beautiful valley of Skardu. Satpara Lake is also known for fishing and boating.

8. KHARPOCHO FORT

The ancient and famous fort, gives you a hill top view of the whole town. Under the feet of Kharpocho fort, crawls the powerful Indus River.

9. UPPER KACHURA LAKE

The most mesmerizing lake in Skardu valley , with a depth of almost 60 meters is located 20 Km from Skardu city. In local balti language it is called Foroq Tso.

10. NANSOQ ORGANIC VILLAGE

Nansoq is the first organic village in Pakistan. It is located behind the well-known Kharpocho fort, this village has been visited by Prince Charles and Prince of Wales andDuchess Of Cornwall.

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