TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN SKARDU & SHIGAR DISTRICTS
Kharpucho Fort is located northeast of Skardu Town. It sits 152 m above the Indus River perched on top of Mount Khargrong. It was built in the late 1800s and is similar in architecture to that of the palace in Skardu. Kharpucho Fort was built sometime towards the end of the 15th or 16th century. Later, Ali Sher Khan made significant additions to the structure. When the Dogras of Kashmir occupied the region in 1840, the fort underwent further interventions. The date of the Kashmari invasion is inscribed on a rock, which can be found near Kharidong Mosque within the fort complex.
Mendoq Khar (Flower Palace) is located some 91 m below Kharpucho Fort. Mendoq Gyalmo (Gul Khatoon) – the second wife of Ali Sher Khan, built it in the early 17th century.
The Manthal Buddah is located near the village of Manthal on the Skardu side Satpara Lake. The Tourism Department has been developed and constructed Information Center at Manthal Buddah. The manthal Buddah just before the Lake where you walk a few minutes down the roadand cross small stream and up the hill to the boulder. The rock represents the Golden Era of the centre, with two standing Buddhas on either side. The sitting Buddha is surrounded on all sides by 20 smaller seated Buddhas.
Italian K2 Museum
The Italian K2 Museum is located in the Skardu PTDC Motel. It was established 2004 to commemorate 50 year since the first successful Italian expedition to K2 in 1954. The museum has a selection of photos documenting the last 50 years of Italian Mountaineering successes in the area and also includes documentation.
Satapara Lake is on the way of Deosai Plains. Raja Ali Khan is credited with the construction of an embankment around Satpara Lake to provide water to the settlements in Skardu and 2,636 meters from sea level. The road leading to the Deosai Plains offers superb views of the much larger current day Satapara Lake where boating and fishing enthusiasts can hire a boat and guide. Those wanting to fish need to arrange a fishing license with the Fisheries Department Skardu.
The village of Shagari is known to be one of the oldest settlements in the Skardu and is considered to be the birth place of the Maqpon dynasty. According to local historians, Shagari was once the site of major castle and was originally called Rygayul in Balti – ryga meaning “central” or “capital” and yul meaning “village”. It was under the rule of Shakar Rygayulfu until the 13th century and later under the Maqpon Royal Family.
Upper Kachura Lake
Upper Kachura Lake is located west of Skardu 2,500 meters
(8200 feet) and on the way to Gilgit. The area is rich in flora with coniferous forests and wild apricot orchards. Trout fishing is also possible but fishing license is required from Fisheries Department Skardu.
There are endless gentle walks along the streams of the Deosai. There are several 4-6 day treks that lead to the plains from both Skardu (Burgi La & Shagarthang Valley) and Chilim Astore. One of the most popular treks is the 2 to 3 – day trek from Sheosar Lake to Ali Malik Pass(4082 m) returning to Bara Pain. The Deosai plain is world highest Plateau and rich of fauna and flora.
Basho Valley is located on way t of Skardu and on the way of Gilgit. The area is rich in fauna (Ibex, Markhor, Brown Bear, Snow Leopard, Marmad and flora (Pine Deodar, Blue Pine, Juniper Poplar, Seabuck Thorn & thousands of Medicinal Plants) Trout fish available in Basho Valley (Sultan Abad) but fishing license is required from Fisheries Department Skardu.
Past Mendoq Khar, a small trail that clings to the hillside along the Indus leads to Nangsoq an organic village that is striving to keep alive traditional farming practices. The village is ideal for picnics as well as for trying Baltistan’s traditional cuisine.
Shigar Fort or Fong Khar ( Palace on. the Rock) was built in the early 17th century during the reign of Raja Hassan Khan, the 20th Amacha ruler. It served as the political and administrative centre as well as the home of the royal family. Fong is the last remaining structure associated with the Amacha family. The restoration of the 400-year old Shigar Fort Palace has transformed one of the historic landmarks of Baltistan into a museum and exclusive heritage guest house, setting a high-profile precedent for a sustainable modern reuse of heritage structures in Pakistan.
The 14th century Amburiq travelling with the represent the first Islamic religions monument in the shigar Valley built by Irani craftman who were ravelling with the Kashmiri preacher, Syed Ali Hamdani. The mosque wabuilt using the traditional cribbage and cator technique, which also possesses rich carved motifs and strong structural elements. In 1998, Aga Khan Cultural Service Pakistan with funding from the Royal Norwegian Embassy, Islamabad restored the mosque in partnership with local community. In 2005 it was recognized with a UNESCO Award for heritage conservation.
Khaqah – e – Moallah
The 400 year old Khanqa – e – Moallah is located in the main bazzar of Shigar. It was completed during the time of Syed Yahya. Khanqa – e – Moallah is built with apricot and walnut wood and stands on a raised platform with the main entrance accessed from a veranda.
Askole is a tiny village at an altitude of 3000 m. Askole is the gateway to four of the world highest Peak, K2, Broad Peak, GI and GII.
Chutron (hot water spring) lies further north along the right bank of the Basha River. There are natural hot sulphur springs where locals come to heal their ailments. There are separate enclosure for men and women.
Jarba So Lake
The picturesque Jarba So Lake is fed by crystal clear spring water. It is located just before the confluence of the Shigar and Indus River and provides a superb fishing, picnic, swimming and bird watching spot, particularly in summar. You can reach one h from Shigar by Jeep.
Rock Climbing, Trekking, Trophy Hunting, Fishing, Paragliding, Skiing, Mountain Biking
Polo, Zakh (white Water Rafting in River Indus), Khlang Then, Tako Polo, Aposh and Kang Polo, Bong Polo
Highest Peaks (Baltistan)
|Broad Peak||8035 m||14|
Largest Glaciers outside polar region
Siachen 685 sq. km
Baltaro 529 sq. km
Hisper 343 sq. km
Biafo 383 sq. km
- Jashn-e- Nooroz
- Zakh/Rafting Competition
- Rock Climbing
- Cultural Shows/Musical Night
- Skin Chan Bargum
- Mandok Talmo
Major Peaks and Heights
The region is mountain rich having eight highest peaks out of fourteen and pride to have three mountainous ranges Karakuram, Himalaya and Hindukash
Major Peaks of Gilgit-Baltistan
|Name of Peaks||Heights(Meters)||Range||Group|
|Kanjut Sar(Distaghil Sar II)||7760||Karakoram||Hisper|
|Baltoro Kangari III||7280||Karakoram||Boltoro|
General Bus Stand,Nawaz sharif
Colony Jutial Gilgit