Skardu is a town in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan. It serves as the capital of the Skardu District and is situated in the northeastern part of Pakistan, near the border with India. Skardu is a gateway to some of the world’s highest peaks, including K2, the second-highest mountain on Earth.
Key features and attractions of Skardu include:
Natural Beauty: Skardu is known for its breathtaking landscapes, surrounded by towering mountains, serene lakes, and lush green valleys. The town is located along the Indus River, and the scenery is often described as stunning.
Baltit Fort: Located in nearby Karimabad, the Baltit Fort is a historical structure that dates back to the 8th century. It offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.
Shangrila Resort: Also known as Lower Kachura Lake, Shangrila Resort is a popular tourist destination near Skardu. The resort is set against the backdrop of the Karakoram Range and offers boat rides on the lake.
Deosai National Park: This national park is located at an average elevation of 4,114 meters (13,497 feet) above sea level, making it one of the highest plateaus in the world. It is known for its wildlife, including Himalayan brown bears.
Satpara Lake: This freshwater lake is situated near Skardu and is a popular spot for boating and picnics. The lake is surrounded by snow-capped peaks, adding to its scenic beauty.
Shigar Fort: Another historic fort in the region, Shigar Fort is known for its architectural beauty and cultural significance. It has been converted into a heritage hotel.
Trekking and Mountaineering: Skardu is a base for treks and expeditions to some of the world’s highest peaks, including K2, Broad Peak, and Gasherbrum.
The region’s cultural heritage is rich, influenced by a mix of Central Asian, Tibetan, and South Asian traditions. The people of Skardu are mainly Balti, and the area has a diverse linguistic and cultural landscape.
Due to its remote location and challenging terrain, reaching Skardu often involves air travel from major Pakistani cities or a road journey through the picturesque Karakoram Highway. The best time to visit Skardu is during the summer months when the weather is relatively mild, and the landscapes are at their most vibrant.