Shangrila Lake or Lower Kachura Lake is a part of the Shangrila resort located at a drive of about 30 minutes from Skardu city.
Shangrila Resort Hotel was founded by the late Brig.(Retd) Muhammad Aslam Khan, the first commander of the Northern Scouts of the Pakistan Army.
Shangrila was named after a book titled “Lost Horizon” by James Hilton. In the novel, the author narrates a tale in which an aeroplane crash landed near a riverbed, in the early 1920s. The surviving passengers came across some Buddhist monks from a nearby temple and sought their help. They were taken to a beautiful lamasery filled with a variety of fruits and flowers. The monks looked quite young, although they claimed to be hundreds of years old. The idyllic place was called Shangri-la, a Tibetan word meaning “Heaven on earth“.
It is a popular tourist destination, and has a unique restaurant that is built on the fuselage of an aircraft that had crashed nearby.
Tourist can take a full view of Skardu city in a single glance from here. On two sides are beautiful mountains having peaks covered by snow on another side is Skardu city. The Indus River, Pakistan’s largest river and Skardu Gilgit link road is passing by side. Tourist can also enjoy verities of fruits never seen in the world.
The airport is also situated on a distance of 20 minutes drive.