Shangrila Lake

Shangrila Lake

Shangrila Lake

Shangrila Lake or Lower Kachura Lake is a part of the Shangrila resort located at a drive of about 20 minutes from Skardu (nearly 2,500 m or 8,200 feet) town.

Shangrila Lake is a popular tourist destination, and has a unique restaurant that is built on the fuselage of an aircraft that had crashed nearby.

Shangrila was established in 1983 with the opening of the first Resort Hotel in Skardu, Baltistan. 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“.

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Sheosar Lake

Sheosar-Lake

Sheosar Lake (also called Shausar Lake) is a lake situated in Deosai National Park, in Gilgit-Baltistan province of northern Pakistan.

The lake is at an elevation of 4,142 metres (13,589 ft) in the Karakoram-West Tibetan Plateau alpine steppe. Its approximate length is 2.3 kilometres (1.4 mi), width 1.8 kilometres (1.1 mi), and average depth is 40 metres (130 ft).

Sheosar Lake means ‘Blind Lake’, as ‘Sheo’ in Shina Language means ‘Blind’ and ‘Sar’ means ‘Lake’.

The lake is accessible through two routes. One is via Skardu and the other via Astore District.

The road through Skardu can be covered by jeep in few hours, however, if trekked, it can take 2 days time.

Second route is from Astore District. From main Astore town, it takes about 4 hours’ jeep travel through a semi-metal road to reach Chilim, the last residential area adjacent to the plains.

Best Time to Visit

Between the months of November to May the whole area of Deosai is snow bound. However, the area is full of natural beauty during Spring and Summer Season. During spring, the whole surrounding gets covered with wide variety of colorful flowers and butterflies. The best time of visiting this beautiful lake is in summer between June to early September.

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Deosai Plains

deosai

The Deosai National Park is a treeless wilderness at 4114 meters lying south of Satpara in Skardu, in the Gilgit-Baltistan province of Pakistan. The plateau, located between the western massif of the Himalayas and the central Karakoram, is the second highest in the world after Tibet, and covers an area of about 3000 square kilometers. It is famous for its unique flora and fauna, but also for its stunning scenic views of the snow-clad mountains and streams.

The park was established in 1993 to secure the survival and the habitat of several animal species, such as the Himalayan Brown Bear, which had long been a prize kill for poachers and hunters. The plains are also home to numerous high altitude animals including Red Fox, Snow Leopard, Golden Marmot, Himalayan Ibex, Wolf and Ladakh Urial, as well as over 125 resident and migratory birds among which the Golden Eagle, Griffon Vulture, Lammergeyer, Sparrow hawk, Laggar Falcon, Kestrel and Snow cock.

Deosai, literally the “Land of Giants”, is accessible via Skardu in the North and Astore in the West. It can only be visited during the summer season, when it is covered by millions of flowers and butterflies. The view of the Karakoram Range from the top of the 4785-meter pass is breathtaking.

The most gorgeous picnic spot in the region is undoubtedly the Sheosar Lake with its quiet and peaceful surroundings. It is situated at a height of 4142 m in the plains and is approximately 2,3 kilometer-long. In Shina language, “Sheosar” means “blind lake”. Another occasion to take timeless photographs for sure!

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Gilgit-Region

Gilgit

Naltar valley

Naltar Valley

Naltar is a valley near Gilgit , Hunza and Nomal, Gilgit Baltistan in the Gilgit–Baltistan province of Pakistan. Naltar is 40 km (25 mi) from Gilgit and can be reached by jeeps.

buddha rock

Kargha Budhha

 More than 50,000 rock carvings, inscriptions and engravings of Buddha can be found in Gilgit-Baltistan, which shows the presence of Buddhists in these areas during the late Stone Age.

Ruby mine

The ruby Mine

A ruby is a pink to blood-red colored gemstone, a variety of the mineral corundum (aluminium oxide). The red color is caused mainly by the presence of the element chromium.

Naltar Lake

Naltar Lake

Naltar is a wonderful valley just about 2 hrs drive from Gilgit in the Northern Areas of Pakistan.

Rush Lake

Rush Lake

Rush Lake is a high altitude lake located in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan near Rush Pari Peak, 5,098 m (16,726 ft). At 4,694 meters.

Borit Lake

Borith Lake

Borith Lake is a lake in the Gilgit–Baltistan, Pakistan. Borith is a hamlet in the surroundings of the Borith Lake to the northwest of Husseini, a village near Gulmit, Gojal, in the upper Hunza.

Hunza-Nagar

Baltit Fort

Baltite Fort

Baltit Fort or Balti Fort is an ancient fort in the Hunza valley in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan. Founded in the 1st CE, since 2004, it has been on the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative list.

Altit-Fort

Altit Fort

Altit Fort is an ancient fort at Altit town in the Hunza valley in Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan.

rakaposhi

Rakaposhi

Rakaposhi, is a mountain in the Karakoram mountain range in Pakistan. It is situated in the Nagar Valley Nagar District.

Golden/spantik Peak

Golden/spantik Peak

Spantik or Golden Peak is a mountain in Spantik-Sosbun Mountains subrange of Karakoram in Nagar Valley, Gilgit Baltistan,Pakistan.

Ultar Peak

Ultar Peak

Ultar Sar (also Ultar, Ultar II, Bojohagur Duanasir II) is the southeasternmost major peak of the Batura Muztagh, a subrange of the Karakoram range.

Khunjerab Pass

Khunjerab Pass

Khunjerab Pass is a high mountain pass in the Karakoram Mountains in a strategic position on the northern border of Pakistan’s Gilgit–Baltistan.

Attaabad-Lake

Attabad Lake

Attabad Lake, Gojal, also known as Gojal Lake, is a lake in the Gojal Valley of northern Pakistan created in January 2010 by a landslide dam.

Eagle's Nest Hotel

Eagle’s Nest

 Eagle’s Nest Hotel is situated in the village of Duikar, which is preached on a 2850 meter high ridge above Altit village in Hunza valley.

Karimabad valley

Karimabad

Karimabad is the capital of Hunza Valley in Gilgit-Baltistan, northern Pakistan. Karimabad is also known as Baltit.

Borith Lake

Borith Lake

Borith Lake is a lake in the Gilgit–Baltistan, Pakistan. Borith is a hamlet in the surroundings of the Borith Lake to the northwest of Husseini, a village near Gulmit, Gojal, in the upper Hunza.

passu village

Passu Village

Passu is a small village on the Karakoram Highway, beside the Hunza River, some 15 kilometers from Gulmit, the Tehsil headquarters of Gojal in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan.

Shimshal Valley

Shimshal Valley

Shimshal is a village located in Gojal, Hunza–Nagar District, in the Gilgit–Baltistan region of Pakistan formerly known as Northern Areas of Pakistan.

Duikar Hill

Duikar village

At about 2800m, Duikar is said to be Hunza’s highest village. It’s about 11km and 25 minutes by jeep or a 2½-hour walk from Karimabad, past gravity-defying terraced fields.

Ganish Village

Ganish Village

Ganish is a village in Pakistan, distinct for being the oldest and first settlement on the ancient Silk Road in Hunza. It is located 90 km and 2.5 hours traveling time from Gilgit.

Sost gilgit

Sust

Sust or Sost is a village in Gojal, Upper Hunza, Gilgit–Baltistan, Pakistan. It is the last town inside Pakistan on the Karakoram Highway before the Chinese border.

Gulmit Village

Gulmit Village

Gulmit is the headquarters of the Gojal Tehsil, in the upper Hunza region of the Gilgit territory in the Gilgit Baltistan region of Pakistan.

Ghizer

phandar valley

Phandar Valley

Phandar Valley is situated 61 kilometers (38 miles) from the valley of Gupis, in District Ghizer of Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan.

Shandur Polo Ground

Shandur Polo Ground

Shandur Top (el. 12,200 feet (3,700 m)) located in Chitral, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Shandur is often called the ‘Roof of the World’.

darkut pass

Darkot pass

Darkot pass (el. 15,430 ft., open May through October) is a high mountain pass that connects Baroghil Valley in Chitral and Rawat valley of Ghizer District in Gilgit, Pakistan. It is also known as “Darkut”.

Khalti lake

Khalti Lake

Khalti Lake is located in Gupis, District Ghizer, Tehsil Punial. Its is 20-30 minutes drive from Gupis.

Karambar Lake

Karambar Lake

Karambar Lake is a high altitude lake located in Ishkomen, a Tehsil of District Ghizer in Gilgit–Baltistan, near the boundary of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan.

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