There is only one surviving Buddhist Rock with rock carvings in the Skardu Valley located on Satpara road. Probably the rock carvings and images of Buddha date back to the period of Great Tibetan Empire.
When the Buddhist people of Gandhara migrated and passed through the present northern areas of Pakistan, they settled at some places temporarily and carved drawings of Stupas, scenes of their experiences and images of Buddha with texts in Kharoshti language. There were a number of such Buddhist rock carvings in the Skardu Valley.
Probably those rocks were used either by Ali Sher Khan Anchan as building material or submerged in the Satpara lake. Scholars and researchers like Dr. A.H. Dani from Pakistan and some from other countries have done lot of research work on these rock carvings and have since deciphered the text of the carvings in Kharoshti language. The entire Northern Areas of Pakistan have greater influence of Buddha as indicated by various inscriptions and remnants in various regions.
When the Buddhists from Gandhara migrated and passed through the present Northern Areas of Pakistan, they settled at some places temporarily and carved drawings of Stupas, scenes of their experience and images of Buddha with tests in Kharoshti language. Once of the historical rocks is situated between Skardu city and Sadpara Lake on the bank of Hargisa Stream. The 2000 years old sculpture shows the great Buddha surrounded by his disciples. It was a place of worship for Buddhists till the middle of 14th century A.D. There are also Buddha scripts and Rock carving at Shigar, Mehdi Abad and Chunda.