Buddhist Rock

budhist rock

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.

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Snow Lake

Snow Lake

Snow Lake, or Lukpe Lawo, is a high-altitude glacial basin in the Karakoram mountain range in Gilgit-Baltistan. It is not a lake.

Snow Lake is located 16,000 feet (4,877 m) above sea level, and is approximately 10 miles (16 km) wide. The basin lies at the head of the Biafo and Hispar glaciers, which spread down from the Hispar Pass in opposite directions, forming a 61 mile (100 km) river of ice that is among the world’s longest continuous glacier systems outside of the polar regions.

The journey to Snow Lake typically begins in Skardu, which can be reached by plane or jeep from Islamabad. From Skardu, a jeep takes travellers through the Braldu Gorge to the village of Askole. The trek from Askole initially proceeds towards K2, then turns northwest up the Biafo Glacier to Snow Lake. The descent differs from the ascent, going through the Hunza Valley and ending in Gilgit, from where a return to Islamabad can be arranged by plane or jeep.

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Cold Desert

Cold Desert
Skardu is an interesting place to visit, but there is something which is unique and stunning at the height where Skardu is located – the cold Skardu desert. Yes,  desert that makes you shudders with blowing cool winds that not sweat with hot winds as we as a rule do in ; the ordinary deserts spotted any place on the planet.
Skardu desert, encompassed by green valley with rich green vegetation, is said to be the coldest desert on the planet, as inspite of temperatures running between a greatest of 27 °C and a base (in October) 8 °C, which further drop to beneath -10 °C in the December-to-January, while the least temperature that can reach -25 °C, Skardu Desert is chilly and solidifying.
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Upper Kachura Lake

Upper Kachura Lake

Upper Kachura Lake is of clear water and has a depth of 70 metres (230 ft). In summer it has a temperature of 15 °C (59 °F). In winter the surface is frozen solid. The upper Indus River flows nearby at a lower elevation.

The beauty of the Upper Kachura Lake is almost untampered and mostly unexplored by travelers, due to lack of infrastructure owing to its rough terrain The area has a rich flora of the Western Himalayan subalpine conifer forests ecoregion, and also known for its wild apricot – Prunus armeniaca orchards. Recreation activities at Upper Kachura Lake include hiking, trout fishing, and Himalaya mountaineering.

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Kachura Lake

Lower Kachura 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.

It 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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Kharpocho Fort

Kharpocho_Fort

Skardu Fort or Kharpocho means The king of Forts is a fort in Skardu city in Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan administered Kashmir.
Australian mountaineer and film maker Greg Child writes that the fort is “perched above the junction of the rivers” and overlooks the Rock of Skardu.

The fort was originally the residence of the Rajas of Skardu who find their descent from a fakir. The fort was built by the king Ali Sher in the end of the sixteenth century.General Zorawar Singh of the Dogra Rajput clan working under Maharaja Gulab Singh realized the importance of the fort’s location in the town and so he occupied the fort. It was part of his many military campaigns to annex the areas of Baltistan to the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir. The fort was razed to the ground in 1857 under the guidance ofRanbir Singh. Mughal emperor Aurangzeb also tried to occupy the fort, which went in vain.

During the First Indo-Pakistani War, Pakistani platoon were deployed inside the fort for protecting the local people. Also during the war the Gilgit Scouts seiged the fort to force a garrison stationed at the fort to enter and participate in the war. On 11 February 1948, Indian forces battled with the Skardu garrison of the fort. After a six hour long battle between the two the attackers retreated. They again came on 14th February directing “harassing fire into the fort”.

American mountaineers Robert Bates and Charles Houston writes that they were “lavishly entertained” as they visited the fort.

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K-2

K2 mountain

K2, also known as Chhogori/Qogir, Ketu/Kechu, and Mount Godwin-Austen is the second highest mountain in the world at 8,611 metres (28,251 ft), after Mount Everest. It is located on the border between Baltistan, in the Gilgit–Baltistan region of northern Pakistan, and the Taxkorgan Tajik Autonomous County of Xinjiang, China. K2 is the highest point of the Karakoram Range and the highest point in Pakistan.

K2 is known as the Savage Mountain due to the extreme difficulty of ascent and the second-highest fatality rate among the eight thousanders. With 302 summits and 80 fatalities, about one person dies on the mountain for every four who summit. It is more difficult and hazardous to reach the peak of K2 from the Chinese side; thus, it is usually climbed from the Pakistani side. Unlike Annapurna, the mountain with the highest fatality-to-summit rate (191 summits and 61 fatalities), K2 has never been climbed during wintertime.

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Shangrila resort

Shangrila resort

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.

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Skardu-Region

Skardu

K2 mountain

K-2

K2, also known as Chhogori/Qogir, Ketu/Kechu, and Mount Godwin-Austen, is the second highest mountain in the world at 8,611 metres, after Mount Everest….       Read More

Deosai_Plateau

Deosai Plains

Deosai Plains – spread over an area of some 3,000 kilometres. After Tibet, Deosai is the second highest plateau in the world. A part of Pakistan’s  Gilgit Baltistan region, the plains at an average height of 4,114 metres above mean sea level.

Shangrila resort

Shangrila Resort

Shangrila Resort Skardu, also known as “Heaven on Earth”, is nestled amongst some of the world’s highest peaks. It encircles the heart shaped “Kachura Lake” and is surrou-nded by fruit laden orchards and flower filled gardens.

satpara-lake

Satpara Lake

Satpara Lakeis a natural lake near skardu, Gilgit Baldistan, Pakistan which supplies water to Skardu Valley. It is fed by the Satpara Stream
Satpara Lake is situated at an elevation of 2,636 meters (8,650 ft) above sea level and is spread over an area of 2.5 km².

Gasherbrum-I

Gasherbrum I

Gasherbrum I, also known as Hidden Peak or K5, is the 11th highest mountain in the world at 8,080 metres above sea level. It is located on the Pakistani–Chinese border in Gilgit–Baltistan region of Pakistan and Xinjiang region of China

Gasherbrum_II

Gasherbrum II

Gasherbrum II also known as K4, is the 13th highest mountain in the world at 8,035 metres (26,362 ft) above sea level.It is the third-highest peak of the Gasherbrum massif, and is located in the Karakoram, on the border between Gilgit–Baltistan province, Pakistan, and Xinjiang, China.

Broad-Peak

Broad Peak

Broad Peak, is the 12th highest mountain in the world at 8,051 metres above sea level. The literal translation of “Broad Peak” to Falchan Kangri is not accepted among the Balti people.

Sheosar-Lake

Sheosar Lake

Sheosar 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 in the Karakoram-West Tibetan Plateau alpine steppe

Kharpocho_Fort

Kharpocho Fort

Skardu Fort or Kharpocho means The king of Forts is a fort in Skardu city in Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan administered Kashmir.

Baltoro Glacier

Baltoro Glacier

The Baltoro Glacier, at 63 km in length, is one of the longest glaciers outside the polar regions. It is located in Baltistan, in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan.

Lower Kachura Lake

Kachura Lake

The Kachura Lakes are two lakes in the Skardu District of Gilgit-Baltistan, northern Pakistan. The lakes, at 2,500 metres in elevation, are Upper Kachura Lake and Lower Kachura Lake.

Upper Kachura Lake

Upper Kachura Lake

Upper Kachura Lake is of clear water and has a depth of 70 metres (230 ft). In summer it has a temperature of 15 °C (59 °F). In winter the surface is frozen solid. The upper Indus River flows nearby at a lower elevation.

Cold Desert

Cold Desert

Skardu is an interesting place to visit, but there is something which is unique and stunning at the height where Skardu is located – the cold Skardu desert.

snow lake

Snow Lake

Snow Lake, or Lukpe Lawo, is a high-altitude glacial basin in the Karakoram mountain range in Gilgit-Baltistan. It is not a lake.

budhist rock

Buddhist Rock

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.

Shigar Fort

Shigar Fort

The Shigar Fort means The Fort on Rock is an old fort of Baltistan and Pakistan located in the town of Shigar. It was built in the 17th century by the Raja of Amacha Dynasty of Shigar.

Khaplu Valley

Khaplu Valley

Khaplu ValleyUrdu is a valley in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan. Lying 103 km east of Skardu town, it was the second-largest kingdom in old Baltistan.

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 town.

Ghanche

Masherbrum_Peak

Masherbrum Peak

Masherbrum is located in the Ghanche District, Gilgit Baltistan of Pakistan. At 7,821 metres it is the 22nd highest mountain in the world and the 9th highest in Pakistan

Ghondoghoro Pass

Ghondoghoro Pass

In 1986, a trekking route was established that connects the Baltoro Glacier to Hushe Valley over a Pass called “GONDOGORO PASS 5700M”.

Chaqchan Mosque

Chaqchan Mosque

The Masjid Chqchanmeans the Miraculous mosque in Khaplu, Baltistan built by Mir Sayyid Ali Hamadani in 1370 is one of the oldest mosque in Baltistan and Pakistan.

Shyok River

Shyok River

The Shyok River flows through northern Ladakh in India and the Ghangche District of Gilgit–Baltistan, spanning some 550 km.

thalay-la-trek

Thalay La

Thalay Valley is in Ghanche, Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan, on the bank of Shyok River.

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