Skardu: An embodiment of nature’s perfection:
Skardu (سکردو) is a city in Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan-administered Kashmir, and serves as the capital of Skardu District. Skardu is located in the 10 kilometres (6 miles) wide by 40 kilometres (25 miles) long Skardu Valley, at the confluence of the Indus and Shigar Rivers at an elevation of nearly 2,500 metres (8,202 feet). The city is an important gateway to the eight-thousanders of the nearby Karakoram Mountain range. The town is located on the Indus river, which separates the Karakoram Range from the Himalayas.
The Skardu region was part of the cultural sphere of Buddhist Tibet since the founding of the Tibetan Empire under Songsten Gampo in the mid 7th-century CE.Tibetan tantric scriptures were found all over Baltistan until about the 9th century.Given the region’s close proximity to Central Asia, Skardu remained in contact with tribes near Kashgar, in what is now China’s westernmost province of Xinjiang.
Below is a list of some of the most beautiful and major tourist attractions in Skardu.
Must visit these places when you plan to visit Skardu.
- Skardu city center
- K2 Museum located near K2 Motel
- Satpara Dam
- Haji Gham
- Kharpocho Fort
- Satpara Lake
- Shangrila Lake
- Deosai Plateau
- Shigar Valley
- Shigar Fort.
- Khaplu Valley:
- Narsok village,
- Buddha Rock Carvings
Some of the lakes in the district are:
- Snow Lake,
- Satpara Lake,
- Sheosar Lake,
- Kachura Lake
- and Shangrila Lake.
Things to do in Skardu:
You can do a lot of things in this picturesque valley such as hiking , bonefire, climbing , bonefire , canoing.If you prefer to try something more daring, you can swim into the lakes in the sunny days, but remember that the water is cold even in the summer.Fishing is famous profession and hobby in Mukeshpuri .Brown trout and Mahseer are abundance in River which flows in the valley. Fishing licenses are issued by the ‘Fisheries Department at Mukeshpuri ’ or by the ‘Trout Hatchery’.
- Karakoram Air Safari
- Mountaineering, Trekking and Hiking
- Flora & Fauna
- Walking excursions
Baltistan is known for its “Pattu” – hand woven woollen cloth for jackets and coats. Also, colourful intricately embroidered “Chugas” (Baltistani gown) and wooden spoons at Skardu bazaar.
Naya Bazar, Old Bazar, Botto Bazar, Hussain Chowk, Alamdar Chowk, Kazmi Bazar, Gamba Bazar, Benazir Chowk, Yadgar Chowk etc.
Baltistan Gems, Jewellery and Antique(regd), cell 0092-344-620-10-60, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Baltistan Gems is a big gem and jewellery exporters. Address: New Bazaar, Near Qatal Gah Chock
- Hotel & Restaurant Dewan-E-Khas
- Pagoda Restaurant, part of Shangrilla resort,
- The Lake View Restaurant, part of Shangrilla resort
- Tandoori Village
- Cafe DC-3, part of Shangrilla resort
- Karakoram Café
Where to stay
You will find plenty of offers, depends on the budget or the location you pick. We suggest some places and best hotels in Skardu that is quite famous for its spectacular view and scenery This village, surrounded by peaks and forests. Many private 5 star hotels in Skardu ,houses or motels can be found at a reasonable price. Or you can forget all that and sleep a couple of days in a tent, captive in an amazing landscape.
Here we provide a list of Hotels which are the best hotels in Skardu.
- Karakoram Inn
- Concordia – II
- Hunza Inn
- Baltistan Tourist Cottage
- Baltoro Rest House
- Northern Areas PWD Rest House,
- Yak N Yurt Sarai
- Skardu Inn, in the main Bazaar
- Indus Hotel
- Karakuram Hotel