Skardu is the capital of Baltistan is elevated 2,438 metres above the sea level. Balti people’s culture is a mixture of Tibetan and Caucasian due to the similarity of its culture, lifestyle and architecture with Tibet, due to this reason Baltistan is also known as the "Tibet-e-Khurd" or “Little Tibet”. Apart from its unparalleled bunch of mountain summits and glaciers Baltistan's five valleys - Shigar, Skardu, Khaplu, Rondu and Kharmang are distinguished for their delicious fruits such as peaches, apricots, apples and pears.
By Air: Skardu is directly linked to the Islamabad (capital of Pakistan) by PIA, which runs one flight daily. If you want to see thrilling highlights of the Skardu, air route is a great option because you can enjoy the beauty of the roof of the World and the Land of Lamas through a different lens through the aerial view.
By Road: Skardu is located at a distance of 793 km from Islamabad via Karakoram Highway and Skardu Road. NATCO bus & coach service operates daily and takes 24 hours for this breathtaking and audacious trip.
The tourist season starts from April till October. The average temperature ranges from 8 centigrades to 27 centigrade.
Shigar Valley is one of the worth visiting places to make your tour memorable. Here you can find the finest tourist destinations. This valley is the doorway to the huge mountain peaks of the Karakorams, Gasherbrum and K-2 (23 km away from Skardu via jeep ride). Shigar valley is famous for its luscious orchards of apricots, mulberries, peaches, plums, pears, apples and nuts. Blind Shigar Lake, Shigar River, a wooden mosque in the middle of the town and the ex-Raja’s old Fort and Palace are worth visiting places if you plan to visit Shigar Valley.
Khaplu’s beautiful valley on the Shyok River is 103 km away from East of Skardu. Kaplu valley is the best point for trekking expeditions. Lots of renowned mountain ranges such as Masherbrum, Saltoro, Sia Kangri, K-6, and K-7 are situated here. Chaqchan Mosque Palace of Raja of Khaplu and ruins of Thorsikhar Fort are worth visiting places if you visit this valley.
8th century AD, ancient, huge Buddha statue surrounded by small Buddhisatvas is imprinted on a rock, which is located three kilometers from Skardu across Sadpara Nullah. Various Pre-historic men and animal figures are engraved on rocks along Kachura Lake.
Deosai National Park is located in the centre of Skardu. Deosai means “The Land of Giants” and it was first built to save the lives of different animals. It is famous for its green hills, snow capped mountains, streams and wild thick flowers. Deosai is accessible only in summers but not in winters due to heavy snowfall.
Shangrila Resort Skardu is located in Skardu. Experience the rich culture of taste and hospitality here with an array of cuisines and exemplary settings this restaurant can satisfy all your food temptations. This eatery is an excellent choice for families, tourists and business meetups looking for a relishing breakfast, lunch or dinner. Guests at this beanery can savor various types of foods from continental, Chinese, Italian, and Pakistani to vegetarian. Visitors and guests feel satisfied with this restaurant in terms of ambiance, location, service, food quality and value as compared to other restaurants in the Skardu.
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