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9 amazing places to visit in Skardu Valley

9 Amazing Places you must see in Skardu– A haven for Mountaineers, A retreat for those seeking a breather.

 

Skardu region is one of 14 districts of Gilgit-Baltistan territory in the northernmost part of Pakistan. The region is best known for its many mountains and its many hikers and climbers. Skardu, Baltistan lies in the heart of the world’s mightiest mountain ranges, the Great Himalayas, and the Karakoram K-2 is among the most popular draws for climbers. Tourists all around the world witness amazing Places to Visit in Skardu Valley.

 

Skardu valley is enriched with resorts, lakes, a fort, and a cold desert all of which together are a paragon of attraction.

Aside from the natural beauty that one gets to witness, Skardu is full of culture, heritage, traditions, and a people that are most humble and welcoming.

 

All in all, it is a retreat that one needs to tick off their bucket lists. If you haven’t planned a trip to Skardu yet, let Eventica Travel and Tours arrange a Skardu Visit and plan a great trip for an experience that will cling on to you forever.

 

Upon reaching, a well-organized itinerary with a handy list of “Skardu places to visit”, will be your best guide to a memorable escapade.

 

Here are some of the most amazing Places to Visit in Skardu Valley concerning the Best time to visit Skardu.

 

Tourist attractions in Skardu:

 

1. Shangrila Resort Skardu

Shangrila resort skardu vallley

 

Shangrila Resort Skardu, called “Heaven on Earth” and located 12.4 miles from the center of Skardu, is located among some of the world’s highest peaks. It encircles the heart-shaped “Kachura Lake” and is surrounded by fruit-laden orchards and flower-filled gardens.

 

Upon crossing the river Indus, one reaches Shangrila via an old wooden bridge. This is where natural beauty meets world-class architecture that has been constructed as a beautiful world amidst the surreal mountains. Shangrila Resort Hotel Skardu is by far the best destination spot in Skardu for tourists

 

2. Upper Kachura Lake

upper kachura lake in skardu

Higher up is Kachhura Village that draws visitors to its clear waters and mountain vistas. Since it sets at an altitude of 2,500 m (8,200 ft), the Upper Kachura Lake has an average water temperature of 15 ° C (59 ° F). This makes the lake too cold for swimming, but hiking and fishing are the main activities. Sunrises behind mountains are breathtaking. Plan a road trip to Skardu to witness a serene sunrise over Indus.

 

3. Shigar Valley and Fort

shigar valley with river indus

The beautiful Shigar Valley in the mountainous landscape of Skardu is especially famous for its history, culture, and traditions. It is most recognized for the historical Shigar Fort meaning, The Fort on Rock. It is an old fort of Baltistan located in the town of Shigar that was built in the 17th century by the Raja of the Amacha Dynasty of Shigar.

As a result of restoration, the Fort is now a museum and luxury hotel managed by Serena Hotels.

The Shigar Fort was also recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Shigar Valley also features numerous attractions, including Jarbazo (Blind) Lake.

 

 

4. Manthoka Waterfall

manthoka waterfall skardu valley

When planning a trip to Skardu, don’t forget to catch a glimpse of the glorious Manthoka Waterfall that is situated around 120 km from the main Skardu Valley. Upon reaching the waterfall, a small hanging footbridge allows you to enjoy a beautiful view. Falling from a height of around 100 ft, water burbles around and makes its way through the rocky patches. 

The open-air Manthoka Water Fall restaurant serves freshly prepared Trout fish and chips right by the waterfall. To the east of this stream is Madhupur. A Manthoka-Madhupur road shall lead you to your final destination.

 

 

5. Cold Desert Skardu

desert in skardu valley cold desert

The Cold Desert Skardu is referred to as Katpana/ Sarfaranga Desert, Gilgit-Baltistan. In Pakistan, it is the tallest desert in the world. The sand that’s white, granular, and very fine is as spectacular as a result of the desert regions in any district of the earth. The winds move the dunes as fast as the nomads.

A desert in this high altitude and cold environment holds a strange attraction. The desert contains large dunes that are sometimes covered in snow during winter.

 

 

6. Sheosar Lake

sheosar lake in skardu

There is a lake in Deosai Plains called Sheosar Lake, which is thought to be the tallest in the world. The lagoon spans 2.3 kilometers (7,500 feet), is 1.8 kilometers (5,900 feet) wide and averages 40 meters (135 feet) deep. An idyllic lake shaped like a heart and with colorful flowers around its edge is an ideal campsite among the vast plains of Deosai. Shooting stars are frequent on Sheosar’s nights, and the Milky Way is eye-catching.

In winters this beauty gets frozen but is rarely visited by tourists because of the harsh weather and snowstorms on the Deosai Plains. Weather permitting, Nanga Parbat can be seen from Lake Sheosar, this is a very rare scene. But if someone is lucky, Nanga Parbat grows like a giant in the middle of this majestic lake. There is absolutely no Best Month to visit Skardu, but if one must choose, summers will be best when the lakes are not frozen.

 

 

7. Deosai Plains

deosai plains skardu valley

That flora and fauna on the Deosai Plateau can be found in the Karakoram-West Tibetan Plateau alpine steppe ecoregion. Wildflowers and butterflies cover it in spring. During spring, the landscape and unique wildlife of this area is known around the world along with the beautiful Flora and Fauna present.

Deosai is home to the beautiful Golden Marmot, and if you’re lucky, you can see the rare Himalayan Brown Bear. See the shimmering blue color that is sure to take your breath away. Its in seventh position in places to visit in Skardu Valley.

 

8. Rama Meadows

Rama meadows a place in skardu valley

A road from the bazaar takes you to Rama village, and right after this village is a beautiful and serene plain called Rama Meadow. Rama Meadows could be a peaceful and calm place to get pleasure from the greenery within the Rama valley within the structure of the engaging color of mountains.

A serene place with icy-cold and milk-white lakes, with herds of sheep and a mountainous backdrop.

 

9. Astore Valley

astore valley skardu pakistan

Astore, a small city in the vicinity of Skardu and the central location of the district. This valley lies below Nanga Parbat, an 8,125-foot peak often referred to as Killer Mountain. Astore Bazaar brims with life. The town is filled with noise and excitement and feels just like Peshawar. The sounds of jeeps, barbers, workshops, fruit and vegetable vendors, and others surrounded the life in Astore.  It’s Among the Places to Visit in Skardu Valley that you never forget.

 

Conclusion: 

North Pakistan is rich in scenic beauty. With a range of natural landscapes mixed with partial man-made touches, it becomes one of the best places to visit and plan trips for a vacation. Skardu being one of the districts in the North, a trip to Skardu and nearby districts is a travelers’ sanctuary. Get the best price to visit the 9 amazing places in Skardu Valley when you book with Eventica Travels. Get in touch with us today to schedule a North Pakistan Tour.