Tourists Destinations near Skardu Valley: Pakistan

 View Ahead From Skardu, Loading The Jeep For Ride From Skardu Towards Shigar Valley

Skardu Valley of Pakistan is also famous due to its beautiful lakes. Satpara is one of those lakes, present at a distance of 8 Km from Vale of Skardu. Now days a multipurpose dam is under construction on this lake that will generate 13 MW hydroelectricity and will provide irrigation water to an area of 61 sq Km and 13 cusecs water for drinking as well. Water coming down from Deosai Plain as a result of melting of snow in summer is the main source of water for lake. Lower Kachura is another lake located at a distance of 35 Km from Skardu Valley and upper Kachura lake is located at a distance of 40 Km. On the bank of Lower Kachura, world’s famous resort Shangrilla is located that is the main attraction for many tourists.

Deosai Plateau (3,500 meters) is the highest plateau in Pakistan and world’s second highest plateau. It is at the distance of 70 Km from Skardu Valley. It is covering an area of 3,000 sq Km and is extending till Laddakh. Deosai plain is famous as it provide habitat to bears, snow leopards and ibex.

Shigar Valley is an awe-inspiring valley present at the distance of 32 Km from Vale of skardu. This valley is drained by River Shigar. This  Shigar valley is a gateway to famous peaks like K2. Local inhabitants have very simple lifestyle and they grow walnuts, peaches, apricots and grapes. This small valley has picturesque landscape and attracts many tourists every year.

Khaplu Valley is 134 Km away from Skardu valley and is known as valley of River Shyok. It’s a small village that is a gateway to many peaks such as K7, K6, Sia Kangri, Saltoro Kangri Masherbrum etc.

Skardu Fort named as Kharfocho Fort (King of forts) is also a main attraction in Skardu Valley. This fort dates from 8th century CE. From this fort we can have a panoramic view of Skardu and River Indus. This fort was built by the rulers of Baltistan and is a seven storey building.

 

Tourists Destinations: Skardu Valley of Pakistan

Gasherbrum Pakistan Sakardu

Skardu Valley

Skardu (star stone) valley of Pakistan is an important town of Baltistan at the altitude of 2’500 meters. It is covering an area of 26,000 sq Km. It is approximately 10 Km wide and 40 Km long. This Skardu valley is present at the confluence of River Shigar and River Indus. It surrounded by immense Karakoram Range.

Skardu valley attracts the trekkers, mountaineers and tourists from the whole world. Every year large number of local and foreign expeditions used to visit Skardu. Askole and Hushe are two small valleys present near Vale of Skardu and these two valleys are the gateways to the most important peaks in the Northern areas of Pakistan i.e. K2, Gashebrums, Trango Towers and Broad Peak as well as of great glaciers i.e. Baltoro, Biafo. So due to this  Skardu valley is extremely important from tourism point of view and for this reason infrastructural facilities have greatly developed here to provide required facilities to local and foreign expeditions reached here. From tourism point of view April to October time period is best as for rest of the months this Skardu valley remain inaccessible due to snowy and freezing winter season.

Skardu Valley can be visited by the air as well by road transportation. An airport is present in Skardu and there are usually one or two daily flights between Islamabad and Vale of Skardu. While road route is through Karakoram Highway which then through a link road goes to the Skardu.

Inhabitants of SkarduValley belong to different ethnic groups i.e. Shins, Punjabis, Hunzakuts, Pashtuns and Uyghur. Shia Muslims are present in majority here.

During summers the climate of Skardu Valley remained moderate. With reference to Monsoon rainfall it is a rainshadow area as huge mountains of Karakoram block the monsoon winds from reaching here. Winter season is extremely cold here. In winter’s temperature of -25C can be observed.

Administrative Divisions of Pakistan

by on January 31, 2010
in Descriptive Maps of Pakistan

Administrative Divisions of Pakistan

Pakistan is located in South Asia. It is located at a very important place from geographic and strategic point of view. The Islamic Republic of Pakistan comprises of 4 provinces Sindh, Punjab, Baluchistan and NWFP, one capital territory Islamabad, a federal territory FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Areas) and two autonomous states Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit and Baltistan.

In 2000 the Pervez Musharraf government adopted a system of administration named “Local government system”, in which each province was sub-divided into districts, known as “zilas” locally). The districts form the topmost tier of the three tier local government and are further sub divided into tehsils (counties). Villages and municipalities come under tehsils. The City Districts are big metropolitan areas which comprise of towns and union councils. The tehsils and union councils are the 2 lower tiers of the local government.

The districts have the authority of carrying out certain functions independently. Each district is headed by a Nazim (Mayor). There are 105 provincial districts with 400 tehsils and over 6 thousand union councils. Over all there are five thousand local governments.

There are seven tribal agencies and six small frontier regions in FATA. Azad Kashmir has seven districts and Gilgit Baltistan comprises of six districts.

Federal capital Islamabad has been given the status of a district.

Travel Pakistan – Reasons to visit Skardu and the Lakes in and near Skardu

by on August 22, 2009
in Travel Pakistan

Skardu valley of Pakistan

Reasons to visit Skardu

Skardu is located along the bank of mighty Indus River. It is the main town of Baltistan. Skardu is famous for the mountain peaks and the K2 base camp. The mountaineers come from all around the world to climb the peaks every year. This has made this town very popular with the foreigners and Pakistani equally. To better facilitate these mountaineers arrangements were made by the Pakistani Government and a daily flight from Islamabad was arranged.

The Indus River is very pleasant to watch from here. It becomes very wide and it also becomes very calm. This gives great scenery.

Skardu is also famous for Shangrila resort and Sadpara Lake. Many visitors from all around the Pakistan come here to spend the summers. Other famous place near Skardu is Shigar village. This village was once a small kingdom and still the ruins of the fort can be seen there. Now this fort has been renovated and it offers a great residential place for the visitors.

The lakes of Skardu

Skardu is very famous among the mountaineers for the base camp of K2 and for other peeks. The modern facilities are provided to the visitors including a resort and daily flight from Islamabad in order to make it easily reachable.

Apart from these attractions, Skardu is famous for its lakes. There are 3 lakes in and around Skardu. All these lakes are naturally beautiful and they attract many visitors and tourists.

1. Kachura Lake (Upper): The upper Kachara Lake is not that well known and is not famous among visitors.

2. Kachura Lake (lower): The lower Kachara Lake also known as Shangrila Lake is very popular among the visitors. There is a Shangrila resort that is built in Chinese style and it is a famous place among the Pakistani tourists.

3. Satpara Lake: Satpara Lake is the third lake in Skardu and it is the most famous lake in Pakistan with the photographers. This lake is responsible for the drinking water that is supplied in Skardu. The Lake has an abundance of Trout fish and many people come here for fishing.

4. Sheosar Lake: This lake is located in the Deosai plains located at a 3 hours jeep drive from Skardu.