Skardu is present at an elevation of 2,228m in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan. Skardu is a scenic valley with beautiful lakes and high mountains. Skardu is full of nature, from blue lakes to big mountains to cold deserts to historical forts, and many worth-seeing places. If you visit Skardu sometime then must visit these 10 best places of Skardu.
1. Lower Kachura Lake (Shangrila Lake)
Lower Kachura Lake is commonly known as Shangrila Lake, located at the height of 2500m. Shangrila Lake presents an attractive view of beautiful blue water and mountains surrounding it. Shangrila Lake also has a resort on its bank, known as Shangrila Resort.
2. Kharpocho Fort (Skardu Fort)
Kharpocho Fort is also known as Skardu Fort, a very famous Fort. The fort was built by king Ali Sher Khan Anchan at the end of the sixteenth century. The Fort is present at the top of the mountains. An Australian mountaineer Greg Child writes that the fort is perched above the junction of the rivers and overlooks at the Rocks of Skardu. This Fort is such a wonderful place to visit.
3. Satpara Lake
Satpara Sar Lake is located at the height of 2,636m from sea level. Satpara Lake is a beautiful Lake that presents a calm look because of its turquoise water. Satpara Lake is surrounded by spectacular mountains, which makes it a beautiful mountainous landscape.
4. Katpana Desert
Katpana Desert is also known as the Cold Desert of Pakistan because its temperature in winter drops up to −25 °C. It is a high-altitude Desert that contains large dunes which are sometimes covered by snow in winter. The scene of sunset is very beautiful here and the desert is very calm.
5. Deosai National Park
Deosai National Park is a high-altitude alpine plain and National Park located at the height of 4,114m from sea level which makes it the 2nd highest Plateaus in the world. A beautiful Sheosar Lake is present in this National Park which gives a beautiful scenic view. Deosai National Park is heaven on earth.
6. Upper Kachura Lake
Upper Kachura Lake is located at the height of 2500m from sea level. The Lake-view is very beautiful. You can enjoy boating in the summer season here. There are many cherry and berry trees near the Lake. In the autumn season, the colors of leaves attract everyone. It is the best place to visit in Skardu every season.
7. Hussainabad Waterfall
Hussain Abad Waterfall is the best tourist attraction in Skardu. The falling of water looks like that the water is cutting the rocks and coming down. This Waterfall presents an amazing look for its visitors.
8. Manthal Buddha Rock
Manthal Buddha Rock is a historical landmark in Skardu on which the picture of Buddha has been engraved which perhaps dates back to the 8th century. Before Islam, the majority of people were Buddhist in Gilgit-Baltistan and they had been engraved the Budhha on many rock pieces, this is one of them.
9. Central Karakoram National Park
Central Karakoram National Park consists of some of the worlds highest Peaks and Glaciers. This Place is famous for mountaineering, rock climbing, and trekking. It has the world’s 2nd highest peak, which length is approximately 8,611m. If you love rock climbing then you must visit this place.
10. Basho Valley
Basho Valley is located in Skardu District. Basho Valley is full of green plains and beautiful streams. This Valley is very famous for its alpine forests. There are many meadows and waterfalls in this valley. The Valley double its beauty when the weather gets cold and at night thousands of stars present a spectacular scene.