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5 Undeniable Reasons People Love Skardu Baltistan

5 Undeniable Reasons People Love Skardu Baltistan Skardu Baltistan situated in the extreme North of Pakistan bordered with some of big eco...

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Name                      Postal Code                     GPO                      
Khaplu Village             16800                    Khaplu GPO
Keris                             16700                    Khaplu GPO
Shigar                           16300                    Skardu GPO
Skardu                          16100                    Skardu GPO       
Gamba Skardu               16200                    Skardu GPO
Sermik                           16350                    Skardu GPO
Olding Kharmang         16600                   Skardu GPO
Daghoni                         16750                  Khaplu GPO
Saltoro Gome                 16920                 Khaplu GPO
Chorbat Pion                  16810                  Khaplu GPO

Postal Codes of GPOs of Skardu Balstistan
Postal Codes of GPOs of Skardu Balstistan

Khaplu Ghanche | Must  Visit Places in Khaplu Ghanche Baltistan |MySkardu.com

3-Hours drive from Skardu City you can landed in District Ghanche  Khaplu covered with mountain from everywhere.

A Big Welcome Gate is the sigh that you are now entering in Khaplu Valley.

Ghanche Baltistan
 is the fifth district of Skardu region. Located at the extreme North of Pakistan. 3 Hours of drive from Skardu City.

Khaplu is the headquarter of District Ghanche with 5 more sub-divisions.
Like other district in Skardu Baltistan,  Ghanche is also the one of the most beautiful  place to attract millions of tourist every year.
Khaplu City is the headquarter of District. An attractive place for visitors around the Globe.

According to local survey more than 5Million peoples are visit Khaplu in summer season only. It is a big number if we look back in past 5 years.

The number of visitors are increasing tremendously every year. As visitor increase the Municipal Committee who are responsible for the District Maintenance  &
 manage very well to facilitate them . Assistant Commissioner (AC) always stand there to help Municipal Committee .

Like they help them to find Roads for their destination , place location boards every where .
You can read welcome message on most of the street of Khaplu Valley.
Local people are welcomed visitors in their own traditional ways, like they mostly offer them some local fresh fruits Apricot, Apple etc.

You will never be misguided in Village , incase If you forgot the way than you can tell anyone they will guide you  to your destination .

Some Famous and Beautiful Places in Khaplu Village Must Visit

Chaqchan Mosque Khaplu  

The historic Mosque located in Khaplu City .A Mosque was build in 1370 and is the oldest Architecture in the region.
A combination of three different  architecture Persian , Tibetan and Kashmiri and has stood for more than 700 years.

Chaqchan Mosque
Chaqchan Mosque

Chaqchan Mosque Khaplu
Chaqchan Mosque Khaplu

1: Sarena Hotel Khaplu

Sarena Hotel Khaplu for also known as the Raja Mahal (KHAR) in local language(Balti) is one of the most attractive and beautiful place in Khaplu Village.
Build in 19th century .Visitors are always got surprise when they saw the Architecture of Palace. Unfortunately with the passage of time due to lack of notice by the owners palace were looking ruin.
The palace were hand over to AKRSP(Aga Khan Ruler Support Program) in 2005-2006.

Now the palace is turn into Serena Hotel Khaplu.
AKRSP rebuild the Palace but one thing to notice is the original look and the architecture everything is still the same as there were before.

Serena Hotel Khaplu is the 1st most expensive hotel to stay in Khaplu Village.
There are more than 40 rooms in the hotel .
The Raja Room and the Rani room are two most expensive rooms to stay RS-45K & 40k  are charged for a day.
Other rooms  are at normal price minimum 10k to 30k .
You can see a beautiful view of Khaplu from the roof of the Fort. 

Serena Hotel Khaplu
Serena Hotel Khaplu

Serena Hotel Khaplu
Serena Hotel Khaplu

Khaplu Fort
Khaplu Fort

Khaplu Fort in summer
Khaplu Fort in summer

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2: Khaplu Palace 

 Just 10 to 15 minutes of drive from Sarena Khaplu yu can reach a village name Gharbuchong. The road ends here . From here you have to climb on a road made on a small mountain. The road is dangerous but also adventurous.

This is a place to look Khaplu Village with an eye bird view. The Khaplu Village is looking just  WOWWW from here .If you are in Khaplu for only 1 or 3 days than just go to Khaplu Palace from here you can see Khaplu Valley.
The area of Khaplu Palace is lush green .

3:Saling Khaplu  

Another beautiful place to visit in Khaplu is Saling. Saling is located little bit far from Khaplu Valley . Its take maximum and hour of drive to reach Saling from Khaplu. After crossing a hanging suspension bridge. Only one vehicle can cross the bridge at a time.
NOTE Don’t try to cross the bridge in heavy Air. Its very dangerous for you.

 The new one is under construction.
But you have to go to Saling if you are in Khaplu. You can’t miss this place.
If  you are Cricket lover than take a Bat-Ball with you .You can play Cricket in Saling Stadium for free.
There are two stadium in Saling .Both are a natural not artificial, but they look like a perfect stadium.
The another thing to see in Saling is The Saling Fish Farm. A local man own a Fish Farm in Slaing just in the right side of Saling Stadium.

They are also serving as a hotel. You can enjoy Trout Fish here with your family.
For National visitors they charge a ticket of Rs50-100.
For foreigners they charge Rs-500.

Saling Khaplu
Saling Khaplu

Road to Saling Khaplu
Road to Saling Khaplu

Beautiful Saling Lake
Beautiful Saling Lake


4:Khaplu Broq 

 An hour of drive from Khaplu. 3 Hour by walk.
Once you reach here than you will never want to leave this place. This is a place which is use for farming by local people. They are  not stay here like house. Here they are making a temporary houses for taking rest while they work in farms. And a place for cooking foods etc.

If you are visitor than and if you are not come here with preparation than you will face some problems for cooking foods etc. Because you can not found any hotels  restaurant s etc here.

But I suggest you , go to any body and ask them for help what you want. They will definitely help you . If you were lucky  they offer you a free meal with them. If you got the chance than never miss, you will love it. 

5: Bara Vallley  

 You might be hear best fishes are found in Skardu Baltistan. This is a place for fish lovers.
If you want to caught /haunting you can .And if you love to eat fish only than you can also enjoy fish here in affordable prices.
They cooked very well also because they are professionals.
Another place to visit in Bara Valley  is BrogGong. A river side farm field near with the Fish Farm.

Religion in Khaplu District Ghanche

First thing first there is no sectarian issue in District Ghanche and even in Baltistan region .
Islam came in this region in the era of Rajas.

How Islam Came into the Region?

Syed  Ali Hamdani who was a Persian Sufi born in Hamadan City of Iran.
Once he visited to Kashmir and came to know about the region because in earlier days there was only a route which connect the region to the rest of major cities.(Kargil-Laddakh).

Before that most of them were Buddhist or belongs to any other Non-Musim religions.
Chaqchan Khanqah Khaplu
Chaqchan Khanqah Khaplu
At his first visit he start preaching Islam in the region but not openly. He left the region after some time. But next time he migrated here for ever and start preaching Islam again and openly. Because the support of Rajas of that time he get a free hand to Preaching Islam openly.
In a very short period of time he convert almost 60 to 70% of peoples. Non Muslims was still  iving there.
In 1947 when the partition of Pak-India happen Baltistan region was not a part of Pakistan . After 1 year of Pak-India Independence the people of Gilgit baltistan met with Quaid-e-Azam and announce their  Lives  with Pakistan. Non-Muslim start to left the region some of them were killed by local peoples many of them are migrated to India.

According to 2007 census held the population of District Ghanche was 160,000.
People are followers of different sects . The three major sects are Shia,NorBakshia,Sunni .
Population ratio according to sects almost 80% population of the District Ghanche is belongs to NorBakshia Sect.
15% of population Shia Muslim.
and 5% of population is Sunni Muslims.

Zero crime ratio is the quality of the people of this region.
The 100% of population of District Ghanche is Muslim .

Whether of District Ghanche


When talking about the whether its depend on the season .
If you want to enjoy snowfall with your friends and family than went here in the months of October  to February. Heavy snow fall happening every year.
In winter season the normal temperature is below ZERO. Sometime reach to -25C and the normal is -5C In winter.

And in summer the normal temperature is 10-20C.

 Culture of Ghanche Baltistan

When its come to culture the district is very rich in culture.


100% of peoples in the region are Balti speaking. A Tibetan language which is spoken in the region of Kargil-Laddakh and some part of Nepal also.

Cultural Dress A unique costume represent their cultural  dress with a white round soft woolen cap.

These dresses are manufactured by local peoples. You can found such dress only in the region.
Cultural Cap of Skardu Baltistan


The 100% population is Muslim in the region.

 Some of the famous architecture are the proof , that the region is rich in Culture.

 A white soft woolen cap is the most prominent cultural symbol of the region. There are many other symbols also.

Politics. Government and laws [rules and leadership]

the famous three political parties having their party rit in the region. 


Most of the people are Government Servant .Other doing businesses and farming .

Geography of Khaplu

103 Kilometers from Skardu City and two and half hours.

List of some other places to see in Khaplu
  • Chaqchan Bridge
  • Hatchi Bridge
  • Khaplu Polo Ground
  • Khaplu Hippi Power Plant
  • Khanqah Mosque
  • Khaplu Main Bazar
  • Khaplu Koqtung Fish Farm

Shangrila Resort Skardu The Detail Guide 2019

Shangrila Resort Skardu also known as Lower Kachura Lake is one of the most attractive, beautiful and famous places of Skardu Baltistan, which attract millions of tourists every year to visit. Surrounded by fruit laden orchards and flower filled gardens. Located at a height of 2500 meters.
Shangrila Resort Skardu
Shangrila Resort Skardu
Shangrila Lake
Shangrila Lake

Shangrila resort is own by  Brigadier Muhammad Aslam (late) who do not actually belong to Skardu Baltistan.

For the past few years, tourism in the region increases tremendously which was a very big number compared to five years back.If we look five to six year back then a lot of tourists visited the region but now its count in millions.

According to the local peoples of Skardu Baltistan in the summer season, visitors are facing a major issue when they didn't get any hotel to stay. Because all the hotels are full and packed.L local people warmly welcome them to their homes to stay and they even don't charge them a single penny.
If you are planning to visit Shangrila Resort than you must know some fact about the place which will help you a lot.


The route to Shangrila Resort is the same route which connects Islamabad to Skardu. If you are traveling from Skardu to Shangrila than there is only a single road to reach the place which is the main road from main Skardu city to Shangrila via Gamba Skardu.
If you are traveling from Islamabad than you can see the resort first than Skardu City.
To make easy for tourists, you can get a guide from the signboard which is places everywhere throughout the city by Municipal Committee of Skardu (Govt).
The condition of the road towards the resort is very good to travel. There are no such broken roads or etc. At the starting of every summer season, the roads towards the resort are recreated by Government to provide more and more luxury travel to the visitors.
Lower Kachura Lake Skardu
Lower Kachura Lake Skardu


If you are traveling from Skardu City to Shangrila Resort than it will take more than 45 minutes to reach the resort.
Because most people love to stay in Skardu City and they make a plan to travel different sites of Skardu which is the best decision amongst all. Because in the city you can get all facilities like Hotels, Internet, Masajids for Prayers, Cars Show Room which will help you to travel and all the other facilities which you need.

Now the local people of Kachura Skardu(Shangrila) are constructing new buildings which are especially design for hotels very near to Shangrila Resort. It will help a lot for the visitors if they want to stay near the resort. But I recommend you to stay in Skardu City.

Kachura Shangrila Lake Skardu
Shangrila Lake Night View
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If you have your own cars or Jeep etc than its easy for you. Because if you travel via local transport than you will face many problems.
There is no proper local transport system to Shangrila Resort from Skardu main City. You can find a Suzuki which helps you to reach the resort. Which charge you approximately more than Rs250 to Rs350.

Kachura Lake Skardu Baltistan
Kachura Lake Skardu Baltistan

Shangrila Resort Hotels and Rent

Shangrila Resort Hotels offering more than 100 room which is designed very well.

Lake Side Cottages

There is more than 50 room available to stay which have an outstanding view of the beautiful lake of Kachura.

VIP Rooms

You can stay in a VIP room which are specially designed with full amenities and accommodations.

Double Bad Rs 13000-17000

Includes all taxes and anemities

Swiss Cotage Rs 25,000-35,000

2 Interconnected Rooms for  4 Peoples.

 Presidential Suit Rs 50,000-60,000

Inclludes 3 interconnected Rooms

Things you can do at Shangrila Resoert 

If you want to take anexperience of Boating than Shangrila is a right place  for you. They have a very well train peoples to ride the boat in the Upper Kachura Lake. You can enjoy boating with them.
They will also provide you  Life Jackets for security purpose incase of any emergency.
Kachura Lake Skardu
Boating in Sangrila Lake

Contact for Booking

Phone: +(92) 5815 454941-2, +(92) 5815 458501-2
Email: reservations@shangrilaresorts.com.pk

University of Baltistan Skardu

The University of Baltistan Skardu UOB is the only public sector university offering Higher Education in a various degree program in the region of Gilgit Baltistan, strongly following the guidelines by Higher Education Commission of Pakistan HEC.


University of Baltistan Skardu
University of Baltistan Skardu


Currently, Baltistan University offering following degree programs in BS and MS.
1:Business Management and Economics (Finance, Marketing and Human Resource Management)(Master & Bachelor in Business Administration)
2:Biological Science (BS Animal Science &  BS Plant Science)
Eligibility Criteria:
FSc with Pre-Medical or equivalent
3: Computer science
4: Educational Development
5: Language and Culture Studies (M English Linguistics and Literature 2Years & BS Hons 4Years).
Baltistan Uni is offering Graduation and Master Degree in different program now.
But according to Vice Chancellor of University, they will offer many more degree programs.
Students from anywhere will be welcome to enroll in university, national and International students.



Educational Background:

Visiting professor at University of Zagreb 2015-2016
Visiting professor at University of Crete,Herklion Greece 2016
Dean, Faculty of Life Science University pf Punjab 2015
Professor of Zoology in University of Panjab 2004

Ph.D Zoology(University of Guelph,Ontario, Canada
M.Sc Zoology(UOP)


Kargil-Skardu Rd, Hussainabad, Hussain Abad Skardu Baltistan



When it comes to facilitate students UOB always trying to facilitate very well according to their educational requirements.
For now they are facilitating following things to students.


 Currently the university owns three buses running with predefined routes.

Computer Lab Facility 

University providing well equipped modern computer lab to students and high-speed internet connection within the campus as it is necessary to connect through the rest of the world for their educational purpose.


 The campus library provides book on Journals, periodicals, course related books and magazines to students.

HEC Digital Library


The University of Baltistan offers admission in BS 4Years and Masters Degree 2Years program once in a year.
As mostly other Universities offering Spring and Summer admission but UOB offers once in a year.

Some important points for those who have not a proper Democile of Gilgit Baltistan.
1:According to University rule 80% of seats in each program will be reserved for students who having Domicile of Gilgit Baltistan.And the remaining 20% seats will be for all those who are not originally belongs to GB.
2: Foreign student needs to submit their application through the HEC Higher Education Commission of Pakistan.
3: Admission office advertises admission on official websites and also on local newspapers.
Required Documents to be submitted for admission in UOB.
a: Attested copies of S.S.C, H.S.S.C or equivalent examination certificates (for BS programs).
b: Attested copies of S.S.C, H.S.S.C, B.A/B.Com/BSc or equivalent examination certificates (for Master programs).
c: Attested copies of detail marks certificates.
d: Attested copy of character certificate from the head of the institution last attended.
e: Attested copy of domicile certificate.
f: Three passport size photographs.
g: Migration certificate (original) within 15 days after admission.
h: Attested copy of computerized national identity card or form ‘B’.
i: Applicants are required to submit an affidavit signed by him/her and countersigned by his/her father/guardian guaranteeing that the applicant will not violate the statutes, rules, and regulations of the University. Moreover, s/he will be bound to abide by the instructions issued by the University administration, Head of department or teacher.

According to the rules of university


Fee structure of University of Baltistan
Fee structure of University of Baltistan


Open up this Image to see the fee structure of all programs offering by the University of Baltistan Skardu.
For more detail about Fee structure

Extra Curricular Activities

Like all other universities UOB  organise different extra cirricular activities for students include.
Football Tournaments
All University Naat Compitition
and many other activities.

University of Baltistan sports
Spots week University of Baltistan


Fax: +92-5815-960068
You can contact UOB on FaceBook and Twitter

5 Undeniable Reasons People Love Skardu Baltistan

Skardu Baltistan situated in the extreme North of Pakistan bordered with some of big economy of today world like China and India.

"The word Skardu is to be derived from a Balti word which mean between two high place which are Shigar Village and Sadpara Lake."

Not only people of Pakistan love to visit Gilgit Baltistan but from the globe visitors are love to visit.Millions of tourists are visiting the region only in summer season now a days.

Here are the reasons why people love Skardu Baltistan?

1: People of Skardu Baltistan
5:Natural Beauty of Gilgit Baltistan

 1:People of Skardu Baltistan

According to tourists who are recently  visit GB that the people there are very different from any other place they are visited.They treat them very well like guest.
Hospitality of GBians people are  an example for all others.

Peoples of Skardu Baltistan
Balti Guys with Christiano Ronaldo


 Culture is a social behaviour found in human societies.When its come to the culture of Gilgit Baltistan they are very rich with their beautiful culture.
You can foundc cultural diversity in GB as there are different sects and languages are spoken.
Culture vary village to village and district to district in here.

Culture of Skardu Baltistan
Cultural Cap of Gilgit Baltistan

The  soft round white cap is the traditional cap of Gilgit Baltistan.It is most popular in GB region, its a major sign people came to know , when they saw you are wearing a round white traditional cap.Such caps are designed by local artists of the region.


Tourism is the most emerging and flourishing industry in Gilgit Baltistan region since last few years.When it comes to the natural beauty of Skardu Baltistan than obviously tourism comes into game.
Millions of people are moving towards the region . A huge figure of tourists are visit the region only in summer because in summer you can see the real beauty of Skardu Baltistan.

In summer season like November to February the region was mostly covered with snow.Temperature decreases to -10 to -20 sometimes which make difficult to travel especially by road.

Shangrella Resort Skardu
Shangrella Resort Skardu


One of the best thing to enjoy in Skardu is its climate.Summer here will be awesome but winter will kill you.
In summer tourists around the whole country love to move here because of the lovely climate.If you compare the temperature of Skardu Baltistan with other major cities of Pakistan than you can see a huge different. Like 40-15, 45-10.

From mid October to end of February March the climate is very harsh and cold here.Most of time snow falling is happening.Sometimes due to heavy snowfalls the Karakarum Highway , which connect Skardu Baltistan to other major cities of Pakistan blocked.
Approximately 5 to 8 feet snow fall every summer.

Skardu in winter
Skardu in winter

5:Natural Beauty of Gilgit Baltistan

 The natural beauty of Skardu Baltistan is God gifted to the people of Baltistan.
If you ever experience to travel from Islamabad to Skardu byroad than you came to know the real beauty of the region.
 You can't imagine how beautiful is the region of Skardu Baltistan.
There are number of places to see and enjoy with friends and family.

Beautiful place in Skardu
Khaplu Baltistan

A tourist couple  from Germany said:

Foreniers view about Skardu Baltistan
Tourist from Germany

They further add,

Foreiners View about Skardu Baltistan
Foreiners View about Skardu Baltistan

 You can watch the above video.
Like this there are many other beautiful places to visit.

List of famous place to visit in Skardu

 1:  Deosai Plane
2:   Cold Desert of Skardu
3:  Shangrila Resort
4:  Shigar Valley
5:  Khaplu Ghanche
6:  Khaply Fort
7:  Upper and Lower Kachura Lake
8:  Manthoka Waterfall
9:  Bhuuda Rock Skardu
10: Khaplu Hanjor
11: Hushay Valley(Tracking , Hiking, Hunting)
12:  Shigar Fort
13:  Kharpocho Fort Skardu
14:  Khaplu Palace in Khaplu
and many more are there you must visit if you ever visit Skardu Baltistan,.