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Top Tourist Places to Visit in Skardu

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tourist places to visit in Skardu
tourist places to visit in Skardu

Tourists coming to Skardu must read this article. This is a travel guide about the top tourist places to visit in Skardu and International flight operations at Skardu Airport.

Skardu Airport

The Director-General (DG) of Civil Aviation has determined to start international flight services at Skardu Airport. DG Civil Aviation has also strived to make Skardu Airport operational for international flights by July of this year. Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) gets special permission.

Actions will be taken to make Skardu Airport useful in all seasons and a modern Cat-I system will be introduced on the runway. The Cat-I system will make it possible to land aeroplanes even in bad weather.

The main runway of Skardu Airport is 12,000 feet long, the secondary runway is 8,500 feet long and work has already begun to extend the airport.


Skardu Airport has been working only on domestic flights for 71 years. Pakistan International Airlines Airbus 320 has also arrived at Skardu Airport. It is one of the highest airports in the world, placed at an elevation of 7,000 feet.

How do you arrive in Skardu?

Different means of transportation can get you to Skardu according to your budget. Let’s mention this here.

By Air

The only Airline that operates between Islamabad and Skardu which Pakistan International Airline (PIA). The Aerial distance from Islamabad to Skardu is 292 km, the flight time is about 1 hour and 15 minutes and the flight fare is almost Rs 22,000 (Pakistani Rupees).

By Bus

If you are a budget traveller, you can go by bus from Islamabad/Rawalpindi. The bus will go on the way to KKH (Karakoram Highway N 35) and it takes 36 hours to Skardu. The bus fare is about Rs 5000 (fares can vary).

Top Tourist places to visit in Skardu

Gilgit Baltistan

Gilgit-Baltistan consists of three regions which are Gilgit, Diamer and Baltistan. The Baltistan region includes four more districts, which are:

  • 1. Skardu district
  • 2. Gancha district
  • 3. Shigar district
  • 4. Khurmank district

Skardu Introduction

The capital of the Baltistan region is Skardu. To reach the other three districts, the route is only from Skardu. Skardu District is upper of all other districts according to both development and population. People from all other districts also turn to the Skardu district for most of their work and livelihood.

The names of the historical and tourist places in this Skardu district are:

  • Deosai Plain
  • Kharfucho (historic fort)
  • Shangrila
  • Kachura Lake
  • Sadpara Dam
  • Husain Abad Museum (Holding all ancientness)
  • City Park Skardu

One most noticeable things is that there is an organic village in Skardu where you can find an ancient way of life.



Now, you know very well about the Skardu district. Let’s talk about the second district of the Baltistan region, the Gancha district. It is three hours away from Skardu. Gancha district is famous for its natural beauty. Some of the must-visit historical and tourist places are:

  • 1. Khaplu Fort
  • 2. Chaqchan Mosque ( Mosques are centuries years old)
  • 3. Siachen Glacier
  • 4. Sling Park (a Natural Park)
  • 5. River shock (comes from India)
  • 6. Indian border
  • 7. Hoshe Valley
  • 8. Bulgarian Spring


Shigar district is famous for its beautiful mountains and has also identified beautiful historical sites. The K2 world’s second high peak with an elevation of 8,611 m (28,251 feet) is found in Shigar. The Shigar distance from Skardu is 30 km. The tourist places of the Shigar districts are:

  • 600 years old Monastery of the Mosque
  • River Indus
  • Dasu Tunnel
  • Sugar Food
  • Blind Lake
  • Hashupi Bagh
  • K2 Mountain (second highest peak)
  • World’s Highest and Coldest desert


The people of the Khurmank district are very kind and hospitable. It is famous for its natural beauty. Some tourist places are:

  • Indian border
  • Khamosh Water Fall (Silent waterfall)
  • Manthokha Valley

The best places to visit in Skardu Valley are:

  • Kachura Valley
  • Upper Kachura Lake
  • Lower Kachura Lake (Shangrila)
  • Deosai National Park
  • Sadpara Lake
  • Katpana Desert and Lake
  • Shigar Valley
  • Khaplu Valley
  • Manthoka Valley
  • Basho Valley
  • Nansoq Organic Village
  • Cold Desert

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Why visit Skardu?

Skardu is famous for its beautiful natural landscapes, rivers, waterfalls, Deosai National Park (the second-highest plateau in the world), green meadows and amazing valleys.

Skardu Weather

Skardu has all four weather seasons:

  • Summer
  • Winter
  • Spring
  • Autumn

A special season in Skardu is Cherry Blossom.

What is Cherry Blossom season?

During this season, the whole Skardu valley gets Pink and white colours which look amazing, this weather attracts tourists to Skardu, the rivers and the snow-covered peaks in the surroundings take the tourist to the awesome world.


The government are taking action to promote tourism in Skardu. That’s why they are doing an upgrade from Skardu Airport to Skardu International Airport. The foreigners will directly land in the land of beautiful mountains, rivers, landscapes, weather, etc.

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