Shangrila Lake Skardu – Heaven On Earth
Shangrilla Lake (Jheel) is located at distance of 12 Kilometers from Gilgit Baltistan city of Skardu. You can reached this fantastic place of tourism by road and by air. By road it has two routes, one from Astore Deosai Road and other from Gilgit-Skardu Road.
History of Shangri-La
Shangrila was established in 1983 with the opening of the first Resort Hotel at Skardu, Baltistan. It was named “HEAVEN ON EARTH” because of its spectacular beauty, and breath taking view and peaceful atmosphere. Shangrila Resort Hotel was founded by the late Brig. (Retd) Mohammad Aslam Khan the first commander of the Northern Scouts who liberated the Northern areas in 1948. Shangrila was named after a book titled “LOST HORIZON” by James Hilton. In the book, the author narrates a fictitious tale in which an airplane crash landed near a riverbed, in the early 1920’s. The surviving passengers came across some Buddhist monks from a nearby temple and sought their help, who took them to a lamasery which was very beautiful and filled with all sorts of fruits. The monks looked quite young, although they claimed to be hundreds of years old. The idyllic place was called Shangrila, a Chinese word meaning “HEAVEN ON EARTH”.
Northern Areas of Pakistan are a rocky wilderness of 27000 Sq. Miles (about 68000 Sq. Km) containing the biggest cluster of majestic mountains anywhere in the world and the biggest glaciers anywhere outside the polar region. The mighty Himalayas come advancing into this region from India, Tibet and Nepal, and north of them spread the more localized but still majestic Karakorams, both heading northwest while in between flows the mighty Indus river, along the Indus are many lovely valleys, on the main river and in the path of its tributaries. These include Chilas, Fairy Meadows, Rhondu, Bunji and Skardu, each a world of its own beauty, attracting tourists from all over the world, year after year. Climate The climate of the Northern Areas is alpine in nature. The winter tends to be cold whereas late summers are yen, pleasant. The four seasons are distinct in the splendor of their colours. Planning a Trip The ideal time to plan a visit to Shangrila is from March onwards. The season lasts until November. It is advisable to plan a minimum of three to four days stay at Shangrila and all the areas surrounding it can keep one enraptured.