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'''Skardu''' ([[Urdu]]: {{nastaliq|سکردو}}, {{lang-hi|स्कर्दू}}, [[Balti language|Balti]]: སྐརདུ་་ from [[Standard Tibetan|Tibetan]] (Balti): '''skar rdo''' {{lang|bo|སྐར་རྡོ་}} - "star stone, meteorite"), is the main town of the region [[Baltistan]] and the capital of [[Skardu District]], one of the districts making up Pakistan's [[Gilgit Baltistan]].
 
'''Skardu''' ([[Urdu]]: {{nastaliq|سکردو}}, {{lang-hi|स्कर्दू}}, [[Balti language|Balti]]: སྐརདུ་་ from [[Standard Tibetan|Tibetan]] (Balti): '''skar rdo''' {{lang|bo|སྐར་རྡོ་}} - "star stone, meteorite"), is the main town of the region [[Baltistan]] and the capital of [[Skardu District]], one of the districts making up Pakistan's [[Gilgit Baltistan]].
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Skardu lies in the controversial region of India and Pakistan.Hence, is not recognised as a legal part of either Pakistani or Indian territory.
 
 
Skardu is located in the 10 km wide by 40 km long [[Skardu Valley]], at the confluence of the [[Indus]] river (flowing from near [[Mount Kailash|Kailash]] in [[Tibet]] and through neighbouring [[Ladakh]] before reaching Baltistan) and the [[Shigar River]]. Skardu is situated at an altitude of nearly 2,500 m (8,200 ft). The town is surrounded by grey-brown coloured mountains, which hide the [[eight thousander|8,000 metre peaks]] of the nearby [[Karakoram]] range.{{Citation needed|date=June 2011}}
 
Skardu is located in the 10 km wide by 40 km long [[Skardu Valley]], at the confluence of the [[Indus]] river (flowing from near [[Mount Kailash|Kailash]] in [[Tibet]] and through neighbouring [[Ladakh]] before reaching Baltistan) and the [[Shigar River]]. Skardu is situated at an altitude of nearly 2,500 m (8,200 ft). The town is surrounded by grey-brown coloured mountains, which hide the [[eight thousander|8,000 metre peaks]] of the nearby [[Karakoram]] range.{{Citation needed|date=June 2011}}
   
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==Transport==
 
==Transport==
 
Skardu is acces
Skardu is accessible by two methods, road or air. The normal road route into Skardu is via the [[Karakorum Highway]] and a linkroad into the [[Skardu Valley]] from it. There are also four or five other road links to Kashmir and Ladakh. Alternatively, there are normally one or two flights daily between [[Skardu Airport]] and [[Islamabad]]. The high cost of air travel means that road travel via the Karakorum Highway and the link road onward to the Skardu Valley is often the preferred option of locals and tourists alike.{{Citation needed|date=June 2011}}
 
 
The climate can have adverse affects on transport in and out of the Skardu Valley, as Skardu becomes snowbound during the winter months. Often the roads in and out of Skardu (and other ''Northern Areas'' locations) can be blocked for weeks at a time depending on conditions (though two to five days is more normal), sometimes leaving air travel as the only feasible alternative. However, air travel in winter is also subject to disruption due to the unreliable Skardu weather and flights can occasionally be delayed by several days.{{Citation needed|date=June 2011}}
 
 
[[Image:SatparaLakeSkardu1215.jpg|thumb|220px|right|[[Satpara Lake]] in [[2002]]]]
 
 
==Skardu Fort (Kharphocho Fort)==
 
[[Skardu Fort]] or ''Kharphocho Fort'' lies on the eastern face of the ''Khardrong or Mindoq-Khar'' ("Castle of Queen Mindoq") hill 15 metres or {{convert|40|ft|m}} above Skardu town. The fort dates from the 8th Century CE and contains an old mosque probably dating back to the arrival of Islam in the 16th Century CE. The fort provides a panoramic view of Skardu town, the Skardu valley and the [[Indus River]]. The fort was built by Rmakpon dynasty rulers of Baltistan and it was a seven storey building. It was burnt down by Sikhs in the 18th Century CE.{{Citation needed|date=June 2011}}
 
 
Kharphocho (Skardu) fort was built on a design similar to that of [[Leh Palace]] and the [[Potala Palace]] in [[Lhasa]], [[Tibet]]. The name Kharpochhe means the great fort — ''Khar'' in [[Tibetan language|Tibetan]] means castle or fort and ''Chhe'' means great.{{Citation needed|date=June 2011}}
 
 
==Shigar Fort==
 
Located on the legendary route to the world’s second highest mountain K-2, and known as Fong-Khar, which in the local language means the “Palace on the Rock”. The complex at Shigar comprises the 400-year-old Fort / Palace and two more recent buildings, the "Old House" and the "Garden House". The former Palace of the Raja of Shigar has been transformed into a 20 room heritage guesthouse, with the grand audience hall serving as a museum of Balti culture and featuring select examples of fine wood-carvings, as well as other heritage objects.{{Citation needed|date=June 2011}}
 
 
==Skardu Road==
 
[[Cricklewood]]'s North - South avenue takes its name from the fort of the same name.<ref>[http://dsal.uchicago.edu/reference/gazetteer/pager.html?objectid=DS405.1.I34_V20_275.gif Punjab - Imperial Gazetteer of India, v. 20, p. 269]</ref>
 
 
==Lakes near Skardu==
 
There are three lakes in the vicinity of Skardu. In local Balti-Tibetan language, a lake is a ''thso'' or ''tso''.{{Citation needed|date=June 2011}}
 
 
===Kachura Lakes===
 
There are two [[Kachura Lakes]]—the less well known [[Upper Kachura lake]] and the more famous [[Lower Kachura Lake]], better known as [[Shangrila Lake]]. Lower Katsura lake is home to the [[Shangrila Resort]] hotel complex (possibly the reason for the lake's alternative name), built in a Chinese style and another popular destination for tourists in Pakistan. The resort has a unique style of restaurant, set up inside the [[fuselage]] of an [[aircraft]] that crashed nearby. Kachura lake 18m from Skardu. Kachura Lake is famous for its deep blue waters. There are numerous places to visit and things to do near Kachura Lake, situated near Skardu in the northern area.{{Citation needed|date=June 2011}}
 
 
===Satpara Lake===
 
[[Sadpara Lake]] is Skardu Valley's main lake, supplying water for Skardu town, and reputedly one of the most picturesque lakes in [[Pakistan]]. In 2002, the [[Government of Pakistan]] decided to build a dam on the Satpara Lake<ref name=autogenerated1>{{cite web |url=http://www.dawn.com/2004/06/21/local26.htm |publisher=dawn.com |work= Archive |title= Your Source of News on the World Wide Web}}</ref> allocating Rs. 600 million ($10 million) to the Satpara Dam project, two years later in 2004.<ref name=autogenerated1 /> Progress on the project has, however, been slow.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.dawn.com/2006/03/22/top13.htm |publisher=dawn.com|work= Archive |title=Your Source of News on the World Wide Web}}</ref>
 
Satpara Lake is {{convert|6|mi|km}} from Skardu. Satpara Lake is one of the largest fresh water lakes in the country offering trout fishing, and row boating. This lake is also responsible for the drinking water that is supplied in Skardu.
 
Satpara Lake is a beautiful lake which is situated near Deosai the second highest plain area in the world.
 
this was very small dam of Pakistan.During the construction of the dam descon compony complete this work at 11years
 
 
==Sister cities==
 
* {{flagicon|Italy}} [[Cortina]], [[Italy]]<ref>{{cite web |url=http://tribune.com.pk/story/111663/italy-offers-to-upgrade-skardu-airport/ |title=Italy offers to upgrade Skardu airport |publisher=The Express Tribune}}</ref>
 
 
==See also==
 
*[[Baltistan]]
 
*[[Haji Gham]]
 
*[[Ladakh]]
 
*[[Northern Areas]]
 
*[[Pakistan]]
 
*[[Skardu Airport]]
 
*[[Skardu Fort]]
 
*[[Tibet]]
 
 
==References==
 
{{Reflist}}
 
 
==Further reading==
 
* Jettmar, Karl et al. (1985): ''Zwischen Gandhara und den Seidenstrassen: Felsbilder am Karakorum Highway: Entdeckungen deutsch-pakistanischer Expeditionen 1979-1984''. 1985. Mainz am Rhein, Philipp von Zabern.
 
* Jettmar. Karl (1980): ''Bolor & Dardistan''. Karl Jettmar. Islamabad, National Institute of Folk Heritage.
 
*[http://www.piac.com.pk/piaspakistan/piaspakistan-northernareas1.asp piac.com.pk] page about Northern Areas
 
 
==External links==
 
* [http://blankonthemap.free.fr Blankonthemap] The Northern Kashmir WebSite
 
* [http://www.dawn.com/events/lifestyle2002/ls16.htm The Changing Northern Areas]
 
* [http://www.pbase.com/waqas/northern_areas_of_pakistan Photos from Skardu, Kachura Lake and Satpara Lake by Waqas Usman]
 
* [http://www.pbase.com/arifakhan/skardu_and_kachura_lake Photos from Skardu and Kachura Lake by Arif Khan]
 
* [http://www.flickr.com/photos/asher_yaqub/sets/72157602094769869/ Photos from Skardu and Kachura Lake by Asher Yaqub Khan]
 
* [http://www.panoramio.com/user/153534/tags/Kashmir%20-%20Skardu Photos from Skardu by Ole Holbech]
 
 
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[[Category:Hill stations in Pakistan]]
 
[[Category:Skardu District]]
 
 
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