The Haven on earth with the beautiful sceneries of Karakoram mountain and lakes. Skardu is 2,438 metres above from sea level. Skardu is a great place to mountain trek and a fishermen’s dream come true with an abundant stock of wild fresh water trout to catch with a backdrop of the great peaks of the Karakoram mountain range to enjoy.
Skardu has a character of its own and has a very interesting scenery. The Indus becomes wide and still here. The town is surrounded by dry rugged mountains and sand dunes.
Skardu is famous for the many trekking and adventure spots around it. There are numerous treks starting from Skardu. The near by Satpara Lake and Shangri-la resort are very famous among the local travellers and is visited by people from all over the country during June & July.
Skardu is the heaven of archeological sites. One of the most famous sites is the Kharpocho Fort built by Maqpon Bugha (1490-1515 AD). But Moghal historians are of the view that the great fort was built by Ali Sher Khan Anchan( 1560-1625 AD). The fort stands above the mighty Indus river. The whole of Skardu can be seen from the fort. At night the fort is illuminated and story of great battles come to life. But Moghal historians are of the view that the great fort was built by Ali Sher Khan Anchan himself. This view is upheld by European writers such as Cunningham, Foso Marine, G.T. Vagne etc. Some observations about this fort have been made in the Imperial Gazetteer of British India. It states that one of the most famous of the Gralpos (Monarchs of Skardu), Ali Sher Khan, who ruled till the end of the 16th century, conquered Ladakh and built a fort at Skardu.
This palace was built by Gul Khatoon or Mindoq Gialmo on the hill where now stands the Kharfocho fort only. The palace was named after the queen as ‘Mindoq Khar’ meaning the ‘Flower Palace’. The Palace was destroyed by the troops of the Sikh ruler of Kashmir, Maharaja Gulab Singh, when he invaded Skardu in 1840 AD.