Skardu – The Land of Giants :
Skardu the central valley of Gilgit-Baltistan, is an epitome of beauty, serenity and wilderness in the extreme north of Pakistan. Mighty Tracks are connected to some of the world’s highest mountains which includes K2, K3, and Gasherbrum Therefor, it is also known as ‘Land of Giants’.
Shigar Fort :
Another spectacular historical landmark in Pakistan is the Shigar Fort, which means ‘Fort on Rock’. It is located in the town of Shigar, near the valley of Skardu. Over six years (from 1999 to 2004), $1.4 million worth of renovations were carried out on the fort. This building was once a palace but is now a museum and one of the most luxurious hotels in the region. As of now, the hotel is operated by Serena Hotels, a Pakistani chain that offers a number of five-star accommodations.
Skardu Fort (KHARPOCHO) :
In the local language, Skardu Fort is also called ‘Kharpocho’, which means ‘King of Forts’. As an important fortress of the region during the 16th century, King Sher Ali Khan Anchan built this fort on his orders. This fort was built on a mountaintop as a defensive measure against external threats. It consisted of watching the entry and exit routes to and from the valley.