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Ghanche - Khaplu

Ghanche District is located 103 kilometers east of Skardu in Baltistan region of Pakistan which is also called as “Little Tibit”.   Khaplu is the capital of Ghanche, which is located on the trade route of ancient time leading along Shyok River to Ladak, now in Indian Occupied Kashmir across Line of Control.   It takes around 2 hours to reach Khaplu from Skardu on 4×4 jeep which lies on the junction of River Indus and River Shyok.   The area is also called as Shyok Valley as well.  The meaning of Shyok in local language is “River of Death”.

 Khaplu is a base for trekking into the Hushe valley which leads to Masherbrum Mountains. Many famous mountains, such as Masherbrum, K-6, K-7, Sherpi Kangh, Sia Kangri and  Saltoro Kangri    are located in the district.

Khaplu is a very beautiful and scenic place in Gilgit Baltistan, Northern areas of Pakistan. Khaplu has many picnic spots and tourist points.   Khaplu is famous for its cultural beauty, natural feel, and diverse tradition.   Ghanche district stands almost aloof with its beautiful valleys and settlements inhabited by the most hospitable locals and river irrigated lands.

Khaplu Fort

Khaplu Fort is the essential stop for everyone visiting Ghanche or Khaplu.   It was built in 1840 by Yabgo Raja Daulat Ali Khan of Khaplu and is commonly called “Yabgo Khar”, meaning “The fort on the roof”,  in local language.  The fort is considered to be an architectural heritage and a tourist attraction, as it has served as a royal residence for long time.  Aga Khan Trust for Culture carried out  restoration of this Fort which completed in 2011.    Following the renovation of the palace, a section of residential area is being used as a hotel, operated by Serena Hotels and employing people from 35 local households. The hotel has 21 rooms, six of which are located inside the palace building and utilise its 70 percent of hotel income on the development of the Khaplu region,  while another area of the fort serves as a museum.

Chaqchan Masjid

Dating from 1370, The Chaqchan Masjid  is one of the oldest in the region, and dates from the time when the area’s populace converted en masse from Buddhism to Islam.  The mosque shares similar architecture as those built in the Kashmir Valley.   It is a perfect blend of Tibetan, Mughal and Persian style of architecture.  According to historians,  the Masjid was built by Mir Sayyid Ali Hamadani  once the local ruling Raja accepted Islam and the building of the Masjid was built  in 1370.  One can see the impressive wood carving and artwork created by woodworkers of that time on the pillars, walls and ceiling of the Masjid.  One needs to remove footwear and cover head while entering the Masjid.  Entering in Masjid in shorts or skirts is not desirable.  

The more interesting aspect of life in Ghanche is that the crime rate is zero. No murders or major crimes are reported for decades. of this valley is that the crime rate is zero; no case of murder has been reported in the region for the last several decades. The people of this region are very peaceful, polite, hospitable, sociable and beautiful.

Ghanche  has many lakes, glaciers, lush green pastures, valleys and plateaus awaiting your visit.    According to Forbes Magazine, Khaplu is the coolest place for tourists in Pakistan.  Annually, approximate 100 thousand tourists visit Khaplu to see glaciers and famous peaks of the region. Last year, over one hundred thousand tourisrts visited various places of Ghanche district.    Khaplu is indeed one of the most beautiful and peaceful places on the surface of earth. This place is rich in every single aspect of nature. Every season here is attractive in its own way. It is definitely a must-visit-place-once-in-lifetime.