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Shigar

Shigar Valley is one of the beautiful, must to visit valleys in the surrounding of Skardu. People hear and talk a lot about Cold Desert at higher altitude and it is there when one reaches Shigar Valley one finds this great marvel of nature. Moreover, scenic beauty, numerous fruit laden orchards and tranquillity in air bring peace of mind and soul to the visiting tourists.   From the month of March to the month of  May is the season of spring and people  prefer to visit the area during this period.     Period between June to August is summer time in Shigar Valley and it remains warm and attracts lots of visitors.  Shigar is linked with Skardu with a fine road which allows plying of all types of car and other vehicles.

Katpana / Sarfranga Desert – (Mentioned in “Skardu Page” as well)

About half an hour drive from the town of  Skardu, one takes a left turn and cross the bridge over the wide basin of the Indus River to enter the Shigar Valley.  As soon as one cross the bridge, one finds oneself in the world’s highest cold desert.   Locally known as the Katpana or Sarfranga Desert, it continues on both sides of the Indus and into Ladakh on the other side of border.

The Cold Desert, also known as the Katpana Desert or Biama Nakpo, is a high-altitude desert located near Skardu, in Pakistan’s northern Gilgit-Baltistan region. The desert contains expanses of large sand dunes that are sometimes covered in snow during winter. Situated at an elevation of 2,226 metres  above sea level, the Katpana Desert is one of the highest deserts in the world. The desert technically stretches from the Khaplu Valley to Nubra in Ladakh, but the largest desert area is found in Skardu and Shigar Valley. The portion most visited is located near Skardu Airport.

Shigar View Point   

Valley of Shigar starts with a beautiful bridge called the Shigar Bridge which is at twenty minutes’ drive away from Skardu.  Just after crossing the bridge one can  have a magnificent view of a desert known as the Cold Desert. After driving for another 15 minutes’ drive one reaches at the famous “Shigar View Point”  and view the almost entire Shigar Valley from this commanding spot.

Shigar Fort

Shigar Fort is Located on the legendary route to the world’s second highest mountain K-2.     Shigar Fort is about 450 years old magnificent edifice. It is  locally known as Fong Khar, which in local Baltic language means the place on rocks. It was built by Hassan Khan, the 20th ruler of the Amacha Dynasty, in the early 17th century.

Now the fort has been renovated on scientific lines while preserving the cultural and architectural values.  This place can give insight of centuries old history and culture on one hand while offers a comfortable stay in traditional room/suites on the other hand with continental and local food varieties.  Serena Hotels have opened one of their branches in the fort and they provide all amenities of a 4 start hotel in that far flung area of Pakistan.

Blind Lake      

The Blind Lake Shigar, locally known as “Jarbazoo”  is a beautiful freshwater lake in Shigar Valley.  It is located at about 25 minutes drive from the View Point at the bank of River Indus.    It is an amazing place for sightseeing, resting and for restoring spiritual energy besides taking photographs. The crystal clear blue water of the lake and lush green surroundings make its view more charming. One can enjoy swimming and boating at this lake.

Amburiq Masjid (Mosque)

The Masjid, praying place of Muslims,  in Shigar Valley is also known as “Khilangrong” which was awarded UNESCO – protected heritage status in 2005.    The Masjid was built in 14th century by the Persian artisans accompanying Syed Ali Hamdani, a travelling Persian scholar and poet who preached Islam in the Kashmir Valley.

The Masjid in heart of Shigar Valley is believed to have sustained the rough times and weathers for more than four centuries, as it was built in the 18th century.  One can see the impressive wood carving and artwork created by woodworkers of that time on the pillars, walls and ceiling of the Masjid.  

Like anywhere else, one needs to remove footwear and cover head while entering the Masjid.  Entering in Masjid in shorts or skirts is not desirable.   

Shigar is place of simple, hospitable and very friendly people.  It is great place for sightseeing, relaxing and unwinding one’s mind.  It is a must visit place at least once in lifetime one must make an endeavor to witness this part of world.