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Skardu, a mesmerizing town in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan, is nestled amidst the formidable peaks of the Karakoram Range. Situated at an altitude of approximately 2,438 meters (7,999 feet), Skardu is a gateway to some of the world's highest mountain ranges, including the iconic Himalayas.
Home to a population of around 300,000 residents, Skardu serves as a base for adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts exploring the stunning landscapes of Northern Pakistan. The town is surrounded by towering peaks, with the mighty Indus River flowing through the valley, providing a breathtaking backdrop.
Skardu Airport (KDU) connects the town to major cities in Pakistan, facilitating access to this mountainous paradise. The journey to Skardu is an adventure in itself, with scenic roadways showcasing the raw beauty of the Karakoram Highway.
Skardu is renowned for its proximity to some of the world's highest peaks, including K2, the second-highest mountain on Earth. The picturesque Shangrila Resort, situated on the shores of Lower Kachura Lake, offers a serene retreat amidst the mountains, complemented by the nearby Shigar Fort.
The ancient Skardu Fort, perched on a hill overlooking the town, reflects the region's historical significance. The streets of Skardu are adorned with traditional Balti architecture, and the local bazaars offer a glimpse into the vibrant culture and crafts of the area.
The surrounding valleys, such as Shigar and Khaplu, provide opportunities for trekking, mountaineering, and camping, attracting adventurers from around the globe. Skardu's lakes, including Sheosar Lake and Satpara Lake, are jewels in the landscape, reflecting the surrounding peaks in their pristine waters.
Local cuisine in Skardu features hearty Balti dishes, with influences from Tibetan and Central Asian flavors. Visitors can savor traditional dishes like Balti tikka, thukpa, and momos while taking in the panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.
Skardu's festivals, including the Shigar Polo Festival, showcase the region's cultural heritage and the traditional sport of polo played on the world's highest polo ground. The warmth of the local community, coupled with the awe-inspiring mountain scenery, makes Skardu a destination that beckons those seeking adventure, serenity, and a connection to the majesty of the Karakoram Range.

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