With the collaboration of PIA, Dubai now boasts a direct connection to Skardu, a picturesque city nestled in Pakistan’s northern region. With a flight time of just three and a half hours, this newly accessible destination stands over 8,000 feet above sea level, making it an ideal spot for adventure and cultural tourism.
Skardu’s Charm: A Door to Unforgettable Experiences
Dubai’s direct connection to Skardu through PIA offers a gateway to a world of natural wonders. From serene lakes to icy deserts and historic forts, Skardu invites travelers to immerse themselves in its captivating beauty and peaceful ambiance.
Katpana Desert: A Snowy Wonderland Transformed
Situated approximately 30 kilometers from Skardu, the Katpana Desert becomes a winter wonderland, covered in snow. As spring arrives, adventure tourism blossoms, offering paragliding, desert safaris, quad biking, and horseback riding.
Skardu: A Gem of Natural Beauty
Skardu remains relatively untapped and recently opened to the world, offering breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains, a cold desert, the majestic Indus River, captivating waterfalls, and scenic drives. The city hosts annual off-road jeep rallies and winter festivals, creating a haven for tourists seeking unique experiences. Its temperature range from -20°C in winter to the 20s in summer renders Skardu an all-year-round destination.
Heaven on Earth: A Himalayan Gem
Known as “Heaven on Earth,” Skardu’s Himalayan surroundings exude tranquility and splendor. Visitors can relish lakeside views, cozy Swiss cottages, executive suites, and a serene ambiance during their hotel stays.
Shangrila Resort: A Blend of History and Luxury
A true gem, the Shangrila Resort merges a 400-year-old fort with modern luxury in Shigar, just 50 kilometers from Skardu. Once a palace of the Raja of Shigar, the fort is an architectural testament to the region’s history. Visitors revel in the harmonious blend of old and new design elements, complementing the breathtaking Gilgit-Baltistan surroundings.
Deosai National Park: A Wonderland of Nature
The alpine plateau of Deosai National Park, designated as such in 1993, shelters the elusive Himalayan brown bears and occasionally welcomes sightings of snow leopards. A blend of plateaus, hills, streams, lakes, and mountains await exploration. During summer, Deosai’s plains offer an enchanting camping experience beneath a clear sky.