Satpara Lake Gilgit Baltistan
Satpara Lake is located in Skardu Valley Gilgit Baltistan and is one of the largest freshwater lakes in Pakistan. It supplies water for the town of Skardu. The beautiful Satpara Lake is located at an altitude of 8,650 feet. The completion of Satpara …
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Satpara Lake is located in Skardu Valley Gilgit Baltistan and is one of the largest freshwater lakes in Pakistan. It supplies water for the town of Skardu.
The beautiful Satpara Lake is located at an altitude of 8,650 feet. The completion of Satpara Dam downstream of the lake has enlarged the size of Satpara Lake Gilgit Baltistan.
Satpara Lake Gilgit Baltistan
We are not going far today, we’ll explore Skardu city.We’ll do some shopping and search traditional foods.Besides, we’ll visit Sadpara lake in its surroundings.We may plan to see Budha Rock, city and markets…Before I kick start my journey, let me explain how youcan reach Skardu from Islamabad. If you’re not on yourown vehicle, car from Pir Wdhai bus stand Rawalpindicharges PKR5000 to PKR6000. PKR5000 for back seat.
PKR6000 for front seat are charged. It will take you toSkardu in about 20 hours.Different companies ply buses from Pir Wdhai to Skarduwhich include K2 Travels, Kohistan, Mashabrum, etc.Air conditioned bus charges PKR3000 to PKR 3500 andnon-air conditioned bus charges PKR2000 to PKR2500.
It covers the distance in 25 to 30 hours. In the event ofland sliding, this duration may increase.The third method is to reach Skradu by air. One flight ofPIA departs and arrives at Benazir International airportIslamabad from Skardu. Not only Pakistanis butPakistanis and foreigners complain about the high priceof the air ticket.This roundabout was known as ‘Preshan Chowk’ butnow it has been named after the greatest mountaineerof Pakistan, Hassan Sadpara.
Hassan Sadpara climbed dangerous and high peaks likeMount Everest, K-2, Nanga Parbat, Gasharbrum-I, IIand Broad Peak. His statue has been erected here.Sadpara lake is a dam at the beginning. There are 2, 3water purifying plants and electricity for Skardu city isproduced from Sadpara lake.You can imagine from my voice how quiet and calm thisplace is. It’s a huge and very deep lake.
Water color ofthis lake is opposite to that of Kachura lake.It’s an enormous water reservoir.It is 3.5KM long and wide upto 1400 meters. It’s watersource is Sadpara stream which runs on glaciers water.You pass Sadpara lake on your way to Deosai.Mobile phone signals and a hotel for night stay areavailable on Sadpara lake. For a round trip from Skardua car will charge PKR1000 to PKR1200 We are at the starting point of Sadpara lake.
The waterin those streams is of those streams who run in the wayto Deosai. These streams fill Sadpara lake which istransformed into dam. It is an amazing green colorwhich may not be visible to you due to shade but I’llshow you the pictures after editing them. Now we willgo down and have breakfast from a hotel. We will takepictures and record video and then travel to Skardu.When there was no dam, its shape was different.
I haveseen pictures of Gulrez Ghauri Sahab and other seniorphotographers. Now the water has been stopped for thedame so its shape has changed a little. I will try to shareold pictures with you.You reach village Manthal after 3km on your way backto Skardu from Sadpara lake. Turn left and you will seepicture of Mahatama Buddha on a big granite rock.I am at Buddha Rock at the moment which is very nearto Skardu. On your way to Sadpara lake, you see a boardon left side and you reach here. Entry fee is PKR 50.
It is known as ‘Buddha Rock’ and the most sacred relicof Buddhism in Skardu. Locals told that Buddha Rockis 800 years old.We are back to Skardu after watching Buddha Rock.I am not hungry so I have skipped breakfast. Now I’llsee Skardu city and do some shopping.Central Jamia mosque of Skardu is very beautiful.Verses from the Holy Quran have been beautifullywritten on the walls of the mosque.
There is a municipal library on a peaceful place nearthe mosque which offers thousands of books.There is Polo ground adjacent to library.It is situated on the main road.I am in the largest library of Skardu Satpara Lake Gilgit Baltistan. There is Kharpochoport on that mountain at the backside of this library.We’ll visit Kharpocho fort after this library.Now I am very hungry and will go to Alamdar Chowk.PKR 70 and it costs PKR 100 in Lahore. Looks good.Their soup suggested that the food will be exquisite.It is the best local food so far and the cheapest as well.Soup costed just PKR 70.PKR 200 for rice, PKR 300 for vegetable curry andchicken jalfrezi for PKR 300.
How can you get a cheaperfood than this? Environment is also pleasant.Normally they do not take much care of cleanlinesswhich is an issue here. This hotel was looking goodfrom outside so we came in.It’s time to try traditional Balti dish Mamto which isprepared with spices in meat mince. It is wrapped inflour and cooked on steam.I had checked out of hotel in the morning because myflight to Islamabad will depart tomorrow. I will spendrest of the day and night at Shangrila resort. It is 20kmaway from Skardu on airport side.
I have planned tospend night there so that I may reach airport easily.The under construction Gilgit-Skardu road will becompleted soon. It will get easier to reach Skardu.The ticket price was PKR 300 in 2016 and now I havepurchased it for PKR 500. The guy is also laughing whohas sold this ticket to me.Let’s go.I am really hungry. As you can see they have written thatpicking apples is prohibited but it’s hard to stop myself.Let’s eat first because Maghrib will take place at 7:30and it is 5:30 now, so we have 2 hours.
Let’s explorethis resort and have food.Shangrila Resort was built in 1983. It is a Chinese wordmeaning ‘Heaven on Earth.’ The sight of Shangrila givesthe same feeling of heaven.Shangrila lake is heart shaped and there are luxuryresorts on its banks. It’s aerial view is world famous.Shangrila resort is getting commercialized day by day.The rates were so high that I could not live here.
I have booked a room in a hotel, 1km away, in nominalrent. When I came here in 2015, people ran after you tobook their hotel but now it’s season and rush of people.That’s why the rates are very high.You’ll see a plane in Shangrila Resort which used to flyin the past.
The story of its arrival here is interesting.On 3rd October, 1953 when PIA was not established,this plane of Orient Air flew from Skardu airport andcrash landed after 3 minutes of take off. Luckily no lifewas lost. Owners of Shangrila Resorts bought thisplane and established a coffee shop inside. It servesdrinks to tourists now.It is good place for honey-moon as it is very peacefuland family oriented.
The resorts are luxury andexpensive but you can find peace of mind here. If youwant spend 2, 3 days, you don’t have to travel anywhere,this place keeps you busy. There are so many apple andplum trees. A Big trout of about 2kg has come near me.As you can see a tree full of plums. I have eaten two ofthem after seeking permission. They were not ripe but it is a visual treat to see them like this.I love fish crackers Satpara Lake Gilgit Baltistan.
Smoke chicken sandwich. You have served well before 30 minutes. A Lahori and then a Butt, how can he miss Karahi? My ‘Dreamland Skardu’ series comes to an end. If you plan to visit Skardu.