Brigadier Muhammad Aslam Khan (late) was the first commander of the Pakistan Army’s Northern Scouts. He devised Shangrila, the first resort of its kind on the Pakistani territory. It is located on the side of Shangrila lake, which also bears the name Lower Kachura Lake. The lake’s elevation is nearly 2,499 metres (8,199 feet) above sea level. Skardu valley is a 20-minute drive away. The elevation of Skardu is about 2,226 metres (7,303 feet) above sea level. A unique phenomenon occurred in 1983 when a plane crashed in Skardu. Brigadier Muhammad Aslam Khan purchased it and built Shangrila Resorts on it.
The name Shangrila was inspired by James Hilton’s novel “Lost Horizon”. He wrote it 1933. In the early 1920s, an aeroplane crashed near a river, according to the author. The surviving passengers came across some Buddhist Monks from a nearby temple and sought their assistance. The monks took them to a beautiful lamasery where they found an abundance of fruits and flowers. The monks appeared to be quite young, despite the fact that they claimed to be hundreds of years old. The name of that place was Shangrila. It is a Tibetan term that means “Heaven on Earth”.
Shangrila Resorts are popular tourist destination. This location attracts a large number of tourists from all over the world. It is such a unique and picturesque place surrounded by the world’s second highest peak, K-2 (8,611 metres). Deosai Plain is in its vicinity. This is the second longest, widest and highest plateau in the world. Furthermore, Pakistan’s longest river Indus flows nearby which originates in the Ladakh valley. It passes through the Karakoram and Himalayan mountain ranges. The picturesque valleys, glaciers, thick forests teeming with rare wildlife species, and historical monuments dating back thousands of years glorify Shangrila.
Visiting Gilgit-Baltistan, particularly the Shangrila Resort, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that everyone wishes to repeat. It truly refers as “The Roof of the World” due to its higher elevation of approximately 2,499 metres (8,199) above sea level. It is a fairyland due to its breathtaking beauty and enchanting hilltop location.
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