Exploring the Enchanting Shigar Valley

Exploring the Enchanting Shigar Valley 

After reading this article you will know all the beautiful and enchanting places of Shigar Valley where you can visit with your family on vacations.

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Introduction

Shigar Valley Road passes through Sarfaranga and is situated on the left bank of the Shigar River, 20 miles (32 kilometers) from Skardu. Baltistan's the city is, after Skardu, the most open territory. It starts from Sarfa Ranga in the vicinity of Skardu and reaches the Pakistan-China and Nagar borders. This region, which stretches from  Kothang to Dasuned, is flat and is around 60 kilometers in length and 9 kilometers in width.
shigar valley skardu
The town is a vast and lovely meadow that is not seen in Upper Sindh or the Karakoram. It is unique in that it is Upper Sindh's largest and broadest plain, with several valleys on each side of the river. These valleys are separated by a number of broad valleys and a sizable area of uninhabited plains.

The city, which is situated on both banks of the Shigar River and Shigar Nala, is in a beautiful and peaceful landscape. Besides a high school, rest house, post office, telephone services, market, and administrative and judicial offices, it also houses several of the district's administrative offices. Additionally, the majestic Government College building can be found on the other side of the river, as can the old Shigar Fort palace. Shigar's weather is somewhat decent throughout the summer, and visitors enjoy both the summer and winter seasons weather in Shigar.

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Town of Shigar: Architectural Marvels

shigar serena

The Hazrat Amircha Branjhi Mosque, Hazrat Amir Amburik Mosque, Khanqah Muallah, Shahi Mosque, and Serena Fort are among the city's famous monuments to history. Shah Nasir Tussi, the Amacha dynasty, and Hazrat Amir Kabir Mir Syed Ali Hamdani (RA) constructed these memorials. The beautiful Noorbakhshi Khanqah is located in the center of the town.

amburik mosque shigar
There is a gigantic mosque next to the Khanqah. In the surroundings of Bairoopa, not far from the Khanqah, is the shrine of Syed Najmuddin Saqib (may Allah's kindness be upon him). Mir Yaqub Masoom's spectacular shrine sits just close to the Khanqah. Mir Yaqub Masoom's remarkable shrine sits just close to the Khanqah. The mosque of Hazrat Amir Kabir Amborik is just minutes away. Six mosques, including the Mosque of Hazrat Amir Kabir (RA), are located in front of the Mohalla Agaypa. They are rare depictions of ancient architecture, in addition to the Raja Great Palace and a linked two-story mosque.

khanqah shigar

A bridge that crosses the  Nalah and leads to the Amacha Fort is located just before Khanqah-e-Muallah. The Aga Khan Foundation has renovated this fort, which once served as Shahan-e-Shigar's, and converted it into the Serena Hotel. Due to its stunning natural surroundings, the location draws both domestic and international tourists. Additionally, a two-story mosque with a unique architectural style contributes to the area's archaeological significance.

shigar fort hotel

Apart from these, magnificent monastery buildings exist in Al-Chori, Chhorga, Wazirpur, Gulabpur, and other places. Mir Yahya (RA) and Mir Mukhtar Akhiyar (RA) constructed these. Sadly, many of these buildings have been destroyed. The village of Lamsa marks the beginning of the journey to Skardu. Whether one is traveling directly from Chomuk or via Gamba Thargo and Sarfa Ranga, the trek starts from Lamsa. At the start of Lamsa, there is a rock with a Buddha image on the old pocket road, which is still in good condition and holds historical significance. From a distance, there is a blind lake.

Gateway to K2: Shigar

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The city is essentially the entrance to K2, which is also known as Dapsang or Chogori in its native region and is the second-highest mountain in the world after Mount Everest at 28,251 feet (8,611 meters). 

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The Karakoram Range is home to K2, which is split between a piece of Kashmir that is managed by China in the Uygur Autonomous Region of Xinjiang, China, and a portion that is governed by Pakistan in Gilgit-Baltistan. We are unable to comment on the weather on K2, as it changes rapidly. In June and early July, snow is anticipated to cover the upper Baltoro and Godwin-Austen glaciers that lead to Concordia and K2 base camps.
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Industries and Natural Resources

gem stone shigar


Throughout the main city, a canal flows consistently. This canal originates from the glaciers between Thallay and Shigar. It passes through Thalay Pass and then through Nala Thalay, leading to Khaplu. In the past, this was the closest safe passage between Khaplu and the city. There is a very big sandstone mine in the same canal. Which is locally called Zehar-e-Mehrah, and it is said to be a substitute for antidote in terms of its effectiveness. Most bowls and other objects are produced from this soft, clear stone because it is so visually appealing. Before Pakistan was established, it supplied Kashmir and Ladakh. This industry was at risk of failing when Pakistan was founded. This may be a big manufacturing facility chain that might significantly lower the local unemployment rate.
gems stone

Areas on the outer boundaries of the valley are rich in marble. Marble may be found on mountaintops, underground, and above ground. Marble is now being dug out of the earth and processed at nearby industries. The Hussainabad and Kachura marble industries sell their goods on the market. Many people rely on this business for their livelihood. Mica and other minerals may be found in great abundance in the city. In a facility near Skardu, mica is widely mined and processed. 

Fruits of various kinds are found in the Shigar Valley Skardu. Although its proud son Abdullah Khan brought these fruit trees to town from Turkistan, the city's once-prolific apricots were luscious, sweet, and fresh. Demand for dried apricots is strong. In Gilgit-Baltistan, the Hashupe Fruit Garden is famous for its broad inventory of fruits, including apricots, apples, cherries, and peaches.

Healing Springs and Natural Wonders

There are several hot and cold springs in the city. The Chotron and Beesal springs are famous. Several springs receive nourishment from glacier water. Thousands of people come to these springs for bathing and healing. Particularly those with joint and skin issues find treatment here.

In addition to having an abundance of natural resources, the city also possesses mica, quartz, emerald, uranium, marble, and jade. These minerals can be found in various amounts and are mined and processed in many different places. The government and NGOs must put forth substantial efforts and focus in order to fully use these resources and increase employment.

The Importance Area

The valley lies between the two rivers. It starts near Sarfa Ranga, close to Skardu, and extends up to the border of Pakistan and China, reaching the Nagar border. The Valley area covers a vast expanse of approximately 60 kilometers in length from Thang to Dasu Ned and about 9 kilometers in width. There is no other place in Balistan, Upper Sindh, or Karakaram that matches the length and beauty of the valley.

Both domestic and foreign tourists find the valley to be a paradise. It provided a route via the Ghizer Valley to the city and beyond for visitors arriving from Central Asia in ancient times. However, these routes have since been abandoned for geopolitical reasons. Despite this, teams conducting scientific, geographic, and political studies continue to travel these paths. These worldwide and national initiatives have a huge positive impact on the local population. These projects, which produce significant cash throughout the hiking and tourist seasons, are of significance and interest to adventurers, mountaineers, and porters.

Hotel in Shigar

space hotel shigar

1.     
Serena Shigar Fort

2.      Space Hotel Shigar
3.      Hotel River View Shigar
4.      Wazir One Hotel and Restaurant
Serena hotel shigar


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Agriculture and Prosperity

Despite its size, the valley has a small population, despite its importance in agriculture. Therefore, compared to other Baltistan regions, this one has a larger ratio of cultivable land to people. As a consequence, the town's residents can meet their basic necessities and engage in agriculture independently. There is also plenty of area accessible for rearing cattle, and productivity has significantly increased as a result of widespread mechanical use.

In the town, there is a lot of production of cash crops, mainly potatoes. Both domestically and externally, Baltistan imports and exports these crops. They command high prices on the market since they are exceptional and one-of-a-kind.

 Chhorka River

The Chhorka River divides the city into two parts in the Chorkha area. The city's most important area is where the river flows from the highlands to the sea. The environment is graced with towering white poplar trees, expansive orchards, and lush green fields, offering a particular sense of joy. Marble may be discovered along the well-paved road.

Prominent Locations

blind lake shigar

Both local and foreign tourists should visit the following prominent locations, as they offer a glimpse into the beauty and culture of the area:

  1. Lamsa
  2. Blind Lake Shigar
  3. Amburak Mosque
  4. Khanqah Muallah-e-Noorbakhshiya
  5. Amacha Khar(Fort)
  6. Shahi Polo Ground
    shigar valley road

Noteworthy Sites
sarfaranga skardu

Enthusiasts of the local culture, foreign tourists, and non-local tourists should not miss out on exploring the following notable sites: These sites showcase the diverse attractions and cultural heritage of the area:

  1. Khanqah Noorbakhshiya in Al-Chori
  2. Khanqah Noorbakhshiya in Gulabpur
  3. Hashupe Fruit Garden and Agricultural Tourism Farm
  4. Khanqah Noorbakhshiya in Wazirpur
  5. Warm springs of Beesal
  6. Hot springs(Chotron)


Embrace the Beauty and Riches of Shigar: A Journey of Discovery shigar fort

In the heart of the enchanting Valley lies a world waiting to be explored. With its breathtaking landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and abundant resources, the valley offers a unique and unforgettable experience for both local and foreign travelers. From the majestic K2, the second-highest mountain in the world, to the soothing embrace of natural hot and cold springs, the city has something to offer every adventurer and seeker of beauty.

The town's architectural marvels, historic monuments, and serene landscapes are a testament to its rich history and vibrant culture. Whether you're visiting the ancient Khanqahs, exploring archaeological wonders, or witnessing the craftsmanship of marble and minerals, town heritage is a treasure trove waiting to be unraveled.

The economic potential of town is as vast as its natural resources. From marble industries to agriculture and from mineral extraction to sustainable tourism, the town has the power to boost local livelihoods and drive prosperity. By responsibly harnessing these resources in collaboration with governmental efforts and non-governmental initiatives, town can pave the way for sustainable growth that benefits all.

As the sun sets over the valley, leaving behind hues of golden and orange, the promise of the city potential shines just as brightly. By preserving its heritage, embracing its natural wonders, and fostering responsible growth, town can continue to enchant and inspire generations to come. So, come and be captivated by the valleys, mountains, springs, and culture that make Shigar a true jewel in the crown of Pakistan's beauty. The journey of discovery awaits; step into Shigar's world and experience its magic firsthand.

 

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