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Shangri-la Lake (also called Lower Kachura Lake) is a part of the Shangri-la Resort located at a 20 minute drive from Skardu (nearly 2,500 metres or 8,200 feet) above sea level. It is a popular tourist Resort and has a unique texture in the fuselage of an aircraft that was crashed here. Shangri-la was established in 1983 with the opening of the first Resort Hotel in Skardu, Baltistan. Shangri-la Resort Hotel was founded by late Brigadier Muhammad Aslam Khan, the first commander of the Northern Scouts of the Pakistan Army.

Shangri-la was named after a book entitled “Lost Horizon”written by James Hilton in 1933. In the novel, the Author narrates a tale in which an aero-plane crash landed near a riverbed, in the early 1920s. The surviving passengers came across some Buddhist monks from a nearby temple and sought their help. They were taken to a beautiful lamasery filled with a variety of fruits and flowers. The monks looked quite young, although they claimed to be hundreds of years old. The idyllic place was called Shangri-la, a Tibetan word meaning “Heaven on Earth”.

Shangri-la Resorts, the “Heaven on Earth’ is situated in the Northern Areas of Pakistan. This region is one of the finest Tourist Attractions in the world, such as K-2(8,611 metres), is the 2nd highest Peak on the face of the Earth; Deosai Plains the longest, widest and highest plateau in the World, the fast flowing River Indus which starts from Ladakh Valley and makes its way through the Karakoram and Himalayan Mountain Ranges, along with picturesque valleys, glaciers, enriched with wild life forests and historical monuments, dating back thousands of years.

Spending vacations at Shangri-la Resort is a lifetime experience which everyone would want to relive again and again. Located at a height of 2,500 meters, it is popularly known as “The Roof of the World”. Because of its marvellous beauty, the first impression of Shangri-la is a Fairyland.

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