Skardu Valley
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Skardu Valley

A beautiful city located in Gilgit-Baltistan with a population of 214,818 residents, towards the extreme North of Pakistan. Skardu is the pinnacle of beauty and one of the top tourism spots when travelling up north, with the population being diverse in both ethnicity and language, with Balti, Shina, Wakhi, Burushaski, Khowar, Domaki and Urdu being spoken. There is also acceptance and practice of different religions in Skardu, including a majority of the Balti population practicing Nurbakhshi Shiism(39%) and Sufism whereas other areas such as Diamir have a Sunni majority(30%) and Ghizar has an Ismaili majority(24%). Skardu Fort is also one of the popular spots for tourists to frequent due to its historic presence, containing a mosque dating back to the arrival of Islam in the 16th century CE.

From April to October, Skardu is the ideal spot to visit, before the cold winter weather(-12°C)freezes over the landscapes and Lake Kachura, Buddha Rock and the Mantokha Waterfall. Skardu’s average high-temperature in April rises, from a cold 5°C to 13°C in the month of March. With the area’s highest temperature varying between 10°C and 22°C in August before the start of Autumn in September. A few tourist hotspots and historical sites offered by the area are Satpara Lake -which is the main source of fresh drinking water for the city, on to Ft. Shigar, which is en route to the K2 mountain range, followed by Shangri-La resort.