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LOCAL AREA ACTIVITIES
Guests of Shigar Fort Residence have a multitude of activities to enjoy at their doorstep. Local points of interest, all within walking distance from the Fort-Palace include:
- Exploring the nearby historic villages of Chinpa, Halpapa, and Shigar;
- Visiting some of the most ancient mosques in the area, including the 14th century Amburiq Mosque in Shigar Village, a UNESCO award-winning restoration project and the nearby Khilingrong Mosque;
- Hiking up the famous Shigar Rock, at the top of which sits the ruins of Kari Dong, the first ancient Fort dating back to the 11th century;
- Viewing the intricately carved Khanqa-e-Moallah and Buddhist ruins, including monastery foundations and rock inscriptions from as early as the 5th century;
- Interpretive walks through the nearby villages to learn about the various social and economic development initiatives undertaken by Aga Khan Cultural Services and other development agencies in the area.
Within easy distance for half-day and day excursions from the Fort-Palace, are many more spectacular sites, including: Chutron Shigar Hot Springs;
- The Deosai Plateau (literally "place of flowers" in the local Balti language) a unique eco-system over 400 square km at an elevation of 4000m which features over 100 species of mountain flora and is home to wildlife such as the Snow Leopard, Himalayan Brown Bear, Golden Marmot, Tibetan Wolf, Tibetan Red Fox, Himalayan Ibex, and Ladakh Urial;
- Attractions around Skardu, including a shopping trip to the Bazaar for one-of-a-kind local handicrafts, fishing and boating at Satpara Lake, the Manthal Buddha - a Buddha relief carved on rock from the 7th century, and historic Kharpucho Fort;
- Kachura Lake, where guests can enjoy fishing and boating;
- Khaplu region, including Thaley Valley, Hushey Valley, and the historic Khaplu Fort, now under restoration.