We landed at Skardu Airport after a pleasant barely noticeable 50-minute flight from Islamabad. The views of the mountains and valleys on either side during the flight keep you occupied and then before you know it you’re there.
Walk through the entrance (below) and to the right is the main reception which leads to the guest rooms. The reception is where the palace stables used to be.
walk across, out the doorway on the other end and the palace, originally built in the 1840s, comes into view.
The traditional architecture in Baltistan is like nothing I’ve ever seen before and, surrounded by mountains, it’s such a picturesque and serene place.
This doorway leads from the guest rooms back into the reception.
There was a table laden with cereals, fruit, jams, honey and of course butter cheese omelette atop a buckwheat pancake
The view of the mountains was incredible but it was cloudy and I imagine it’s even better on a clear day
Then we brought our spoils back to the hotel and asked the chef to prepare them for our lunch, which we ate here. This is apparently where the prince used to address his constituents.
For lunch, a cucumber and tomato salad
and the trout we caught. I really should have asked how it was cooked but I was too busy eating to think of that at the time. It was quite simply prepared though, not too many spices or herbs, just a simple batter and it tasted especially delicious because it was so fresh
Furus Fulka, a chappatti roll filled with a mixture of homemade cottage cheese, tomato, spring onions, coriander, mint and sweet apricot kernel oil.
and for dessert, a peach mousse, which was good.
and a dried apricot mousse that was amazing!
The day we were leaving for Shigar we were given a lengthy tour of the palace and its many rooms, some of which have been renovated as royal suites. The locals call the Khaplu Palace “Yabgo Khar”.