About Khaplu – History

In a region rich in cultural heritage, Khaplu Palace locally known as ‘Yabgo Khar’ is certainly the finest surviving example of a royal residence in Baltistan. Yabgo Khar (Khaplu Palace) was built by the Yabgo Raja Daulat Ali Khan in 1840. It replaced an earlier fort constructed 600 meters above the present location, of which little now remains. Its significance lies in its cultural importance as a former seat of royal government in the area, and in its quality as a building, both aesthetically and as an exemplar of traditional building typology. Khaplu Palace & Residence can be conveniently grouped into three main areas which are Yabgo Khar (Palace), Darbar Khar (DK) and Chamantsar Khang & Ra’atsar Khang.


Following the inauguration of the restored Baltit Fort in 1996, His Highness the Aga Khan had visited Baltistan where in his address to a large gathering, the role of culture in development and environmental management were emphasized. This led to an invitation to Aga Khan Cultural Service Pakistan (AKCSP) to extend its activities to Baltistan. An exploratory expert mission was thus sent to Baltistan in 1997 that visited over 80 sites and was followed-up by systematic inventories in 1998 and following years that established that the cultural heritage of Baltistan was worthy of international recognition.


Among the pilot projects that were implemented by AKCSP in Baltistan, in Khaplu the up gradation of a typical traditional house and the construction of a community building and restoration of the sildenafil citrate Astana (tomb and shrine of a venerated saint) of Syed Mir Mohammed were initiated in 1998. Restoration of the Astana included the removal of the complete upper part of the building, deftly nudging the remaining wooden structure back into place, and re-fixing the upper part while replacing its missing timber elements. These helped to build credibility and confidence in the community.


The surveys had established Khaplu Palace and Shigar Fort as the two most outstanding landmark buildings with outstanding historic and architectural merit. While work generic viagra online following a successful dialogue with the Raja of Shigar and the community was started on Shigar Fort, in the case of Khaplu the understanding for its restoration was reached when the benefits of restoration and re-use of Shigar Fort became visible in 2005.


In 2002 rehabilitation of the historic settlements of Hunduli and Banpi were initiated, using simple and low cost interventions such as improved composting community latrines, places for washing clothes and bathrooms for men and women, while improving the provision of piped water delivery and stone paving of the pathways and streets. Meanwhile the establishment of the Khaplu Town Management and Development Society (KTMDS) as the local community institution similar to TMS bodies nurtured in Hunza allowed for local ownership of the development through culture model.


The rehabilitation program also created awareness and understanding and helped in creating conditions for the Khaplu Palace to become part of the public good cialis online costco and a catalyst for socio-economic benefits. Khaplu Palace is ideally placed as part of viagra and cialis mix a larger circuit of restored forts/palaces that provide comfort in heritage settings while promoting the local culture for interested visitors, harnessed for the benefit of local communities and acting as reliable engines of revenue generation and http://generic-cialis4health.com/ societal positive change besides being visible monuments to local identity and pride.