Experiences – Local Activities in Shigar

  • Relive the history of Shigar Fort-Palace with a guided walking tour.
  • Take your time exploring the museum in Shigar Fort’s original Audience Hall – filled with Baltistani wooden ornaments and other decorative idiom of the region.
  • Take an early morning walk to see the ruins of Shigar’s first fort, Kari Dong, dating back to the 11th century. It is perched high above Shigar Fort-Palace
  • Visit the UNESCO award-winning restoration project of the 14th century Amburiq Mosque & nearby Khilingrong Mosque.
  • View Astana of Syed Mir Yahya – the burial place of a Sufi missionary from Xinjiang who promoted Nurbakhshisium in Baltistan during the 17th century and now a place of pilgrimage and reverence for the Balti Nurbakhshi community. The architecture of the Astana of Syed Mir Yahya is a blend of Tibetan and Kashmiri styles typical of Balti saintly tombs.
  • Rent mountain bikes and explore the valley of Shigar
  • Enjoy an evening with Royalty! Hear first hand tales of life in Shigar from a member of the royal family.
  • View the intricately carved Khanqa-e-Moallah and Buddhist ruins from as early as the 5th century.
  • Visit the UNESCO award winning 330 year old Gulabpur Khanqah.
  • Watch a spot of Polo
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  • Take a walk through Shigar to see the economic and social development initiatives undertaken by development agencies such as the Aga Khan Cultural Service.
  • Visit the Abruzzi School – the first environmentally sustainable school in the area – named after Luigi Amedeo, Duke of Abruzzi who first attempted to climb K2 in 1909. Meet the principal and students to learn more.
  • Or for those who wish to totally relax grab one of the many books from our library and read up on the history and culture of the area.