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Skardu District (Urdu: ضلع سکردو‎) is part of Baltistan and currently constitutes one of the ten districts of the Gilgit–Baltistan territory of Pakistan. It is bounded on the southeast by Kargil district in the Indian-Administered Jammu and Kashmir, on the east by Ghanche District, on the northeast by Xinjiang (China), on the south by Baramulla and Kargil District, on the west by district Astore and on the north by Gilgit District.

Skardu District
District
Country  Pakistan
Autonomous territory  Gilgit Baltistan
Division Baltistan
Established July 1, 1970
Capital Skardu
Area
 • Total 15,000 km2 (6,000 sq mi)
Population
 • Total 214,848
Time zone UTC+5 (PST)
Number of Tehsils 4
Map of the Gilgit–Baltistan, Pakistan, showing the six districts and tehsil boundaries. Skardu is light orange.
Skardu town as seen from the Skardu Fort
Elbaite crystal from Chhappu in the Braldu Valley, Skardu District

Skardu town is the capital of the district and of Baltistan Division.

Sindh, Skardu

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Mountain peaks and glaciersEdit

The highest peak in Skardu District is K2 (8,611 m) which is the highest peak in Pakistan and the second highest peak on earth. The Baltoro Muztagh (the subrange of Karakoram that includes the mighty peaks of K2 (8,611 m), Broad Peak (8,047 m), Gasherbrum (8,000+ m) and Masherbrum (7,821 m) lie in the Skardu District. Askole is the last settlement in the district for all treks to Concordia (the confluence of Baltoro Glacier and Godwin-Austen Glacier). The Biafo Glacier and a major part of Hispar Glacier are also included in the Skardu District.[citation needed]

 
Skardu Karakurom Mountain

EducationEdit

According to the Alif Ailaan Pakistan District Education Rankings 2015, Skardu is ranked 14 out of 148 districts in terms of education. For facilities and infrastructure, the district is ranked 89 out of 148.[1]

Deosai National ParkEdit

Deosai is one of the highest plains in the world. The district shares the territorial limits of Deosai National Park with Astore which has major portion, (second highest plains after Tibet). The Indus River enters the Gilgit–Baltistan territory from Ladakh.

Other townsEdit

Other towns in the Skardu District include: Skardu, Roundu - Sub-Division, Parkutta, Sermik, Hussainabad, and Mehdiabad, Sadpara.

Mountain passesEdit

Hispar Pass and Gondoghoro Pass are also in the Skardu District. Skardu is a beautiful place where 8o % people are Shia, 15% are Noorbakshia Islam and few are Sunni in Skardu city. Most of people are very simple and they don't want to take complexity in life and they often use old living life style. Manthokha

LakesEdit

Some of the lakes in the district are Snow Lake, Satpara Lake, Sheosar Lake, Kachura Lake and Shangrila Lake.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Individual district profile link, 2015". Alif Ailaan. Retrieved 2015-05-07.

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