Khaplu Palace – Skardu

Khaplu village is locally well-known as Yabgo Khar meaning “The fort on the roof”. The palace is an old fort located in Khaplu in the Baltistan region of northern Pakistan. The palace is an architectural heritage and a tourist attraction. It was built in the mid-19th century, substituting an earlier fort located nearby. It served as a royal residence for the Raja of Khaplu.

The streets of Khaplu wind up a mild slope shaded under green leaves and spotted light. It’s a charming and permanent village of irregular shaped houses and walls that give way to tree trunks and branches. The hotel offers every modern luxury you need for a holiday while protective the historic architecture and cultural heritage of the palace. It was reinstated by the Aga Khan Foundation and then opened as a heritage boutique hotel managed by Serena Hotels in 2011, with the bulk of earnings going to development projects in the region.

Khaplu Palace
Khaplu Palace

Once the former seat of government and one of Baltistan’s Raja, Khaplu Palace has been re-established from a dire state of dilapidation. The work, carry out with a high level of technical competence, addressed many challenges from structural concerns to historic landscaping in a manner that has reserved the authenticity. The Palace has been reintegrated as an important part of the community through its new purpose as a small-scale heritage hotel and Balti Folk Museum. The upgrade of the adjacent village’s infrastructure and the establishment of new livelihood opportunities have ensured enhanced well-being for local inhabitants in this distant rural area. The project is evidence to the success of the well tested approach to mobilizing culture for sustainable development founded by the Agha Khan Cultural Services Pakistan. The palace has been awarded by UNESCO Asia Pacific award for “Cultural Heritage Conservation” in 2013.

Khaplu Palace Pakistan
Khaplu Palace Pakistan

Khaplu Palace Terrace
Khaplu Palace Terrace

Khaplu Palace Entrance
Khaplu Palace Entrance

Khaplu Palace Serena Rooms
Khaplu Palace Serena Rooms

Palace Architectural Beauty
Palace Architectural Beauty

Gate
Gate

Khaplu Palace at Night
Khaplu Palace at Night

Khaplu Palace Rooms
Khaplu Palace Rooms

Raja Kitchen
Raja Kitchen

Raja’s Kitchen
Raja's Kitchen

Khaplu Palace Skardu
Khaplu Palace Skardu

View from Khaplu Village
Khaplu Village

Khaplu Palace Visit
Khaplu Palace Visit

Ancient Palace
Ancient Palace

Front View From Palace
Front View From Palace

Photo Source: Awais Ch Photography, chaipluscake

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