The word ‘Shangrila’ was originated from Tibetan language meaning “heaven on earth”. In 1983, after the establishment of a first resort hotel on the site, the lower Kachura Lake was named as ‘Shangrila Lake’. It is situated at the height of nearly 2,500 m or 8,200 feet above sea level, in the Kachura village of Skardu city, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan.
The picture of the site has been selected as the best international picture in 2015 during the wiki loves earth contest, organized by the Wikimedia Foundation.
Do & See
Upper Kachura Lake has about 70 meters depth, surrounded by wild apricot trees and rich floral gardens. At a lower elevation, the Indus River also flows nearby.
Shangrila Lake or Lower Kachura Lake is the popular tourist destination with unique constructed restaurant on the fuselage of a crashed airplane.
Lower Kachura Lake is situated at the distance of 20 minutes and Upper Kachura Lake is located at the drive of about half hour from the Skardu city, the site is easily accessible during summers with 4*4 jeeps only.