Lower Kachura Lake
|Lower Kachura lake|
لوؤر کچورا جھیل
View of the lakeside Shangri-La Resort
|Location||Kachura, Skardu, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan|
Lower Kachura Lake (Urdu: لوؤر کچورا جھیل), also known as Shangrila Lake(Urdu: شنگریلا جھیل) is located in Kachura village 20 minutes from Skardu city (nearly 2,500 m or 8,200 feet) town. The lake is also known as Shangrila lake after a resort built on its bank in 1983.
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It is a popular tourist destination, and has a unique restaurant that is built on the fuselage of an aircraft that had crashed nearby. Shangrila was established in 1983 with the opening of the first Resort Hotel in Skardu, Baltistan. Shangrila Resort Hotel was founded by the late Muhammad Aslam Khan Afridi, the first commander of the Northern Scouts of the Pakistan Army.
Shangrila was named after a book titled Lost Horizon by James Hilton. In the novel, the author narrates a tale in which an airplane crash landed near a riverbed, in the early 1920s. The surviving passengers came across some Buddhist monks from a nearby temple and sought their help. They were taken to a beautiful lamasery filled with a variety of fruits and flowers. The monks looked quite young, although they claimed to be hundreds of years old. The idyllic place was called Shangri-la, a Tibetan word meaning "Heaven on earth". In 2015, one of the photo of Shangrila Resort was declared as the grand winner of the Wiki Loves Earth, 2015, after a worldwide contest.
- Shangrila, Resort. "Shangrila a Mythical Place from James Hilton Novel to a Lake Resort in Skardu". www.skardu.pk. Skardu.pk. Retrieved 23 November 2016.
- "Pakistani photo wins first place in Wiki Loves Earth contest 2015". Dawn. 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
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