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Wow – what a fantastic afternoon I had yesterday on a horse riding safari organised by the team at Shigar Fort Residence. Shigar has a great tradition of Polo dating back to the 16th century so it is not difficult to find excellent horses. We set off from the Fort and rode through the streets of Shigar town – I am not sure that the locals had ever seen a woman ride before – it was clear that I was an exciting site for all and sundry! Despite the odd car and motor bike at the start the trail was totally vehicle free. Our first stop was to see the Buddha engravings dating back to the 5th century or earlier. Amazing to think that we were riding along one of the ancient pilgrimage routes for Buddhists travelling from Tibet and other areas of Baltistan (once known as Little Tibet).
After 2 hours of riding we proceeded along the final stretch of sandy river flats to the beautiful Jarbasa Lake. It was just on sun set and the lake was alive with all kinds of birds (if only I had some binoculars). I soon discovered that the lake’s crystal clear spring water make it perfect for swimming (the water is not too cold) as well as an idyllic place for a picnic.
As the Shigar Valley started to get dark my horse and I cantered across the sand dunes with the wind in my hair, the first evening star in the sky and the Shigar River turning from blue to silver. Yet another magical moment in Baltistan.
To book your horse safari in at Shigar Fort Residence contact Adeel Anjum on +92 (0) 581 5467 108