Craftsman's Desk

All the happenings, stories and snippets from the vibrant world of Serena Hotels Pakistan

A magical horse safari in the Shigar valley

Our horses and guide setting off on our magical horse safari

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

Riding along the Shigar Valley towards Jarbasa Lake

Swimming in the spring waters of Jarbasa Lake

Dusk in the Shigar Valley

6 comments on “A magical horse safari in the Shigar valley

  1. Iman
    July 23, 2012

    Great stuff from Serena Hotel.
    Would love to visit Shigar fort residence in the near future.



  2. barkat mitha
    July 22, 2012



  3. KNizam
    July 22, 2012

    assalamualaikum. i am going to spend my holidays at shigar fort residence & khaplu residence in mid august. please do brief me on the weather and activites that i can do there. will be there about 2 nights each resort. TQ


    • serenahotels
      July 23, 2012

      Wa alaikum assalam! Great to hear you will be spending your holidays in Shigar and Khaplu. You will be assured of having an amazing time. The weather in August will be excellent – you may get the odd rain of shower as a product of the monsoon but nothing too bad. The best place for you to visit is our website and more specifically go to the experience Page of each hotel which will tell you what there is to do.
      Do you like hiking? or horse riding? picnics? or culture and heritage? or food? what are your interests and then we can make the best recommendations for you. Do let us know.
      If you wish to book anything in advance contact the activities manager at each hotel. For Shigar its Mr Adeel Anjum and at Khaplu its Mr Abid Hussain. You can obtain their telephone numbers from the contact us page of the website. Hope this helps. Very best wishes, the Serena Hotel’s Gilgit-Baltistan Collection Team


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 36 other followers


%d bloggers like this: