Buckle up for a thrilling ride: Direct flights from UAE to Skardu coming soon
Skardu, a picturesque town in the northern part of Pakistan, is poised to become a tourist hotspot with the federal government’s recent announcement of talks with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to launch direct flights from UAE to Skardu. This development is expected to attract more visitors to this stunning part of Pakistan, which boasts of majestic mountains, tranquil lakes, and lush green landscapes.
The Adviser to the Prime Minister (PM) on Tourism and Sports, Aun Chaudhry, confirmed the news of direct flights from UAE to Skardu during his visit to the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2023 in Dubai. He noted that this move would promote tourism in the northern areas of Pakistan, and the Prime Minister has instructed him to take key steps in collaboration with the private sector to further promote tourism in the country.
Pakistan has a vast potential to grow its tourism industry, and the government is keen on facilitating travelers to explore attractive destinations, including Skardu. The city is known for its unique landscapes and offers various attractions such as the Deosai National Park, Upper Kachura Lake, Manthokha waterfall, Satpara Lake, Sheosar Lake, and Katpana desert.
The development of direct flights from UAE to Skardu is a significant step towards attracting visitors from the UAE to Pakistan. At present, most residents of the UAE prefer to travel to Schengen countries for their vacations due to the pleasant weather, ease of visa, and flight accessibility. However, with Skardu’s scenic spots and affordable costs, it presents itself as another attractive option for Emiratis.
Skardu is home to the world-famous Deosai National Park, which is a vast plateau with lush green meadows and serene lakes. The park offers a unique wildlife experience, where visitors can spot the Himalayan brown bear, snow leopard, and other rare animals. The Upper Kachura Lake is another popular destination in Skardu, famous for its crystal-clear waters and scenic surroundings. The Manthokha waterfall is also a must-visit for nature enthusiasts, with its cascading waters and lush green forests.
Satpara Lake and Sheosar Lake are two of the most popular destinations in Skardu, attracting visitors from UAE to Skardu. Satpara Lake is famous for its clear blue waters and breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. Visitors can take boat rides on the lake, go fishing, or simply relax by its banks and enjoy the scenic beauty. Sheosar Lake is known for its crystal-clear waters and the reflection of the surrounding mountains in its still waters, offering a tranquil and picturesque atmosphere.
The Katpana desert is another unique attraction in Skardu, where visitors can experience the sand dunes and go on a desert safari. The area is also known for its unique rock formations and scenic views.
In addition to its scenic spots, Skardu also offers affordable accommodation and food options for visitors. The city has various hotels, resorts, and guest houses that cater to all types of travelers’ needs and budgets. Visitors can enjoy local delicacies such as Balti dishes, shapik shapik (a type of bread), and other Pakistani cuisine options.
The federal government’s efforts to promote tourism in the country, including the talks to launch direct flights from UAE to Skardu, have received support from various organizations such as the Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC), the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP), Pearl Continental Hotels, Hashoo Group, and other exhibitors at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2023. The Pakistan Embassy in UAE and TDAP have also provided support to Pakistani exhibitors at the event.
In conclusion, the federal government’s plans to launch direct flights from UAE to Skardu are a significant step towards promoting tourism in the northern areas of Pakistan.