Roughing it out at a Palace

17th century, Baltistan Pakistan
A king – Hassan Khan, built a palace
That he named
Fong – Khar (Palace on the rock)


21st century
Aga Khan Cultural Service Pakistan, restores the palace
For the discerning world traveler
To enjoy the luxuries of this century
In the glorious ambience of the past


Middle of no-where?
Somewhere in Baltistan

The first view of Shigar across the river

Local art in sparse interiors
Bedrooms for the kings retinue?
Beautiful lattice (jaali) work

Detail of hand carving on a column

No, you will not need to hunt for your own food 🙂
Dawatkhana (Dining room)

Stunning architecture

Read more about the history of Shigar Fort here

I can imagine taking a contemplative holiday here…



  1. Hello Kus 🙂 Yes, that is one of the charms of this place – the fort does not stand out…it merges so well with the rest of the surrounding!

  2. kus

    breath taking….both the nature & achitecture are so much in harmony. love the column…

  3. 🙂 it does Xander!

    Yes, the white sheets against a raw background are incredible..

  4. I love the combination of the white linens on the bed, and the rough wood in the architectural details.

    And those mountains are so incredible- I can hardly believe that a place like that really exists! -X

  5. Hey Jenn – good to hear from you

    Katie/Tara – Maybe we can plan a blogger’s creative offsite here!

  6. What a magnificent place! Yes, I could see spending a holiday here.

  7. Oh, I love this. I would really feel like I was in a place far away from it all. Such dramatic scenery.

  8. very raw!
    i love the scenery!

  9. Hi Robyn! yes, I was attracted by the natural, almost raw look of this place..glad you liked it too!

    Hello Lady Luxe! Thanks for dropping by and your lovely comment 🙂 Hope to *hear* from you again!

  10. soooo..exquisite!!!…very the blue hues…

  11. Really beautiful images, I love the carved wood & trellis and how natural everything looks. 🙂

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