Shangrila started its business in 1983 with the opening of the first Resort Hotel in Skardu, Baltistan. It was first ever Resort established in the northern areas for tourism. It was named “HEAVEN ON EARTH” due of its stunning beauty, breathtaking view and peaceful ambiance. This serene & scenic resort was founded by the Brig. Muhammad Aslam Khan, the first commander of the Northern Scouts who played a major role in liberation of the Northern areas in 1948. Pakistan. Shangrila Resort is a brainchild of Brig. Aslam’s indomitable spirit, sheer grit and hard work.
It was named SHANGRILA after a book titled “LOST HORIZON” written by James Hilton. In the book, the author narrates a fictitious tale in which an airplane crash landed near a riverbed, in the early 1920’s. The surviving passengers came across some Buddhist monks from a nearby temple and helped the survivors. They were taken to a beautiful lamasery filled with a variety of fruits and flowers. The passenger also observed that the monks looked quite young, despite being hundreds of years old. The idyllic place was called Shangrila, a Chinese word meaning “HEAVEN ON EARTH”.
Shangrila Heaven on Earth, is situated in the Northern Areas of Pakistan. This region has some of the finest Tourism attractions in the world, such as K-2, (8611.M) 2nd highest peak on earth. Deosai Plains the longest, widest and highest plateau in the world, the fast flowing River Indus which starts from Ladakh and cascades its way through the Karakoram and Himalayan ranges, along picturesque valleys, glaciers, natural wild life, forests and historical monuments ,dating back thousands of years and across the country into the Arabian sea.