The royal standard of living endures at Serena Khaplu Palace hotel, one of the finest surviving examples of a royal residence in Baltistan. Immersed in breathtaking scenery, culture and heritage, our hotel is a spiritual sanctuary encompassing five buildings dating back to the 1840s.
To step into the hotel is to step back in time to the Raja Palaces of the mid 19th century, beginning with the intricate woodwork in the charming reception area and courtyard and carrying on to 21 rooms and suites designed to be quiet, contemplative retreats where guests can feel close to nature. Each room is unique, showcasing antiques and cultural artefacts befitting a former royal palace and accented with contemporary touches like wired Internet, televisions with cable programming and deluxe Penhaligon’s bath amenities. Dining options are varied and distinctive: Sarfa Khar Restaurant serves a tantalising variety of Balti, Pakistani and continental delicacies, while Khatamband Loggia complements traditional local fare with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.
A timeless retreat amid terraced apricot orchards, mountain peaks and peaceful abodes, Serena Khaplu Palace is a place to explore and a gateway to the beauty of Khaplu and Gilgit-Baltistan. Here, worlds away from urban life and modern distractions, discoveries await throughout the hotel as well as in neighbouring communities, whether it is a visit to a local home to enjoy a cup of Balti chai, spending a moment of quiet prayer at the 800-year-old Chaqchan Mosque or trekking the Thalley Valley or to Mashebrum Peak.