ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Khaplu Palace won ‘Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Award’ in poverty reduction on November 7.
The Khaplu Palace and its ancillary buildings recently renovated and named as Khaplu Palace and Residence (KPR) welcoming guests to an up-scale authentic heritage experience.
Khaplu Palace built in the 1840s by the Yabgos is the pre-eminent example of the built heritage that has survived in Baltistan. It embodies Tibetan, Balti and Kashmiri styles.
In 2005 Aga Khan Cul tural Service Pakistan (AKCSP), affiliated with Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), part of the Aga Khan Development Network had already conserved and renovated Baltit and Altit forts in Hunza and Shigar Fort in Baltistan, the restoration work on Yabgo Palace was completed in 2011 by Aga Khan Development Network in collaboration of Norwegian Embassy Islamabad and AKTC.
The USAID under the title of “small grants and ambassador’s fund programme (SGAFP)” has extended help in the TMBalti folk exhibition area in Khaplu Palace.
Occupying two-thirds of the palace itself the exhibition of artefacts and items procured, installed and illuminated through the SGAFP are the centrepiece of attraction of Yabgo Khar. Keeping in view the standards of conservation, efforts have been made to ensure authenticity.