This aircraft that crashed in 1953 is now a popular coffee shop in Skardu

The orient skyliner cafe in Skardu is one of the most unique coffee shops in the world

If you have been to the Shangrila resort in Skardu, you have probably seen this unique marvel of Pakistan. But if you’ve never been there, you are missing out on one of the unique experiences in the country.

On the 3rd of October 1953, a DC-3 Aircraft belonging to Orient Airways crashed landed after three minutes of taking off. Although all people on the aircraft survived the crash, the plane never saw another day in the sky.

But the aircraft wasn’t completely useless, not at least according to Brig (Retd) Mohammed Aslam Khan who bought the plane and brought to an orchard near his resort which is now called Shangrilla Resort and converted it into a coffee/tea shop for tourists.

DC-3 Cafe | Shangrilla | Skardu

Chuburji wala jahaz khud jaa kar dekh lena but lemme show you what does the Orient Skyliner placed at Shangrilla resort Skardu looks from inside.This is DC3 Cafe, which was a flying airplane once upon a time. Back in its time of glory many passengers were accommodated by this plane which is used for a local cafe nowadays. 67 years ago it was a live airplane but currently it is short of wings and seems like a sculpture.#Shangrilla #Skardu #Pakistan

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The plane was brought from its crash site to the resort after months of efforts by hundreds of men, a tractor, some bullocks, and horses.

Even today the aircraft stands on the same spot and is a huge attraction for people visiting the Shangrila resort in Skardu. Small tables and chairs are lined inside the cabin where eager tourists can sit and enjoy a cup of tea and coffee.

The plane has been kept near the beautiful Kachura lake and is surrounded by a beautiful orchard which makes it perfectly serene for visitors. If you haven’t seen this marvel of Pakistan, then perhaps its time to pack your bags and pay a visit.

Shangrila Resort

We would like to introduce Shangrila Heaven on Earth, which 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 snakes 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.

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