A mosque is a sacred place in Islam and has great regard among Muslims, as they pray, celebrate the Islamic festivities together, and gather for prostration to God. There are several mosques in Muslim communities and countries. Without which the existence of an Islamic state is impossible. The Gilgit-Baltistan opens its doors to one of the unanimously beautifully designed mosques, on a walk of about 15-20 minutes from the great Khaplu fort. The Chaqchan mosque is the perfect fusion of Kashmiri and Persian art styles of architecture.
Before the revival of Islam, there existed Buddhism for many years then came a legend, and the well-known, Mir Sayyid Ali Hamadani who preached the teachings of Islam in the locality. With his influential power of wisdom, the local ruling Raja accepted Islam and commissioned the building of the mosque in 1370. The stunning mosque from the 14th century is nested in a small village. The structure has stood for 700 years in the city of Khaplu, Gilgit-Baltistan. The Government of Pakistan has listed the Chaqchan Mosque as a Pakistan Heritage Site. The mosque’s construction style is similar to the Roman opus craticum, in which masonry walls that are suitable for the region’s harsh winter season are built. It’s a must-see for anyone interested in history and architecture.
Chaqchan Mosque is the most beautiful and oldest mosque in the region. The design of this mosque reflects the civilization of Islam. It is made of mud, stones, and wood. Wood carvings adorn the inner and outer surfaces of the mosque. One who knows Kashmiri art can spot the beautiful and colorful ceilings of the inside patterned with contrasting glass on the windows. This is the first tourist point of the district Ghanche. It is one of the oldest mosques in Asia. It is one of Northern Areas’ (Gilgit-Baltistan) most famous landmarks and a major source of tourist attraction. The woodwork inside the mosque is commendable in all ways from its entrance to the last part.
How can you get here?
If you are young, active, and alert then hiking for a few miles from the Serena Hotel in Khaplu, won’t be a matter of big deal for you. But for the transport, you can get a cab, or local transport easily available in the area. But avoid going at prayer times as, during that, the place gets busy with the locals adjoining for the prayer.
- The local market is usually open and necessities are available at normal rates. Overall, the prices are economical and easily accessible.
Tourism in Chaqchan Mosque
Worth a visit if you are in Khaplu. It’s a really old mosque and has such an authentic charm. The woodwork is really beautiful and this mosque is worth a visit if you are in the area. The tourists regard this place in terms of its preservation of culture, heritage, norms, and social values.
In Islam, cleanliness is equally important and appreciated than faith it’s an integral part of faith. The beauty of the Chaqchan Mosque is attained by keeping it clean, pure, and free from dirt and dust. Therefore, it is highly recommended, not to dispose of the waste or cans in the premises, use in fact the polybags or nearby placed waste bins for disposal.