PAKISTAN

TOP DESTINATION FOR VACATIONS OF 2020

PAKISTAN

TOP DESTINATION FOR VACATIONS OF 2020

PAKISTAN

TOP DESTINATION FOR VACATIONS OF 2020

PAKISTAN

TOP DESTINATION FOR VACATIONS OF 2020

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Kaghan Valley

Kaghan Valley   is an alpine valley in Mansehra District of the KP Province of Pakistan, which comprises of many renowned holiday resorts or destinations for the local and foreign tourists.  The valley extends 155 kilometres across northern Pakistan, rising from an elevation of 650 meters  to its highest point, the Babusar Pass, at  4,170 meters above sea level. River Kunhar flows throughout the valley and adds additional beauty to its serene atmosphere as well as offering ample opportunities to trout hunters.  Several good quality hotels and Rest Houses are available in the valley for comfortable boarding and lodging. 

The Kaghan Valley can be reached by road via the towns of via Abbottabad, Mansehra and Balakot. In Balakot, buses and other transports can be used to travel to Kaghan. It can also be reached from the capital, Islamabad or Peshawar by renting a car to Abbottabad or even to any place in Kaghan.  During summer time, i.e. May to September, this valley is not only accessible but acts as a gateway to Gilgit-Baltistan Region via Babusar Pass.   During winter, the pass becomes impassable due to snow and strength of tourists in Kaghan valley also decreases considerably.  It take 5-6 hours drive for reaching the valley from Islamabad.   Tall pine trees, lofty green mountains, crystal clear flowing water, unmatched taste of trout fish and peaceful ambiance create an unforgettable experience for anyone who visits this valley.  The local people are friendly and peaceful. In nutshell, Kaghan Valley is best for hiking, trekking and fishing enthusiasts.

Shogran

Shogran is the first tourist destination after entering in Kaghan Valley from Balakot side situated on a green plateau at a height of 2,362 metres above sea level.  30 minutes drive on a  seven kilometers long hilly track leads to this place from Kiwai which is 34 kilometers from Balakot and is located on KKP.    Numerous good quality hotels are available at this immensely beautiful place  at reasonable rates.  Mobile phone services of Telenor and Mobilink companies are also available at this place. 

Scenic beauty of surrounding is captivating.  Views of Makra  and Musa ka Musala peaks and Sari Paya Meadows from Shogran are really mesmerizing.  People sit in lush green ground and found looking around for hours just to relax and unwind their minds and souls.   Adventurers have the opportunity to either visit Sari Paya Meadows on foot or by jeep or try to climb Makra Peak which is reasonably easy climb even for beginners.  

Naran

Naran , most popular tourist destination of Kaghan Valley, is heaven on earth.   It is located at 2-3 hours drive from Kiwai on raod running parallel to River Kunhar whose raging current creates quite a clamour.     Lot many good quality several hotels & rest houses as well as tent villages are available for the tourists at reasonable rent.   It is a place of great natural beauty with tall pine, fir and cider trees. A diverse colour scheme is noticed on the mountains ranging from grey, mud brown, and different shades of green, yellow and orange.  Major tourists’ activities in Naran are trout fishing and rafting in Khunar River.   Close by, Lake Saif ul Maluk is majot tourists‘ attraction.

Small town of Batakundi which is about 10 kilometers ahead of Naran also offers a sanctuary for those who do not like to see or live with too many people.  A number of good quality hotels are available at Batakundi.  If same road is followed for another 50-55 kilometers then one reaches at Babusar lake followed by Babusar pass which is a gateway to Gilgit-Baltistan Region in summer time.

Lake Saif ul Maluk

Famous Lake Saiful Muluk  is located at the northern part  of the Kaghan Valley, near the town of Naran. The lake is one of the sources of water to the Kunhar River. At an elevation of 3,224 m  above sea level it is situated  above the tree line and is one of the highest lakes in Pakistan.  Large numbers of local and foreign tourists flock in summer season to witness the immense beauty of nature.

The Lake Saiful Muluk is named after a Persia named Prince Saiful Malook. A fairy tale called Saif-ul-Muluk, written by the Sufi poet Mian Muhammad Bakhsh, talks of the lake.  It tells the story of the Prince Saiful Malook who fell in love with a fairy princess named Princess Badri-ul-Jamala at the lake.

 This lake is a precious gift of nature and a MUST-SEE place while visiting Pakistan.