The valley of lovely lakes and amaizing landscapes
A Visit to Kaghan Valley will leave you enchanted by the spectacular beauty of its mountains,
glaciers and lush greenery. Kaghan Valley includes Naran, Kaghan, Shogran and its surrounding areas. The way to Kaghan valley
starts with two hour drive to Abbottabad. At Abbottabad you can refresh yourself with a cup of tea before driving to Mansehra,
Balakot and onwards to Kawai. Kawai onwards is a steep climb to the Shogran plateau which offers a splended view of a fabulous
array of mountains, amid pine trees and lush green meadows.
Most of the tourists especially come to visit lake Saiful
Maluk lying 10,600 feet above sea level with its natural tranquillity in the foot hills of Himalayas. Saiful Maluk is one
of the most beautiful lakes of the world. To sit beside the lake is to be in the fairy world. Camping at Saiful Maluk is an
experience of life time.
You can find nice and comfortable hotel accomodation at Shogran and after a day's rest consider
moving on to Sri Paya. But be prepared for the extra bumpy ride. You can also plan a hiking trip to Sri Paya from Shogran.
It will take around two and half hour to reach at peaks of Sri Paya.
Once you reach Sri Paya the discomfort of the
journey is forgotten as you find yourself surrounded by a spectacular view of the Makra hills and the Malka Parbat peak. Malka
Parbat in english means "Queen of Mountains".
The next stop Khanian offers the best trout one can taste in the north.
The dazzling greens of Dana Meadows and the slippery glaciers at tarmac, on the way to Naran, are quite an experience.
Parbat, can be best approached by hiking or driving 10 KM from Naran to the legendary Saiful Maluk nesting in the shadows
of The Malka Parbat. On a clear day, you can behold the majesty of the Malka Parbat'speaks reflected in the lake's deep blue
repairing the road and clearing the way of eroded mountains to ensure smooth flow of
Naran is one of most popular tourist spots of Pakistan at distance of 160 KM from Abbottabad . Travelers
from Pakistan as well as many foreign countries rush in summer to the lush green valley surrounded by snowy mountains.
Foreign tourists mostly stay at PTDC motel while Pakistani elites prefer Pine Park Hotel and
the same PTDC motel. There are many budget hotels in Naran's main bazar and most of people prefer to stay there. Hotel fares
are very high in good hotels ranging between Rs. 2,000 ($ 34.5 appox) to Rs. 8,000 ($ 138 appox ) per night. Tents on rent
are also available where you can stay by paying as low as Rs.150 per night.
July and August see more visitors as compared to the other months of summer. Local people
do most of their business to earn livelihood for the whole year in these two to three months. Their businesses vary from teashops
to rent-a-jeep service.
The most interesting job is of the elder people of the area who narrate medival story of Prince
Saiful Maluk in a very catching way to the visitors who listen to them intently. After story is finished they demand their
money for offering this story telling service.Tourists never show misery to those storytellers after they (tourists) are entertained
with the story.
In my recent trip to Kaghan valley I did trekking, camping and hiking in various locations like Shogran,
Lake Saif-ul-Maluk, Lalazar, Lake Lulu Pat Sar, Sri Paia, and Dana Medows. This trip was was full of adventure and I strongly
recommend every one to visit Kaghan Valley because its simply a MUST. Happy Travels!