Essay On A Visit To Kaghan Valley

Naran is located at the height of 8,202 feet & 230 km (8 hours ) from Islamabad. It is considered as a base station to glamorus Lake Saiful Malook, Ansu lake, Lalzar, Babusar top and Noori valley. It is one of the most scenic valley in Pakistan with Shogran Kaghan & Lake Saiful Malook Naran as famous tourist places. During summer holiday season, Naran kaghan & Shogran attracts thousands of Tourists, families and nature lovers keen to visit Lake Saiful Malook Lulusar Lake & Babusar Top. Kunhar river passes through Naran valley and ends up in Muzaffarabad Azad kashmir. Hotels in Naran provides economical lodging to tourist during their stay in Naran valley, Kaghan Valley and Lake saif ul Malook.

Hiking, trekking & off-roading from Naran to Lake Saif-ul-Malook dusty jeep track is approximately 9 km in length with hiking difficulty level ranging from easy to medium. It can be traveled by jeep in one hour with a net elevation gain is around 700m. Ansu Lake is tear shaped high-altitude lake situated adjacent to Malika Parbat. It can be reached via 11 km trail starting at Saif-ul-Malook.

This trail can be divided in two steps.

a) 7 km walk from till base of Malika Parbat.

b) 4 km hike up the mountain with net elevation around 1000m.

Lake remains accessible from early May till late December, with deteriorating weather making it difficult at start and end of season.

Lalazar is a plateau at around 2 hrs Jeep track from Naran. It was once known for beautiful wild flowers and soothing pine forests. Though recently cultivation of potato and other corps declined the natural beauty, but still enchanting view of Malika Parbat and lush meadows make it a must visit. Do visit Lalazar during Naran kaghan tour or experience moderate trekking at Lalazar Plateau. Some people prefer trekking over riding the jeep. One famous, moderate trek starting from Lake Saif-ul-Malook through picturesque Hans Gali ends at Lalazar.

Other Tracks (originating/ending in Naran Valley):-

  •  Noori Top
  •  Dudipatsar Lake
  •  Saral Lake
  •  Sat-Sar Mala Lakes
  •  Lulusar lake
  •  Babusar top.
  • The Naran town is covered by all GSM operators (except Zong). SCO coverage is also available there.

Famly Holiday Tour Package Naran Kaghan Includes :

  • Package price included cost per couple with 2 kids under 12 sharing same room
  • 3 night hotel accommodation in Naran/ Shogran ( Pines Hill hotel Naran / Pine Park Naran / Hotel Demanchi Naran)
  • Complimentary breakfast for 2 in delux & executive package.
  • 2012-13 model Xli with fuel 
  • Pick & drop from Islamabad. (Lahore pick & drop at Rs 15,000/-)
  • Driver expenses
  • Toll taxes and Parking fee
  • Driver will be your guide
  • Half day Jeeps as per itinerary to Lake Saiful Malook/ Siri Paye 

Famly Holiday Tour Package Naran Kaghan Excludes :

  • Lunch & Dinner are not included. (Breakfast in standard package)
  • Sight seeing outside of Itinerary
  • Any expense of personal nature
  • No extra tour guide will be provided
  • Standard room in standard package
  • Delux room in delux package
  • Family room for family package
  • Quard sharing for Family groups ( Family should be of atleast 8-10 people)

Option 1 :

Family holiday tour Naran Kaghan Itinerary :

  • Day 1 Early morning pick up from Islamabad, enroute Naran, Night stay Naran (8 hrs)
  • Day 2 Half Day Jeep to  Lake Saiful Malook and Afternoon free, night stay Naran 
  • Day 3 Visit to Jalkhad & Batakundi on car, night stay Naran  (Jeep on Payment for Babusar top)
  • Day 4 Check out from Hotel and back to Islamabad (8 hrs).

Option 2 :

Family holiday tour Naran Kaghan Itinerary :

  • Day 1 Early morning pick up from Islamabad, enroute Naran, Night stay Naran (8 hrs)
  • Day 2 Local sight seeing Lake Saiful Malook and Car visit to Jalkhad, Batakundi, night stay Naran 
  • Day 3 Enourte Shogran , Half Day Jeep to Siri Paye, night stay Shogran 
  • Day 4 Check out from Hotel and back to Islamabad. (6 hrs).


  • * This package is suitable for summer season from May till October & not available for winter season from November till April each year.

Pakistan is abundant with natural beauty. And one of the most beautiful places in Pakistan is the Kaghan valley.

For me, if heaven were located on earth, then – besides Kashmir – Kaghan valley would be it!

Kaghan is named after the town of Kaghan that lies within it and is also known as the valley of lakes. The Dudipatsar, Lulusar and Saiful Muluk (the most popular) lakes are some of the more famous of the dozens of lakes found here.

The valley has everything you can think of when planning a great vacation. It has glaciers, mountains, dales, streams, lakes, waterfalls, ideal villages, forests and more. The following are some of the most popular destinations in and around Kaghan valley.

Shogran Village

This village looks like a scene out of a fantasy novel except that it is real. A quaint settlement in the middle of a forest, surrounded by mountain peaks and a beautiful river flowing through it. It’s the stuff that dreams are made of my friends. Another famous lake called the Siri Paye is also found here.

Saiful Muluk Lake

One of the places to visit when in Kaghan is the Saiful Muluk Lake (although it lies in the nearby Naran valley). A three hour drive from the village of Shogran, the lake is breathtakingly beautiful; in fact there are no words to describe the beauty of the lake under the full moon. Some say that the rays of the moon look like fairies descending on the lake.

The lake has a famous folktale attached to it called ‘Qissa Saiful Muluk’. According to the story, this was the place where a Persian prince and fairy met.

The Dudipatsar Lake

If you are in for an even more serious adventure you can go hiking for 7 hours to reach the Dudipatsar Lake. Sounds like a very difficult trek, but the green pastures and blue green water of the lake makes you forget all the hardship faced.

The Lulusar Lake

This is a lake shaped like an ‘L’ and has an unmatched view of the surrounding snowcapped mountains. The blue and green water of the lake reflects the surrounding mountains giving a magical experience.

As you may have guessed by now, Kaghan is a very popular tourist destination. To get to the Kaghan valley one needs travel upwards from Abbottabad and then north east from Mansehra. On your way there, you will pass the Naran valley and the Babusar pass which lies at approximately 13,690 ft.

The local residents are generally shepherds. You can see them all across the valley, on road sides, in their pastures, walking their herds, etc. Although the local language is Hindko and Gojri, due to the heavy tourism, you can also get by with Urdu.

The best time to visit Kaghan is during the summer as it gets too cold in winter!

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