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
Kaghan & Naran valley: Kaghan Village
has given its name to the whole Valley. It is 64 km
from Balakot at an altitude of 2,039 m. Naran is the
main tourist attraction of the valley. It is linked
with Balakot by 88 km long metalled road. It takes 4
hours by car to reach Naran. Naran serves as a base
for the whole valley. From here, you can ride a jeep
or horse or hike to several picturesque lakes, valleys
and peaks. The journey through the valley by the side
of Kunhar river is indeed a unique experience.
A holiday in Kaghan Valley, the Himalayan
hide-away situated northeast of Hazara district of North
West Frontier Province, is an unforgettable experience.
Its mountains, dales, lakes, waterfalls, streams and
glaciers are still in an unbelievable pristine state,
an unspoiled paradise. The Valley extends for 155 km
rising from an elevation of 2,134 metres to its highest
point, the Babusar Pass (4,173 m). Kaghan is at its
best in the summer months (May to September). In May
the temperature is: maximum 11 C and the minimum 3 C.
From the middle of July up to the end of September,
the road beyond Naran, snowbound throughout the winter,
is open right up to Babusar Pass.
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
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.Malka 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 icy waters.
Hotels in Naran.