Around Kaghan

Around Kaghan
Lake Saiful Maluk & Lalazar: Lake Saiful Muluk has a touch of the unreal about it, nestling 3,206 metres high in the shadow of the Malika Parbat (Queen of the mountains - 5,291 m). You can go fishing or boating in the lake and hear the local legend about Prince Saiful Maluk who fell in love with a fairy. Further up are quaint woodland villages, Battakundi, Burawai, Basal, Gittidas and Lalazar. At a distance of 19 km from Naran, Lalazar is unique place for a day excursion.

Lake Saiful Maluk the lake is accessible by jeep or by trekking because there is a mere trek to reach the lake. It is almost impossible to describe the beauty of this lake, which is like mirror at the altitude of 3200 meters. The Queen of the Mountains is standing in the east and looking her image in the mirror of Lake Saiful Maluk. You can spend few days here to monitor the guards of lake, which are towering peaks and spread all around the lake.

Lake Saiful Muluk is situated at 3000+m, about 40 minutes jeep ride from Naran. Best time to visit is early in the morning when the air is cool, resulting in a picture perfect reflection on the lake. Camping facilities are also avaialbe, but you will have to check with the hotel that you will stay at. Nice view of Malaka Parbat

The Land of Fairies " Five mile away another 3000 feet above the Naran is Fairy Tale Lake.Local legend relates that Prince Saif-ul-Muluk fell in love with a fairy from the mountains. One day, he saw her bathing in the stream and crept up and stole her clothes. To preserve her modesty the not-so-reluctant fairy promised to be his wife. The fairy's demon lover appeared in time to see the happy pair together, and in a fit of jealous rage flooded the entire valley. Saiful Maluk the lake is accessible by jeep or by tracking because there is a mere trek to reach the lake. It is almost impossible to describe the beauty of this lake, which is like mirror at the altitude of 3200 meters. The Queen of the Mountains is standing in the east and looking her image in the mirror of Lake Saiful Maluk. You can spend few days here to monitor the guards of lake, which are towering peaks and spread all around the lake.

How To Get There?
Kaghan Valley is accessible by road from Rawalpindi/Islamabad and Peshawar. PTDC runs its seasonal coach service between Rawalpindi and Naran from 1st June till 31st August. For bookings, please contact any of PTDC Tourist Information Centres. The Kaghan Valley is blocked at the end by high mountains but a pass lets the jeepable road snakes over into Chilas Valley. This is 4,173 m high Babusar Pass, which commands the whole Kaghan panorama as well as gives you, on a clear day, glimpses of Nanga Parbat (the Naked Mountain) glistening at 8,126 m.

Where To Stay?
There are many moderately priced hotels, motels in Kaghan Valley at Balakot, Shogran, Kaghan, and Naran. More over, the comfortably furnished PTDC Motel Complex at Naran and Balakot, welcome the visitors to Kaghan Valley.

What To Buy?
Kaghan is noted for its artistically carved walnut handicrafts, embroidered shawls, shirts, woollen blankets and "Namdas" (woollen felt rugs).