The two in one valley of Naran and Kaghan is situated at an average expanse of 240 km from Islamabad, the capital city of Pakistan. The tourism wise gorgeous valley lies in the province of Khyber Pakhton Khawa. The valley constitutes the recurrent visited tourist destinations in all the seasons without any distinction of summer or winter throughout the year. Many of the local as well as the international sightseers advance towards these natural spots and scenes to enjoy the tourism fantasies. The valley of Naran and Kaghan has a lot of gigantic and tourism magnetized places. The top most major touristic places of the region comprise Shogran, Sripaye, Naran, Kaghan, Saiful Malokk Lake, Babusar Top, Lulusar Lake and Lalazar. For the optimized guidance of the tourists, hereby it is strongly proposed to make night stays in Naran, Kaghan or Shogran all through the visits. There are many hotels in Naran Kaghan Valley on the tour packages for the vast viewing region. It is recommended so as these three places have nice accommodations and plenty of tourism based activities for the visitors.
At an altitude of 7750 km from the sea level, picturesque tour spot of Shogran lies in the district of Mansehra at a driving distance of 60 km from the main city of Mansehra. As per global coordinate system, Shogran stretches out at 34°38′13″N and 73°27′39″E. It can be approached either via N-15 highway or via Karakoram highway by covering the distances of 208 and 265 respectively. Almost all the natural traits of a tour place are possessed by Shogran. There are mountains, ridges, grassy plains and pine forests every where. Tour facilities of roads, ridings, foods, hotels and communications are also accessible which make Shogran a touristic heaven. Many superb hotels of high standards as well as roadside hotels on low costs can be found at the place. A rest house of Tourism Department is also open for the sightseers. Forests of Shogran spell a wave of soothing sighs for the visitors with green shades and pleasant glades.
Up above the slopes of Shogran, six kilometer steep road leads the tourists on a visiting spot at the top of the greenery clad hills locally called as Saripaye. In the local language of Hindko, Sari means water pond and Paye means high grazing landscape. The place keeps the global coordinates of 34°35′22″N and 73°29′54″E with an altitude of 9510 feet from the sea level. The salient features of Saripaye are the tiny lakes and a superb view of blue sky from this top ridge. There are two small lakes with the names of Sari Lake and Paye Lake. No hotels are found in Saripaye as it is at a short reach from the main town of Shogran. At some places, the shrubs depict plain pulps of the nature which are quite evident in Saripaye. This tour place can be accessed by jeep from Shogran. A hiking track also ascends from Shogran to Saripaye with an effort of one hour on average.
At a height of 7905 feet from the coastline, the famous and popular tourist place of Naran is located. On the global measures its coordinates are 34°54′22″N and 73°38′58″E. It is a sub-tropical highland with a maximum temperature of 32 degree Celsius in summer and minimum temperature of minus three degree Celsius in winter. Hence the area has an overall pleasant climate quite suitable for the visitors. This prominent visiting speck is approached by covering a road driving distance of 120 kilometers from central city of Mansehra. Many tour packages for Naran are presented by various tour operators from different areas of Pakistan. The region is a little town with multi-purpose shops and hotels in Naran. Some narrate worthy hotels in Naran are PTDC Naran Motel, Rose Valley Hotel and Millennium Inn. Almost all the touristic facilities of dinning, residing and riding are available in Naran on bearable rates throughout the year.
Kaghan is a great valley with an estimated length of 150 kilometers along the sides of National Highway N-15.. Average elevation of the valley from sea level is 8200 feet having the global synchronization of 34°50′12″N and 73°31′04″E. The road span of the valley center from capital city of Islamabad is 290 kilometers approximately. The valley spreads wide outwards of both the shores of Kunhar. There exist many significant places of interest for the visitors in the valley. The worth seen places of Kaghan Valley are Aanso Lake, Batakundi, Dana Meadows, Malka Parbat and Mosa Ka Msala. Many other spots in the valley can also be counted as touristic traces on the natural bases. The vast visuals of nature and the splendid views of flower bedecked landscapes make it an heaven for the sightseers in Kaghan Naran valley. Among many hotels in the skirts of Kaghen valley the most majestic ones are Hotel Ambassador, Kaghan Continental Hotel and River Ranch Hotel.
5. Saif-ul-Malok Lake
Having the global coordinates of 34°52′48″N and 73°49′34″E, the fairy tales lake of Saif-ul-Malok is positioned in the marvelous beams of nature. The altitude of the lake from the sea level is 10580 feet. It is a great lake of the region possessing the surface area of 2.75 square kilometers and a maximum depth of 52 feet. The lake is situated in the north of Naran at a sharp distance of eight kilometers. Saif-ul-Malok lake nurtures the precious trout fish and about sixty species pof vascular plants in and around it. So the place has open exploration of fauna and flora for the biological research. The water views and the sides surrounding hills portray a magical spell bound peace. The fair tale attributed to the lake has been versified by the popular spiritual poet Mian Muhammad Bakhsh who is buried in the great shrines of Khari Sharif in Mirpur, Azad Kashmir. On speculating the magnificent sights of Saif-ul-Malok Lake it comes true to seem that it is a residence of fairy creature.
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6. Babusar Top
The highland of Babusar Top is used as a travel connection of Chilas with Kaghan Valley. The global measures of the top are 35°08′47″N and 74°02′54″E. it is the highest place of Naran and Kaghan valleys with an elevation of 13690 feet from the sea shore. It is a cold snowy region in winters and pleasant for tourism in summers with an average temperature of seven degree Celsius. The top provides sky scoping vision for the visitors of Kaghan Naran Valley on one side and high lands of Chilas on the other. It is also the highest point on N-15 highway that has south end at Mansehra and north end at Chilas. On the tour packages of Naran Kaghan Valley, Babusar Top is an essential place to mention, locate or trace. For tracking through Naran Kaghan Valley, a tourist can’t afford the absence of Babusar Top from his or her touristic memories. This top is really on the tops of the trip destinations.
7. Lulusar Lake
Tracing the global coordinates of 35°01′08″N and 73°09′04″E, Lalusar Lake is located in the wonderful dreams of nature. The altitude of the lake from the sea level is 11190 feet. It is an Alpine lake made of glacial water. Sar is Shina language word for lake. This is a wide lake with surface area of 1700 square feet. The lake is the basic source of Kunhar River that runs down from Lalusar into the Naran Kaghan Valley. Lalusar lake is in the bottoms of high hills on the sides. Lalusar lake is about fifty two kilometers from Naran and it can be approached by a jeep or other such motor vehicle having strong specifications. The lake inhabits trout fish and many wild flowers and plants with gracious flowers grow in spring season. Thus the enchanting vision of the lake enchants fiction like beauty for the visitors. In fact, this is a splendid like worthy to visit and great in focusing in one’s memories.
One precious place of the tour destinations in Naran Kaghan Valley is Lalazar. This is a lush green plateau at an altitude of 10500 feet from sea shores. The global coordinates of the place are 34°64′56″N and 73°45′29″E. The fantastic tour place is locate at a driving distance of 21 kilometers from Naran right above the banks of Kunhar River. It is approached by a jeepable road from Naran through Batakundi. Lalazar is just on the other side of the mountain having Saif-ul-Malok Lake. Other than the jeep track, there is a hiking track of one hourascent leading from Batkundi to Lalazar. From the tour packages of Naran Kaghan Valley, one finds no hotel or motel in Lalazar. There it seems a fine idea to post camping with portable tents or other such structures. The splendid views of scenery and walking on the grassy patches magnetize the imaginations of the tourists.