valley is a very beautiful & attractive valley. That's why it is
called virtual paradise, unbelievably in pristine state and still
unspoiled by the human. You'll find the Himalayan peaks hidden with
clouds or snow, somewhere you'll find the beautiful fairy tale
lakes, which will attract you toward them, and you might decide not
to leave this at any cost. Where Kaghan is full of scenic beauty
there it is full of thrill and excitement for the mountaineers and
Valley is a 155 kms long scenic wonderland. Lofty peaks crown the
mountains ranges on either side like turrets, ranging in height from
12,000 to 17,000 ft and more, with the eastern range higher than the
western. The bed of valley slopes up from 3,000 ft at Balakot,
which, as it were, the gateway of the valley, to 12,000 ft at
Gittdas beyond which the valley crosses at Babusar Pass 14,000 ft.
The first ten miles or so are largely barren, but when the valley
raises to about 5,000 ft forests of pine and fir appear, densely
overgrown with a variety of plants, which has won for Kaghan the
epithets of 'the botanists paradise'. The forests continue till
about Naran 8,000 ft.
goes along the river Kunhar, meandering now to one side and now to
the other. But keeping most to the bed of the valley and never too
far above the bank of the stream except in the very first state.
Kaghan Valley is accessible by road from Abbottabad. From
Abbottabad, 72 km drive to Balakot, the gateway to Kaghan valley.
Here you have to switch over to jeeps for your drive 100 km to
valley starts from Balakot, which is famous for the Mausoleum of two
Muslim warriors Syed Ahmed Shaheed Brelvi and Shah Ismail who laid
their lives fighting against Sikhs in the 18th century. Balakot is
situated at the foot of the mountains that goes thousands of feet
above. The toy huts, which are amazingly perched on their slopes. On
other side is the Kunhar River, which accompanies you all along your
journey. The river is muddy in the plains but as you go towards the
mountains it becomes clearer. The road to Kaghan is frightening
because on your left are the deep slopes to the river and on your
right are the lofty mountains.
away from Balakot to Kaghan is Kawai in these 13 miles you'll reach
the altitude of 4000 feet starting from 3000 feet which means that
you have covered 1000 feet of altitude in just 13 miles. The main
place here to visit is Shogran, which is 5 miles jeep able trek now
in these 5 miles you'll go up another 3000 feet. Now you are 7000
feet above the sea level and rightly so because Shogran means
"Forest in the sky". You'll be able to view the some of the lofty
peaks from here, which are " Moosa Ka Musalla " and " Makra "having
height of 14000 feet, and Malika-e-Parbat (Queen of the Mountains)
(17000 feet). Then comes Mahandri village the altitude here is 5,800
feet now the landscape and the scene changes here and becomes wilder
the river Mahandri is still with you but you'll feel it much closer
to you. Another 11 miles from here is the village Kaghan at 7000
feet is the wonderland here river is 800 feet below the road.
Naran is the
middle point of Kaghan Valley and it is a place where you defiantly
want to spend few days of your leisure. This is the place of
out-door pleasure. Here you'll depart from the river Kunhar and on
both sides of road there are vast fields. Don't look here and there
the melody you are hearing is provided by the river Kunhar who is
with you on same level. If you like climbing this is a place for you
because there are mountains all around you. You can explore the
scenic and pictorials landscape and valleys by climbing up hiking.
If you like fishing get your fishing license we have trout and
mahasheer for you fishing here for tourist is must.
Lake Saiful Maluk :
mile away another 3000 feet above the Naran is Fairy Tale Lake
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.
Malkandi Forest: 8 miles on the western slopes of Kaghan is Kamalban,
a heavily populated forest of black bears and leopards, which do
incalculable harm to the crops and young trees. Killing a bear is a
big game and you'll get reward for shooting down a bear from forest
officer as well as from the peasants. Besides these you'll be able
to find Muskdeer, thar and goral, Chikore and Himalayan pheasants
all over the valley. And if you'll go a little higher you'll be able
to find red bear, snow leopard and ibex and occasionally a snow
partridge or Ram Chikore or Murgh-I-Zarrin.
Lulu Sar Lake :
kilometers away from Naran, on Naran-Babusar road is Lulu Sar Lake
which is wreathed in blue and gold wild flowers, and is the main
source of river Kunhar. Near Gittidas is the 11,000 feet high
Lulusar Lake out of which river Kunhar issues anew with redoubled
strength to flow down the valley first as placid blue stream and
then a roaring torrent until it joins the Jhelum. Lulusar has very
enchanting beauty and its view remains in the mind of tourist for a
long time. The is surrounded by snowcapped hills whose purple and
white forms are reflected in the green-blue waters of the silent
lake, making it one of the most beautiful spots in the valley. From
Gittidas the road goes on through the Babusar Pass into Gilgit. This
road is one of the highest in the world.
Battakundi and Lalazar :
Kilometers from Naran is the Battakundi another enjoyable spot and
is the turning point for Lalazar connected via jeepable road which a
plateau of rare scenic beauty.
Babusar Pass: Babusar pass is the end of the Kaghan valley is
blocked by the mountains but the Babusar pass is the gate between
Kaghan and Gilgit valley at the altitude of 13600 feet. From here
you can have the glimpse of the naked mountain Naga Parbat with a
towering height of 26,660 feet.