Shogran, Kaghan, Naran and Lake Saiful Malook
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In August 2007, Me and my 10 friends visited the northern area of Pakistan. We decided to visit Shogran, Kaghan, Naran and Lake Saiful Malook. We hired a Toyota Hiace van. From Wazirabad we travelled towards Islamabad The capital city of Pakistan. From Islamabad we traveled along the road that took us to Abbotabad. A cool, green and vibrant town Abbotabad is also the divisional headquarter of Hazara and Kohistan districts. It is a two hours drive from the capital Islamabad. Abbotabad is also the gateway to the valley of Kaghan. Here you can have a wholesome lunch or refresh yourself with a cup of tea before driving onward to Mansehra and Balakot.
The road from Balakot ascends along the Kunhar through lovely forests and the villages of Paras, Shinu, Jared and Mahandri.
The next stop of our journey is Khanian. This small town has the best trout you can taste in the north. Even you can see a fish form of trout fish. The slippery glaciers on way to Naran are quite an experience. The steep sides of the valley were high and terraced with agricultural crops. Houses and small villages seemed to cling precariously to the steep slopes. The tops of the mountains surrounding the valley seemed to disappear into the clouds.
The Kunhar River flows along the length of the valley about 100 miles. Halfway up the Kaghan village is Naran at an elevation of 8000ft, where we spent our next night. Late in the afternoon, after we had checked into the hotel we wandered though the small village bazaar. The street was unpaved and muddy, with a mountain stream flowing through the center of the town. we went out to the edge of the village and down by the river Kunhar, found a cave in the side of an enormous boulder wall. The cave is tied to the legend woven around the intense love between a fairy and her lover Saiful Malook.
Next morning we went to Lake Saiful Malook. Here you can find lots of story teller who can describe stories of fairies and prince which are associated with this lake.The lake and stream is named for Saiful Malook, the prince who spotted a mountain fairy bathing in the stream flowing from the lake, and stole her clothes just to tease her but then fell into love with her.
The lake is at a distance of six miles from Naran at a height of 10500 ft (3200.40 meters) above sea level. It’s easily accessible by jeep or by trekking. If you wanna trek, you need around two hours. Trekking is real fun. There is huge glacier on the way and crossing it is both adventure and fun.
Saiful Malook is one of the most beautiful lakes one can imagine to exist on the surface of this earth. When I talk about the lake, words fail to describe its beauty. Anyone who has been there once can never forget the time that was spent in the company of this enchanting lake.
The lake itself is so charming, so luring and so tempting that I fall in love with it.
Once you have your food with you and have complete gear to travel, you will enjoy your stay, as you never did before.
Boating facility at the lake is available to but can’t recommend because the lake is so deep, its depth has not been measured yet. And there is no emergency equipment or help. So dudes boating at your own risk! We did boating in the lake.
Elders in the valley tell the story of a prince by the name of Saiful Malook who fell in love with a fairy. The prince was a fond lover and explorer. He would usually come to the lake in wilderness, which was surrounded by tall snow clad peaks. One day the young prince saw a fascinating spectacle. A beautiful fairy was dancing on the surface of the lake. Curiosity brought him close to her and he stole her clothes. The modest fairy agreed to marry him in return for her clothes, an incident which turned into intense love.
At the end I would like to say it was one of memorable trip of my life.