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A Trip to Heaven: Naran and Kaghan Valleys in Pakistan

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The Beauty of Pakistan

Pakistan—the land of beauty and a piece of heaven located in South East Asia and a country famous worldwide—is gifted with breathtaking locations, enchanting valleys, splendid mountains, and attractive rivers. The most significant and most beautiful valleys among them are listed below:

  • Hunza Valley
  • Shigar Valley
  • Naltar Valley
  • Neelum Valley
  • Leepa Valley
  • Kumrat Valley
  • Naran Valley
  • Kaghan Valley
  • Skardu Valley
  • Soon Valley
  • Rupal Valley
  • Bagrot Valley
  • Kalash Valley

All of the valleys listed above are full of natural beauty and tourists from all around the world are attracted by the magnificence of these valleys, each year.


Location and Geography

Today, I am going to mention my favourites and in my opinion the most attractive valleys—the Naran and the Kaghan Valleys. Both these valleys are 23 kilometres from each other. Kaghan Valley is a medium-sized, beautiful, peaceful town located on the bank of River Kunhar. This alpine valley is located in the Mansehra District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.



The valley explodes with various breathtaking scenes, green mountains covered with alpine trees and snowy tops, and a bluish-green, shining river flowing between them. The weather remains cold all year round with heavy snowfall in winters and heavy rainfall in summers. Kaghan Valley is also known as "the Botanist's Paradise" as it contains a variety of forest trees including such as pine, cedar, and fir.


Must Visit Sites

Listed below are the places you must need to visit on a Kaghan Valley trip:

Kawai Waterfall Café:

While heading towards the main city of Kaghan Valley-the Naran, there comes a beautiful Kawai named waterfall cafe where tourists can sit on benches placed inside the flowing water of the waterfall and enjoy their tea with some snacks.

Naran City

Naran city is located in the upper Kaghan Valley at an altitude of 2409meters. This city is full of markets, roads, hotels, and restaurants. At night time, tourists enjoy walking on roads and bridges of Naran, holding a hot coffee mug in their hands while fascinated by traditional jewelry, dresses, and dry fruits that are a specialty of their market. Walking around the streets and enjoying the colors and culture of Naran while silently glancing at the beautiful River Kunhar is an amazing experience to have.


Lake Saif-ul- Mulook

This beautiful lake is located at the elevations of 3.224metres. The lake is in slightly green and blue shades having mountains at its backside in the form of a semi-circle. This lake gives you feelings of freedom and peace. You can reach there by jeep.

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Lulusar Lake

While heading towards Babusar top, you come across Lulusar Lake, which is famous for its colors: the lake changes colors from green to sea-green to blue and sometimes, even to black (when the sky is fully capped with clouds). The lake is often called: the "lake of colors."


Babusar Top or Babusar Pass

It is the highest point of the Valley, located at an elevation of 13,691 feet (4173metres). This pass connects Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with Gilgit Baltistan. While heading towards the Babusar top, you can enjoy scenic views all around the road. On both sides of the road, there are glaciers, white snowy mountains, and whatnot. The whole year this Pass is covered by snow and only opened from June to September.


Siri Paye Meadows

They are lush green meadows in Shogran Valley located at an elevation of 3058 meters. Tourists reach there through jeep enjoying beautiful but somehow full of jumps journey. A horse riding facility is also available there. Both Siri and Paye are amazing, full of outlandish trees, depths at one end, and landscapes at the other end with narrow pathways.

Famous Foods of the Valley

This valley is a favorite one of many tourists not only because of the iconic beauty it carries but also due to its famous cuisines and tasty foods.

  • Chicken/ Mutton Handi/ Karahi: When there is chilling cold outside, the sizzling hot and spicy Karahi makes everyone fall in love with it. This dish is highly recommended by tourists to eat.
  • Chicken/ Mutton Biryani: Biryani is famous in Pakistan and Pakistanis love it more than anything else but the weather of Naran Kaghan makes it even more delicious and tourists from all around the world love it.
  • Chicken/ Mutton Achari: The addition of pickles and yoghurt makes this finger-licking and bit different from normal karahi.
  • Chicken Roast: Tourists love to enjoy a chicken roast in freezingly cold weather outside.
  • Trout fish: Trout fish is high in demand and easily available food in these valleys. The fish is a specialty of Naran and Kaghan.
  • Beef Kebabs
  • Shinwari Karahi
  • Soups
  • Hot beverages
  • Ice-creams

Culture and Heritage

The people of the area are friendly, kind, hospitable, and generous. They treat tourists as their guests and welcome them with open arms. The people survive harsh climatic conditions and are tough and rough. They love to work and are hard working.

Women typically stay at home and run their small-scale cottage industries and make beautiful handicrafts that are sold in Pakistan and also exported for their good quality and beauty.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Syeda Aala

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