Naran Valley, Pakistan

Naran Valley, a fairyland on earth, is one of the most famous tourist destinations of Pakistan. Surrounded on either side by towering mountain peaks and covered with lush fir and pine forests, the valley is still safe from human incursions. The snow covered Himalayan peaks, hidden in clouds, are a great attraction for mountaineers and trekkers visiting the Northern Areas of Pakistan. The road leading to Naran runs along the Kunhar River, which adds further delight to the traveller’s journey. Tourists may also obtain fishing licenses in order to fish at the Kunhar River. Although the only source for shopping in the valley is its small bazaar (market), local specialties as well as goods of daily use are available there.

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Naran Valley

Where is Naran Valley located?

Naran is a town and most popular tourist destination in upper Kaghan Valley in Mansehra District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. It is located 119 kilometers from Mansehra city at the altitude of 2,409 meters. It is located about 65 kilometers away from Babusar Top. The distance of Naran from Islamabad is 299.2 km and probably it takes 6 hours 26 minutes to reach Naran from Islamabad.

Top Places to visit in Naran Valley:

Every place in Naran is a tourist spot and every place had its own kind of beauty but there are some places which you definately have to visit.

1. Saiful Malook Lake:

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Road to Saif ul Malook

Saif ul malook lake is known as the lake of fairies.
Saif ul Malook is a mountainous lake located at thenorthern end of the Kaghan Valley, near the town of Naran in the Saif ul Malook. At an elevation of 3,224 m (10,578 feet) above sea level, the lake is located above the tree line, and is one of the highest lakes in Pakistan.  The Lake Saiful Muluk is named after a legendary prince. A fairy tale called Saif-ul-Muluk, written by the Sufi poet Mian Muhammad Bakhsh, talks of the lake. It tells the story of the Egyptian Prince Saiful Malook who fell in love with a fairy princess named Princess Badri-ul-Jamala at the lakeAccording to the locals it is a place of fairies and demons, who through the extremity of weather display their anger. A story teller narrated: “I have not seen the fairy, but I've seen the glory of God".

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Saiful Malook Lake

2. Lulusar Lake:

Lulusar is a hevaenly lake located between Naran and Kaghan Valley.The lake is much bigger than other lakes around the valley, and is surrounded by snowcapped hills, making it a natural tourist attraction

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Lulusar Lake


3. Siri Paye Meadows:

Siri Paye is a combination of two Hindko words “Sar” and “Paya”. The “Sar” means lake and “Paya” means high grazing ground.The natural beauty of Sri Paye Meadows fascinates everyone. In winter, it is very much covered with snow. While in summer, lush grass and meadows give a charming look. The local people are very polite and their hospitality makes you feel at home. Sri Paye camping is accessible through Shogran, and Shogran is accessible from Kiwai. You can rent a jeep from Kiwai to reach Shogran. You will reach Shogran in 40 minutes and after that, you will have to trek on a steep and narrow road for 20 minutes to reach Siri Paye.             

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Siri Paye Meadows

4. Babusar Top:

Babusar Top is a mountain pass in Pakistan at the north of 150 km long Kaghan Valley, connecting it via Thak Nala with Chillas on Karakoram Highway. The height of Babusar top is 4,173 metres or 13,691 feet which gives a fascinating view. 

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Babusar Top

5. Shogran:

Shogran is a wonderful hill station at the height of 2340 meters, with amazing beauty and great weather. It is located near Naran and Kaghan.

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