In the second installment of the four-part series, we will briefly discuss the scenic beauty of The Kaghan Valley, Lake Saiful Malook and Shandur Pass.
The Kaghan Valley
The Kaghan Valley is a beautiful valley in the north-east of Mansehra District that attracts many tourists from not only within the country but also from across the globe.
Its mountains, lakes, water-falls, streams and glaciers, which are still in a pure state, are major attractions of the valley.
The best time to visit this place is summer season. Various lakes and lush green peaks attract tourists from across the world. Most popular lakes are Saiful Muluk Lake, Dudipatsar Lake and Lulusar Lakes.
Lake Saiful Malook
At an altitude of 3,224 meters (10,578 feet) above sea level, Lake Saif ul Malook is a beautiful and amazing lake that is located in the northern side of the Kaghan Valley.
The lake is associated with a story that a Prince of Persia fell in love with a fairy at the lake. The local people believe that fairies come down at the lake at the full moon night.
Its view is quite picturesque which cannot be described in words. The temperature at day time is moderate but drops to minus at night. The lake gets freeze in winters, adding more beauty to it.
Chitral: Shandur Pass
Chitral, the beautiful valley surrounded by high mountains of the Hindu Kush and rivers, is in the North West Frontier Provence of Pakistan.
One of the major attractions of Chitral are the Kalash valleys- the home of the Kafir-Kalash or “Wearers of the Black Robes”, a primitive pagan tribe.
Shandur Pass links Chitral with Gilgit and is famous around the world because of the world’s highest ground of polo.
Each summer a hug event called the Shandur polo festival is organized here, which is a big source of attraction for the tourists. Different teams come against each other in this freestyle contest.