Yes! What a majestic and breathtaking place to travel. “Lake Saif ul Malook” is located about 5 miles north from the Naran in northern end of Kaghan valley, in District Mansehra, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan. Pakistan is a country with all four seasons and amazing travel spots for anyone who love to explore and want to feel like heaven on earth. The one I’m talking about is the divine Lake of Saif ul Malook with freezing Glaciers water, beauty with no bounds. The water is evident with a touch of green tone.
It is one of the highest alpine lakes of Pakistan and located at an altitude of 10,578 feet above sea level but the Lake’s depth is still unknown. The best month of the year to travel is from June to September in the summer. The weather is about 15-20 centigrade at day time but at night the temperature drops to 3 degrees centigrade.
You can stay in one of many hotels in Naran. Jeeps carry you through dangerous, narrow and bumpy roads with hairpin curves from Naran valley to Lake Saif ul Malook, which is 8.9 km long. The trek from Naran to the lake takes about 4-6 hours, on foot. The lake is just like a bowl surrounded by giant glaciers.
Around the lake, you can have adventurous activities. Boat ride is most excited experience by the travellers. Ponies and horse ride is also available for tourists near lake Saif ul Malook. Each of the horse has a guide that accompanies you and keeps you telling information about the place. You also get the opportunity to make a video or photo shoot of the trip while riding.
The ‘storytelling’ about this lake by local guides is also interesting and quite informative. You can get a photo-shoot with the ‘Birds of prey’ by the professional photographer and make it a memorable moment. Tourists can watch a snake show near the lake. A local vendor can be seen selling cotton candy. There are several small shops and huts near the lake from where you can buy food and necessary things.
This mesmerizing lake is also famous for the large and rare size brown trout fish, which almost weights up to 7 kilograms. You can also get the eye-pleasing view of “Malika Parbat”, which is the highest peak in Kaghan valley.
Jheel Saif ul Malook is also called “The Lake of Fairies”. Camping at night in the full moon shining at its brightest, with billions of stars in the sky is like to be in some kind of fairyland. It is also associated to the famous story about a Persian prince, Saif-ul-Malook, who fell in love with a fairy named, Badi ul Jamal (Glory of the moon), whom he saw in his dreams. Since that time it has become the favorite spot for all the loved ones.
Due to heavy snow-fall, this enchanted lake is completely frozen during winter. Visit this place at least once in your life and feel the effect that will last for long time in you.
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