Naran Travel Guide: 152 reviews and 284 photos


Kaghan valley is the most beautiful & picturesque valley. That's why it is called virtual paradise, unbelievably pristine state and still unspoiled by the human. You'll find the Himalayan peaks hidden with clouds or snow, somewhere you'll find the beautiful fairy tale lakes, which will attract you toward them, and you might decide not to leave this place at any cost. Where Kaghan is full of scenic beauty there it is full of thrill and excitement for the mountaineers and treks.

Places of Interest:

Balakot: Kaghan valley starts from Balakot, which is famous for the Mausoleum of two Muslim warriors Syed Ahmed Shaheed Brelvi and Shah Ismail who laid their lives fighting against Sikhs in the 18th century. Balakot is situated at the foot of the mountains that goes thousands of feet above. The toy huts, which are amazingly perched on their slopes. On other side is the Kunhar River, which accompany you all along your journey. The river is muddy in the plains but as you go towards the mountains it becomes clearer. The road to Kaghan is frightening because on your left are the deep slopes to the river and on your right are the lofty mountains

Kawai: 13 miles away from Balakot to Kaghan is Kawai in these 13 miles you'll reach the altitude of 4000 feet starting from 3000 feet which means that you have covered 1000 feet of altitude in just 13 miles. The main place here to visit is Shogran.

Shogran, which is 5 miles jeepable trek now in these 5 miles you'll go up another 3000 feet. Now you are 7000 feet above the sea level and rightly so because Shogran means "Forest in the sky". You'll be able to view the some of the lofty peaks from here which are " Moosa Ka Musalla " and " Makra "having height of 14000 feet, and Malika-e-Parbat (Queen of the Mountains) (17000 feet).

Mahandri village the altitude here is 5,800 feet now the landscape and the scene changes here and becomes wilder the river Mahandri is still with you but you'll feel it much closer to you. Another 11 miles from here is the village Kaghan at 7000 feet is the wonderland here river is 800 feet below the road.

Naran is the middle point of Kaghan Valley and it is a place where you defiantly want to spend few days of your leisure. This is the place of out-door pleasure. Here you'll depart from the river Kunhar and on both sides of road there are vast fields. Don't look here and there the melody you are hearing is provided by the river Kunhar who is with you on same level. If you like climbing this is a place for you because there are mountains all around you. You can explore the scenic and picturious landscape and valley's by climbing up hiking. If you like fishing get your fishing license we have trout and mahasheer for you fishing here for tourist is must.

Lake Saiful Maluk: Five mile away another 3000 feet above the Naran is Fairy Tale Lake Saiful Maluk the lake is accessible by jeep or by trekking because there is a mere trek to reach the lake. It is almost impossible to describe the beauty of this lake, which is like mirror at the altitude of 3200 meters. The Queen of the Mountains is standing in the east and looking her image in the mirror of Lake Saiful Maluk. You can spend few days here to monitor the guards of lake, which are towering peaks and spread all around the lake.

Malakandi Forest:
8 miles on the western slopes of Kaghan valley is Kamalban,a heavily populated forest of black bears & leopards,which do incalculabe harm to he crops & young trees...but forget all about it & enjoy the nature at its best...

Lalazar Plateau another pleasant 1/2-day jeep excursion from Naran is up to the Lalazar Plateau. A jeep track climbs up the plateau from battakundi, some 16 km N of Naran. Located at 3,200m, this beautiful, meadow is awash with colourful alpine flowers in spring and summer, and set amongst the cool pine forests. A footpath leads from Lalazar Plateau down to lake Saiful Malik, taking 5-6 hrs.

Lalusar lake:
At the extreme northern end of the Kaghan Valley about 50 km from Naran on the Naran-Babusar road is Lalusar Lake, surrounded by clusters of wild flowers in a carpet of blue and gold. This is the source of the Kunhar River, which winds through the length of the valley. Lake Lalusar offers a splendid opportunity for fishing in dark blue waters surrounded by high mountains. The serene beauty and peace, which permeates the Kaghan Valley, makes this an ideal spot for relaxation and reflection.

A small & beautiful village about 16 Km from Naran is the turning pint for Lalazarconnected via jeepable road with plateu of rare scenic beauty.

Babusar Pass:
The summit of Babusar Pass (4148m) is reached after traversing 70 Km of narrow, winding road from Naran. Once the pass is attained, a fantastic panorama of eternally frozen peaks and windswept valleys lies before the visitor. Nanga Parbat (8125m) magnificent in her gleaming gown of snow can be seen on a clear day. Babusar Pass, gateway to the mountain passes linking Gilgit to the Kaghan Valley is only open from July to September, the remainder of the year it is buried under many tons of snow.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Who Say they cant go to heaven well they are wrong Visit Naran & u will be in one...
  • Cons:Only bad thing is if u havent got enough time to explore all this beauty...
  • Last visit to Naran: Apr 2002
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Jun 15, 2009 at 4:50 AM

    I have stayed here during my honey moon, its one of the best places i have visited in my life, I have traveled THAILAND, MALAYSIA, FRANCE, SPAIN, NETHERLANDS & TUNISIA, but its really a kind of place, i always want to go again,

  • Aug 16, 2007 at 5:14 AM

    Im very interested to have trekking opportunities in KAGHAN VALLEY, especially for those mountains around 5,000m. Do you have any local travel agent who can help me to organise a trip for trekking & price is reasonable? Any email? Thanks. Edward

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    May 12, 2004 at 3:04 AM

    Hi Waheed, another pearl of wisdom for the traveller to Pakistan, not sure about the bears tho'...could be another way. Thx, safe travels :o)

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    May 8, 2004 at 12:23 PM

    Great hotel tips with detail and helpful information. Enjoyed the restaurant tips also. Beautiful waterfall, the fishing certainly looks "sporty"! fairy Tale Lake is awesome. A delightful tour of Naran and the surrounding area.

  • Apr 17, 2004 at 9:30 PM

    well done waheed.

  • Jan 21, 2004 at 2:30 AM

    nice start mate. No doubt Naran's trout is very delicious. And spending a nite at Saif ul maluk on full moon is unforgetable experience. Keep up the good work. regards....najam


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