Naran/ Kaghan are said to be the places belong to fairies. This is said due to its natural beauty. The fresh water streams, the snowcapped mountains, the lush green hills and the native people. All are its specialties.
Kaghan is a jewel among the many beautiful valleys in the Mansehra District of Hazara in the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan. This 160 kilometer long valley is most popular summer holiday spot for both Pakistanis as well as foreigners.
Naran Kaghan valley; a paradise
Naran Kaghan valley, due to its scenic beauty, is known as a paradise on earthThe Naran Kaghan valley features pine forests, alpine meadows, crystal clear lakes and cool mountain streams. Kunhar River, the main feature of the valley, is famous for its trout. Nestled along the banks of the river are the towns of Balakot, Paras, Mahandari, Kaghan and Naran. The local people are friendly and simple. Gujar nomads are one of the most interesting features of the Kaghan Valley. They take their herds of cattle to the high pastures of the upper Kaghan Valley in spring and bring them down again in autumn. While going to Kaghan you will find them camped along the road in their traditional tents or moving up and down the valley with their herds of pack animals, sheep and goats. It’s one of the valleys that is relatively easy to reach from Rawalpindi/Islamabad.
The mountain scenery, the dales, lakes, water-falls, streams and glaciers are the main reason to visit Kaghan. The Kaghan Valley extends for 155 km rising from an elevation of 2,134 meters to its highest point, the Babusar Pass, at 4,145 meters. Further north from Babusar Pass, a jeep track leads to Chilas, which is now on Karakoram Highway (the road that connects Islamabad to Xinjiang province of China via Gilgit, Hunza and Khunjerab Pass. Before Karakoram Highway was opened in 1978, the only road access to Gilgit was through Kaghan Valley.
Naran is the best base for treks and walks in the valley. There are options for accommodation and restaurants in Naran. Naran is best reached by jeep from Balakot some 200 km north of RawalPindi / Islamabad.
The peak season to visit Naran/ Kaghan
The best time to go for vacations to Naran/ Kaghan is extreme wintersThe best time to visit Naran Kaghan is in summers (May to September) because that is the time when you could mesmerize yourself by glancing the lush green mountains and fresh water streams and springs. The rout to Naran/ Kaghan is very beautiful if you go in summers. In summer it is possible to continue to Gilgit Valley – one hell of a trip with incredible views – but roads are not always in tiptop condition so it may involve some hard work to get to the other side of the mountains. Though it is tough to pay a travel to Naran/ Kaghan in winters but it is highly recommended because the whole site covers itself with snow and gives greatest view. People come with their families to enjoy the chair lifts that enable the tourists to view the snowy hills from a broader view. Tourists from across the country and globe prefer to visit Naran/ Kaghan in winters to enjoy skiing. The biggest challenge to go to Kaghan/ Naran in winters is the route that is mostly stuck due to heavy snowfalls. The road beyond Naran, snow-bound throughout the winter, is open right up to Babusar Pass. Movement may be restricted Naran/ Kaghan during the monsoon season due to heavy rains and landslides.
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