Pakistan’s masterpieces of natural beauty and diverse tourist destinations are world-famous. The northern part of Pakistan is especially a favorite destination for local and foreign tourists. The natural landscapes of the eastern and northern parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are very attractive.
Naran is a small town located within the Kagan Valley, a part of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province. Naran is situated in Mansehra District. Naran is perhaps the foremost beautiful tourist spot in Pakistan which is 2500 meters above sea level.
Its beauty attracts tons of individuals, and intrinsically it’s a well-liked resort for tourists and trekkers. The weather in Naran remains cold the entire year. The snow on the mountain tops never melts, even within the months of June and, July there are glaciers, and therefore the mountains are covered with snow.
This beautiful valley is easily accessible from Mansehra, Abbottabad, and Balakot. Naran can be easily reached from Balakot by local transport or private means. Along the way are the beautiful towns of Paras, Shino, Kiwai, Jarid, and Mahendra. Naran is 24 km away from Kaghan.
Climate of Naran Valley
The weather is usually overcast all year round. In winter along with heavy snowfall, the temperature stays in the negative in naran valley. When there is heavy rain in summer, the temperature does not exceed 15 degrees Celsius. In summer there is a rush of tourists. Tourists are allowed to come here from the beginning of summer to the end of autumn.
Internet and connectivity near Naran Valley
Naran Valley is a popular tourist destination that receives thousands of visitors every day during the peak season, but don’t let yourself be fooled: connectivity is still a nightmare! Mobile signals are scarce and internet access is scarce, although some hotels offer Wi-Fi, but this does not meet the needs of consumers.
Top places to visit in Naran tour
Naran valley has many beautiful attractions.. I visited this place in summer 2017 and I can assure you that naran valley is very attractive and mesmerizing. First of all, let me introduce you to the beautiful places and lakes of Naran Kagan Valley.
Here are top 5 places to visit in Naran:
Saif al-Muluk Lake
Lake Saif al-Muluk is a very beautiful lake located on the northern shore of the Kagan Valley and is located near Naran in Saif al-Muluk National Park. Lake Saif al-Muluk is the crest of the Naran Valley at an altitude of 3224 meters above sea level.
It is one of the highest lakes in Pakistan, the beauty of which is exemplary. It is not possible for a black man to go to Naran and return without visiting Lake Saif al-Muluk. Saif al-Muluk was formed by glaciers that blocked the flow of the river through the valley.
The valley was formed during the Pleistocene period, about 300,000 years ago, when the area was covered with snow. Rising temperatures and falling glaciers left a major depression where glaciers once stood. Molten water was collected, and the lake came into being.
Siri Paye Meadows
Sri Pai Meadows is a lush green landscape covered with clouds and lush landscapes of snow-capped mountains. If you are going to visit Naran, you must visit Sri Pai Meadows. There is also a small beautiful lake called Sri Lake. The road from Naran to Sripaye Meadows is not in good condition, but it is an attractive place.
Babu Sar Top or Babusar Pass is a hilly pass at a distance of 70 km from Naran. Babu Sir Top is 4173 meters above sea level. It is the highest point in the valley, which is easily accessible by car. Babusar Pass connects Gilgit-Baltistan with KPK.
Babu Sar road is considered the second most dangerous read in Gilgit Baltistan. Many deaths each year are caused by mountain slopes that are among the most dangerous around the globe. The most common cause of death is car brake failure due to carelessness.
If it is said that Lalazar is one of the most beautiful places in Naran. So it wouldn’t be wrong. Lalazar’s other name is Valley of Blooming Flowers. This place is located at an altitude of 10246 feet above sea level. The best time to visit Lalazar is in the spring as you can see the beautiful flower blooms.
Lalazar also has a beautiful lake that offers a beautiful view during July and August. On the way to Lalazar, you can see many Snow Pigeons and Markhors. In addition, there are potato fields in Lalazar.
Kawai is also a mesmerizing place in Kaghan, which comes after entering Naran. Kawai is at a distance of 24 km from Balakot city.
Most of the tracks passing through Kawai village are covered with dense forests of pine trees. There are more chances of landslides in summer (especially in the rainy season).
Paye Lake is also accessible via the Kawai Pass, through Shogran. Furthermore, the lake is only accessible by jeep. On your way to Naran Kaghan Valley, you must not forget to stop in this beautiful village.
Best Time to Visit Naran Valley
The best time to visit Naran is because the roads are closed after a snowfall in other months. It is important to check that the roads are open before embarking on your journey. People who want to see fresh views after the snowfall should visit in late spring.
Naran is also a great choice for those who travel from the hotspots of Pakistan to the northern regions. And the best time for them to visit the valley is June to August. Keep in mind that there is a lot of rain in July and August and landslides also cause accidents.
Also, keep in mind the local holidays and avoid traveling on Independence Day and other such occasions as these occasions are very busy and before traveling during any religious holidays, do a thorough investigation. Also, some trekkers turn to Naran even in winter. Special permission has to be obtained to go to Naran in winter, and only professional trackers are allowed to go.
How long should we stay at Naran Valley?
According to our personal experience, you can visit all the major attractions in Naran within three days. But if you want to stay longer in this area, you can discover more. If you have extra time, you can continue your journey to other northern parts of Pakistan besides Gilgit Baltistan and Swat Valley. These areas are considered to be among the most beautiful in the world, and you will definitely want to spend more time in these valleys.
Road Safety near Naran Valley
As we mentioned above, the roads around Naran Valley are very dangerous, and only experienced drivers should drive the car. Also, avoid driving within the dark and during rainy weather. Landslides are the major factor of accidens.
You have to be very careful while passing through the narrow streets in Naran. it’s often very crowded and very easy to hit the car.