Naran is a medium sized town in upper Kaghan Valley in Mansehra District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of the Pakistan. It is located 119 kilometers (74 mi) from Mansehra city at the altitude of 8,202 feet (2,500 m).
Naran is one of the most scenic places of Pakistan, attracting thousands of tourists, trekkers, photographers and nature-enthusiast, every year. The Kunhar River, swollen by glacier melt, passes through this town as it meanders its way through the valley.
Naran can be considered as base station to scenic destinations like Lake Saif-ul-Malook, Lalazar Babusar, Noori Valley and Purbi Valley. Shughal will take you on a virtual of Naran, Kaghan – so you can pack your bags and plan the real trip.
1. The absolutely stunning Lake Saif-ul-Malook, leaving you breathless
2. The Ansoo Jheel in Naran, Kaghan is a tear shaped lake – breathtaking!
3. The lush landscape along with a lake? Yup, that’s Lalazar – Naran, Kaghan
4. The Malika Parbat (Queen Of The Mountains) – is the highest peak in Naran, Kaghan
5. The City of Balakot (Gate of Kaghan Valley) – for rest-houses and hotels, along with places to shop
6. Noori Top, Naran – the gateway that connects Naran to Neelam Valley. So serene!
7. Dudipatsar Lake (Queen Of The Lakes) – is also a vital tourist spot in the Naran, Kaghan Valley
8. The Black And Blue Saral Lake, situated amid the Naran, Kaghan Valley
9. Fairy Land, Naran – was discovered by a tourist in 2014, doesn’t look like Pakistan, does it?
10. Hotels among meadows inside a lush valley? This is Batakundi, Naran
11. The Sat-Sar Mala Lakes (6 lakes in one place) – the epitome of merging waters
12. The Gitidas Lake, fresh waters and livestock as scenery? Too perfect!
13. The Kunhar River in Naran, as a bridge hangs above it for safe travels!
14. The snowy peaks of Babusar Top, Naran – One of the top tourist attractions!
15. The Jeep trek in Kaghan Valley is famous among seasoned tourists and newcomers
Naran, Kaghan is without a doubt one of Pakistan’s top tourist attractions for locals and foreigners. So when are you packing your bags and leaving for this fairy-land?
If you have ever been to Kalam, Pakistan, you know what we are talking about. 40 Km North of Kalam, is the picturesque Mahodand lake also known as the Lake of Fishes. Nestled between the mountains with a treacherous route, full of landslides, gravel and dirt roads. This lake is worth the trip north.
Here’s a view of the hidden jewel of Kalam:
1. The road to Mahodand Lake – Ushu River flowing alongside the road
2. The beauty of Ushu River which originates from Mahodand Lake, amazing to view
3. Entering paradise – Arriving at Lake Mahodand
4. Glide along the cool glacier waters in traditional canoes
5. The magnificent waterfall that sheds its water into the Lake
6. The valley where the glorious Lake Mahodand is located
7. With horses grazing on the lush green grass…this is truly a part of heaven
8. Crystal clear waters from the glaciers
9. Serene streams between little islands in the lake
10. View of the lake and the valley
11. View from above of the beautiful lake
12. Serene beauty of Mahodand jheel
13. Camp in the heart of beauty
14. Inlet on Mahodand Lake
15. Mahodand Lake the hidden gem of Kalam
Wouldn’t you want to enjoy a beautiful trip to Mahodand and drink in the beauty of this hidden gem?
A land that made history upon creation is also home to some of the most inspiring and driven women. Women who faced adversity head on and conquered. Such women that took one look at old stereotypes and said ‘so what’ and did what their heart desired.
In no particular order, here are just a handful of those amazing Pakistani women that are an inspiration for all.
1. Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is the first non-American that has won the Livingston Award for Young Journalists. She has won an Emmy and an Academy Award and also happens to be the first Oscar winner of Pakistan. She reached for the stars and got them. Truly a woman who is driven to succeed and inspires all to the same.
2. Maria Umar.
A woman who overcame the restrictions and stereotypes of women from KPK. Maria has not only changed her own life but the life of hundreds of women by enabling them to work online, she is the brains behind the venture ‘The Women’s Digital League‘.
3. Mashall Chaudhri
Through hard work and relentless effort, Mashal has given the low-income families of Pakistan a chance for a better future. Her goal is to provide education to these families in computer studies. She is the founder of Operations of Reading Room Project. By providing education in computers, she hopes to help raise them up from the slums they are in. By providing skills that will help them find jobs to better their lives.
4. Shaheena Waqar
Shaheena along with two of her friends are the brains behind the organization known asWomen Aid Trust. They provide vocational training to women in prison, such as sewing and computer classes. The goal is to motivate these women to change their life when they leave prison, by rebuilding their life by working hard rather than returning to a life of petty crime.
5. Farahnaz Zahidi
Farahnaz Zahidid is considered one of 15 of the most powerful female journalists. She has made it her goal to highlight issues regarding women, to make a better tomorrow for all the women.
6. Salma Habib
Truly a humbling young lady. Salma works with children from Karachi slums, using art as a way to have children express themselves. Her goal is to work with them and providing them with resources that will enable them to grow and find develop their skills.
7. Jehan Ara
An inspirational speaker and entrepreneur, brains behind PASHA (Pakistan Software Houses Associations). A company that provides the best software worldwide.
8. Sabeen Mahmood
Sabeen requires very little to be said about her, she was the owner of T2F (The Second Floor Cafe). She created a haven for people to voice their opinions, encouraging discussions. Sabeen was also the founder of ‘Peace Niche’ a non-profit organization that encouraged peaceful methods of solutions for resolving political conflicts. A woman that will always be remembered and missed dearly.
9. Ayesha Farooq
Not a woman to be messed with, Ayesha is Pakistan’s first female fighter pilot. She an inspiration to all the young girls out there who wish to stand up for Pakistan. She took age-old stereotypes and threw them all out of the window. Kudos Ayesha for achieving such success.
10. Muniba Mazari
Muniba never let her disability weigh her down. An outstanding artist that has shown grace and poise in front of adversity.
There are many more inspirational women that can be found in Pakistan. Women who are courageous and brave and face adversity head on. Kudos to all those amazing women.
Pakistan, home to a population of almost 200 million people, rich in culture and exotic places for tourism has faded under the dark clouds of terrorism and other mind-numbing concerns. However, let’s for once not highlight our slip-ups and focus on the brighter side of things. These exotic destinations will make you want to pack your bags and leave immediately.
1. A location amidst the Seven Kingdoms from Game of Thrones?