They say once a year you should go somewhere you have never been before. Because to travel is to live. These 5 heavens in Pakistan will certainly leave you breathless. You will want to come back again I promise. Let’s begin.
Your journey to Naltar will begin upon leaving Karakorum highway by Gilgit and up the journey is a two-hour jeep ride because the track is so difficult you cannot take cars. Many people are hesitant because of the road conditions but trust me when I say,the beauty and treasure ahead are worth it.
Naltar is truly magical with its forests and fresh air. The three lakes are collectively known as Bashkiri lakes. The vast valley leading to the lake is lush green and you will see it attacks many Gujjar nomads with their livestock. They graze during the summer months.
So the first lake is Satrangi. Not even your wildest dreams will prepare you for what you will experience. Clear water, landscape, so many colors reflecting from the surface of the water. The pictures I took were not good enough to describe what I felt standing there.
The second Lakepari was different and bigger and people go on a boat ride which was fun. Also, there was a campsite along the lakeshore. The third lake has to be visited on foot because it is not accessible. It is a 45-minute trek. You will enter a ‘maidan’ 10 minutes into it and far ahead I could see the snow capped mountains. The air grew steadily colder but still determined we moved on.
At last the most beautiful Firoza lake came into view and my excitement grew. It was breathtaking. Sitting on my slope it seemed the lake and the maidan flowed side by side in harmony. On my way back I was already on the conclusion that this was life-changing.
Some places live in our hearts and baboon is certainly one of them. Lushgreenmeadows and tall trees reaching for the clear sky. Breathtaking is the word. I even saw horses running; it seemed to come straight out of a movie.
Baboon is in Neelum valley, from Islamabad it takes 4 hours to reach muzaffarabad that is the gateway to Azad Kashmir. From muzaffarabad to kutton, theroad leads to khillun and then destination baboon.
I mostly spent my time walking in the meadows with cattle grazing and soaking in the white snowy patches. It’s the kind of place where you can rest and meditate, as weird as it sounds. It is peaceful and beautiful at the same time. Definitely go there if you want to clear your mind and soul.
The next on the list was Dudipatsar. It is a lake that circles the Lulusar natural park. It lies in kaghan valley Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The park and lake are accessible for four months a year from June to September.
During the first phase of the journey, the road was alright and can be traveled by an ordinary vehicle. Onward a good jeep is needed. The trip is amazing. ‘Dudi’ means white, ‘pat’means mountains and ‘sar’Means Lake.
Go in the month of July, the lake is lush greenish blue and the landscape green. Again I found myself surrounded by snow capped mountain peaks and air cold. But all of the traveling was worth it. There are many other lakes in the valley and it is said that Dudipatsar is more beautiful than lake saiful maluk. Although both lakes are beautiful in their own aspect.
The park near it has snow leopards, lynx, marmot, black bear and more. This wildlife and the wetlands are very important for the ecosystem there, and definitely a unique experience.you will definitely want to visit this heaven again.
Karimabad is the capital of the amazing Hunza district. It is said to be the top 5 tourist attraction in Pakistan and I agree. It’s beautiful a vibrant.
You can go by bus that drops outside the city to protect it from pollution. One plus point is hotels are easily available. After checking into your hotel, you can set out to tour this magnificent city. Along the way, you will pass by many houses that are thousands of years old. If you are a dreamer like me you will want to touch and feel everything, soak in the history and beauty.
The main valley is surrounded by mountains and divided into levels. The valley named after Prince Karim Aga Khan is home to mountains like Rakaposhi (7788 m) and Ghenta peak (7090 m).
While roaming and looking at shops you can eat a number of apricot delicacies that are a staple in the region. All year round you can see a lot of tourists there especially in summer.
The valley in front of me was lush and alive with apricot, walnut and apple trees. The air filled with the smell of fresh fruit that will make you feel welcome. It is a beautiful mix of nature, tradition, and civilization. Fit for a prince indeed.
Chitta Katha Lake is located in Shounter valley, Azad Kashmir administered by Pakistan. It is located at the elevation of 13,500 feet (4100 m).
From Islamabad to Muzaffarabad it will take 3 and a half hour on personal transport. Then from Muzaffarabad to Kel, it takes 11 hours on Bus, and about 9 hours on your own vehicle. Then you can travel from Kel to Chitta Katha Domel and Chitta Katha Lake which is about 7-8 hours away.
It is a beautiful area, high up in the mountains. With a lake that has so many colors that you will get lost in its beauty. It lies between snowcapped mountains reaching for the sky. The road leading to Khata Lake maybe tough but it is also an adventure to brag about.
There is a small hotel at Kel, Ajk Tourism Resort Kel , you can stay and plan accordingly.
What are you waiting for, start your adventure.