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Saturday, August 06, 2011

Naran Tour 2011

The north of Pakistan is so much blessed with natural beauty. Visiting these places every time brings all the more excitement. A little attention paid by the government to these areas can be quite beneficial for tourism and thus generate revenue as well but to our utter disgust it came to pass that there was little work being done in this regard, even the roads where getting repair work at a few points only, let alone the construction of the off-road part from Jalkhad to Babusar Pass.
Our trip consisted of three night stay at Naran, we stayed at the Sarhad Tourism Hotel right by the side of Naran city road. I shall post pics with commentary.
Last year I visited Naran at the start of season, that was entirely a different in fact more exciting experience. You would come across road surrounded by glaciers from both sides. Especially the track to Jalkhad had many such spots. Even the lake Saiful Muluk gave a breath taking view. Some pics from last year.
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Compared to that last year, the road to Naran this time was in a bit worse condition. At one place there was a whole mountain that had slid away the road, work was in progress but the road condition was too much for our low ground clearance cars, Civic and Camry.

About 15km away from Naran we came across this amazing rock. Wonders of Allah's greatness, the name of Prophet Muhammad Sallaho Alihe Wasalm appeared on two rocks. 

Day 1

We hired two jeeps to take us to Babusar Pass. I have been as far as Lulusar lake before so Babusar Pass was a new place and an exciting one. The journey from Naran to Jalkhad is 40k carpeted road journey which takes less than one hour time. From Jalkhad to Babusar Pass there is jeep track of abour 35km. During our visit we didn't see any road construction work in progress in this area.

Some pics on way to Jalkhad:



This part of the road is pretty good. You want to drive fast here unless you are on a jeep as we were:



Jalkhad is the last place before reaching Chillas where you can have something to eat. But they only offer meat, daal or channa here, no chicken. Those who prefer chicken on such trips should keep this in mind.
At Jalkhad:

Yes those cups are being washed..


 


A journey of about more than two hours takes you to Lulusar lake, its diameter is 3km wide:




Some random pics:




Refreshment time..
The lake Lulusar is at a hight of about 11200 feet. This is the biggest lake of Naran valley. At a place nearby called Porbinar, the Birtish had martyred several Muslims so some also call this place as Shaheed Kath.

The Babusar Top is at a height of 13500+ feet. Across babusar Pass you come to view several mountain giving a breathtaking view. It takes about 4 hours to get her from Naran. The road is under construction here and when it is completed it will be the new route to the Karakoram Highway. Our jeep driver told us that this road has been used in the past as well fora route to China.
We had some snow fall here during our visit. At the edge of the mountain blows a very cold wind at a very high speed. I assume that the wind's speed was not at all less than 120km/h I can tell you that because I have felt that much drag of air while riding my bike.

Chillas is not too far from here. The road to Chillas is proper, we were told, and it takes one and a half hour to get there. The road to Chillas:

Some remains of a glacier at Babusar:





Below is a polo ground near the village Gitti Das. Above this place are the mountains shadowing the magical Fairy Meadows:




I saw this pic some time ago. Someone has been there on bicycle, now thats called adventure. The mountain covered with cluods is the Babsar Top. Torward right would be the mountains of Fairy Meadows:

Here is a video clip of the view from Babusar Top. The wind blows extremely fast here. I reckon, its speed was not less than 120km/h, I could hardly keep the camera straight due to fast wind:


Day 2: Lake Saiful Muluk

The road to Lake Saiful Muluk was in worse condition than before. Two jeeps cost us Rs. 1600 each. The journey was roughly of about one hour.

What I didn't like about the lake this time was that it was too much corwded, its beauty marred by the boats floating in it. Becuase of the waves caused by the boats you cannot view the reflection of the mountains in it any more, which was the real beauty of the lake. See the difference yourself:

Last Year at start of the season

This year

We did a round tour of the whole lake which took us about an hour and forty fie minutes including the time spent in taking pics:



Food at Naran is always great:


Poor chicken was eating daal a while ago and now 

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

ZAbarDAST YAAR

Anonymous said...

Great tour Malik sb, I reckon!!!
Sam, Lahore

Atta Karim said...

Gr8 yar Nice Pics...wandering in fairyland.... Talha and you there where is Abrar?

Atta Karim

S.P - Biker Next Door said...

If only we could come down there without much issues..

It looks an awesome place to tour on motorcycles