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Destinations

Tourist season of Kaghan Valley is middle of May to end of October. But summer climate (June to September) is ideal, with maximum temperature of 20 and minimum temperature of 5 degree centigrade.  Although the road beyond Naran is snowbound in winter, it is open right up to Babusar Pass from late June to late October. Late July or August is the best time to cross the Babusar Pass. Mid July to Mid August is monsoon season and vehicle movement is sometime restricted due to moderate to heavy rains in lower Kaghan and landslides.  The areas of lower Kaghan Valley such as Balakot, Kewai, Parash and Mahandari usually remain open throughout the year.

Destination of Kaghan Valley

The main continue to wards north. From Lulusar Lake, Babusar Pass is an other 20 kilometer drive. You pass through Gittidas which is the last summer settlement of Kaghan Valley.

At a distance of 72 km from Abbottabad, Balakot is the gateway to Kaghan Valley. The road to Balakot passes through the busy town of Mansehra.

From here Besal is 18 km which is a nomads’ settlement. Here Purbi Nar and Saeedullah Nar join Kunhar River. A road side restaurant offers tea and simple food to travelers.

Next two settlements on the main road to Naran are Jared and Mahandari. Jared used to be famous because of its furniture and handicrafts of walnut wood.

Kaghan is the town which gives the name to the valley. It is a permanent settlement and is located at a distance of 61 km from Balakot. Kaghan has a hospital, post office, police station and a small bazaar

Khanian is a small but attractive peaceful village on the right bank of Kunhar River. It is the starting point for a trip to Kamal Ban Forest and Dana Meadows.

Saiful Muluk is the top tourist attraction of Kaghan Valley, most visitors to Naran pay a visit to this legendary lake. Along the side valley to the east of Naran, a 10 km jeep track leads through a picturesque valley.

At 10,496 feet form sea level, Lalazar is extremely picturesque spot with thick forest of pine and fir. The grassy mountain slopes are full of wild flowers.

The town of Naran located at the elevation of 7,888 feet above sea level is the main  of hub of tourism in Kaghan Valley. It is located at a distance of 82 km from Balakot.

Back on the main road to Naran, 6 km further north of Kawai is the small town of Paras. The main bazaar consisting of some shops and road side restaurants is worth stopping to have a cup of tea or hot lunch.

The best part of Shogran’s visit is an excursion to Sari and Paya. An eight kilometer jeepable road goes through the thick pine forest climbing an other 2300 feet to the top of the ridge of Paya which is a lush green meadow

Paris is the starting point for a detour to Sharan which is located at a distance of 16 km from Paras and is assessable only by jeeps and is a place famous for its lush green meadows and thick pine forest.

A little ahead of Paras, Shinu is a place which has the hatchery of famous trout fish. This is one of the oldest hatcheries of KP Fisheries Department.

Shogran is one of the most beautiful plateaus in the whole area and it is situated at a distance of 34 km from Balakot via Kawai. To reach Shogran you need to take a side road on the right from the village of Kawai which is at 27 km from Balakot.