Kharkhari Lake: The Precious Jewel of Swat, Pakistan

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Kharkhari Lake: The Precious Jewel of Swat, Pakistan

The beautiful valley of Swat has abundance of valuable resorts of nature where one can find peace and respite from the never-ending struggle of life. Kharkhari Lake is believed to be one such place here upon which the Maestro of nature has spent additional time and effort to paint.

Kharkhari Lake is located in the north of Gabral valley. One can conveniently access it from Kalam through Passing Utror, Gabral, Khu, Chota Jabba and reach Bahandra with jeep or 4 wheeler. From the place of Bahandra hike trek to Kharkhari Lake start which takes up to one to two hours from Bahandra. For the adventurous kind, a walk in the romantic valley will unravel various new mysteries. The individuals who take temporary residency over here during the season of summer plow the open land and harvest potatoes and turnips, which are popular all over the country for its exotic taste. Some regional people can guide you and even take your luggage if properly paid. The mountains around this small valley are covered with snow and tall cedar and pine trees and meandered by distinctive streams and torrents. The inhabitants are friendly and give you guidance if required.

The trail to the lake from Bahandra is convenient to follow as a huge stream flows down from the lake, which mingles with River Swat in Kalam valley. It goes beside the stream and leads you to the Kharkhari Lake. The trail is a joy to walk on but accurate care should be taken because one accidental slip can prove fatal. Hence, wearing good quality shoes with gripping soles must be arranged in advance. The 1st hour walk is in a narrow valley beside the roaring stream but later the narrowness offers way to wideness and the valley begins expanding till you reach the Kharkhari lake.

 

 

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