Naran is a famous medium sized town in the area of upper Kaghan Valley in the region of Mansehra District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. It is situated 119 km (74 mi) from Mansehra city at the elevation of 8,202 ft (2,500 m).
Naran is believed to be one of the most picturesque towns in the country of Pakistan, attracting several tourists, trekkers, photographers and nature-enthusiast, each year. The Kunhar River, swollen by the glacier melt, passes via this place as it meanders its path through the valley.
Naran can be believed as base station to amazing destinations such as Lake Saif-ul-Malook, Noori Valley, Lalazar Babusar and Purbi Valley.
The town of Naran has more than 100 hotels of several kinds ranging from luxurious hotels to very low priced motels. Tent motels are also available which rent family size tents to visitors to stay. Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) also has a motel located in the north of place which can accommodate persons on numerous tariffs, from average rooms to expensive huts besides the River Kunhar. A market also survives there where all primary necessities of life are present.
Naran is linked by Naran road from the city of Mansehra. In the tourist season, public transport runs every day between the cities of Manshera and Naran. Jeeps, rent a cars and taxis are also present from the city of Manshera to reach here. In the season of winter the road which leads to the town of Naran is blocked because of heavy snowfall and it is very complicated to reach there.
In the town of Naran, the climate is very warm and temperate. There is primary rainfall throughout the year in the region of Naran. Even the driest month yet has much rainfall. The average yearly temperature in the town of Naran is 10.1 °C. The town is Alpine in geography and weather, with dark forests and meadows surrounding the landscape below peaks that reach over the range of 17,000 feet.
Naran to the area of Lake Saiful Muluk dusty jeep track is nearly 9 kilometers in length with hiking tracks complicated level ranging from easy to medium. It can be toured by jeep in just 1 Hour. Average elevation gain is around 700meter.
Ansu is a very tear shaped high-altitude lake located adjacent to the region of Malika Parbat. It can be reached through 11 km trail beginning at the lake of Saif-ul-Malook. This trail can be categorized in 2 steps. a) 7 kilometers walk from till base of Malika Parbat. b) 4 kilometers hike up the mountain with average elevation around the 1000meters (3300 ft). It can be toured by Trekking in four to five Hour. Lake sustains to be approachable from early June till late November, with deteriorating weather making it complicated at start and end of season.
Lalazar is a plateau once famous for amazing wild flowers and soothing pine forests. Though recently cultivation of the vegetable potato and other corps decreased the natural beauty, but yet enchanting perspective of Malika Parbat and fresh meadows make it a worth visit. Lalazar can be reached via a muddy jeep track of one hour beginning from the area of Battakundi. Few persons give priority to trekking over riding the jeep. One popular, slightly trek begins from Lake Saif-ul-Malook through scenic Hans Gali ends at the area of Lalazar.
- – Balakot (Gate of Kaghan Valley)
- – Dudipatsar Lake (Queens of The Lakes)
- – Noori Top
- – Fairy Land [Place Discovered in 2014 by Shahzada Naveed]
- – Saral Lake
- – Battakundi
- – Sat-sar Mala Lakes (6 Lakes in One Place)
- – Gitidas
- – Ratti-Gali Lake (Lake is in AJK)
- – Gattian Lake (Lake is in AJK)
- – Lulusar Lake
- – Jalkhad (Mindblowing Place)
- – Sangal Lake [Lake Discovered in 2013 by Shahzada Naveed]
- – Katha-sar Lake (Lake is in Kohistan)
- – Sarkatha lake (Lake is in Kohistan) [Lake Discovered in 2013 by Shahzada Naveed]
- – Ghazi Sar (Awesome Place)
- – Babusar Top (End of The Kaghan Valley)
- – Maheen Lake (Lake is in Kohistan)