7 beautiful Lakes of Pakistan

Lulusar Lake

Lulusar is a group of mountain peaks and a lake in the Kaghan Valley,  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. It is one of the largest lakes of Pakistan.

The highest peak has a height of 11,200 ft (3,410 m) above sea level. Lulusar Lake also is a lake at 3,410 m (11,190 ft). The lake is 48 kilometers away from Naran on the Naran-Babusar road.

The lake is surrounded by snowcapped mountains, making it a natural tourist attraction.  In summers, when the surface reflects its surroundings sharply like a mirror, a large number of domestic and foreign visitors makes it a popular destination.

You can take any car to the Lake due to the carpeted road. Lake is right on the Road going to Chilas from Naran.

Lalusar Lake is the main source of the Kunhar River, which flows through the entire Kaghan Valley through Jalkhand, Naran Valley, Kaghan, Jared, Paras and Balakot until it joins the Jhelum River.

Lulusar Lake, Kaghan Valley

Saiful Muluk Lake

Saiful Muluk is a mountainous lake located at the northern end of the Kaghan Valley, near the town of Naran in the Saiful Muluk National Park. The lake is a source of the Kunhar river. At an elevation of 3,224 m (10,578 feet) above sea level, the lake is located above the tree line and is one of the highest lakes in Pakistan.Saiful Muluk is located in the Mansehra district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, about 9 kilometers (5.6 mi) north of Naran, in the northern part of Kaghan Valley. Malika Parbat, the highest peak in the valley is near the lake.

The lake is accessible from the nearby town of Naran during the summer season but access during winter is limited.

Saiful Muluk was formed by glacial moraines that blocked the water of the stream passing through the valley. The Kaghan Valley was formed in the greater Pleistocene Period dating back almost 300,000 years when the area was covered with ice. Rising temperatures and receding glaciers left a large depression where glaciers once stood. Melting water collected into the lake.

The Lake Saiful Muluk is named after a legendary prince. A fairy tale called Saif-ul-Muluk, written by the Sufi poet Mian Muhammad Bakhsh, talks of the lake. It tells the story of the prince of Persia named Prince Saiful Malook who fell in love with a fairy princess named Princess Badri-ul-Jamala at the lake.‎

Saif ul Maluk Lake, Kaghan Valley

Ratti Gali Lake

Ratti Gali Lake is an alpine glacial lake which is located in Neelum Valley, Kashmir, Pakistan at an altitude of 12,130 feet (3,700 m). The lake is fed by the surrounding glacier waters of the mountains.

As the lake is fed by glaciers, it does not have any designated inlets for springs and rivers and the route to the lake is easily accessible in the summer months. The nearest village settlement which serves as a base camp for the tourists who wish to visit the lake is Dowarian. The flora and fauna of the area are well known throughout the world. Small animals such as otters are usually visible during the trek and large birds such as hawks. Flowering plants cover the valley during the summer season but during the snowed months there is almost no shrubbery to be seen. However, the large trees continue to thrive.

Ratti Gali Lake, Azad Kashmir

Rainbow Lake

Rainbow Lake is in Domel Region of Gilgit Baltistan. It’s in the restricted area so you’ve to take NOC from the army to visit it.

To go to Rainbow Lake, You’ve to travel to Chillam Choki from Astore. Then after crossing Burzil Pass at a height of 13808 ft you enter into Region which is somehow part of Kashmir. The first town on the way is Minimarg where you get internet and all basic facilities. In winter, snowfall here is average 10-20ft. From Minimarg you can go to Domel in Jeep and its 45min-1 hr Jeep Drive. You reach the lakes after crossing a series of check posts.

The lake was known as Yeldram Lake. Over the years, the spectacular appearance of two rainbows after every rainfall and the presence of rainbow trout in its water made it be known as “Rainbow Lake”.

Rainbow Lake, Domel

Naltar Lakes

Naltar is a valley near Gilgit, Hunza, and  Nomal , Gilgit Baltistan in the Gilgit–Baltistan province of Pakistan. Naltar is 40 km (25 mi) from Gilgit and can be reached by jeeps. Naltar is a forested region known for its dramatic mountain scenery.

Skiing is a popular sport in the Mountains of Naltar. Ski resort of Naltar usually holds Ski competitions every year. There are two villages of Naltar valley; Naltar Bala, and Naltar Pine. Furthermore, Naltar Pine is at a distance of 34 kilometers (21 mi). And Naltar Bala at 40 kilometers (25 mi) from Gilgit. There is the main village known as Nomal between Naltar valley and Gilgit. A road from Nomal goes to ‘The Silk Route’ to China.

There are three lakes in Naltar Valley known as Naltar Lakes (Urdu: نلتر‎) or Bashkiri Lakes at an altitude ranging from 3050–3150 m. The first Bashkiri Lake is located at a distance of 12 kilometers (08 mi) from Upper Naltar (or the Naltar Bala).

The first lake is also called Satrangi Lake due to its unique blend of colors. Maybe the aquatic plantation is the cause for these colors.

Second Lake is also Called Blue Lake and it has a unique Azure color.

The road up to the lakes is a non-metallic dirt-road alongside a rivulet, flowing down the valley. The lakes are surrounded by dense pine forests, during winters it becomes almost impossible to reach the lake with any vehicle due to the heavy snow (10 to 15 feet high) on the road.

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