A wonderful excursion from Shogran is a visit to Sari Paya. From Shogran a road climbs through thick pine forest to the top of Paya ridge, a lush green meadow with spectacular view of Malika Parbat. View of Makra Top is also picturesque. Trekkers can also hike to Makra Top, which is around 2500 feet high from there.
Note: In local language of Kaghan Sari means small lake or pond. For example Lulu Sar (Lulu lake) & Dudipat Sar (Dudipat Lake). Similarly Paya means High grazing ground. They are not "Siri Payee" which means "Head & feet of cattle".
Seri Paya is a plateua above the hill station of Shogran. The views are breathaking. On one side are the Black Mountains of Kaghan Valley, and the other side gives you a view of Mt. Makra. One can also hike all the way to Mt. Makra (1 day hike).
At Paya there is a very small lake, and further up at Seri is the plateau.
Seri = head
Paya = leg
This visit is possible from Shogran. Best time to visit is early in the morning, as during peak tourist season, the place will become jam packed with visitors.
Paya is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to. Its at an altitude of 11,200 feet (3413.76 m) above sea level. Hire a jeep from Shogran Sri Paya by paying Rs. 600 ( US$10 appox ). Be prepared for the extra bumpy ride of an hour. Hike is also possible from Shogran but its gonna take you two n half hours. Keep in mind its very tough hike. You can also camp at Paya if you are in group with having all necessary equipment n stuff.
Once you reach Paya the discomfort of the journey is forgotten. You would find yourself surrounded by a spectacular view of lush green meadows, a lovely lake and three great mountains Makra 15,030 feet (4,581 m), Malka Parbat 17,156 feet (5,229 m) and Musa Da Musallah 14,498 feet (4,419 m).
You would feel your self out of this world once you reach at Paya. The feeling is like if you are on a fairy land. Most of people just sit at resturants at top but I would strongly recommend you not to do that because for real beauty of this spot you would need to hike a bit more. Then you can view the beautiful lake and lush green meadows. A trip to Paya is journey of life time, most beautiful and amaizing!
Sri and Paya are among the most beautiful places I have ever been to. Hire a jeep from Shogran by paying Rs.600 ( US$10 appox ) and after one hour of super bumpy ride you would be arrive at Sri. There is a green forest hut where you can sit and view this amaizing place.
Mostly this place is covered with thick clouds but the views are awesome. There is a small but very beautiful lake here. Jeep drivers usually give 15 minutes to enjoy the views here before leaving.
From Shogran, a steep climb through dense forest of fir and pine brings you to a plateau of great scenic beauty. Here on the grassy plains of Siri Payee one can experience the grandeur of Musa-ka Massala Peak (4,267m). Rest houses, hotels and huts for summer retreats are available for a tranquil holiday. There is also a lake there as well & You will see some huts of herdmen with their herds. You must visit this place to witness the natural beauty ok Kaghan valley. The road going up towards Siri & then Payee is very adventurious but very dangerous. On your left is the lofty razor sharp rocks & on your right thousand of feet down will be Shoran which you just left behind..So prepare yourself for the ultimate adventure..