I visited Saif ul Muluk lake for the first time in May 2001, and there was only one cabin serving tea/parathas, and the lake was surrounded by beautiful lavender colored flowers. Jeeps were only allowed to park far away from the lake.
With mass and unchecked tourism, this beautiful lake now looks like a dump, a cesspool. This is so sad. In my last visit in July 2010, it looked like a dump. Jeeps all the way parked near the lake, a complete tent city cropped up on the bank of the lake serving all kinds of food items, juices, and cold drink. The lake itself was littered with plastic bottles, diapers, juice boxes, tissue papers.
The same is happening to Lulusar lake. We had to walk almost a mile to reach this lake, which was decked with yellow colored flowers and abundant of small sparrow like, yellow, red, blue birds. All this has disappeared now. The road now goes all the way to the lake, and vendors have started building confectionary shops on that lake as well.
If this trend continues, which it seems it will, we will deprive the natural beauty for our future generations.
Unique Suggestions: If you still want to visit this lake, I would suggest you go there at 0600 am in the morning. There will be almost no one there, you will see a beautiful sunrise, and mirror reflection on the lake. By 0900 am (during peak tourist season) the whole of NAran starts arriving.Related to:
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