Naran Travel Guide

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Naran Things to Do

  • Lake Saif-ul-Maluk

    A trip to Kaghan Valley is incomplete without a visit to legendary Lake Saiful Maluk. The lake is named after prince Saif-ul-Maluk who fell in love here with a fairy from the mountains. It is 9 km away from Naran. Situated at a height of 10,500 feet from sea level. Take a Jeep from Naran. It takes almost an hour from Naran to Saif-ul-Maluk. Do...

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  • Shogran

    Shogran is one of the most beautiful Plateaus in the valley. It is situated at a distance of 34 km from Balakot. On the way from Balakot to Naran, there is a place called KEWAI. Take a side road on the right after passing through Kewai. From there it will take you around 30 minutes to reach Shogran. Shogran is 7 km from Kewai. SHOGRAN is a very...

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  • Lalazar

    Lalazar is extremely picturesque landscape at an elevation of 3200m (10400 feet). It is scenic spot with thick forest of pine & fir. It is also a full day trip like Saiful Maluk. One day you can go to explore Saiful Maluk. Next day you can plan a trip to Lalazar. It is 21 km away from Naran. A jeep will take around 1:30 hour to Lalazar via...

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Naran Restaurants

  • Erum Hotel

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Food at Erum hotel is really good. Their open air Bar-B-Q with huge sitting space is very popular. If you want to eat good Pakistani, Continental or Chinese food then simply go to Erum Hotel's resturant. Their breakfast items are simply the best. I would strongly recommend their Halwa, Puri with Chana ( the traditional Pakistani breakfast ).

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  • Royal Hotel

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Food at Royal hotel's restaurant was really nice. I had most of my meals there, during my stay in Naran, for the same reason. Prices were reasonable, food delicious and service better then rest of the restaurants. The restaurant used to close at 10 p.m. Their chicken chowmin and chicken corn soup are really good.

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  • Delicious food at Erum Hotel, Naran

    Food at Erum hotel is really good. Their open air Bar-B-Q with huge sitting space is very popular. If you want to eat good Pakistani, Continental or Chinese food then simply go to Erum Hotel's resturant. Their breakfast items are simply the best. I would strongly recommend their Halwa, Puri with Chana ( the traditional Pakistani breakfast ).

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Naran Nightlife

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  • A Walk in the Main Bazaar.

    There is as such no special night life or activity in Naran. You can just enjoy and move around in main bazar. Or you can just watch tourists making deals with jeep guys for next day trips. You can also watch people busy in dinning at restaurants or shopping at huts. Dress properly as the local culture is conservative. No shorts and sleeve less...

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  • Non-Alchoholic wine and ...

    Its not easy to get daily use items in Naran and Shogran. But you can easily get imported non-alchoholic wine and condoms in almost every second shop. I was really surprised and asked the shop keepers. They told me as these two items are always in great demand as most of people come there for fun.

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  • Hanging around in Main Naran Bazar

    There is as such no special night life or activity in Naran. You can just enjoy and move around in main bazar. Or you can just watch tourists making deals with jeep guys for next day trips. You can also watch people busy in dinning at restaurants or shopping at huts. Dress properly as the local culture is conservative. No shorts and sleeve less...

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Naran Transportation

  • PTDC Bus

    Road condition from Islamabad to Naran is good. From mid-June onward the road to Naran is open for regular cars, vans and coaches. So people who want to take their own cars, should not hesitate. You may find few patches bad but still drivable. A couple of glaciers which may block the road in the early season (before June). If you are driving,...

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  • Getting around Naran

    You can reach Naran via PTDC Bus, Van or Personal conveyance easily, because road is in good condition till Naran & remains open from June till October.For further excursion from Naran to Saiful Maluk, Lalazar etc. you will need a jeep. A jeep charges Rs.2500 for a return tour to Saiful Maluk.They charge Rs. 4000-4500 for Lulusar Lake & Rs....

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  • How to reach Naran (Transportation)

    Road condition from Islamabad to Naran is good. From mid-June onward the road to Naran is open for regular cars, vans and coaches. So people who want to take their own cars, should not hesitate. You may find few patches bad but still drivable. A couple of glaciers which may block the road in the early season (before June). If you are driving,...

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Naran Shopping

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  • Namdas and Carved Walnut handicrafts

    Kaghan is well known for its woolen shawals and "Namda" (woolen rugs). Carved walnut handicrafts are also available and could be nice gift. Great varieties of handicrafts are available. artificial jewelry and gems are also available but prices are very high. Bargain as much as you can to get the deal.

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  • Not a shopping paradise...but!

    Majority of the shops sell basic necessity items or are small time cabins/restaurants. However there are shops that carry local/traditional handicrafts such as shawls, clothes, artifacts, wood work, etc.Ground rule: Always haggle...never pay the price being asked.

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  • Namdas and Carved Walnut handicrafts

    Kaghan is well known for its woolen shawals and "Namda" (woolen rugs). Carved walnut handicrafts are also available and could be nice gift. Great varieties of handicrafts are available. artificial jewelry and gems are also available but prices are very high. Bargain as much as you can to get the deal.

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Naran Local Customs

  • Do not shake hand with women

    Do not shake hands with women as they do not like it. They would get away from you even if you try to talk with them. Don't even try to take their photograph as they feel offended and your camera might be taken away by their men. These men are very agressive and you might get in trouble so be aware.

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  • Repect

    The locals of Kaghan valley are predominantly Gujars, who are peaceful people. They know that their survival depends exclusively upon a good tourist season...as this valley is open for 3-4 months only. They are also nomads when in the summer time they take their herds from the lower valley to the higher alpine region, and stay their for months....

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  • Do not shake hand with women

    Do not shake hands with women as they do not like it. They would get away from you even if you try to talk with them. Don't even try to take their photograph as they feel offended and your camera might be taken away by their men. These men are very agressive and you might get in trouble so be aware.

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Naran Warnings and Dangers

  • Heavy Landslides

    One used to enjoy trip to Naran on a wonderful wide n carpeted road built by FWO. The road has totally vanished after October 08, 2005 earthquake. Temporary road is been made but it often gets closed after aftershocks coz of land slides. River Kunhar keep on moving along the road, some time parallel the to road and some time hundreds of feet...

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  • Shortage of Medicines

    Make sure that you have all necessary medicines with you if your destination is Kaghan, Naran or Shogran. There are no medicines, medical store and hospital in this area where you can go incase of emergency. The only nearby hospital used to be three hours way in Balakot, the city that has disappeared from this world after October 8, 2005...

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  • Bring all necessary medicines

    Make sure that you have all necessary medicines with you if your destination is Kaghan, Naran or Shogran. There are no medicines, medical store and hospital in this area where you can go incase of emergency. The only nearby hospital used to be three hours way in Balakot, the city that has disappeared from this world after October 8, 2005...

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Naran Tourist Traps

  • Be aware of Rent-a-jeep Brokers

    Rent-a-jeep is one of the most popular business in Naran as the city serves as base for all near by tourist spots. Many drivers with their jeeps wait in main bazar for tourists to come and get a deal. One thing which is very important is that you should talk directly with driver about how much he is gonna charge. Never ever get any tout or third...

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  • Pollution

    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...

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  • Be aware of rent-a-jeep brokers...

    Rent-a-jeep is one of the most popular business in Naran as the city serves as base for all near by tourist spots. Many drivers with their jeeps wait in main bazar for tourists to come and get a deal. One thing which is very important is that you should talk directly with driver about how much he is gonna charge. Never ever get any tout or third...

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Naran What to Pack

  • Check List for Trekking & Camping Trip...

    Personal Use Items / Clothingo Large size rucksack to carry all required trekking gearo Day Pack to carry camera, snack pack and rain jacket etc.o Sleeping Bag of good quality to face cold temperature at nighto Close cell foam mattresso Trekking boot well broken and durable with strong rubber sole.o Camp sandals to use while in camping and...

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  • List of MUST items for Kaghan Valley

    Back packs are ideal. Do not bring those fancy bags with you because they might get damaged in this hilly area. Hiking shoes and sneakers are strongly recommended. Do not forget to bring umbrella as weather becomes really unpredictable once you are in tourist spots near naran. Sun glasses are also recommended. You must have sweaters and jackets...

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  • How many days are you going to spend?

    A good hiking bag would suffice. Something like a day bag. Enough to carry stuff for a day trip Jeans or cotton pants if you want to stay comfortable. Good waterproof hiking boots. Water proof jacket (ski jacket with thermal works great). Hat. For your personal hygine...shaving creams, toothpaste/brush, and ladies if it is that time of the...

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Naran Off The Beaten Path

  • Ansoo Lake & Sat Sri Mala

    aslamoalaikum ME "atif" visited ansoo jheel at 29 september 2009 with my friend "bilal". the path is very dangerous we hire two horses for the journey for 1000 rupees each. the view of jheel is very marvelous, beautiful and impressing. my friend is totally afraid during our journey because the path is very short and the hourse is fit on it and no...

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  • River Kunhar

    For beginners or people who just want to walk a short distance, a gentle walk starting from PTDC hotel, over a bridge takes you to the other side of River Kunhar. Veer left and follow the trail. A small track follows Kunhar for a short distance till you reach another make shift bridge (see picture). You cross it and enter the main market place....

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  • ansoo jheel

    aslamoalaikumME "atif" visited ansoo jheel at 29 september 2009 with my friend "bilal". the path is very dangerous we hire two horses for the journey for 1000 rupees each. the view of jheel is very marvelous, beautiful and impressing. my friend is totally afraid during our journey because the path is very short and the hourse is fit on it and no...

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Naran Sports & Outdoors

  • Rafting in River Kunhar

    Tourists coming to Naran consider it a must do activity. Adventure Foundation Pakistan has been organizing this activity for last few years. River Rafting can be done by paying nominal charges of Rs. 300, 500, 1000 only for a distance of 3, 5 & 9 km.According to a report published in June 2011, around 4000 tourists have enjoyed Rafting in Kunhar...

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  • Hiking Routes for Naran - Saiful Muluk

    Naran Valley is full of adventures. One can do Rafting in Kunhar River or go Hiking to Saiful Muluk through different routes. Here are few Trekking routes which start from Naran.Note: Altitude (Height from sea Level in Meters) is mentioned with each Location 1. Naran to Saiful Maluk via Chura GaliDuration : 2 daysStandard : EasyBest Season : June...

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  • Hiking / Trekking Routes Starting...

    Kaghan Valley is suitable & famous for Hiking, Trekking & Camping. Group of people interested in hiking can visit this valley. I am enlisting a couple of routes which start from Shogran. This is a very beautiful valley. Note: Altitude (Height from sea Level in Meters) is mentioned with each Location 1. Shogran to Kohori via MakraDuration : 3...

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Naran Favorites

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  • Visit to Naran Valley (forum reply)

    QUESTION: We (me and my wife) are planning to visit northern areas in late june and want to know whether the following plan looks fine: 2 nights in Balakot (including visits to Paras and River Kunhar) 2 nights in Naran (including visit to safe-ul-malik lake) 1 night in Shugran (including visit to Siri paey) Please advise us: - whether to...

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  • Tips about traveling to Naran

    Bonjour from Chitral,June, better time of the year to visit the region, July, August are wet due to monsoon and roadblocks are common.I didn't get your flies (machar) query, either you are asking about mosquitoes (Machar) or makhi (flies)?Above 2000 m, Malaria doesn't exist, so no worries.The main risk's roadblocks with kids, otherwise I don't see...

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  • Tip 5

    I met Tariq here. Tariq is a young man from Abbottabad come here with 5 friends all male, speak excellent English. Tariq was so nice, he is the one who called in the restaurant. He wanted to introduce all his friends to me for nothing except friendly chit chat, they treated us the yummy dinner as well....

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