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Eid Holidays: Naran and Kaghan Attract Domestic Tourists Amid Blossom of Flowers

Naran and Kaghan Valleys witnessed an influx of domestic tourists during the Eid holidays, drawing adventure sports enthusiasts, mountaineers, hikers, and families from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Punjab provinces. The breathtaking natural beauty, with blooming flowers and serene landscapes, provided a perfect escape from the heat of the plains.

A Haven for Nature Lovers
The picturesque valleys of Naran and Kaghan offered tourists a mesmerizing blend of natural wonders. Saiful Malook, Lalusir, and Anso lakes were the main attractions, captivating visitors with their crystal-clear waters and stunning surroundings. The moderate to erratic rainfall over the snow-clad mountains of Malka Perbath added to the scenic charm, making it a perfect destination for nature lovers.

Traditional Delights and Local Cuisine
Tourists indulged in traditional culinary delights such as Chappli Kabab, Paye, and Rice Polao while children played and enjoyed the vibrant atmosphere. The local cuisine added a unique flavor to the overall experience, making the trip memorable for many families.

Adventure and Exploration
Adventure seekers explored the famous Saiful Malook lake, known for the legend of Persian Prince Saiful Malook and fairy princess Badri Jamala. The journey to this oval-shaped lake, with its greenish-blue waters fed by the Malka Perbat glaciers, was a highlight for many visitors. Boating on the lake offered a tranquil experience, with the clean, glacier-fed waters leaving a lasting impression.

Enhanced Infrastructure and Accessibility
The improved road connectivity, including the Hazara Motorway, and the establishment of camping pods and jeepable tracks have significantly increased tourist flow to the region. The deployment of tourism police has further enhanced the safety and convenience for tourists, making it easier for families to explore the beauty of Naran and Kaghan valleys.

Ecotourism Initiatives
The KP Tourism and Culture Authority has established camping pods at various locations, including Sharan near Saiful Malook lake, to provide affordable accommodations for tourists. These pods, equipped with basic amenities, offer a comfortable stay for families at a fraction of the cost of private hotels.

Batakundi, Naran kaghan Valley, Pakistan

Expansion of Camping Pods
Due to the success of the camping pods, the government plans to install more at locations such as Jargo and Sulatanr in Swat, Lashkargha Broghal Valley and Surlaspur Shandor valley in Upper Chitral, Kumrat valley in Upper Dir, Laram Top and Shahi Bin Shahi in Lower Dir, Lilowani Alpuri in Shangla, Samanah Top in Orakzai/Hangu, and Kalam in Swat.

Development of Tourist Facilities
The KP government has established five tourist facilitation centers in Chitral, Donga Gali, Abbottabad City, and Peshawar. Efforts are also underway to develop waterfalls such as Lamchar, Sajkot, Noori, Chajjian Haripur, Jarogo Swat, Lanchar Dir, and Umbrella Abbottabad to promote ecotourism.

 

Integrated Tourism Zones (ITZs)
To promote sustainable tourism, the KP government has announced the construction of Integrated Tourism Zones (ITZs) in Ghanool Mansehra, Mankiyal Swat, Madaklasht Chitral, and Thandiyani Abbottabad with assistance from the World Bank. These ITZs are expected to create 200,000 direct and indirect job opportunities and attract significant investment.

Cable Car Project
A feasibility study for a cable car project from Dir Upper to Madaklast Chitral is nearing completion. This project, supported by the World Bank through the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Integrated Tourism Project (KITE), aims to boost tourism in the region.

Outsourcing of Rest Houses
The KP tourism department has outsourced rest houses in Batakundi Naran, Kund Parak Swabi, Malam Jabba Swat, Tanda Dam Kohat, Landakai Swat, and four cottages in Nathiagali Abbottabad to provide better accommodations for tourists.

Development of Colonial-Era Tracks
Four colonial-era tracks are being developed, including Thandyani-Nathiagali, Thandyani-Biringali, Dagri Bangla-Meera Jani-Nathiagali, and Kaghan-Mahnoor tracks. These tracks will offer tourists an opportunity to explore the region’s rich history and natural beauty.

Digital Promotion and Rural Economy
The government plans to showcase these picturesque destinations through digital and social media platforms to attract foreign tourists. This initiative aims to bolster the rural economy and project Pakistan’s soft image as a tourist-friendly country.

The influx of tourists during Eid holidays is a testament to the region’s growing popularity and the government’s efforts to promote tourism through improved infrastructure and facilities. As a result, Naran and Kaghan valleys are poised to become prime destinations for both domestic and international tourists.

 

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