Here at Allshore, we like to be as educated as possible when it comes to our Pakistani team members and their homes. One of the first surprising things I learned about Pakistan was how beautiful of a country it is. Given its geographical location, not many people expect it to be home to such diverse natural and manmade wonders.
In an attempt to decrease the distance between our U.S. team and our Pakistani counterparts, we have started a blog series titled “Travels Through Pakistan.” In this series, we will feature travel destinations across the beautiful country of Pakistan.
Today’s destination is Naran Valley.
For this installment, I decided to take a slightly different approach. Naran is one of the favorite travel spots of Allshore’s Lahore branch manager, Ahmed L., so I asked him to share his experience.
Allshore’s Pakistani team members have even taken two company trips to Naran, one of which you can read about here.
Located in the north of Pakistan, Naran is a relatively small but beautiful destination for travelers.
Its small size and location originally kept Naran from being much of a tourist destination, but more recently, after realizations about the site’s beauty, access to the valley has improved with government-constructed roads. The valley still poses periodic travel problems, like heavy snow or landslides, so it is still not accessible year round. Additionally, glaciers located near roads on the way to Naran provide potentially dangerous obstacles, especially when they are melting. However, tourism has still increased significantly in recent history.
Surrounded by the tall Himalayan Mountains, the valley features a river and a number of lakes, including popular destinations Ansoo Lake and Lake Saif-ul-Maluk. Even with their popularity, both of these lakes are actually pretty difficult to reach. Ansoo can only be reached by hiking, while Saif-ul-Maluk is only accessible from a treacherous road lined with large glaciers.
Naran offers a number of outdoor activities, including camping, fishing and hiking. There are also quite a few hotels to accommodate travelers in the region. However, it is not uncommon for these hotels to have no vacancy, due to the high frequency of travelers in the region.
In addition to hotels, restaurants and shops in the valley offer visitors authentic cuisine and souvenirs.
The ideal time to visit Naran is summer, as that is when the weather is most favorable. The cooler temperatures and mountain air provide an excellent break from extremely hot cities like Islamabad and Lahore.
Ahmed said it is best to spend at least three days at Naran, taking in the fresh air and incredible scenery.
Thousands travel to Naran each year, and for good reason. Its diverse natural beauty and atmosphere make it an excellent spot for travelers of all kinds.
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Naran_Valley.jpg Author: Manal Ahmed Khan
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