Guide to Naran

Naran is one of the most scenic towns in Pakistan, attracting thousands of tourists, trekkers, photographers and nature-enthusiast, every year. The Kunhar River, swollen by glacial melt, passes through this town as it meanders its way through the valley.[1]


Kunhar river in Naran during the month of June as viewed from PTDC motel
Naran can be considered as base station to scenic destinations like Lake Saif-ul-Malook, Lalazar Babusar, Noori Valley and Purbi Valley.

Contents [hide]
1 Accommodation
2 Transportation
3 Weather
4 Hiking, trekking, and off-roading
4.1 Lake Saif-ul-Maluk
4.2 Ansu Lake
4.3 Lalazar
5 Gallery
6 See also
7 References
Accommodation[edit]
Naran has more than 100 hotels of various types ranging from high-end luxury hotels to very low priced motels. Tent motels are also present which rent family size tents to tourists to stay in. Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) also has a motel [2] situated in the north of town which can accommodate people on different tariffs, from average rooms to costly huts beside the River Kunhar. A market also exists there where all basic necessities of life are available.

Transportation[edit]
Naran is connected by Naran road from Mansehra. In the tourist season (1 June to 31 August) public transport runs daily between Manshera and Naran. Jeeps, rent a cars and taxis are also available from Manshera to reach here. In winter the road which leads to Naran is blocked due to heavy snowfall and it is very difficult to reach there.

Weather[edit]
In Naran, the climate is cold in winters and mild cool in summers. There is significant rainfall in summers and heavy snowfall in winters. Even the driest month still has a lot of rainfall. The average annual temperature in Naran is 10.1 C. The region is Alpine in geography and climate, with forests and meadows dominating the landscape below peaks that reach over 17,000 feet. Following is the weather history of Naran

 

To Elevation Distance
ISLAMABAD 1650 000
ABBOTTABAD 4150 115
MANSEHRA 3218 139
THANDIANI 8675 165
NATHIAGALI 8250 200
BALAKOT 2918 201

 Distance from BALAKOT

To Elevation Distance
BALAKOT   000
KAWAI   24
SHOGRAN   34
KHANIAN   56
KAGHAN   61
NARAN   85
LAKE SAIF-UL-MULUK   95
LALAZAR   106
BABUSAR PASS   161