Sunday, March 2, 2008

Jheel Saif-ul-Maluk ....Saif Ul Maluk

Lake Saiful Muluk, which is also known as "jheel Saif-ul-Maluk" is a lake located at the northern end of the Kaghan Valley near Naran in NWFP, Pakistan. It is one of the best place in Pakistan as well as in the whole world to visit. At an altitude of 3,224 m (10,578 feet) above sea level it is amongst one of the highest lakes in the world. It is famously known as lake of Angles. Local people beleave in thestory that in night of full moon, Angles came and visit this beautiful place.

I meed with most of the people who visit this lake and they say that This is one of the best place, where he/she traveled. Some one say that This is really a heaven, and they can't even think that any thing is more beautiful then this in the whole world.

The way of this lake is also very natural, The lake is accessible by a 14 km jeep road from Naran (which is accessible by a metalled road from Mansehra via Balakot and Kaghan) during the summer months. On foot, the trek from Naran to the lake takes about 4-6 hours. The water is clear with a slight green tone. The clarity of the water comes from the multiple glaciers all around the high basin feeding the lake which provides a good scenery. Malka Parbat that is shining in the lake is the biggest source. It is speculated that an underground river empties into the lake; which is why its depth is unknown. No one know actual depth of this lake, HOW AMAZING IS THIS....:)

A fairy tale called Saiful Muluk, written by the famous sufi poet Mian Muhammad Bakhsh, is associated with the lake, which discuss a prince who fell in love with a fairy princess. The impact of the lake beauty is of such extent that people believe that fairies come down to lake in full moon.

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