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Monday, 16 July 2012

Prince of Persia, Lake Saiful Muluk – Pakistan

Lake Saiful Muluk is a lake located at the northern end of the Kaghan Valley near Naran. A fairy tale called Saiful Muluk, written by the famous sufi poet Mian Muhammad Bakhsh, is associated with the lake. It is the story of prince of Persia who fell in love with a fairy princess at the lake. The impact of the lake beauty is of such extent that people believe that fairies come down to lake in full moon.

Tourists reach at Lake Saiful Muluk 10,578 ft (3224 m) above sea level in Kaghan Valley. 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 Pakistan) during the summer months.

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People usually come here before sunrise because it is at that time, when the surrounding mountain sees their image in the lake. It is said that the scene is really worth all the pain that one gets in reaching at that place. A guide told me that normally the foreigners come to watch that scene. It is too cold at the lake that one has to be overtly precaution in wearing warm clothes. The water at the lake is too cold that no body can stand it for more than 1 minute. Though all of us tried to have a bet with the guide but after around 30 seconds when our mind started losing our body we have to give up the very idea. May be next time we would have a better chance. There are a couple of restaurants that offer good food and you can enjoy that. The whole lake is worth visiting wholly and that is if you are having time. It takes you about 2hrs to complete a whole round of lake. But there are numerous Khachars available and they take a very less amount for that. If you are curious to get some very good snaps then do visit it as you can find some astounding scenes.



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