Probably the most famous lake in Pakistan is Saif-ul-Malook. Located at the height of 3000 meter above sea level, this lake is truly a marvel of nature. People from all over the world visit this lake every year for its astounding beauty. A rough track connects the lake with the town of Naran.
A fairy tale is associated with this lake written by a well know Sufi poet Mian Muhammad Baksh according to which a prince named Saif-ul-Malook fell in love with a fairy who used to come in his dreams. Once, the Prince sat on a journey to find his love, not knowing where actually the fairy lived. According to the legend, he met a saint who told him about a lake surrounded by mountains and where he would find the fairy. Many people believe in this story and claim to have witnessed fairies in the full moon night, but nothing is confirmed. The only thing that is for sure is that night of full moon is the night to visit the beauty and glory of Saif-ul-Malook, as the moon surrounding mountains and crystal clear water of the lake creates a dreamy and mesmerizing atmosphere that totally blows one’s mind. So if you are planning to visit the lake do make your plans according to the lunar calendar.
Jeeps are rented from Naran town to reach the lake and some adventurous people trek from town to the lake. On the way to the lake comes a glacier too, and you can actually walk on it, as it does not melt all year, that is a worthwhile experience too.
Malika Parbat is the highest peak in the valley and can be seen from the lake. The lake is surrounded by mountains and you can also enjoy glacier sliding on the lake, but be careful because you might end up in the lake itself. Boat riding is a must to have thing on the lake and you can row to the middle of lake and see the famous brown trout swimming in it. These trout are famous all over the globe and are a thing to die for. Trout found in lake can weigh up to seven kilograms.
Locals claim that the depth of the lake is more than one kilometer but there is no proof of it. If it’s really one kilometer then it must be named as the eighth wonder of the world because simply this depth is unimaginable. Many divers and teams have tried to find out the depth of the lake but none of them succeeded. It is an alpine lake, which means that the water of the lake is clear and there is no algae or mosses in the lake because they would not survive the depth.
Another lake is located few kilometers away from Saif-ul-Malook and is known as “ansoo jheel”, which means tear lake. It gets this name from the shape of the lake which is in the form of a tear. Horses and mules are rented to have a tour around this amazing Tear Lake too.
Once you plan to visit the splendors of Northern areas of Pakistan, don’t forget to stop by this amazing Lake Saif-ul-Malook – the true wonder of nature!