The lake is fabled for its association with the story of the Persian prince Saif-Ul-Malook. The place has won accolades of tourists across the world for its haunting natural beauty and the history adhered to it. The place seemed to be the abode of the Almighty for the bounty of natural resources found there. The lake is located about 8 Km away from a town called the Naran, which is at the end of the Kaghan Valley. The Kaghan Valley belongs to the district of Mansehra in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The lake prides itself for being the highest lake in Pakistan located at a height of 10,580 ft. above the sea level and a surface area of about 3.6 Km.
Nature at its best in Lake Saif-ul-Muluk
The Lake Saif-ul-Muluk is a cynosure of attraction to tourists from all parts of the world. The shape of the lake is oval with a bedazzling effect of sunrays on its blue water. The climate keeps changing throughout the year. At times the sun hides behind the cloud and the temperature falls down as it starts raining. During the winter months the water becomes frozen rendering a serene beauty to the surrounding. As sun rays falls on the water of the lake an eye catching interplay of different shades of color mesmerizes the spectators. The Lake is nestled in the east by the Malika Parbat, which is also the highest peak of the Kaghan Valley. Due to the diameter of the lake, which extends up to a mile, the spectacle can be viewed conspicuously. The background of the snow capped mountains that feed the lake with crystal clear water forms an awesomely picturesque panorama, with various flora and fauna around the lake. It is a home for a large number of unnamed birds and animals. The famous trout fish is found in abundance in this area.
As we climb towards the lake we have a rendezvous with some awe- inspiring glaciers en route to Lake Saiful-ulMaluk. It is a trekker’s paradise as the route to the lake is steep and rugged but exciting if it is ventured with cautiousness. As the water falls into the Kunhar River from the glaciers it renders an evocative beauty to the surroundings. It is indeed a thrilling experience as the cold drops of water touches the body of the tourists while moving towards the lake.
Tourist attractions in Lake Saif-ul-Maluk
This place is regarded as the fifth best tourist spot in Pakistan according to a survey of a renowned travel magazine. In a sunny day the waters of the lake shimmering in an array of colors attract tourists across the length and breadth of the country and abroad. The vast eco diversity of nature also adds to the exquisiteness of the place. The Malika Parbat located at a height of 17,360 feet above the sea level at the backdrop in the east of the lake, the Kaghan Valley, which is an extension of the Himalayas in the west makes this place a tourists’ delight. The fable of a Persian prince written by the famous Sufi poet Mian Muhammad Baksh who has rendered the place its name, it is the reason for tourists thronging to Lake Saif-ul-Maluk. It is said that Prince Saiffell in love with one of the fairies that came down in the lake in a night of a full moon. Since time immemorial it is believed that the same fairies still visit the lake in a full moon night. Besides the other sources of enjoyment for tourists,are boating in Lake Sail-ul-Maluk.
By paying 200 rupees any person can enjoy boating in the un-fathomed waters of the lake. However for boating, visitors should be careful about the depth of the lake. Also they should take extra prevention, as life jackets are not available here. Trout fishing is also an enjoyable activity in this place. On availing a valid permission from the department of fishery, any visitor can experience the thrill of fishing brown and rainbow trout in the crystal water.
Weather around the lake
The climate here is very pleasant and congenial for tourists and trekkers. From June to August is the best time for trekking and trips. The temperature remains around 15 degree Celsius but due to rainfall the temperature can drop as low as to 3 degree Celsius.
How to reach Lake Saif-ul-Maluk?
The road to lake is via Naran, where jeeps are available that take the visitors to the destination on payment of Rs. 2000 approximately. By road it takes about an hour. For those who wish to cover the distance by trekking it takes about five hours along a beauteous, rugged mountainous terrain.