Naran, kaghan, Shogran is very famous touristic point in Pakistan even someone encountered in a problem of unavailability of hotels for staying in peak season. Actually Naran is a town of Kaghan Valley , Mansehra NWFP Province Pakistan. Mostly people stay here for going to famous spots like?Lake Saif-ul-Malook and Lalazar, Lalusar Lake, and Babusar Top. Naran Valley is very beautiful. Kunhar river flows along the whole valley which offers most amazing sceneries.I have been wishing for a long time to visit Naran Kaghan even I have visited many remote areas of very beautiful NWFP province. Last week I decided to visit Shogran, Naran Kaghan. I could skip SHOGRAN as it is in the way of Naran But it also a very beautiful place I dont want to missed it. However I started my journey on Saturday 30 june 2012 for Shogran, Naran Kaghan.
1. July 2012 – Explore Shogran, Sri and Paye and then move to Naran for night stay2. July 2012 – Full day for Lake Saiful Malook3. July 2012 – Visit Babusar Top and Lulusar Lake4. July 2012 – back to home.
I had started my journey from Lahore at 7:00pm. My first destination was Shogran so I took a bus for Mansehra from Lahore Niazi Bus station. Their services of buses is very good and comfortable. However next morning I was at Mansehra 6:30am and ready to heading next destination. Frugality while travelling is not very easy sometime you have to do a lot for budget travelling.
There was no vans or buses for KIWAI. There were some vans but the problem is that there is rule when whole seat of van filled with passenger then they depart. Ohh. I had plane to reach Shogran till 9:00am. There was one option to hire a private cab or taxi to reach there but it will increase my budget. i came on first option and waited for near about 1.5 hours. During that time I went to a local hotel for breakfast and took some eatables as I heard the eatables in Shogran is very expensive. Finally the whole van filled with passengers and I headed to Kiwai.
How to reach here
any one can reach here from any part of the country Mansehra city is base point. suppose you are coming from Karachi or Islamabad, Multan just arrive here in Mansehra and head to any destination. i suggest Mansehra city because its a big bus terminal where you can hire any type of vehicle.
My rout was
Lahore to Mansehra 8 Hours
Mansehra to Kiwai 2 Hours Approximately
Kiwai to Shogran 1 hour Jeep or Cab track
Shogran to Sri Paye 1.5 Hours Jeep Track
Kiwai is mid point for Shogran and Naran. you can turn for Shogran or head to Naran. So I stoped at Kiwai for next destination Shogran. From Kiwai any one can hire a Jeep to reach Shogran and then Sri and Paye as it is rough track. Jeep cost was same for one person or 6 person so I gathered 4 person more to reduce the cost of Jeep travel. If I hired whole jeep sure it would increase my budget. so I saved a lot.
There are many Hotels where you can stay. It is hard to show the rate of Hotels its totally depend on season, rush of people, weather etc. I heard from a friend that he stayed in Pine Park Hotel for 500 per day in winter and the rate of this hotel in summer 10000PKR approximately. so you should good at bargaining.? you can find hotels from 3000 to 15000 PKR.
Jeeps are commonly use here so you have to hire a jeep for getting around. A Jeep can be hired for 3500PKR for kiwai to Shogran and Sri Paye. Or 2000PKR from Shogran to Sri Paye and then back to shogran. 6 to 7 persons can easily sits in Jeep.
I did not see many restaurants in this area however you can find many shops where you can buy eatables. So there is only 5 to 6 good restaurants. One time food cost can be 200PKR to 800PKR.
Money Saving tips
Try to dont buy any food item or eatables from Shogran or Sri paye because the food prices are very high in this area. Can you imagine a 1.5 letter bottle of Pepsi is for 120 PKR which you can buy from markets in 70 PKR.
You have to hire a jeep for getting around If you are 1 or 2 persons then gather 5 to 6 person so that your fare of jeep distributed on each person.
Hotels rates are expensive here after spending a day ?you can go to Kaghan or Naran so that you can find good economical hotel.