Winter tourism shines in KP as Naran, Kaghan attract snowfall lovers

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The winter tourism has reached to its peak in Upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa especially in Hazara and Malakand divisions where an influx of tourists and adventure sports lovers have arrived to enjoy snowfall and delicious trout fish with their families.

Following the Met Office’s forecast for rains and snowfall from (January 17-19) in upper parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa including Hazara and Malakand divisions, the tourists and adventure sports lovers along with families thronged to Naran and Kaghan Valleys in Mansehra district to enjoy light to heavy snowfall as well as famous trout fish in a cold weather conditions.

Engulfed by black clouds hovering over the mighty Malika Parbath mountains, Kaghan and Naran have attracted snowfall lovers on weekend. From charpai to five stars hotels, restaurants to inns and motels to private rooms, all accommodation facilities are jam-packed with tourists and adventure sports lovers mostly arrived from KP and Punjab to enjoy snowfall in the famous hilly stations of Pakistan.

Being a gateway to Gilgit-Baltistan in summer through famous Babusir Pass, Naran is also the first stopover of tourists to enjoy snowfall, River Kunhar’s trout fish, boating and walking around the crystal clear blue water of the famous Saiful Malook lake spread over 1.06 square miles and horse riding around Anso lake located in the lap of snow-clad Malika Parbat’s mountains on the East of Kaghan.

Ehtisham Qaiser, an Urdu lecturer in a private College Peshawar told APP on Sunday that Naran and Kaghan is my favourite winter hilly stations where tourists enjoy snowfall as well famous trout fish in a single day trip.

“Naran’s natural beauty is beyond one’s imagination. Once a tourist enters, Naran and Kaghan take him in lap of its astonishing serene besides leaving inerasable imprints on visitors’ minds.” He said “my visit to Naran and Kaghan remains incomplete without visiting to Saiful Malook and Anso lakes to enjoy my favourite rainbow trout.”

Establishment of chairlift, cable car and catch fish sports at River Kunhar would help make Naran a hub of adventure sports, he suggested. Professor Ehtisham said that road infrastructure leading to these famous tourists destinations and sanitation services need marked improvement besides exorbitant hotels’ fare needed to be checked.

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