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5 days in Naran, Balakot, Shugran etc in Late June

by aamirawan Online Now Mar 21, 2012 at 5:23 AM

Dear all,

We (me and my wife) are planning to visit northern areas in late june and want to know whether the following plan looks fine:

2 nights in Balakot (including visits to Paras and River Kunhar)
2 nights in Naran (including visit to safe-ul-malik lake)
1 night in Shugran (including visit to Siri paey)

Please advise us:

- whether to include/delete any destination (we can increase number of days);
- safe/comfortable mode of transport and the price for each mode;

Thanks in advance

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    Re: 5 days in Naran, Balakot, Shugran etc in Late June

    by Bokhari76 Online Now Mar 21, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    Well plan looks good. I also advise minimum 3-4 nights for this area.

    No doubt Balakot itself is a beautiful place & view of Kunhar River is great here but mostly people skip Balakot & directly go to Naran. From Naran you can go to:
    1. Saiful Maluk & further to Aansoo Lake( 1 day)
    2. Lalazar via Batakundi (1 day)
    3. Dudipatsar Lake & Lulusar Lake (1 day)

    You can enjoy view of Kunhar River in the way to Naran & even Naran itself is situated on the bank of Kunhar River. So in my openion you may subtract one night from Balakhot & add it to Naran. Otherwise its a fabulous plan.

    Note: Don't opt for Aansoo Lake, if travelling with ladies/kids. its a bit tiring.

    As far as transport is concerned. You will get local transport (hiace, van etc.) from Balakot to Naran & Shogran. Jeeps are required for further excursions.
    Some people hire jeep direct from Abbotabad or Mansehra for the full trip. For complete 5 nights they may charge you around 15000-20000 for 5 nights. In this case driver also works as guide.
    Jeep fare from Naran to Saiful Muluk is around 1500-1700 for round trip.

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    Re: 5 days in Naran, Balakot, Shugran etc in Late June

    by Mozumbus Online Now Mar 21, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    I you have time than 2 nights in Balakot is fine otherwise many travelers skip the place. Though I like the ambiance of Balakot which is a good place to acclimatize for the coming excursion. Visiting Paras makes no sense to me instead I would keep myself to the beautiful orchids around the river, for which you have to trek down. I would also add one night to Shogran especially when you are planning a day trip from there. I would do Shogran while coming back from Naran. 2 nights in Naran with a day trip is just fine.

    Mode of transport depends upon your budget. Public transport is available almost throughout, except for day trips for which you have to hire jeeps (Saiful Mulook and Sri Pai). There might be no direct transport from Naran to Shogran. So take the Balakot hiace offboard at Kewai where you can hire the private car (around 1+ hour drive) or wait for the hiace coming from Balakot.

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    Re: 5 days in Naran, Balakot, Shugran etc in Late June

    by Bokhari76 Online Now Mar 21, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    Muzzammil is right about Balakot & Paras. But if you have time do spend whatever time you like to spend. Similar case is for Naran.

    Yes Kewai is a connection point between Balakot, Shogran & Naran. From Kewai a private Jeep will cost around 400/- till Shogran. If you have time do stop over at Kewai. There is a restaurant which has sitting arrangement in Kewai River. You can sit there and enjoy good recreation in the low waters.

    Depart early for Each place: Like from
    Balakot to Naran,
    Naran to Saiful Maluk,
    Naran to Shogran &
    From Shogran to Sari Paya.

    So you may reach the destination / come back from excursion before night.

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  • aamirawan's Profile Photo

    Re: 5 days in Naran, Balakot, Shugran etc in Late June

    by aamirawan Online Now Mar 22, 2012 at 8:30 AM

    Thanks alot Bukhari and Muzammil. I really appreciate your timely repsonse.

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    Re: 5 days in Naran, Balakot, Shugran etc in Late June

    by aamirawan Online Now Mar 23, 2012 at 3:57 AM

    Sorry I misspelled your names...Bokhari and Mozumbus :)

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    Re: 5 days in Naran, Balakot, Shugran etc in Late June

    by Bokhari76 Online Now Mar 23, 2012 at 4:22 AM

    Don't worry brother. btw His actual name is Muzammil & mine is Muhammad Siddique

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