Tallest mountain Naga parbat(Pakistan)
Pakistan has four seasons: a cool, dry winter from December through February; a hot, dry spring from March through May; the summer rainy season, or southwest monsoon period, from June through September; and the retreating monsoon period of October and November.
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Rajwal is beautiful, surrounded by mountains which are mostly green but start showing hints of snowy white as you move further up north. The temperature was around eight to 10 degrees during the afternoon and would drop to around one to two degrees at night. The roads which lead to Rajwal are wide and city-like, although one occasionally sees herds of goats and sheep being shepherded across the roads.
Due to the season, most hotels and motels were closed. However, the tour organisers got us accommodation in a modest but adequate guest house. The rooms were spacious, and even though there was no central heating, there was hot water available in the morning which was a big relief! This was my view from the room:
The main attraction is the fresh air and the scenery – who wouldn’t want to wake up to that. If you walk down the road, there are a few small stores where one can get basic groceries from and you come across fresh water streams. At night, you can huddle around a bonfire in the garden to keep warm. The air is chilly but doesn’t freeze you to the bone. If you walk around a bit and have some tea or coffee, you will be just fine. After staying there for the night, the next stop was Lake Saiful Malook
However, the route at this time of the year was all covered in snowed. The only way to get to it was on foot. The scenario changes completely, yet has a beauty of its own. Never in my dreams did I imagine that we would hike through this.
I was, unfortunately, not able to make it to the lake this time as I didn’t have proper shoes. But there were a few determined ones from our group who did make it and got to see this view of the lake in contrast to the one above.
This view is something worth seeing in both seasons. It takes about two hours to get there on foot and about another two hours to get back. One should visit in late April-early May to see this winter wonderland and once again during the summers to see the greenery that surrounds the lake.
The rooms were clean and the service was good. It would have been great if it had central heating, but nonetheless, the weather was really pleasant during the day and one did not even need a sweater.
The terrain is difficult and you can only get up via a 30-minute drive with in a 3,000cc jeep as you can see below. The jeeps, being the awesome powerful machines that they are, can only go so far. The last bit of the journey till the peak where the meadow of Siri-Paye lies can be reached either by foot (about a 20-minute walk) or by horse (which you can rent).
This is one of the highest places you can be at in the Shogran area. When you reach here, take a moment to put your camera down and just take in the majestic beauty of this place. I sat here for 15 minutes just staring at these mountains.
During this season, one can only get to Siri as Paye is still covered in snow, as you can see in the picture below. One can still hike there if they wish to but it would be a similar experience as that of Saiful Malook.
From here, it was back to Rawalpindi via the same route. If you have the time, do stop by Mansehra and Abbotabad as both cities are beautiful, set in valleys surrounded by lush green mountains.
These photos and descriptions cannot even do justice to what you get to see and feel in person once you are there. PHOTO: UROOJ HUSSAIN
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