Pakistan has been endowed with some of the spectacular tourist attraction in the world. There are large number of places in Pakistan which mesmerise you. Also, the country is home to many beautiful, natural and man-made lakes and reservoirs. Here, we listed top 10 of the most beautiful lakes of Pakistan.
Manchar Lake, with an area of over 100 m2 is largest lake in Pakistan and also the largest lake in South Asia. Rush Lake, with an altitude over 15,400 ft, is the highest lake in Pakistan, also the 25th highest lake is the world.
10. Keenjhar Lake
The lake is also known as Kalri Lake, is the second largest fresh water lake in Pakistan. About 122 km away from Karachi, it is situated in Thatta District, Sindh. It is a popular tourist attraction, many people visit it daily from Karachi, Hyderabad, Thatta and from other cities to celebrate picnic, enjoy swimming, fishing, and boating. There is a shrine in the middle of the lake marking Noor’s grave (Sindhi legend of Noori Jam Tamachi).
9. Banjosa Lake
Banjosa is an artificial lake and a famous tourist attraction near the city of Rawalakot in District Bagh in Azad Kashmir. Located at an altitude of 6,499 ft above see level, the lake is surrounded by densely pine forest and lush green mountains, that makes it very charming and romantic. It is accessible by a 20 kilometers metallic road from Rawalakot.
8. Karambar Lake
Located between KPK and Gilgit, Baltistan, Karambar Lake is the second highest lake in Pakistan and the 31st highest lakes in the world. At a height of 14,121 feet, the lake is one of the highest biologically active lakes on earth. Also known as Qurumbar Lake, it is the deepest lake in the valley with a maximum depth of 55 m. It is about 3.9 km long, 2 km wide and 52 m deep approximately.
7. Rush Lake
Rush Lake is the highest lake in Pakistan, situated near Rush Pari Peak at 5,098 m. It is the 25th highest alpine lake is the world, located about 15 km north of Miar Peak and Spantik (Golden Peak), which are in the Nagar valley. The lake can be reached via Nagar and Hopar and via the Hopar Glacier (Bualtar Glacier) and Miar Glacier. The trek to Lake provides breathtaking views of Spantik, Malubiting, Miar Peak, spectacular Peak of Phuparash and Ultar Sar.
6. Satpara Lake
Another breathtaking lake from Gilgit, Baltistan. The Satpara Lake is a natural lake near Skardu, which spread over an area of 2.5 km². The lake fed by the Satpara Stream. It is one of the largest fresh water lakes in Pakistan. It supplies water to the whole Skardu Valley. The beautiful Satpara Lake is located at an altitude of 8,650 feet.
5. Dudipatsar Lake
Also known as “Dudipat Lake” is located in the extreme north of the Kaghan Valley, in the Mansehra District. Amongst the most beautiful lakes of Pakistan, Dudipatsar is a lake encircled by snow clad peaks in Lulusar-Dudipatsar National Park. The name “Dudipatsar” has been given to the lake because of the white color of snow at surrounding peaks. The word “dudi” means white, “pat” means mountains and “sar” means lake. The water of the lake reflects like a mirror during the summer.
The lake is accessible for 4 months from June to late September. In the summer, you can travel to enjoy the enchanting views by the trail, located at Besal, which is about an hours drive from the Naran. The road is accessible by jeeps, cars and bikes.
4. Sheosar Lake
Also called Shausar Lake a lake situated in Deosai National Park, in Gilgit-Baltistan. Deosai plains is no doubt one of the marvelous places on earth. Also, it is the second highest plateau on earth after the Tibetan plateau. The plateau is called by many sources ” Bed of Flowers” because of its beautifully colorful with all sorts of flowers.
The lake with an approximate length of 2.3 kilometers, width 1.8 kilometers, and average depth 40 meters, is at an elevation of 13,589 ft in the Karakoram-West Tibetan Plateau alpine steppe.
3. Ratti Gali Lake
Ratti Gali Lake is a place you ever dreamed to visit. Undoubtedly, this lake is more beautiful than anyone can dream. That’s why, the famous writer Mr. Mustansar Hussain Tarar calls this lake, A Dream Lake. This beautiful lake is located in Neelam Valley, Azad Kashmir, at the hight of 12,130 feet above see level. It is accessible from Dowarian (base camp to this lake) by a 19 kilometers hiking trek. Besides the lake it’s the Lush green pasture, filled with wild alpine grass and flowers, which increases the charm of lake.
2. Shangrila Lake
The Shangrila Lake spot second amongst the most beautiful lakes of Pakistan. The lake is also known as “Lower Kachura Lake” and is located at a drive of about 20 minutes from Skardu town. The lake is a part of the Shangrila resort and is a popular tourist destination. Shangrila was named after a book titled Lost Horizon by James Hilton. Shangri-la is a Chinese (Tibetan) word meaning “Heaven on earth”.
1. Lake Saiful Muluk
This alpine lake top our list of 10 most beautiful lakes of Pakistan. Saiful Muluk lake located near the town of Naran at the northern end of the Kaghan Valley, at an altitude of 3,224 m (10,578 feet). It is amongst one of the highest lakes in Pakistan, a fairy tale called Saiful Muluk (the story of the prince of Persia who fell in love with a fairy princess at the lake), written by the Mian Muhammad Bakhsh (famous Sufi poet), is associated with the lake. The impact of the lake’s charm is of such extent that people believe that fairies come down to the lake in the full moon.