The sight of beautiful lakes give relief to the eyes of the beholder. It invokes the artistic and poetic soul in human. Lakes are part of natural beauty. And fortunately, there is a good number of beautiful lakes in Pakistan.
Pakistan has some of the most beautiful lakes in the world. Most of the lakes are located in the northern areas of Pakistan. These lakes are famous for their natural beauty, freshwater, and picturesque scenery.
Here are the most beautiful natural lakes in Pakistan.
Most of the lakes are surrounded by the typical myths or fairy tales in Pakistan but Attabad Lake in Hunza, carries less romantic circumstances. However, this is the most amazing lake that travellers love to visit. It owns beautiful scenery, turquoise water which gives visitors a sense of peace and serenity. People love boating here. The boat riding and the jet ski is a must if you plan to visit the lake.
Chitta Katha Lake
Chitta Katha Lake is located in Shounter valley, Azad Kashmir at the elevation of 13,500 feet 4,100 m. Chitta Katha is a local name which means White Stream. Coming down from the Hari Parbat, the lake is also called Chitta Katha Sar or lake of the Mount Hari Parbat. As being associated with Lord Shiva and considering it the abode of the Lord and identify it as Kailash, it is sacred to the few local ones there. The lake is accessible from Kel by a 20 kilometres Jeep track and then 5 kilometres hiking trek. Kel is the base camp to this lake.
Ansoo Lake the magnificent one is located in Kaghan Valley, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Ansoo Lake is at an altitude of about 4245 meters high and considered as one of the highest lakes of the Himalayas.
It is named as Ansoo Lake because it is shaped like a tear. It is one of the most popular lakes among tourists. The folklore of the lake is very interesting and deeply rooted into the love story of Saif-ul- Malook fairy tale. The most part of the lake is still deprived of the sights due to the foggy atmosphere here. If you really want to explore the entire lake, the most favourable time is mid of July and August.
There are only 2 options to reach the lake. First of trekking from the Lake Saif-ul-Malook or from Mahandri through Manoor village. It takes around seven to nine hours of a trek from Lake Saif-ul-Malook. Another is 3-4 hours of the trek from Meadow, Dher, at a height of 14,000 feet.
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Ratti Gali Lake
Ratti Gali Lake is the highest lake, located at an altitude of 12,130 feet, situated in Neelum Valley . It is covered with the lush green meadows in summer season and presents a mesmerizing view. It is beautifully surrounded by wild and colourful flowers and alpine plantations. In winter the lake area is covered with white snow and chunks of glacier float in the dark blue magical water of Ratti Gali Lake. The lake becomes frozen in winter. The lake is one of the amazing lakes in Pakistan.
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Dudipatsar Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in Kaghan Valley. Graciously occupied by snow-clad peaks. The lake is located in Lulusar-Dudipatsar National Park Kaghan. The word “dudi” means white therefore it is not difficult to understand that its white water and snow in surroundings are the reference of its name. From the ecological point, the lake marks the significant value. The lake is accessible from mid-June to mid-September. Trekkers can hire a vehicle from Naran to Besal. A seven hours scenic trek through vast alpine meadows leads to Dudiptsar is another approach to the lake.
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Sheosar Lake is a lake situated in Deosai National Park, in the northern side of Pakistan. The lake is at an elevation of 4,142 meters in the Karakoram. Its approximate length is 2.3 kilometres. Located at an altitude of 4100 meters. This lake is accessible from Astore and Skardu. There is one and half hour jeep drive from Chilam. From Skardu, about 8 hours by crossing the DeoSai plateau. The way to the lake, the most picturesque sights and bridge at Barra Pani are awaiting to welcome the tourists and the grassy plains are the other rewards for the visitors to reach the Sheosar Lake.
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Satpara Lake also called “Sadpara Lake is one of the most beautiful natural lake situated about 9 kilometres north of Skardu, in Gilgit-Baltistan. It is situated at an altitude of 2,635 meters. The lake is on 20 minutes of jeep drive from Skardu. The natural species carrying the uniqueness of its kind makes the eyes wide open and take us close to nature. This beautiful lake is a must-watch for all the tourists who visit the northern side.
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Borith Lake is a saltwater lake, located at the upper Hunza. The altitude of Borith is roughly 8,500 feet above sea level. The lake is very much beautiful and captures the visitors who love nature, singing birds and wildflowers. The ducks migrate from the warmer parts of the country here as the weather changes. It is a worth visiting place during March and June.
Rush Lake is a high altitude lake located in Nagar Valley, Gilgit-Baltistan near Rush Pari Peak. At 4,694 meters. Rush is one of the highest alpine lakes in the world. It is the highest lake in Pakistan and 27th highest lake in the world. The sight of the lake enchant the beholders. The natural crystal blue water surrounded by green meadows and high mountains, present the amazing view which refreshes the minds and souls. The weather of the area is quite pleasant and especially in the spring season, the beauty of the lake is breathtaking.
Kundol Lake is also called Kundol Dandis situated in Swat Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. It is situated at a distance of nineteen kilometres from Kalam. Like Saif-ul-Malook Lake, there’s also a renowned story associated to the lake that each night in the whole month, a golden bowl appears in the centre of the lake and shines like the moon however none has touched that bowl so far due to the magical aura around.
It is simply accessed from Kalam via Utror. You’ll be either hiking to Ladu from Utror or take a four-wheeler to minimize your journey.
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A high mountain lake is Rama Lake at an elevation of 3.507m above the sea level. It is located on the eastern slopes of the Nanga Parbat, in the Gilgit-Baltistan.
The weather of the lake area is pleasant but mostly cold throughout the year. The lake seems beautiful every time. In summer and spring seasons it seems a land of colours and crystals due to the greenery and colourful flowers around and shiny crystal-like water. The road is rough but full of charm for the adventurers. It is basically a driving and courage skills test of a person to drive through the road. You have to be very much careful about travelling to the spot.
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Located in Quetta, Balochistan there is heaven-like water around the rocks called Hanna Lake. It is basically a hilly area close to the Urak Valley begins 17 kilometres east from Quetta city.
One of its prominent features is that it is covered with pine trees. From May to September is the best time to visit Lake.
You’ll find Golden fish in the lake swimming on the surface of the lake. There is a lakeside restaurant with picnic tables shaded by pine trees presents a generous view.
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If you are planning to have a tour plan in Gilgit Baltistan, include Krambar Lake in your visiting list. Trek to Karambar Lake is the adventurous one. The specialist of the lake is that the trekking here has many entry and exit points. It is also one of the most beautiful treks. Karambar Lake lies on the boundary of Broghil valley in Chitral and Ishkoman valley in Gilgit Baltistan. The simplest route to Karambar Lake is from the Chitral side.
Mahodand Lake is located near Kalam Valley KPK is known for its freezing water and abundance of trout fish. The lake is basically located in the Ushu Matiltan valley about 40 kilometres above Kalam.
Apart from a heaven-like view of the 2-km long lake which is spread like a snake in the valley, tourists can witness the hundreds of big and small waterfalls, picturesque sceneries, meadows, and pine and cedar trees, peaks capped with snow.
Shandur Lake is one of the most beautiful Lakes of Pakistan. It is located in Chitral valley. It is highly and beautifully covered with green and colourful species. It is famous due to the Shandur Polo Ground, the biggest polo ground in Pakistan. It is recommended to visit in late April and early November. Also, there is Shandur Pass which is one of the major mountain passes between Chitral and Gilgit-Baltistan Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Siri Lake is located at a height of almost 8500 feet. Siri Lake is basically a pond. The green meadows around and the gracious mountains, enhance its worth and make it a beautiful tourist spot. You can find a small rest house here. There you can find a Tea cabin or we would rather say a “Tea Dhabba”.
This is an amazing a beautiful lake which is also located in Kaghan valley near the famous tourists place Shogran. The lake is surrounded by giant mountains, Makra Peak, Moosa da Musalla, and mountains of Kaghan valley. The road to the lake is dangerous.
The lake is accessible via Kiwai. The sight throughout the way is spectacular. The weather is mostly cold therefore it is only accessible in summer.
This lake is associated with Siri Lake. Folklore is associated with the lake, that a respected old Sufi threw head (siri) and feet (paya) of the goat to sacrifice on two different places to give birth to these lakes. This myth is also one of the major reason for the popularity of the lakes.
Lulusar Lake is located about 48km away from famous Naran Bazar. Lulusar Lake is accessible by any vehicle. Lulusar Lake is not only the popular tourist’s spot but very much attractive in its view in Kaghan Valley. You must head yourself to visit this lake while going to Babusar Top. By keeping Naran as base camp you can visit Lulusar Lake as there is no place to stay nearby.
The Swaik Lake is one of the hidden scenic beauty which is still is an ‘unexplored’ spot in Pakistan
It is located to Khandoyah in the Punjab which can be accessed through the M2 motorway linking Lahore and Islamabad. It presents a calm and peaceful image. The view is quite gracious. On the visit to Islamabad, it is recommended to explore this beautiful hidden gem.
Lake Saif ul Malook
Lake Saif ul Malook is the most famous tourist spot. The main reason for the lake’s popularity is the love story of a Persian prince Saif ul Malook and a fairy Badi ul Jamal.
The lake is blessed with the mesmerizing natural beauty, pleasant weather and fairy tale history.
The lake is also famous for Trout fish, which weigh up to 7 kilograms. Lake Saif ul Malook also presents the astounding view of Malika Parbat, which is the highest peak of Kaghan Valley.
Spin Khwar in Swat Valley is a beautiful lake lying in the lap of mountains towards the north of Kundal Lake and east of Utror valley. It is a small white stream in the east flows down between the surrounding mountains. The lake is accessible through two tracks, one from Kundal and the other from Ladu valley. The track from Ladu is easy and safe to walk and less tiring while the track from Kundal is difficult and dangerous despite the fact that it is a short route.
Tall green and needle-shaped trees around the lake enhance the beauty of the lake. The wildflowers seem as if someone has artistically decorated all the landscapes around the lake. Spin Khwar is a rarely visited lake due to lack of publicity and popularity. The surrounding of the lake is less polluted and clean due to less human activities.
Saral Lake is located in Neelam Valley, Azad Kashmir at an altitude of 13,600 feet. It is a less visited place especially after the earth quack in 2007. The beauty of the lake is divine. The lake is accessible from Sharda by a jeep track.
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Kallar Kahar Lake
Located in Chakwal District, Kallar Kahar is at 25 kilometres away from the city of Chakwaland and about 125 kilometres from the city of Rawalpindi. Kallar Kahar is a famous lake in the district. It is famous for Takht-e-Babri and beautiful species of peacocks. It is also famous for its natural gardens which are full of colourful flower and plants.
It is a saltwater lake. Situated at an altitude of 1500ft above sea level. People love to enjoy pedal boating and motor boating on the lake. People also arrange picnics here.
This is also a famous historical place as the famous Mughal emperor Zahir-ud-Din Babar put his army camps in Kallar Kahar when he was moving forward from Kabul to attack Delhi with his armies. During his stay, a rock throne was built for him. Later the throne was named “Takht-e-Babri”. It still exists in Kallar Kahar and working as a popular tourist attraction.
Above are the most beautiful lakes in Pakistan. We would love to know some more in your information in our comment box.Have a blessed day!