Sitting at a height of approximately 10,580 Feet above sea level, Saif-ul-Malook is a close to the tourist resort of Naran in the Kaghan Valley and is located some eight kilometers from the hill station and can only be reached through a sturdy four-wheel-driven jeep or on foot.
The breathtaking view of the emerald green lake with snow clad peaks in the foreground, gives it the unique mystical appearance which has continued to mesmerize tens of thousands of people in the course of its existence.
Later, with the rising temperatures and receding glaciers, the large depression under the colossal weight of the glaciers, turned into a lake with substantial amount of fresh water from the melting glaciers. The lake boosts of rich eco diversity and holds large species of blue-green algae and is home of the famous Trout fish.
The Guardian rated Saif-ul-Malook as the top five Tourist destination in Pakistan. Valley’s highest peak, The Malika Parbat is located in the back drop of the lake-a mere few hundred yards and has a height of more than 17,000 feet approx. The Kaghan Valley is part of the western-most off-shoot of Himalayas which is the highest mountain range in the world.
He immediately fell in love with the place and the lake also derived its name after the prince. Punjab’s famous Sufi Poet and writer, Sufi Muhammad Bakhsh also wrote an account of Prince’s travel to the region and a mythical story of fairies that come down at the lake during full moon.
He also wrote about an incident where the prince actually fell in love with one of the fairies. Sufi’s narration has added the indispensable and unique fantastical atmosphere to the lake thus making it one of the most frequently visited tourist resorts in the country.
The lake freezes in winters and gradually starts melting on the onset of spring not later than the start of May. There are several treks beyond the lake which takes one to several other scenic destinations of the valley including Ansoo Lake and Lalazar.