Pakistan Forest Institute
Peshawar, Pakistan

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PJF VOL 1 - Issue 2 - Year 1951; PP 99 - 99 Search
Title The Kaghan Valley- Land of Classic Beauty
Author(s) S. A. Vahid, P. Ft. S.
Designation Inspector General of Forests, Government of Pakistan
Abstract/Summary
Introduction/General
Author discussed about inexpressible charm as the valley is a land of green plateaus, flowery meadows, pine-clad hills, high mountains, snow-capped peaks, majestic glaciers, beautiful lakes and exquisite waterfalls. Perplexing variety of scenery but perhaps the only valley in the world that is named after a village and not after the river starts from Balakot, The length of the valley from south-east, as the crow flies, is 60 miles, and its average width is 15 miles. Within this area of 860 square miles Nature has been most lavish in bestowing scenic beauty and grandeur. Mali Ka Parbat (17,360 ft.) the loftiest of them all, stands to the east of the glorious Safarul Muluk lake. South of Mali Ka Parbat is Ragan Pajji ( 16,528 ft.). on the other side of the Kunhar opposite Makra is the peak with the romantic name of Musa Ka Musalla ( 13,378 ft. ). Flora makes the valley a botanist’s paradise. The flora of the valley conveniently divided into three well marked tracts as lower hills ranging from 3,000 to about 6,000 ft. above the sea-level, forests from about 6,000 to 9,000 ft. and Alpine regions 9,000 ft. and wpwards. The valley offers excellent trout fishing just above Kaghan village and near Naran and further up in the placid pools between Naran and Batakunki. Best way of visiting the valley is to trek it from Balakot within seven stages as described.