Kaghan

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Kaghan (Urdu: کاغان) is a small town and union council of the Balakot Tehsil, in Mansehra District Of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan . It has a reputation as a place of great natural beauty. The town of Naran can be approached from Kaghan via a metaled road within an hour, besides the road is the Kunhar River, famous for its trout fish.

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The Kaghan Valley (Urdu: وادی کاغان) is a valley in the north-east of Mansehra District of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan. It attracts many tourists from around the world. The inhabitants were affected by the earthquake disaster on 8 October 2005.

The Kaghan valley is named after the town of Kaghan rather than for the Kunhar River which flows through the length of the valley. The valley extends 155 km, rising from an elevation of 2,134 feet (650 m) to its highest point, the Babusar Pass, at 13,690 feet (4,170 m). Popular languages are Hindko and Gojri, while Urdu, Pakistan’s national language is also familiar among the locals. The region is Alpine in geography and climate, with forests and meadows dominating the landscape below peaks that reach over 17,000 feet.

Kaghan is at its best in the summer months (May to September). In May the temperature is : maximum 11oc and the minimum 3oC.

The local population is friendly and easygoing and speaks Hindko (a language spoken by the hill people in Hazara), Pushto, and/or Urdu

How to get there?

The Kaghan area can reached by road via the towns of Balakot, Abbottabad and Mansehra. In Balakot, one may find buses and other transports to reach Kaghan or Naran. It can also be reached from the capital, Islamabad. You can drive in a rented car, taxi, station-wagon or bus to Abbottabad which is 122 kms from Islamabad and 217 kms from Peshawar. Abbottabad is also a Charming town spread out over several low, refreshingly green hills.

Visit the valley From the middle of July up to the end of September, the road beyond Naran is snowbound throughout the winter and is open right upto Babusar Pass. Movement is restricted during the monsoon season also.

Hotels

PTDC MOTEL
Kaghan Road, Balakot
Tel: 0997-500208
Room Tariff: PKR. 1600-2500

HOTEL SILVER GLEAM
Near Shell pump Kaghan Road Balakot.
Tel: 0997-501085
Room Tariff: PKR. 1000-2500

PINE TRACK HOTEL
Kaghan Road Taranna, Balakot
Tel: 0997-360143
Room Tariff: PKR. 800-1500

VALLEY GATEWAY HOTEL
After crossing Ayub Bridge Kaghan Road Balakot,
Tel: 0997-500282
Room Tariff: PKR. 1500-4000

HOTEL REHMAT PARK
Near Al Hadis Mosque, Balakot
Tel: 0997-500110
Room Tariff: PKR. 600-1200

SERENITY HOTEL
Near Madina Plaza, Balakot
Tel: 0997-477416
Room Tariff: PKR. 1000-1200