After six hours of an enthralling trip, we reached Naran and went to our room to take some rest. After a couple of hours, we went out to the Naran Bazaar again. My wife and daughter doing the shopping and me and my son having a chat with shopkeepers and locals. While talking with locals, we come to know that the surrounding mountains have different animals, one of which is a Markhoor that belongs to goat family and another animal that exists on these mountains is Leopard (Cheeta) but due to the population they live up high on the mountains and only come down during the winter season when these mountains get covered with snow.We have been in Naran for two days and we have to leave for Gilgit tomorrow as our main objective of this trip is to reach the Khunjerab Pass (The Pakistan-China Border Crossing). After discussing with the locals and arranging for the jeep for tomorrow, we had dinner (Tikka & Naan) at the local restaurant. After this delectable dinner, we came back to our room, packed our bags for tomorrow’s journey and went to sleep.
Yesterday we had a wonderful time at Sauful Muluk Lake and today our destination is Lalazar. At the height of 10,500 feet (3,200 meters), Lalazar is a green meadow situated 21 km from Naran. We wake up early in the morning and had the breakfast at the same restaurant where we had it yesterday. We have already booked the jeep for the Lalazar that is waiting for us on the road. As the surrounding areas of Naran are so beautiful we asked the driver to remove the leather roof that is covering the jeep so that we can fully enjoy the ride and the beauty of the surroundings. The drive started on the same Mansehra-Naran-Babusar-Chillas highway toward Babusar and crossed the Naran Town. The mesmerizing view of River Kunhar on the left and the mountain covered with Alpine Forest is unexplainable. We stopped for photography and video capturing at many stops and at stunning Waterfalls. Drink the fresh water from the fall, washed our face and hands and then continued our drive again. There are many waterfalls on the way toward Babusar, their source is up high on the mountain and falling into the river Kunhar after crossing the highway.
We accord to have dinner at a local restaurant. The dinner, Charga Nan and Kabuli Pulao, was served after a short wait and after dinner, we walked back to our room. Our next day destination is Lalazar, another attractive place in this Kaghan valley. We hopped into our beds and fell asleep, after such a superb and charming day. This is the conclusion of the 2nd day of our journey.
After spending some time at the riverside, we walked back to the Naran Bazaar (Market). We decided to have a walk along the Naran Bazaar, the bazaar is on both sides of the main highway started from the beginning of the town. It was likewise a very good experience walking along the Naran Bazar, my wife and daughter started the shopping part and I and my son just enjoyed the surrounding. The sun started setting behind the mountains and then in a few hours the fascinating moonlight covers the area.
In the evening, we again went out and this time, we decided to walk down the hill to river Kunhar. We asked some shopkeepers for the route and started walking toward the river. The route toward the river passes through the houses and small farms of the local people. There were some children playing in the fields, we ask the children about the route to the river and they offer us to guide us to the river. The route to the river was rough as there are many rocks on the way, following those children on that rough route we reached the river bank. We give some candies to the children and sit beside the river bank and hear the gratifying sound of the water that runs into the river.