We all wish for heaven while living on Earth. Reason being the fact that we are forced to wonder at the pristine beauty of God’s perfect creation, heaven; seeing that Earth is but a mere glimpse of it.
But little do we realize that God has secretly placed few parts of heaven in this World as well and fortunately Pakistan is one of them.
Be it lakes, valleys, beaches, waterfalls, you name it, all of them are found in one part of the country or another. The only problem is that they still remain unexplored owing to a number of obstacles.
Nevertheless, we can still talk about and describe some of the scenic places in the country. Here is a list of Pakistan’s 50 picturesque lakes worth visiting.
1. Saiful Muluk:
You have probably heard about this a lot of times and seen its pictures everywhere on the internet. But nothing would ever justify its surreal beauty, unless you have physically been to the lake in the Naran Kaghan Valley.
2. Attabad Lake:
Imagine a lake which was created by a melting glacier. As a result, you get this one heck of a beauty! With almost 14,803 ft depth and 4,512 meters length, it is an absolute treat for the eyes in between two mountains.
3. Borith Lake:
Here you will find the water to be extremely salty but that is compensated for, by the surrounding beauty of Gilgit Baltistan.
4. Ghanche Lake:
It is more popular among the locals of Khaplu village in Gilgit Baltistan because for them it is their main source of water. Its water is the purest and fresh, making it a real blessing.
5. Handarap Lake:
Locals also call it as Shandoor lake and if by chance you are in Ghizer valley, missing this one would be a sin.
6. Hrkolong Lake:
The Hrkolong lake is another must visit place if you are in Khaplu valley of Gilgit Baltistan. Hrkolong lake is the source of Hnajuluba stream that waters Khaplu, Surmo and youchung broq (high steppes fields).
7. Keenjhar Lake:
Keenjhar Lake, commonly called Kalri Lake is in Thatta District, Sindh, Pakistan and has been declared a ramsar site and a wildlife sanctuary.
Keenjhar Lake is a popular tourist resort. A large number of people visit it daily from Karachi, Hyderabad and Thatta to enjoy picnic, swimming, fishing, and boating.
8. Karambar Lake:
The Karambar lake is well known for its height which is 4,272 m above sea level along mesmerizing views.
9. Katpana Lake:
Just like other lakes near Skardu, this is yet another gem in the Katpanah valley, which is 2,190 m above sea level.
10. Naltar Lakes:
There are three lakes in Naltar Valley known as Naltar Lakes or Bashkiri Lakes at an altitude ranging from 3050–3150 m.
The lakes are surrounded by dense pine forests, during winters it becomes almost impossible to reach the lake with any vehicle due to the heavy snow (10 to 15 feet high) on the road.
11. Lower Kachura Lake:
Also known as the Shangrila lake, a major glimpse of heaven is just 20 minutes away from Skardu.
12. Rama Lake:
With light covering of oak trees, the Rama lake is situated in the city of Astore in Gilgit Baltistan.
13. Rush Lake:
Rush Lake is a high altitude lake located in Nagar Valley, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan near Rush Pari Peak, 5,098 m (16,726 ft).
At 4,694 meters, Rush lake is one of the highest alpine lakes in the world.
14. Satpara Lake:
This lake is majorly famous for supplying fresh water to the city of Skardu and also serves as an ideal picnic spot for visitors.
15. Sheosar lake:
Sheosar Lake is a lake situated in Deosai National Park, in Gilgit-Baltistan province of northern Pakistan. It is located at the height of 4,142 meters (13,589 ft).
Wrapped in the presence of lush green plains, Sheosar will make you wish to live there forever.
16. Upper Kachura Lake:
The Upper Kachura lake is surrounded by apricot trees that add a delight to the sight.
Upper Kachura Lake is of clear water and has a depth of 70 metres (230 ft). Recreation activities at Upper Kachura Lake include hiking, trout fishing, and Himalaya mountaineering.
17. Zharba Lake:
Zharba Tso or Blind lake is located in the Shigar valley of Baltistan. It is a panoramic lake with one of the most exquisite views in the entire North region. The lake is surrounded by the Indus River on one side and Shigar River to another side.
18. Ansoo lake:
Ansoo Lake is located in Kaghan Valley of District Mansehra, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. It is located at an altitude of 13,927 feet (4245 meters) above sea level and considered among one of the highest lakes of Himalayas. The lake is situated near Malika Parbat, the highest mountain of Kaghan Valley.
If you take an aerial view of this lake, it has a shape of a human tear drop, thus the name Ansoo (teardrop).
19. Baghsar lake:
Baghsar is situated at 975 m above sea-level in the Samahni Valley of Bhimber District in Pakistan’s Azad Kashmir. The lake is roughly half a kilometer long and overlooks the Bandala Valley.
The lake is a popular tourist destination.
20. Chitta Katha Lake:
Chitta Katha Lake is located in Shounter valley, Azad Kashmir, Pakistan. It is located at the elevation of 13,500 feet (4,100 m).
If you want to experience beauty in a peaceful environment, then this is your go to place.
21. Drigh Lake:
Moving on to the Southern Part of the country, The Drigh lake is situated in Qambad Shahdadkot of the province Sindh.
Drigh Lake was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1972 and was designated as a Ramsar site recognized by the united nation as A World Heritage site in 1976. It is a privately owned property belonging to the “Shaikh” family Of Qamber.
22. Dudipatsar lake:
Pure white in color and known for its fresh water streams, Dudipatsar is situated in Kaghan valley of KPK.
23. Ganga Lake:
Ganga Lake or Geker Sinying is a lake in Itanagar, the capital of Arunachal Pradesh. It is one of the most popular places in Itanagar. People from all around visit this place as a recreation spot and for the picture perfect view of this lake.
24. Hadero Lake:
The water of the Hadero lake is slightly salty in nature. This lake has been declared a wildlife sanctuary.
25. Haleji lake:
Another lake which has become extremely popular in the region of South over the years is the Haleji lake in Karachi.
26. Hanna lake:
Hanna Lake is an unexplored speciality of Quetta, Balochistan which is a natural wonder.
27. Kallar Kahar:
Located in the mountainous range of Salt Mines, it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Punjab.
28. Khabikki lake:
Deriving its name from the nearby village, the Khabikki lake is also near the salt range.
29. Kundol Lake:
Looking at this lake will make you wonder at its mesmerizing crystal blue color. It is a gorgeous piece of water body in KPK.
30. Lulusar lake:
There is a tiny water body beside the lulusar lake which is a beauty to look at.
31. Manchar lake:
Sindh has few of the best freshwater lakes as well and this is the biggest among them.
32. Namal Lake:
This is a more recent lake which is located in the Namal Valley of Mianwali as it was built after the Namal Dam was constructed.
33. Payee Lake:
Surrounded by the Makra Peak and the Malika Parbat, this lake is a tiny gorgeous piece of clear water and gives a fantastic view of KPK.
34. Pyala Lake:
As the name suggests, Pyala lake is known for its bowl like shape and Kunhar River right beside it.
35. Banjosa Lake:
Even the artificial lakes are as beautiful as the natural ones, as this lake resides in the Poonch Valley of Azad Kashmir.
36. Siri lake:
While Siri Payee is almost on everyone’s list when heading up North, this lake is another visual treat near Shogran valley in KPK.
37. Khanpur Lake:
This lake is specifically famous for its water sports and paragliding activities in Khanpur village near the capital city Islamabad.
38. Mangle Lake:
Another artificial reservoir created in the city of Mirpur, this lake is situated in Mirpur District of Azad Kashmir.
39. Tarbela Lake:
Continuing with artificial reservoir this is accompanied by the very famous Tarbela Dam in KPK.
40. Ratti gali Lake:
Situated right in the heart of Neelum valley AJK, this lake has Dowarian as its base camp.
41. Phander Lake:
With lush green fields, beautiful mountains and little bridges around you, imagine what canoeing would feel like. This is what Phander brings to you.
42. Mahodand Lake:
Mahodand in the Usho Valley of Swat is ideal for experiencing fishing at a relatively high altitude lake.
43. Saral Lake:
With a view of snowy peaks and meadows in Neelum Valley, Saral is worth your hike of 2 hours near Gumut National Park.
44. Rawal Lake:
Rawal Lake is the top choice of families living in or around the capital city of Pakistan, Islamabad. Although it is artificially built but with a park and so many entertainment options right beside it, there is something for everyone.
45. Ucchali Lake:
The salt range of Punjab has few of the very unique lakes and that includes Ucchali which was basically formed because of the absence of drainage.
46. Khalti Lake:
This lake in Ghizer District is known for its trout and the way it completely freezes in winters; you can actually walk on it.
47. Shakoor Lake:
This lake holds its significance for being in the middle of Gujrat, India and the start of Sindh.
48. Paristan Lake:
A very recent addition to the list by mountaineers is Paristan lake, near Skardu in Gilgit-Baltistan at 15,641 feet above sea level. With that it also becomes the 25th highest lake in the world.
49. Daral Lake:
This, without any second thoughts, is the most beautiful alpine scenic lake one can ever get to see in this world.
50. Saidgai Lake:
Close to the Dir mountains is a glacial lake which not many can dare to see with their own eyes. It is also extremely cold throughout the year.