Kaghan Valley (Urdu: وادی کاغان ) is an alpine valley in Mansehra District of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan, attracting tourists from throughout Pakistan. The valley extends 155 kilometres (96 mi) across northern Pakistan, rising from an elevation of 2,134 feet (650 m) to its highest point, the Babusar Pass, at 13,690 feet (4,170 m). Landslides triggered by the devastating 2005 Kashmir earthquake destroyed many passes leading into the valley, though roads have since been largely rebuilt.
Kaghan is a popular tourist destination because of its dramatic mountain scenery
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Kaghan Valley is located in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in the north of Pakistan, bordering the territories of Gilgit-Baltistan to the north and Azad Jammu and Kashmir to the southeast. The 155-kilometer valley is enveloped by the Lower Himalaya range, resulting in an alpine climate and the prevalence of pine forests and alpine meadows. Alongside the flow of the Kunhar River, the valley features glaciers, crystal-like clear lakes, waterfalls and frosty mountains streams. Kaghan is famous for its scenic beauty and landscapes, resulting in its popularity as a summer resort.
The history of the greater Mansehra district in northern Pakistan is diverse due to its function as a crossroads between Central and South Asia. The region was controlled by various empires and kingdoms throughout history, including Achaemenid Persia, the empire of Alexander the Great and his Hellenistic successors, Mauryan Empire, Gandhara, Indo-Greek kingdom, the Hindu Shahi and the Ghaznavid, Mughal, Sikh, Durrani and British Indian Empires.
Karakoram Highway, in 1947, the northern areas were accessible via two routes: the Srinagar Astore-Gilgit mule track and the Kaghan Valley Track over the Babusar Pass and Chilas. After 1948 Kashmir War, the Srinagar Route was denied to Pakistan and the entire northern areas became dependent on the Kaghan Valley Route.
The best time to visit Kaghan Valley is during the Summer season (May to September). Because In Winter, the glaciers block the roads leading to Kaghan Valley and these glaciers melt from February to April. From May to the end of September, the roads and Babusar Pass remain open. In May, the temperature is maximum 11 °C (52 °F) and minimum 3 °C (37 °F).
Flora & FaunaEdit
Fishing is a famous profession and hobby in Kaghan valley. Brown trout and Mahseer are abundance in waters of Kunhar River which flows through the valley. Fishing licenses are issued by the ‘Fisheries Department at Naran’ or by the ‘Trout Hatchery’ at Shinu. Forests of Kaghan valley are full of cedar and pine trees.
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