An extremely enchanting yet mostly unexplored Lulusar Lake has situated 350km from Mansehra, mostly inhabited by the Hindko-speaking Hazara community. Mansehra, part of KP, is named after the Sikh general as a celebrated ‘sehra’ adorning Man Singh Mirpuri. It is just 48 kilometers from Naaran Valley on Naran Babusar Road, one of the highest roads connecting Babusar Pass with Gilgit. ALulusar is a group of mountains perched up at the height of 11,200 feet.
Lulusar Lake Mansehra held up at the height of 10,000 feet above sea level constitutes the primary headwaters of Kunhar River that flows down the Kaghan Valley and crisscrosses through Naran, Balakot finally falls into River Jhelum. Its novel location has ensured that it will never remain dry as melting snows continuously fill it up. Lulusar is much larger than most of the lakes in the valley and it mirrors its surrounding high peaks.
Since the lake is located in a national park it contains a wide variety of natural wildlife. It is home to rarely found species such as black bear, snow leopard, Himalayan snowcock lynx, brown bear, and Himalayan Ibex. It also is inhabited by hawks, Griffen Vultures of Himalaya, and the Himalayan Monal. Migratory birds also visit this unique locale seasonally such as common teal, mallard, and Pintail.
Flora around the pond is plentiful particularly lush green shrubbery which sprouts every year when the snow melts and covers the entire valley. Shrubs include Grecian Juniper or Juniper excels, Jongi or Betula utilize, French mark or Tamarix gallica, and Sumbal or Barberis acantha. The pond surroundings also contain herbs, trees, and perennials of Himalayan Conifer forests. It is full of medicinal plants including Aspagol or Plantago, Ban kakri or Podophyllum hexandrum, Thandi booty or Tussilago farfara, and Chikee or Primula macrophylla.
Lulusar Lake: Popular Tourist Destination
Lulusar Lake is a picturesque lake located in the Mansehra District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan. It is situated at an altitude of approximately 3,410 meters (11,190 feet) above sea level. This makes it one of the highest lakes in the region. The lake is a popular tourist destination due to its stunning natural beauty and accessibility.
It is known for its crystal-clear waters, which reflect the surrounding snow-capped peaks, creating a mesmerizing view. The pond is fed by glacial waters from the nearby mountains, adding to its pristine and refreshing charm. It is the primary source of the Kunhar River, which further flows down to form the famous Kaghan Valley.
Visitors to this place are captivated by its serene and tranquil atmosphere. The area around the pond is covered with lush green meadows, colorful wildflowers, and dense pine forests, providing a picturesque backdrop for photography and nature walks.
Easily Accessible This Scenic Gem
The lake is easily accessible by road. And it is a popular stopover for tourists traveling to the Naran Valley and beyond. Many people visit it as part of the scenic journey to the higher-altitude destinations in the area, such as Babusar Pass and Fairy Meadows.
There are small tea and snack stalls near the pond where visitors can take a break and enjoy the surroundings. The fresh mountain air and the breathtaking views make it an ideal spot for picnics and relaxation.
It is worth mentioning that Lulusar Lake holds historical significance as well. It is believed to be the place where the British administrator of the Hazara region, Sir William Mackeson, lost his life in a skirmish with local freedom fighters in 1857. A plaque commemorating the event is placed near the pond.
Overall, It is a scenic gem in the Mansehra District of Pakistan. It’s offering visitors a chance to immerse themselves in the beauty of nature. Whether you’re a nature lover, a photographer, or simply seeking tranquility. A visit to this place is sure to leave you awe-inspired. The Weekender