LAKE SAIF UL MALOOK PAKISTAN
Lake Saif ul Malook Pakistan is ranked number 5th best tourist destination in Pakistan by The Gauardian. Lake Saif ul Malook is a very magical place and seems like heaven on earth.
The lake has greenish-blue crystal clear and freezing water. It is surrounded by giant glaciers and Malika Parbat (Queen of Mountain).
Lake Saif Ul Malook Pakistan is located in North of Pakistan near the end of Kaghan Valley, near Naran. It is in North East of Mansehra district of Khyper Pakhtunkhuwa (Province of Pakistan).
Lake Saif ul Malook is considered the highest alpine lake in Pakistan. It is located at an altitude of 3,224 metres and 10,578 feet above sea level.
Leisure activities for tourists
The water is accumulated in the lake by multiple glaciers and mountains in surrounding. The lake consists of rare brown trout fish, blue-green algae and wide variety of water plants and phytoplankton. Trout fishing is quite popular in this area.
This magical lake is completely frozen during winters because to heavy snowfall. The best time to visit this magical place starts from June, the weather is very pleasant in the morning i.e. about 15-20 degree centigrade. The nights are cold here. The temperature drop to 3 degree centigrade. Many tourists love to explore this place in winters to view the beauty of frozen lake.
Boating facility is also provided at Saif ul Malook lake. One should be extra careful while taking the boat tour as it gets very risky and the lake is very deep. Ponies and horses are also available if you get tired of being on foot constant.
Camping is also very famous activity for tourists around this lake. Camping on a full moon night is so magical it makes you believe as you have landed in a magical land.
Fairy tale of Saif ul Malook
This place is mostly famous for its history and this attracts the tourists from all around the world.
The story of this place is about a prince named Saif-ul-Malook who fell in love with a fairy princess named Badi-ul-Jamal.
The tale was later transformed into poetry by Sufi saint and poet, Mian Muhammad Bakhsh.
Reviews of a tourist: “I have not seen the fairy, but I’ve seen the glory of God. On every full moon, the lake looks like a mirror, cradling the mountains, the sky, the innumerable twinkling stars, the glowing orb of the moon. The lake is so still and clear that you could barely tell the difference between reality and reflection. It is a sight to behold! Many a night I have also seen lights, floating lights, a thousand floating lights, here on the slope, where and watched them disappear under the rocks. I have not seen the fairy, Badi-ul-Jamal, but I have witnessed the glory of God.”
The story states that Saif-ul-Malook was a prince of Egypt. He inherited a huge amount of wealth from his forefather. On his inherited treasure there were two seals: One seal had a picture of Saif (Prince of Egypt) and other one had a picture of Badi ul Jamal (Queen of Fairies).
Prince Saif fell in love with the Queen of Fairy at first sight. He decided to leave his home in order to search for the love his life. It took him six long years to finally find his love.
One day Prince Saif found a Saint in a local street of Egypt. The Saint gave Prince Saif a Sulemani cap (magical cap) stating this will take the prince wherever he desires.
The saint predicted that Prince will find the Queen of Fairies in a lake but the route to the lake is not easy and the prince would have to pass several daunting exams in order to reach her. Prince was also told to pray a lot in order to view the fairy, as the fairies are not visible to human eye.
Saif reached the lake and prayed for 40 consecutive nights. His health was getting worse because of less resource but the prince was determined. Finally on the 40th night it was full moon and he had a feeling that maybe tonight he would be able to see her.
All of a sudden he saw a flock of fairies coming towards the lake to take a bath. Among all those fairies was Badi ul Jamal (Queen of Fairies). Badi ul Jamal was extremely beautiful fairy with long dark black hair and radiant eyes.
Queen of Fairies and Prince finally met and had good chat. Prince wanted the fairy to come with him but the fairy was imprisoned in the castle by a white giant and she wasn’t able to leave the castle.
The white giant was in love with the Queen and had her captured as queen didn’t feel the same for him.
Saif tried to sneak away with the Queen of fairies but the giant got awared of it. The giant got very mad and he started creating splashes in the lake, as a result the whole Kaghan valley drowned. They both took a shelter in a cave near the lake called Naran.
According to legend the Ansoo Lake in Kaghan Valley, a few miles away from Saif-ul-Malook, was created out of the tears of the white giant when he found out that the fairy was gone.
According to the fables the prince and queen are still alive and living in the cave. The come on every full moon to dance over the surface of the lake :).