Lake Saif ul Malook is situated near Naran valley in the northern end of Kaghan valley. The location of the lake is in the Pakistani province of Khyber pakhtunhwa. The lake Saif ul Malook is one of the highest lakes of the Pakistan with the altitude of 3,224 m or 10,578 feet above the sea level. The lake is very much near to the tourist staying resorts located in Naran and Kaghan. The crystal clear water of the lake is because of the surrounding glaciers that provides the water to the lake. The entire water of the lake is one mile in diameter and the lake gives an oval shape. The lake holds multiple species of the fish and is rich in eco-diversity. The famous fish of the lake is trout fish. Every year, thousands of visitors give a visit to the mesmerizing place from all over the country.
The magical lake of glaciers is open for the tourists only in the months starting from June to September. The lake Saif ul Malook is accessible through a 4×4 jeep from the Naran valley. The jeeps are easily available in the bazaars and the destination is approximately 8.9 kilometer away. The entire journey takes almost one hour to reach to the lake spot. The distance is full of natural beauty that captivates the attention of the viewer and is usually recommended to give a walk.
The weather of the lake Saif ul Malook remains always pleasant even in the summer season. In the month of July till August, the temperature shows the 15C; however, at the night time it drops to 3C or even lower. The tourists are required to wear warm clothes during summer as well. In the cold winter, the lake remains frozen due to the heavy snowfall. The road transportation in not accessible during the winter season but for the trekkers, lake is accessible.
The history of the Lake Saif ul Malook gives us the story of the prince Saif ul Malook and fairy princess Badi ul Jamal. The classic fable is written by Sufi poet and writer Mian Muhammad Baksh. The story is defined in the form of poem and verses. The story has a prince of Persia named Saif ul Malook who falls in love with the beautiful fairy princess Badi Ul Jamal, which means glory of the moon. The prince used to see her in the dreams and he started his restless journey to find her. One day, he met a darvaish, a holy man who advised him to go to the lake where he could find him. But he warned him that there will be many hurdles to win her as you are a human and she is a fairy. The prince fearlessly, faced many challenges in form of jinn and white giant and learnt many spiritual lessons. In the end, fairy and the prince stays in the cave, the same cave still exist. The story further says that both lives in the center of the lake and mounted only in full moon night on the Pegasus, the flying white horse (A story, believe it or not- it’s up to you) .