Bashigram Lake is situated to the east of Bashigram valley near
Madyan. The road to this valley is partly metalled and can be plied by a four by
four or any ordinary vehicle. It takes almost forty to fifty minutes to reach
this picturesque valley inhibited by simple and hospitable folk. From here,
trekking of four to five hours, depending on professionalism and enthusiasm of
the trekkers lands you in the realm of a serene and enchanting lake of
Daral lake is situated to the northeast of Sidgai Lake and can be
accessed through Saidgai after two three hours rigorous trekking. The trail to
Daral is full of fun and amusement because it runs over sky touching heights of
the mountains provides spectacular sights and panoramas for the beauty hungry
eyes of nature lovers. After walking and trekking for
about two and a half hours on bare and naked mountains, the trail start
descending towards the East where Daral Lake is located.
Some places on earth are so wonderfully and spectacularly
designed by nature that one finds it hard to describe the beauty and serenity of
the area in written words. To experience the true and real beauty of these
areas, it becomes binding to visit the area and explore the uniqueness and
exquisiteness personally. Moreover there are several categories of people and
all of them have their own standards and parameters of beauty as it is aptly
said, “beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder”. For me it is the best place in
the world to escape from the routine hectic and busy life and spend some moments
in the lap of pure and serene Mother Nature though some people may consider it
madness or lunacy to leave the comforts and facilities of home and suffer,
though sometimes, the bitterness of nature.
The name Izmis means
caves in Kohistani and as the lake is surrounded by several natural caves, the
people have named the lake after these caves. Izmis Lake is located to the
North-east of Utror valley at a high altitude above the tree line. A small
jeep-able link road from Utror leads towards the location of the lake which ends
in a valley called Loypanrghalay. The lake can be accessed from here after
trekking for almost two hours. The track meanders between sprawling and lush
green carpets of grass covered with flowers of different colours and hues. The
grazing cows, lambs and goats make the panoramas more exciting and beautiful. A
small hamlet called Kalam Banda is located on these eye-soothing highlands where
the grazers welcome everyone in their own special rustic style.
The beautiful valley of Swat has abundance of precious resorts of
nature where one can find solace and respite from the never-ending struggle of
life. Kundal or Kandolo Lake is one such place here upon which the Maestro of
nature has spent extra time and effort to paint. Kundal Lake is situated in the north of Utror valley. One can easily access it from Kalam via Utror from where a link road ends in a green valley called Ladu in the foothills of the lake.
Saidgai Lake is situated in the Hindukush chain of mountains,
interspersed by several small and large lakes, which runs from the western edges
of the Pamir plateau, west of the Karakoram. The mountains have snow-covered
tops and are crossed by some minor glaciers. Saidgai Lake is located in the
peripheries of Swat and Dir mountain ranges and serves as a huge reservoir of
water for Hushirai Khwar (Stream), Dir.
Spin Khwar is a beautiful lake hidden in the lap of mountains
towards the north of Kundal Lake and east of Utror valley. The name Spin Khwar
has a clear significance as a small white stream in the east flows down to the
lake from the surrounding mountains and is a major source of water for the lake.
The lake is accessible through two tracks, one from Kundal and the other from
Ladu valley. The track from Ladu is comparatively easy to walk and less tiring
while the track from Kundal is not only difficult but alarmingly dangerous
although it is short and links Kundal and Spin Khwar.