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The Most Beautiful Lakes of Pakistan to Visit in 2022

If you’re a fan of water bodies, here’s a list of the top lakes of Pakistan you can visit in 2022. While some of these lakes are very famous in Pakistan and are known to everyone, some are grossly under-rated, despite being equally beautiful.

So, without any further ado, here’s our list of Pakistan’s top lakes to visit in 2022.

Zalzal Lake

Zalzal Lake: list of the best lakes of Pakistan to visit in 2022
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Located in Chikaar valley of Bagh in Azad Kashmir, Zalzal lake is highly under-rated in the list of lakes in Pakistan.

As the name ‘zalzal’ suggests, this lake was formed due to the deadly 2005 earthquake that wreaked havoc in Bagh and other areas of Azad Kashmir.

With a whopping length of 3.5 km and a height of 350 ft, Zal Zal Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes (sort of a hidden gem) to visit in Pakistan in 2022.

Rainbow Lake

Rainbow Lake - list of the top lakes of Pakistan to visit in 2022
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Located in the Domel village of Astore in Gilgit Baltistan, Rainbow Lake is a highly under-rated Pakistani lake. It might be smaller than most other famous lakes, but it doesn’t lack beauty even by smallest of measures.

Encircled by beautiful mountains, fed by fresh water from nearby streams, and surrounded by thick vegetation, Rainbow Lake truly has all colors of Rainbow around it!

This summer, take a break from the usual famous lakes and visit this lake instead – and you won’t regret your decision.

Saral Lake

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One of the most beautiful lakes to visit in Pakistan in 2022, Saral Lake is truly a heaven on earth.

It is located in Neelam Valley, in Azad Kashmir at a whopping height of 13,600 feet (4,100 meters). Thanks to its great height, Saral Lake is accessible only by a jeepable track, which too is followed by hours of trekking.

It means Saral lake doesn’t only cool your touristy eyes – but also provides you a ton of adventure. You won’t regret adding it on your list of lakes to visit in Pakistan this year!

Ratti Gali Lake

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Another lake from Azad Kashmir, Ratti Gali lake is hailed as one of the top famous lakes to visit in Pakistan.

It’s located in the heavenly and ultra-beautiful Neelum Valley. Besides that, it’s fed by crystal-clear glacial waters from the surrounding hills.

And if that’s also not enough, just know that Ratti Gali lake is located at a height of 12,000 feet. All these reasons make it one of the best lakes to visit in Pakistan in 2022.

Shounter Lake

Spoon Shounter Lake
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Shaped like a spoon, Shounter Lake is also known as the Spoon Lake or Shounter Spoon Lake.

This beautiful lake is located at a height of 10,200 ft in Shounter Valley of Azad Kashmir. Accessible by a jeepable track, Shounter Lake is surrounded by green grass vegetation, snow coated mountains, and variety of flowers.

Though not so famous as other lakes in Azad Kashmir, Shouter Lake is definitely one of the most beautiful lakes you can visit there!

Katpana Lake

Katpana lake in Skardu
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If you want a convenient escape from the bustling streets of Skardu to some really heavenly sights, just go visit the Katpana lake.

This beautiful Pakistani lake lies in the Katpana Desert on the banks of the river Indus near Skardu.

Despite the cold environment of Gilgit Baltistan, you can easily swim in the clear water of Katpana lake. The sights around make it one of the best lakes to visit in GB and in Pakistan in 2022!

Banjosa Lake

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Banjosa lake is one of the best man-made lakes of Pakistan. It’s also a beautiful resort!

This beautiful and famous lake is located 18 km from the city of Rawalakot in Poonch district of AJK, or Azad Kashmir.

With tall trees and lots of vegetation surrounding the lake, plus the pleasant temperate climate, it’s one of the best lakes to visit in Azad Kashmir in 2022.

The summers are extremely pleasant here, making it a top tourist attraction of the entire Kashmir valley.

Saif ul Malook Lake

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Saif ul Malook lake is one of Pakistan’s famous lakes. It’s located in the northern part of the Kaghan Valley, near Naran in KP.

Saiful Maluk lake was formed by melting of northern glaciers – and has therefore crystal clear water. It also has lot of pleasant vegetation around!

With an elevation of 10,578 feet above sea level, Saif-ul-Malook is one of Pakistan’s highest alpine lakes – and definitely a lake you must visit at least once in your life.

Rush Lake

Rush Lake Trek
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Located in Nagar Valley of Gilgit Baltistan, Rush Lake is another hidden gem lake that’s worth visiting.

At 15,400 feet high, Rush Lake is Pakistan’s highest alpine lake, and therefore provides an amazing trekking opportunity to tourists.

The backdrop of snow-covered mountains make it a beautiful spot for tourists all around the Pakistan. Though not known as many other famous lakes of Pakistan, it’s a place you’d enjoy visiting!

Shangrila Lake

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Located in Skardu, Shangrila lake is one of the most famous lakes to visit in Gilgit Baltistan.

It’s one of the three Kachura lakes present in Skardu district of GB, and is also known as the Lower Kachura lakes. The other two Kachura lakes, especially the Upper Kachura Lake, are also heaven on earth.

If you’re planning a trip there, know that the best time to visit Shangrila/ Kachura lake is winter as the water is surprisingly warm here compared to most other Pakistani lakes!

Attabad Lake

Attabad Lake: most famous lakes of pakistan
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Attabad is easily the most beautiful lake in Pakistan. It’s one of the most famous lakes of Pakistan and also one of the top-most visited tourist points!

Ironically, it was created by a disastrous landslide that happened in the village of Attabad on Jan 4, 2010.

Also known as Gojal Lake, Attabad Lake is a located in Hunza Valley in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan. This lake has probably the bluest water in the world, plus probably the best picturesque mountains in the backdrop!

If you have a bucket list of lakes to visit in Pakistan, this one should be on top of that!

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