Daral Lake

Daral lake (Daral Dhanda) 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. It can also be accessed from Bahrain side on the way of Daral river which directly goes to Daral lake. A close look towards the south will reveal the long and winding sellouts of river Swat in the horizon. 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.

A wave of delights and thrill sweeps over your body at the first glimpse of the lake from awesome heights. The descend towards the lake is tricky and treacherous; therefore, utmost care and precaution must be taken climbing down the gully. Lake Daral is sprawled over a huge area like a giant amoeba. Large rugged and jagged boulders of various shapes and sizes surround it. Carpets of lush-green grass and erotic flowers cover the edges of the lake. Leaping and swimming frogs in the lake is a spectacle, which compels one to think about the survival of these fragile amphibians in such a harsh, and intimidating eliminate.

The blue and wavy water of the lake presents a welcome contrast to rugged and jagged mountain cliffs in the background. The vast and sprawling pasture and grasslands sustain different communities of nomads who make the valley lively busy derving summer.

The magnificent Daral Lake is guarded and shackled from all sides by gigantic mountains and not even a trickle of water escapes the huge and sprawling lake. The notion that Daral Lake is the origin of Daral river/torrent looks absurd, as the lake is literally land locked.

Trekking for about an hour from Daral Lake lands you in a small lakelet called Dand Ghara (Lake edge) in local vernacular. It looks like an offshoot of the gigantic Daral Lake and most of the nomads live around its vicinity. A small mosque built by the nomads on its edges provides relief and respite for the trekkers after their long exhausting walk. You can spend a night here and relish the calm surrounding, and company of the inquisitive nomad kids for whom the trekkers in their strange attire and backgrounds is the only source of attraction.

A small stream pours from this lake to the roaring Daral river. On the way down to Bahrain valley in the deep gorge carved by thick canopies of conifer, pine and cedar forests always hover over your head providing shelter from the blazing sun. An expert and keen observer of herbal plants will discover boundless treasures of herbal plants here. The track down to Bahrain valley is an extremely long but easy to walk trail which winds up in Bahrain valley after relentless trekking for eight to nine hours. The beautiful sights and landscapes on the way down are saved forever in your memories to cherish later in moments of tranquility.

Map of Daral Lake

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