Hanna Lake a delightful picnic spot near Quetta city in Pakistan and is one of the main attractions in the city. The lake is located a little short of the place where the Urak Valley begins and 10 km from Quetta. The greenish-blue waters of the lake provide a rich contrast to the sandy brown of the hills in the background.Golden fish in the lake comes swimming right up to the edge of the lake. There is a lakeside restaurant with picnic tables shaded by pine trees. At one end, the irrigation dam rises out of the depths like battlements of a fort.The turquoise waters of the lake provide a rich contrast to the sandy brown of the hills in the background. You can hire a boat and paddle on the lake and round the island in the middle.Getting there is no problem, as there is a daily bus service. Private taxis can also be hired.The transport can be hired through the PTDC Tourist Information Centre, Muslim Hotel, Jinnah Road Quetta.Hanna Lake is very attractive for holidaymakers, and is crowded with hikers and campers in holidays.
From the Hanna Lake is a lovely 7mile drive to another favourite picnic spot, the environs of Urak Tangi The road is lined on either side with wild roses and fruits orchards. Cherries, apricots, grapes apples and peaches of many varieties are grown in this valley.
Kachura Lakes & Shangrila Lake
Hanna lakes in winterKachura Lakes are two of the lakes in Skardu (nearly 2500 m or 8,200 feet); the Upper Kachura Lake and Lower Kachura Lake. Shangrila Lake or Lower Kachura Lake is a part of the Shangrila resort located at a drive of about 20 minutes from Skardu (nearly 2500 m or 8,200 feet) town. It is a popular tourist destination.Shangrila was established in 1983 with the opening of the first Resort Hotel in Skardu, also known as “HEAVEN ON EARTH” because of its spectacular beauty. It encircles the heart shaped “Kachura Lake” and is surrou-nded by fruit laden orchards and flower filled gardens. Due to its natural beauty, the first impression of Shangrila is of a Fairyland.Shangrila Resort Hotel was founded by the late Brig.(Retd) Muhammad Aslam Khan, the first commander of the Northern Scouts who liberated the Northern areas in 1948.Shangrila was named after a book titled “LOST HORIZON” by James Hilton. In the book, the author narrates a fictious tale in which an aeroplane crash landed near a riverbed, in the early 1920’s. The surviving passengers came across some Buddhist monks from a nearby temple and sought their help. They were taken to a beautiful lamasery filled with a variety of fruits and flowers. The idyllic place was called Shangrila,a Chinese word meaning ” HEAVEN ON EARTH.A vacation spent at Shangrila Resort is a once in a lifetime experience that one would want to relive again and again.
Namal Lake is a beautiful lake located in one corner of the Namal valley in Mianwali, Punjab, Pakistan. This lake was created Namal Dam was constructed in 1913. The hill torrents and rains fill the Namal Lake round the year.Namal Lake spread over 5.5 sq km, in Namal valley. There are mountains on its western and southern sides. On the other two sides are agricultural areas.Namal Lake is an ideal abode for the migratory birds in winter season when thousands of waterfowls, including Russian ducks and Siberian cranes, land in the lake water.
Rama Lake one of the most picturesque spots, near Astore in Northern Areas, Pakistan. It is on the top of the beautiful Astore Valley, covered with oak trees and greenery.On the way to Rama Lake, from Astore Valley, there are three small lakes called Sarot in the local Shina language.There are more than 50 small beautiful villages in Astore. Some of which are Chilm, Bubin, Gorikot, Eid Ghah, Fina, Bulen, Chongra and Pari Shing. Chilm is the most beautiful village among all the villages of Astore, because it is the starting point of Deosai, the world’s second highest plane.Apart from being a beautiful destination, the Alpine Forest around it imparts a pleasant atmosphere. The area has many Trekkers/Hikers routes and some of them are ideal for Jeep Safaris.PTDC newly constructed Motel at Rama Lake is a welcome addition as an important tourist resort.
Satpara Thso Lake
Satpara Thso Lakeor Sadpara Lake is the main lake in Skardu Valley which supplies water for the town of Skardu. Satpara Lake one of the largest fresh water lakes of the countryIn 2002 the Government of Pakistan decided to build a dam on the Satpara Lake.It is one of the most picturesque lakes in Pakistan. By and large, the lake offers opportunity for trout fishing, boating and rowing.PTDC?s newly built Motel and furnished is ideally located overlooking at Satpara lake. The Motel is 9 kilometers from Skardu, capital city of Baltistan and takes about 20 minutes by Jeep – Heritage