It was our third day in KPK regarding our all Pakistan Bike tour. We were planning to stay and explore here for 5 to 6 days but became, eager to leave this area as soon as possible. Hence, reached back to Muzafarabad leaving rest of the places alone without visiting. Moreover, all the lakes are frozen except saif ul malook and LuLusar. Babusar top is yet closed with no expectations to get opened anytime soon.
Here are the reasons:
144 on camping from Balakot to Babusar including Saiful Malook .
Generally bikes are exempted from tolls, but we paid ₨ 50/ bike for entering into Naran. Rate was 100-200 for cars and up. First of a kind tax in Pakistan as far as I know.
No one is allowed to go for saif ul malook or Lalazar after 5pm.
No one is allowed to stay at Saiful Malook for night.
Government representatives are everywhere to ruin your tour with different instructions and restrictions as if you are visiting some military cantt area.
People are very ill mannered just like their ill mannered Leader
Grocery, bakery or eatables *are 300 cent more expensive than normal rates. (To give you an Idea, we spent ₨ 30000 from Karachi to Arrang Kel and back Muzaffarabad on the other hand This only leg costed us about ₨.19000)
No one is allowed to pass Batakundi or Jalkhad max after 5pm, means if you are near any of these points you have to either go back to Naran or stay in any Hotel at Batakundi or Jalkhad at their desired room fares.
There is not a single board at entrance of Naran to notify about these restrictions, neither you will find them on Internet. That's the hypocritical system of governance in KPK. That's how tourism is being promoted here.
At least I will never even think about visiting KPK tourism points in my life again.
The PTDC has vast area for camping but they don't allow to camp too.
Very bad and sick experience. This is the CHANGE
However, notwithstanding above, the only good thing in this leg was the best offroad biking experience, between Shogran and Siri-Pae, (Although not a family place to visit, because no water to drink or for other use, you have to buy water for all purposes at quite high rates)
Amir Lodhi and Maya Bhai both decided to leave for Karachi from here, since Naran-Kaghan leg has disturbed the budget quite badly. Gonna miss u guys.