If you are interested to see nature closely plant Soon Valley. Its very beautiful destination for nature lovers.
The valley is located between Lahore and Islamabad and is just 4-hour drive from both sides. It has wonderful and attractive lakes, mountains, the rural culture of Punjab. One day is enough to visit this place because the place has few hotels but is not that secure.
As we’re going from Islamabad, Entered on M2 motorway towards Lahore then took a turn to Balkasar Interchange and travel towards Talagang. After crossing Talagang drive on Khushab road also known as Katha road up to Jaba mor, the first village of Soon Valley on that side. Naushera just is 25km from Jaba village. The total distance from Islamabad to Naushahra is 240 km. Naushera is the only town in the valley, surrounded by high hills, beautiful lakes, jungles, natural pools, and ponds. Naushera is also blessed with ancient civilization, natural resources, and fertile farms. The major settlement of the valley ‘Nausehra’ lies almost in the geographical center of the valley and is located at 72″ II’ 29″ north latitude and 32″ 34′ 58″ west longitude. The general height of surrounding hills is around 2500 feet above sea level, with several peaks reaching over 3000 feet. Tourists can use ATMs and internet cafes too in Naushera.
So Soon Valley is situated in the northwest of District Khushab in Punjab province of Pakistan. The Valley starts from Padhrar village and ends at Sakesar which is the highest peak of Salt Range. The length of Soon Valley is 35 miles and the average width is 9 miles (14 km).
Soon Valley looks like a cup surrounded by rolling asymmetrical green hills presenting a breathtaking panorama. The valley is known for its natural beauty, which provides a unique sanctuary to a host of migratory birds in the winter season. It is a valley of lakes and springs, lush green fertile fields, versatile mountains, amazing landscape, dense mixed forests, sanctuaries of wildlife, brave peoples of high traditions, rich archaeology, pre-historic sites, and ancient history.
The temperature is mild to pleasant in the summer and cold in winters. Soon Valley is heavenly in all seasons, especially when the monsoon clouds engulfs the valley and a chill breeze races down Sakesar to welcome wandering tourists. Located at a height of 5,010 feet (1,530 m) above sea level, Sakesar, the highest mountain in the Salt Range looms over Uchali lake. It was once the summer headquarters for the Deputy Commissioners of three districts – Attock, Mianwali, and Sargodha. Not only this, it is the only mountain in this part of Punjab which receives snowfall in winters.
Uchali Lake is the most popular tourist attraction in the valley. This lake is formed due to the absence of drainage in the range. Sakaser, the highest mountain in the Salt Range at 1,522 meters (4,993 ft), looms over the lake. Due to its saline water, the lake is lifeless but offers picturesque scenery. Boats are also available for boating.
One can experience the peace and natural beauty on visiting Jahlar lake and it creates a feeling of deep calm. It is one of the least visited lakes of the valley mainly because of it’s location. The lake is situated near the village Jahlar. Its area underwater is approximately 148 acres. In winter, birds from distant places migrate to this lake and in summer they make their return back to their native countries.
The water is strongly acidic and one can wash clothes with its water without any soup. This lake does not contain any facilities like boating or fishing unlike Uchali or Khabeki lake. There are two routes to this lake; one is from Kathwayi to Jahlar (if you are coming from Sargodha side) and the other is from Naushera to Surakki and then from there to Jahlar.
If you are going to visit Uchali Lake and coming from Kalarkahar or Talagang side, then most probably you will pass this lake on your way (unless you take the Sodhi road route). The lake and the green area around provide good scenery. Both Uchali and Khabeki lakes attract hundreds of migratory birds each year and are the ideal haven for bird watchers.
Nurshing Phowaar (Often mispronounced as nursing phowaar) is a place where one can find beautiful temples and lovely water springs. The temples still retain their original shape although rapidly deteriorating.
Regarding its history, there was a Hindu Nurshingh Daas who came to this place to pray. The drops of the water spring falls on the adjoining mountains and that is why how this place got the name of nursing phowaar. In the past, in the month of beesakh, a besaakhi mela used to be celebrated at this place where Yaatrees came from distant towns and villages. There is a beautiful waterfall, greenery at its best, mind-blowing water springs and amazing archaeological as well as historical temples at this place. These days, this temple is under the department of Oqaaf.
It is a beautiful place where one can not only enjoy spiritual peace but also gorgeous scenic beauty because of a small waterfall, ponds, and water springs.
The way to Dep Shareef goes from Kufri village or from the main road. The road almost goes near to the water springs from where one has to travel 1 kilometer by foot in order to reach the ponds. It is a mountainous ziaarat gaah. Water springs flow here in abundance. Water is absolutely clean, pure, and sweet. People from all over the valley come here to pay their homage to this sacred place because of a saint Siraaj Ud Din Naqshbandi.
“The fort and temples of Anmb Shareef are located in tehsil Quaidabad.”
Most of the people consider these temples as a part of the area of Soon Valley because of their contiguity to the dhoks of Mahoriyaan but officially, it is designated in tehsil Quaidabad rather than tehsil Khushab.
These buildings hold a special interest for archaeologists. Originally, the whole of this area was a fort in which there was one palace and two temples. Nowadays, only the palace and one temple exist. There used to be different statues in this fort but nothing is left of them now. The architecture of the temple is of Kashmiri style. The palace comprises three floors but one can only approach the ground and the first floor. Each floor has a central hall. This temple and palace are in ruins now.
The valley is full of nature and peace and love.