Youth times Travel Guide to Neela Wahn – A Majestic Waterfall in Pakistan In the middle of Soon Valley and Kallar Kahar lies a small rough trek that takes you to Neela Wahn. The name itself resonates with what the place actually offers – Neela is an Urdu word, which means blue and Wahn means a pond. The local people call it Chashma Aab-e-Hayat because of the clear, blue waters that reflect purity. Close to the Salt Range, the beautiful backdrop of hills and mountainous terrain backed by lush green landscape will surely refresh you! Let us explore Neela Wahn and the different activities it has to offer.
But first, let us understand where Neela Wahn is located.
Location of Neela Wahn
Neela Wahn is situated 30 km away from Kallar Kahar Lake on Khushab road in Nurpur Village, which is situated in the District Chakwal of Punjab. Kallar Kahar lies on the banks of River Jhelum. You have to walk through lush green plains, where you can often see cattle freely grazing. It is quite a sight to watch for an urban dweller. Immerse yourself in the sounds of nature, the mooing of cows, the chirping of birds, and the gentle breeze bringing in the natural aroma of the soil. The trip to Neela Wahn is ideal both for adventure seekers and those wanting some peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
However, be prepared to do some trekking as Neela Wahn is a hidden tourist destination, tucked away amidst the mountains. To reach Neela Wahn valley, you have to pass through a rocky, bumpy trail that could be uneven at times. Invest in good-quality shoes for the journey. The path will take you down to a forest and you will have to climb downhill to view the exhilarating picnic spot of Neela Wahn Lake.
The best views of Neela Wahn Valley can be spotted from the top. Since it is not yet explored, the untouched beauty is a major attraction for tourists and explorers who love sightseeing. This top tourist attraction in Punjab is being developed to facilitate incoming tourists and visitors.
If you are intrigued by the natural beauty of this place, then take help from our guide to Neela Wahn and plan your trip accordingly. Here are a few things you should take into account before embarking on a trip to Neela Wahn.
How To Travel to Neela Wahn Valley
There are various travel packages that are meant for groups and also for individuals. The pickup point is usually from Lahore and the starting rate of travel packages is PKR 3,500. You can also travel to Neela Wahn by road if you are confident about trekking on your own. Take the Lahore-Islamabad Motorway M2 route, which is about a 3-hour 30-minute drive. From Kallar Kahar, it would take around 40 minutes to reach Neela Wahn’s car parking area. Remember, you will have to trek for an hour or so to reach the waterfall.
If you really want to enjoy the breathtaking views of the majestic waterfall, then visit the Neela Wahn Valley during the end of the summer season, in the month of July and August when it becomes the highest 85-meter wide waterfall that falls from a 700-meter elevation. It is a beautiful spectacle, one that you won’t easily forget in your lifetime. If not in the rainy season, then you can also visit the place from January to March or even in the winter season if you can bear the cold weather. When the water is not flowing at full speed during the rainy season, the pool becomes an unforgettable place to swim deep into the icy cold waters of the blue pond.
Things to Do
There are numerous tourist spots near Neela Wahn Valley. In other words, people traveling from Lahore to Islamabad usually stop over at Kallar Kahar for a refreshing break.
Visiting Saltwater Lake
Kallar Kahar offers various picnic spots such as the Kallar Kahar Lake, which is a saltwater lake spread over an area of 8 km, 1500 ft above sea level. It is 4-5 feet deep. People enjoy pedal boating and motor boating at the lake.
For history aficionados, Kallar Kahar has a lot to offer. Although not very well-maintained, Takht-e-Babri is a historic landmark in Kallar Kahar. The famous Mughal emperor Babar had put up a camp in Kallar Kahar along with his army when he was marching from Kabul to attack Delhi. While he was camping, in his honor, a throne was built by carving out a big rock at the spot where he addressed his army. Later, the throne was named “Takht-e-Babri”. It still exists in Kallar Kahar and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Punjab.
Visiting Katas Raj Temple
The Katas Raj Temple complex is a Shiva temple located near Kallar Kahar and is a treasure trove for archaeologists and students of history. It is located at an altitude of 2,000 feet and is situated approximately 100 km away from another popular Hindu pilgrimage site – the Tilla Jogian complex. The importance of Katas Raj temples lies in the fact that the founder of the Sikh faith, Guru Nanak, visited it once. The Sikh emperor, Ranjit Singh also regularly visited the site.
Key Tips to Travel to Neela Wahn Lake
Since it is a remote location and an untouched tourist destination, Neela Wahn isn’t really crowded. There are not many restaurants and eateries and it is, therefore, advised to carry your own food supplies to this place. Take a look at a few tips you should take note of before traveling to this majestic waterfall in Pakistan.
When planning a trip to Neela Wahn in Kallar Kahar, make sure you plan your journey during the daytime. After sunset, the place might get dark and trekking to Neela Wahn can be troublesome, especially if you are a beginner.
You must wear suitable clothes to support your adventurous trip, which includes hiking, trekking, swimming, and camping. Keep a backpack with essential supplies such as a wide beam torch, first aid kit, water bottles, snacks, camping tent, and swimsuit. Don’t forget to wear boots that would help you in your journey
The weather of Neela Wahn is usually cool and pleasant, especially if you are visiting it after the monsoon season. From the months of July to March, the weather is pleasant and cold in the winter season. Moreover, the water is exhilaratingly cold, so it is advised to keep a jacket or two just in case you feel the chill.
When taking a trip to Neela Wahn, make sure you are well-stocked for a hiking trip as the terrain surrounding the area is mountainous and the roads can be a bit uneven. The availability of different types of travel packages for Neela Wahn is also a convenient way for adventure seekers to take trips to this beautiful waterfall and lake in Pakistan.
The starting rate of the travel packages for Neela Wahn is PKR 3,500 per person, which includes a one-day trip, breakfast and lunch meal, air-conditioned transportation, and refreshments.