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Why Kallar Kahar?
Places to visit & Nearby Places
Kallar Kahar – an incredibly charming town in Punjab – is full of interesting history and breath-taking views. Also known as the ‘gateway to Soan Valley’, the revitalising town in Punjab has a lot to offer in terms of natural beauty, historic sites, and archaeological wonders.
Let’s take a look!
Why Should Kallar Kahar Be On Your Bucket List?
Tourist Development Corporation of Punjab (TDCP) is responsible for promoting recreation and tourism in Punjab. Hence, the responsibilities of management and administration of Kallar Kahar falls under the jurisdiction of this department. In order to attract tourists to the area, the authority has recently built a hotel with the name of ‘TDCP Hotel and Restaurant’.
With over 16,000 residents, the Gateway to Soan Valley is at its best during spring when it gets decorated with flowers, grass, all sorts of natural colours.
Apart from the enormous Kallar Kahar Lake and the stunning Kallar Kahar Waterfall, the place hosts a wide variety of wildlife. More than 60 species of birds can be spotted across the region – some of the most common ones are Indian peafowl, little swift, greater coucal, and Asian paradise flycatcher.
Bonus Tip: If you love Bird Watching, Kallar Kahar is a place you should definitely visit.
Places to Visit in and near Kallar Kahar
There are a couple of reasons why Kallar Kahar is one of the most popular places to visit in Punjab. Here’re a few places that make it so special:
- Kallar Kahar Lake
- Kallar Kahar Museum
- Molat Fort
Kallar Kahar Lake
Surrounded by Kallar Kahar Mountains, Kallar Kahar Lake is around 8 km in area and approximately 5 feet in depth. The lake is visited by water-sports enthusiasts and activities such as pedal boating, motor boating, and fishing are some of the most popular ones.
Furthermore, Bagh-e-Safa – the first Mughal garden built in the sub-continent – is situated near the shorelines of the lake.
The most stunning time to be at the lake is while the sun sets down. You can get the most instagrammable pictures of Kallar Kahar Mountains with the sun setting behind it.
Kallar Kahar Museum
The Kallar Kahar Museum is home to fossils of different animals. 50 million year old dinosaurs, elephants, lions, and etc. The museum was established in 2008 by the Punjab Archeology Department.
Timings: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sitting at a distance of 12 km from Kallar Kahar, Molat Fort is situated on top of a hill in the Molat Village. It is made of beautiful bright red sandstones, constructed by the emperor Raja Mal dev Khan.
The red sandstones make the place really stand out, especially during sunrise.
Behind the Kallar Kahar Museum, sitting on an elevated ground is a single stone, the throne was carved for the first Mughal Emperor Babur by his army.
Babur, on his way back from Kabul, wished to seize the area of Koh-e-Jood. In order to motivate his army for the upcoming battle, the Mughal emperor wished to be seated at an elevated spot, so he could address his army. Hence, Takht-i-Babri came into existence.
Where is Kallar Kahar Located
Surrounded by the most stunning mountains, Kallar Kahar is situated 25 km east of Chakwal.
The gateway to the Soan Valley is 1.5 hours drive from Islamabad and 4 hours drive from Lahore. The distance can easily be covered using Lahore-Islamabad Motorway. Even though the M2 Motorway is one of the busiest motorways of Pakistan, Kallar Kahar interchange will help you enter the area without any hassles.
There are a couple of UNESCO world heritage sites nearby such as Rohtas Fort, Taxila, and Buddhist Ruins (Takht-i-Bahi). Besides, the famous Khewra Salt Mines, Soan Valley, and Katas Raj Temples are at 1-3 hours drive.
Weather of Kallar Kahar
Temperatures during both summer and winter can get quite extreme. During summers, the temperature can reach to the high of 40 degree Celsius while in the winter the temperature can drop to the lowest of 5 degree celsius. Make sure to pack accordingly.
Waking up to a concert sung by various species of birds, surely is something.
This is definitely one of the reasons why you should consider spending a night in Kallar Kahar, and no there is no need for you to worry about the accommodation.
Tourism Development Corporation of Punjab, has constructed one of the most comfortable places for you to stay, the TDCP Lake View Resort.
Located at the basin of the Kallar Kahar Mountains, the visitors of the resort enjoy a wonderful view of the lake. Apart from the gorgeous view, the resort offers the finest cuisine, dining halls, BBQ area, and rooms with WIFI facility, car parking space and mosque.
Apart from there are a couple of other hotels in Kallar Kahar, such as the exotic hotel and others.
Travel Packages for Kallar Kahar
Beside accommodations facilities, TDCP offers exciting travel packages that include everything from food to transportation. If you want to plan for a visit to Kallar Kahar, it is best to visit Punjab Tourism App and make your bookings accordingly.
For information about Travel packages to Kallar Kahar or the nearby tourist sites, you can contact TDCP.
- Lahore (Head Office): 042-111 111 042
- Multan: 051-9272128
- Rawalpindi: 061-9200955
- Islamabad: 051-9208949
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