Kenhatti Garden (Punjab)
Kenhatti Garden is one of the major tourist attaraction in the Soon Valley, which is located at the distance of 20 km from Naushehra, the main town in the Soon Valley. It is accessed via Naushehra-Jaba Road by turning left after crossing Khabbaki village. The route toward Kenhatti Garden is full of picturesque and scenic views, which never be ignored by the tourists.
Its name is derived from a special rock, Kanhat, found in the natural spring in the garden. Kenhatti Garden is very attractive place with different types of fruit trees and crops, which give a cool and pleasant environment. Almond, apricot, nagpurisangtara, pine apple, Valencia late and Washington Navel are the main fruit trees in the garden, in which Valencia Citrus is main uniqueness of the garden available in May-June. It is a place of comfort and relax. It is also developed site for tourist by TDCP, so it has facilities of restaurants, rest-house and parking area.
It is also a wonderful place to observe different types of colorful birds such as Grey and Black partridges, Punjab Urial, woodpeckers, pigeons, and golden orioles.
The main source of water in Kenhatti Garden is the natural spring and rain water. Sometimes artificial source such tube-well is also used to provide water in the garden. Due to natural spring, it is also famous for the waterfall on the 2 km trek in the Kenhatti Garden.
About Soon Valley
The Soon Valley is one of the beautiful valleys in the Punjab Province in the Salt Range and can be accessed through Khushab-Mianwali road via the Khushab district at a distance of 288 km from Lahore. It can also be accessed via Kaller Kahar on Islamabad-Lahore Motorway M2. It extends from Padhrar village to Sakesar having a length of 56 km and an average width of 14 km.
Naushehra is the main town in the Soon Valley, which has all of the facilities for tourists such as hotels, restaurants, shops, etc. It is located at 56 Km from the Khushab city.
Soon Valley offers a very attractive scenic beauty, with lakes, forests, waterfalls, and natural ponds. Mount Sakesar is the highest peak in this area at 5,010 feet above sea level. In the winter season, the temperature falls below the freezing point, and sometimes it receives snowfall around the area near Sakesar. It is the only Mountain in the Soon Valley which receives snowfall in the winter. The Pakistan Air Force has installed a radar station on the top to observe the airspace. Instead of that, Pakistan Television Corporation also built a television transmission center over there. Tourists are not allowed to visit the Sakesar top without prior permission.
The Soon Valley was settled in ancient time by the Awan tribe, which are still the major of the population in this area. They also serves high rank positions in the British Army as well as Pakistan Army after independence.
There are a number of attractive and picturesque saltwater lakes such as Uchhali, Khabikki, and Jahlar, which attract thousands of migratory birds each year including rare white-headed ducks from Central Asia. The waters of these lakes are lifeless. Uchchali lake is situated on the foot of the Sakaser Mountain. Khabikki lake is also a spelendid picnic point for families and situated in southern Salt Range. Jahlar lake is located in a remote village and not easy to access. But its gives more fascinating picturesque view within the calm and peaceful environment.
Kanahti Garden is the the heart of the Soon Valley. It is garden full of fruit trees of different kinds. A trek in the center of the garden leads toward the Kanahti Waterfall with small lake.
Akrand Fort of Janjua is an historical location in the Soon Valley. A trek leads toward the fort from the Kanahti Garden.
Amb Shareef Hindu temple, a ruin of ancient Hindu Temple, is located near Amb Shareef village on the Mountain Sakesar. There are two temples facing each other, but their condition is not better.
Kenhatti Garden Map
Tour places in Kenhatti Garden
In Kenhatti Garden, a traditional style Punjabi village is located, which becomes a main attraction for visitors. Passage is defined to move inside the village and house around the passage are decorated well to attract tourists. You are not allowed to enter inner streets of village nor even in adjoining houses.
Tourism in Kenhatti Village
Kenhatti waterfall is a very charming place in Kenhatti Garden, which is easily accessed via 2 km trek in the garden. At the end of trek in Kenhatti Garden, a beautiful and fantastic waterfall is one of another attraction for tourist. They can enjoy the pleasant atmosphere around the small lake near waterfall and even take bathe but be careful as stones and rocks are slippery there. This waterfall and lake is part of the Gambhir River in this area.
Tourism in Kenhatti Waterfall
Kenhatti Garden Photo Gallery
Most of the beautiful landscape of the Soon Valley in the Salt Range, are available while driving toward Kenhatti Garden.
Tourist can view different fantastic and colorful landscapes on the road toward Kenhatti Garden. Colors of green trees with various color of bushes and brownish structure of mountains, represent the real beauty of the Soon Valley.
The one of the main specialty of Kenhatti Garden, is the Valencia late, which a citrus family fruit and imported from Europe in Kenhatti Garden. It is available in the month of May and June.
The main sources of water in Kenhatti Garden, are natural spring water, the Gambhir River water, and artificial tube well water. This stream flows inside the Kenhatti Garden to give water for crops in the garden as well as for Kenhatti Village.
Passage to Kenhatti Garden is beautifully landscaped by the nature of God, you enjoy the fantastic road turns, curves, descends, etc., while driving toward Kenhatti Garden.
Kenhatti Garden land is fertile to produce different type of fruits such as almond, apricot, pine apple, nagpurisangtara, Valencia late and Washington Navel.
Kenhatti Garden land is fertile to produce variety of fruits and crops such as garlic, corn, etc.
The journey toward Kenhatti Garden becomes memorable moments of the tourists, as there are number of curves and turns on the road leads toward Kenhatti Garden.
Passage to Kenhatti Garden is 10KM drive on the mountains with share bends, deep descends, and with narrow treks. There are number of beautiful picturesque views with rocks on mountains, green trees and cool breeze. Before 3 km, there is deep broader view of Kenhatti garden area, surrounded by beautiful mountains.