Soon Valley (Punjab)
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.
Soon Valley Map
Tour places in Soon Valley
Jahlar Lake is small but gives a very attractive, calm, and magical atmosphere. It is one of the most beautiful lakes in the Salt Range. Tourists can never ignore to admire its beauty, It is at a distance of 18km from Naushehra via Suraki village. Its water contains strong acidic elements due to there is no life in the lake, but even it is a living place for the number of migrating birds in the winter season.
Tourism in Jahlar Lake
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.
Tourism in Kenhatti Garden
Khabbaki Lake is another very attractive lake near Khabbaki village on Naushehra-Jaba Road at the distance of 11km from Naushehra, the main town in the Soon Valley. There is a small passage descended down toward the lake from the main road, which leads toward the other side of the same road.
Tourism in Khabbaki Lake
Sakesar Mountain is the highest point at the elevation of 1,522 meters in the Salt Range in the Soon Valley. In winter season, it also receives littlebit snowfall. It is restricted area now due to PAF airbase and radar system on top of the Sakesar, but tourist can visit its top if some of the armed force link available.
Tourism in Mount Sakesar
Uchalli Lake is the largest saltwater lake with lifeless water in Soon Valley in the Salt Range on the foot of Mount Sakesar, located at the distance of 17km from Naushehra on Khushab-Sakesar road, the main town in the Soon Valley. The main sources of its water are the surrounding streams in the area and rainwater due to the lack of a drainage system there.
Tourism in Uchalli Lake
Just before Uchalli lake entrace and along the Uchalli lake, there is the Uchalli village with traditional Punjabi lifestyle. There are vast area of fields for different local crops around the road and behind the village residency.
Tourism in Uchalli Village
Soon Valley Photo Gallery
Gambhir River is one of the river in the Soon Valley, which is used to fulfill water needs in the area. It is the main source of water in Kanhatti Garden to water its plants and crops. It merges with the Sawan River, which finally merges with Indus River near Kala Bagh.
The landscape of the Soon Valley is a mixture of different attractive colors of trees and Salt Range mountains. During the drive toward the Jahlar Lake and Kanhatti Garden, one can observe such a beautiful landscape of the Soon Valley.
The soon valley is heaven on the earth for tourist. It is full of colorful and spell-bound landscape views, which must have an impact on the life of tourist forever.
The Soon Valley is a gift of God and a piece of Heaven on the earth. Tourists love this valley to visit again and again. It has number of beautiful and attractive lakes, wonderful landscapes, natural springs and streams, and vast valleys.
Naushera is center point in the Soon Valley, tourist can stay there and move toward other beautiful locations in the Soon Valley. So Naushera is the rest point in the Soon Valley and it also has all of the facilities such as hotels, restaurants, shops, etc.
From Khushab main city, the Khushab-Sakesar road is beautifully curved on the mountains of the Soon Valley toward Naushehra the main town in the Soon Valley to access all of the tourist attraction in the Soon Valley. Driving in the night is another wonderful adventure, you can observe wild animals such fox, jackal, rabbit, etc.
As the main source of water in the Soon Valley is rain and small sized rivers, whereas lakes in the valley are salty and acidic, so they are not suitable for drinking purpose. So locals in the valley, create number of small ponds near the towns for water storage which can be used for drinking as well as for other purposes.
Soon Valley is one of beautiful and attractive place in Punjab district. There are number of picturesque views, colorful landscapes, and fantastic valleys, which attracts number of tourist from all around the Pakistan and even from foreign countries. They never ignore to admire the wonderfulness of God to visit this valley.
Naushera is the main town and base camp in the Soon Valley, all of the major tourist attractions are located around it. It is has all of the main facilities such as hotels, restaurants, shops, communication centers, etc. Public transports is also available here to access different areas of the Soon Valley.