Journey To Attabad Lake – A Majestic Natural Landscape
Back in 2016, I had just finished college and was as free and useless as the letter ‘g’ in my lasagna, which I loved to eat at least once a week. Anyways, I have always been a traveling freak, and travelled to the freezing icy landscapes of Scandinavia and have gazed in awe at the majestic pyramids of Giza. However, what always bugged me was that I had never seen the beauty of my own backyard – Pakistan! But my journey to Attabad Lake was one to savor. A memory forever stored in the back of my mind.
I always knew that Pakistan has a lot of spots that are worth exploring, and beyond the hustle and bustle of the cities, lies beauty deep and mysterious. So, with my college friends, we set out to explore the most beautiful places in Pakistan.
We decided to embark on a journey to explore the northern areas of Pakistan. One of the guys joining us was a pro backpacker and had already been to the northern areas twice before. So, the process of getting us booked and traveling was fairly straightforward. He asked us to keep our warmest clothes with us, as things would get cold down north. I was excited like anything, since I was the only person in our group who had been oblivious to what northern Pakistan has to offer. My friend told me that we would be traversing all the way to through Gilgit to reach the Attabad Lake, a place that has long stirred the interest of travel enthusiast. Thus, our journey to Attabad Lake began.
The Lake of Wonders – Attabad Lake
We went by train, and as a person who had been living under the rocks, I had no clue where the train was leading. But fortunately, I got the best seat in the house – right next to the window. And there were scenes that I could not quite put into words; vast fields of corn, with cattle grazing in it and mothers with their children in arms plucking the flowers from the gardens – accompanied by a setting sun in the backdrop.
This may sound very redundant but the view coupled with silence was just incredible. It felt as if I were in the valley of eternity – far away from the chaotic cries of city life. I somehow slept and was only awoken by my gang, who informed me that we had to take a bus to get to through Gilgit and to Attabad Lake – our ultimate destination and widely hailed as Pakistan’s most famous tourist attraction.
While on the way, I witnessed sights that dipped my heart in an unknown form of ecstasy. There were large trees, standing as tall as if having an astral dialogue. Doves and other birds were hovering around them, singing songs of joy. The weather was generally warm, but there was a chill, that I could feel as the night drew near. At night, I could see the stars twinkling above in the horizon – making it a cosmic scene of beauty.
The End of Our Journey:
By sunset, we reached the Attabad Lake and the place, to my surprise, was forlorn. The lake had a mysterious aura to it. The first noticeable thing was the color, which was shining crystal turquoise. The water itself was still and benign, yey begging onlookers to drown in its depths.
The rays of the full moon were shining upon the lake, making it glisten like diamonds. My friend told me that the lake was formed as a consequence of a landslide in 2010, taking the lives of 20 people. I began to wonder if the souls of the departed give the lake a magical essence. Anyways, I was in a trance-like state by the whole scene before me. It was the night, that made me truly realize the meaning of “Nature is the best therapy”. My journey to Attabad Lake ended but it I knew that I would be visiting this place some time again.