Spin Khawar (White Stream) Lake – Lakes in Swat Valley of Pakistan

Spin Khwar Lake in Swat Valley, Pakistan

Spin Khwar (White Stream) Lake

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Spin Khwar is a beautiful lake hidden in the lap of mountains towards the north of Kundal Lake and east of Utror valley. The name Spin Khwar has a clear significance as a small white stream in the east flows down to the lake from the surrounding mountains and is a major source of water for the lake. The lake is accessible through two tracks, one from Kundal and the other from Ladu valley. The track from Ladu is comparatively easy to walk and less tiring while the track from Kundal is not only difficult but alarmingly dangerous although it is short and links Kundal and Spin Khwar. Its steepness and dangerous bends needs an experienced trekker and unending physical strength. The grazers in the area have built small huts and a mosque where one can stay but a personal tent is more recommendable as these huts are in a poor condition due to lack of maintenance.

Spin Khwar Lake has formidable size and depth surrounded by tall mountains on all sides except the western face from where a stream of water invisible under the rocks and boulders flows down to River Swat. Tall coniferous trees around the lake reinforce the beauty of the surrounding and the lake. The lake has a considerable size and is an ideal refuge for local and migratory birds and animals. Green pastures and wild flowers decorate all the landscapes around the lake. The surrounding of the lake is pure and natural due to less human intervention. The ecosystem and ecological balance of the lake is in perfect order and the lake is an ideal shelter for the local and migratory bird and animal species. The water of the lake remains placid and calm due to the closely located melting glaciers water. The serene environment, hypnotizing silence and beautiful landscapes never weary the eyes and ears of the beholder. The sonorous music of streams, bleating of goats and lambs and the gentle jingling of the bells in their necks make the surrounding more enchanting and mesmerizing.

Spin Khwar Lake has an immense potential for eco-tourism as beautiful landscapes and campsites are available in close proximity with the lake. The lake can become a famous recreational spot if proper tracks and other necessary facilities are provided to the visitors.

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