Kallar Kahar is a subdivision (Tehsil) of Chakwal District in Punjab, Pakistan. It is famous for a natural garden of loquat trees on mountains with beautiful species of peacocks, Salt Water KalarKahar Lake, Takt-e-Babri, Bagh-e-Safa and Shrine of the grandson of Abdul QadirGilllani. It is considered as tourist destination located 25 kilometers southwest of Chakwal along the motorway (M2).
In 1519 AD, Mughal Emperor Babar passing by this valley for his concurring quest for Sub Continent was so inspired by it and ordered the construction of a garden, “Bagh-e-Safa”. In the mid of garden, on top of the hill, a flat stage was carved out of stones to address the army, which is called “Takt-e-Babri”. Emperor described Kallar Kahar in his memories as a “charming place with good air”.
It is said that some girls were sitting on the bank of Kallar Kahar lake, while a Sufi, an old religious person came and ask them regarding water taste. At that time, the taste of water was pure. However after lie of girls that the water is salty; the water taste has changed to salty.
The ways to get in Kallar Kahar are:
By Motorway (M2):
From Islamabad, the capital city of Pakistan, the beautiful valley is approximately 150 kilometers away and can be reached in less than three hours through Lahore-Islamabad Motorway (M2).
Salt Water Kalar Kahar Lake:
The lake is famous for its Salt Water and spreads over an area of 8 kilometers with maximum depth 4-5 feet. Usually, people come here to enjoy pedal boating, motor boating and to spend picnics and holidays.
It is a flat stage, constructed by carving stones on the top of the hill to address the army by Mughal Emperor Babar while his rest during a march for the conquering quest for Sub Continent.
Baber describes it as “charming place with good air” and ordered to lay out the garden, Bagh-e Safa on the southwest side of the lake. Traces of this garden still exist, like a rock-cut platform (Takht-i Babri).
Shrines of Hazrat Hoo Bahoo and grandson of Abdul Qadir Gillani:
As per engraved marble piece in the shrine, the group of Muslims visited Hazrat Abdul QadirGilani to request for help against Hindus, who were troubling Muslims while performing religious duties. On the request, Hazrat Abdul RazaqGillani, the son of Hazrat Abdul QadirGilani ordered his two sons to take companions to help Muslims in that region to strengthen their power. While a fight with Hindus, Muslims were succeeding but with the sacrifices with the life of both grandsons of Abdul QadirGilani. They were buried on the top of the hill and today, thousands of religious scholars have visited their shrines to show solidarity because those who fought for good faith and Allah always remain in the world.
Katas Temple Complex:
The Hindu Temple is located on the main road leading from Lake Kallar Kahar to Choa Saidan. Built in the 9th-11th century when the Salt Range was part of the powerful Hindu Kingdom of Kashmir. It is considered the second largest holy place for Hindus in Punjab, Pakistan after Jawala Mukhi.
Swaik Lake is famous for a natural waterfall, crystal clear water with tiny fishes, cliff diving, swimming, and trekking.
Several picnic points, gift shops, restaurants and guest houses are facilitating tourists at the bank of lake and souvenir stalls near the shrine.
A Tourism Development Corporation of Punjab (TDCP) motel provides services for tourists.
Fauji Foundation Hospital is situated on 5 minutes’ drive, on Choa Sadian Shah Road to cater the hospitalization needs of tourists.