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Banjosa Lake is located near Rawalakot in Azad Kashmir. An artificial lake at an altitude of 1981 meters, a manmade land because of its beautiful and amazing views and fabulous garden, is very famous tourist spot with lively trees and colorful flowers. Facilitated with swings and slides the spot is an attraction for kids as well. Banjosa Lake is surrounded by mountains and lush green garden abundant with flowers and trees, this is a very beautiful small lake.
Authorities kept it very well and visitors love it, the dense forests in the surroundings of the lake offer a very attractive view.
How to get there
Banjosa Lake situated 12 km away from Rawalakot city. Through Kahuta road it takes 3 hours from Rawalpindi to reach Rawalakot. The breathtaking scenery is entertained visitors throughout the journey. From Rawalakot city Banjousa lake is 20 minutes away. Another way to access to this lake is from Rawalpindi to Mangla, Kotli then Khaigala and eventually reaches at fantastic beauty of Banjousa Lake. On the way there are many beautiful natural views and the roads are very well maintained.
In close proximity there are some other spots like Jandali 4 kilometers, Devi Gali 12 kilometers and Toli Pir 42 kilometers from this lake. All these places reflect the rich natural beauty waiting for the visitors to come and explore the natural beauty.
Hotels and Rest Houses
There are some luxurious guest house and hotels in Banjosa Lake. AJK Government built some fascinating resorts around lake, to be booked from AJK office in Rawalakot. Some private hotels and restaurants are also built at walking distance of lake, they offer delicious meals with all other facilities at economical prices. Since Banjosa Lake is famous tourist point and attracts a large number of visitors in summer, advance room reservation is recommended.
List of hotels near Banjosa Lake:
Banjosa Night Bridge Hotel, is built very near to lake, a guesthouse with almost every required facility. Ph: 05824-432211, 0333-3845337,
Another nearby hotel in Banjosa Lake is Canal View guest house and restaurant. Ph: 0321–5489412
Glacier Heights, a luxurious guesthouse located in Jandali 4km from Banjosa Lake, offers scenic views all around. They offer best hospitality at reasonable price. Ph: 0333-2124358
Banjosa Lake is a pollution free entity and a cooler spot of Rawalakot city. Summer experience 15°c to 25°c temperature, whereas winter is very cold, snow fall makes winter extreme cold in the months of January and February, whereas rest of the year weather remains pleasant. During moon soon valley receives heavy rains in the month of August and September. Before fall season the region gets covered in the hues of first gold then russet.
Things to do
Captivation beauty of Banjosa, the artificial Lake reflects in resting calm water. Banjosa Lake is the only planned tourist resort in the area. Stay in nearby constructed rest houses in the surroundings of lake is a delightful experience. One can enjoy boating and reading a book or having an iPod while sitting around could be a good idea.
Boating in lake is available, visitors especially children and women enjoy boating in pleasant weather under the shade of tall pine trees. In winter due to snowfall boating facility is not offered. Boating charge for a person is Rs.200 which can go high in summer season depending upon demand.