SHANGLA: Local groups of nature lovers reached the high altitude picnic spots in Shangla district to relax and kill the boredom amid continued lockdown observed due to Covid-19 pandemic across the country.
Staying at home the people, particularly students, started to feel boredom and as the weather cleared they turned to scenic places in Shangla to enjoy vacation.
Ijaz Hassan, a nature lover, said as he got bored at home due to prolonged lockdown he and his family members planned to visit Lal Sar for picnic. He said they went to the picturesque valley by foot and climbed upwards to reach the top, which made the trip incredible.
Lal Sar is located in Puran tehsil of Shangla at an altitude of 3,500 feet above sea level.
The area can be accessed through a pedestrian track through different scenic places, including Chatoo, Churlakai and Banish and it took 6-7 hours of a hike.
Shahabuddin, another picnicker, said they witnessed the lush green meadows, tasted water of springs and enjoyed traditional food served by local people.
He said every part of Shangla district presented a refreshing look, but the area had not been properly developed for tourism.
Shehzad Khan, a tourist, said Lal Sar was a mountain peak and all the surrounding villages, Indus River and Karakoram Highway could be seen from it. He said they also cooked food for themselves.