National Highway 15 is a very popular drive among tourists
National Highway 15 (also called N-15) is the name of a scenic highway located on the boundary of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit-Baltistan provinces of Pakistan.
Set high on the northwestern part of the country, the road is mostly paved, wide and useable for all kinds of vehicles. It is a typical Pakistani mountain road, with hills on one side and a deep khud (valley) on the other side. The road is very popular among tourists who visit Naran and the surrounding areas. Naran is one of the most scenic towns in the country, attracting thousands of tourists, trekkers, photographers and nature-enthusiast, every year. The road is 226 km (140 miles) long running south-north from Mansehra (the capital of Mansehra District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province) to Chilas (the divisional capital of Diamer District in Gilgit-Baltistan), on the Karakoram Highway (N-35).
To drive the road without stopping will take most people between 7 and 8 hours. It’s a high mountain road, topping out at an elevation of 4.179m (13,710ft) above the sea level by Babusar Pass. It is often used as a bypass for the N-35 road. In winter the road is blocked due to heavy snowfalls and it is very difficult to reach these zones..
Pic: Sikandar Khattak