Banjosa is a small tourist attraction point about 20 KM) from Rawalakot, Azad Kashmir Pakistan. This small man made land because of its beautiful and amazing views and fabulous garden is very famous tourist spot with lively trees and colorful flowers. Its picturesque beauty and impressive surrounding is compelling and attract tourists to reach here and enjoy the nature. Amidst the captivating beauty of Banjosa, the artificial lake reflects the dense forests standing along the surroundings of the resting calm waters of Banjosa Lake.
Banjosa Lake is the only planned tourist resort in Rawalakot. The dense forests in the surroundings of the lake offer a very attractive views. A few rest houses are constructed in the surroundings of this lake. Some tuck shops are also present at the lake but not properly managed and arranged. Weather is pleasant in summer and occasional snowfall in winter. Available area for development is around 5 acres.
Everyone can reach here very easily because the road that leads to lake is very smooth, from Rawalpindi it takes 2-3 hours of drive. Rawalakot is connected with Islamabad and other big cities by Guoien Nalla road that runs between Rawalakot and Azad pattan Also you can travel Goin Nalla to Mong to Rawalakot. It is located 80 km away from Islamabad. By Road It takes two to three and a half hour to Rawalakot which is also famous by the name of “Pearl Valley” its specialty is natural beauty of peaks and warm people. A Another way to access to this lake is from Rawalpindi to Mangla and then Kotli to Rawalkpt. On the way there are many beautiful natural views and the roads are very well maintained.
The breathtaking scenery is entertained visitors throughout the journey. From Rawalakot city Banjousa lake is 45 minutes away. On the way there are many beautiful natural views and the roads are very well maintained.There are several other tourist spots in close proximity of Banjosa lake like Jandali (4 KM), Devi Gali (12 KM) and Toli Pir (42 KM). All these places reflect the rich natural beauty of the region which is always waiting for new visitors to come and explore it.
There are some very luxurious guest houses and hotels near Banjosa Lake. The Government of Azad Jammu and Kashmir has built some fascinating resorts around the lake, which can be booked from the AJK office in Rawalakot. Some private hotels and restaurants are also built within walking distance of the lake which offer delicious meals with other facilities at economical prices.
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.
Banjosa Lake is the only planned tourist resort in the area. Staying in one of the rest houses constructed in the surroundings of the lake is a truly delightful experience. One can enjoy boating in the lake, reading a book or listening to music while admiring the beauty of the area. 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 charges for a paddle boat is Rs.400.