Description and location:
Swat valley is a lush and green valley situated in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa which is called Switzerland of the East. Swat has numerous alpine forests, lush green meadows, panoramic views, snowcapped mountains and fresh water lakes.
5,337 square kilometer
Swat can be accessed from Besham city by crossing Shangla pass (7,000ft) and alternative route for Swat is from Peshawar via Charsadda crossing Malakand Pass. Distance between Beesham and Swat is 110km and travel timing is 3 hours. From Peshawar to Swat distance is 250km and travel timing is 5-6 hours.
Hottest month: June, with mean, maximum temperature 33 centigrade and minimum temperature 16 centigrade.
Coldest month: January, with mean, maximum and minimum temperature of 11 centigrade and -2 centigrade.
There are various hotels in Swat Valley ranging from one star to four star. The tourist class hotels in Swat Valley are:
Marghazar is a scenic village in Swat that is famous for “Sufed Mahal” the white marble Palace, which used to be the residence of former Wali of Swat.
Malam Jabba is a very exquisite hill station in Swat Valley that’s worth visiting and it is famous for its Ski resort, that’s one of the largest Ski resorts in Pakistan. It holds the highest Ski slope with highest point of 2804m above the sea level. It is heaven for Ski and Snow lovers.
Distance from Saidu Sharif: 51km
Kalam is heaven for trek lovers and hikers. There are various hill stations nearby Kalam and the most prominent ones are:
• Usho, 8km from Kalam valley and 123km from Saidu Sharif
• Utror, 16km from Kalam and 120km from Saidu Sharif
Miandam is lush and green hill station and it is good place for trekking and hiking.
Distance from Saidu Sharif: 56km, one hour drive.
It is a magnificent lake in Upper Usho Valley, at a distance of 40km from Kalam. It can accessed from Kalam through a bumpy road.
Pari Lake/ Khapiro
A wonderful lake located at a very high altitude near north east of Urtor Valley that gives splendid views. Pari means fairy and it’s believed that fairies come to this lake for bathing.
Other lakes with magnificent views are:
• Bashigram Lake
• Spin khwar Lake
• Daral lake
Cultural/ heritage attractions:
There are different attractions in Swat Valley, related to Buddhist heritage which are:
• Amlukadra Stupa
• Shingardar Stupa
Surrounding Valley of famous Mahodand Lake is Known as Mahodand Valley.About 23km from Matiltan (3,000 meters) lies this beautiful valley with enchanting & refreshing views. These valleys are excellent for hiking..You can also enjoy the natural beauty"Mahodand Lake". With its blue waters the lake is as beautiful as Saiful Maluk in Kaghan Valley.
Just beyond Kalam is the junction of the Ushu and Utrot rivers, which together form the Swat. dirt roads follow each river, both passable in ordinary cars in summer. The Ushu Valley runs northeast from Kalam and offers magnificent views of Mount Falaksir (6,257 meters or 20,528 feet), numerous picnic spots and superlative fishing and hiking. Lake Mahodand or the Lake of the Fishes, about ten kilometers (sex miles) to the north.There is also a deep forest as well. Tours packages of all the surrounding areas are avilable.
Malam Jabba the fairytale land of romance and beauty, offers unlimited sights that the eye can behold, mighty ranges of Hindu Kush, the Karakuram and black mountains, gentle slopes, placid plains, torrential streams, lush green meadows and thick green forests of pine. Come over for an exciting experience to this nature’s art gallery and you will never forget.Stands on top of a mountain of the Hindu Kush range, at a distance of 40 Kilometers north east of Saidu Sharif. Surrounded by wonderful panorama of scenic splendor and mighty mountains, Malam Jabba is much more than just a ski resort. It is a holiday resort that holds great fascination for tourists and is also home to the remains of ancient civilization. Malam Jabba is 314 Kilometers from Islamabad and 51 Kilometers from Saidu Sharif airport. The Resort offers a host of modern facilities such as:
35 elegantly furnished rooms
Two skiing platforms
Chairlifts (800 meter long cable, highest point 9200 feet above sea level).
Roller/ice skating rinks
Restaurant offering both local and international cuisine
Running hot and cold water
Snow clearing equipment
The food, lodging and skiing facilities are all managed by foreign trained staff and offered at competitive prices.Pakistan's only major ski area, Malam Jabba has reportedly recently re-opened, ten years after its original completion in 1988. It has reportedly been closed due to lack of finance for much of the past decade. The resort has a base height of 2896 metres reached by a good road. The ski area has vertical of 200m up to 3096 metres served by two double Doppelmayr chair lifts. There's also tapped water served by a 50,000 gallon underground tank. One of the chair lifts is reported to 'seat 56' (presumably 28 X 2 seater), the other is described as a 'training lift.'
Madyan is a tourist resort on the Swat River, At 1,321 meters (4,335 feet) above see level, it is neither as cool nor as beautiful as Miandam, but it has many hotels of all price ranges, and being a large town has many tourist shops and restaurants, as well as a cinema.One of the trout farms is also here.The areas to visit in Madyan are chail & bishigram lakes.
Swat is known as the Switzerland of Pakistan. The river Swat is a clear water river starting from the Ushu rage of mountains to he spread of the valley of Swat. It is the most green valleys of the Northern Pakistan and is well connected to the rest of Pakistan. There are regular flights from Islamabad to Swat and back. One can also get here either from Peshawar (160 KMs) or Islamabad.(250 KMs) The valley of Swat is located in the middle of foot hills of Hindukush mountain range. The main town of the valley is Saidu Sharief.Swat is a place for leisure Lover , Hiker , and archeologist. There are many comfortable hotels where one can stay a while to relax. In Kalam upper Swat there are some very pleasant walks since weather is pretty pleasant one can easily walk over the hills for hours and enjoy the unspoiled nature. The Swat is garden of Ashoka and was a prosperous land in the Buddhist times (2nd BC to 5 AD) There are at least over 100 archeological sites in the valley less then 10% of the are excavated. One can explore some of those sites in a half day tour of Swat.
Kalam, is the most beautiful part of the Swat valley. The galaxy of about 150 hotels, land of water falls, lakes, pastures, site of hiking and glaciers, having all the latest facilities of the modren age. Surrounded by lush green mountains, covered with forests and vegetation, a diverse and oldest cultural values to witness and above all the friendly and hospetile people. strawberries are found every where in the forests of Kalam. Don't forget to have a gesture of it. See you there at the top of the mountains.
when one goes to pakistan that person has to see the dramatic scenery and mighty ranges of mountains in pakistan can hire cycle for hiring and also hicking
or can enjoy the taste of one village
After Besham we left the famous Karakorum Highway and took the Shangla pass (alt : 2140 m) towards the green Swat valley. We did spend the night in a nice village, Miandam. This was a little village with very friendly people. Not many travellers stayed here overnight, and as we made a little tour in the only street of this village, a lot of locals asked us questions about where we came from, and where we were going and what we found of their country. That was very funny and pleasant. Everybody was very kind and polite.