Kalam valley (Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa)
Kalam, a cool and pleasant hill station in Hindu Kush Range, is located at the distance of 350 km from Islamabad via Mardan and Malakand on the bank of the Swat River in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. It is a lush green valley with a thick pine forest, meadows, and waterfalls. The best season to visit Kalam is in the months of April to August. Tourists can enjoy very beautiful and charming views of the Swat River in Kalam.
Kalam is a starting point of the Swat River by the confluence of the Gabral and Ushu rivers. It is situated at an elevation of 6,600 feet, Mount Falaksar at an altitude of 19,616 feet, is the highest peak in the Swat Valley and it is visible from Kalam and Mahudand Lake.
Ushu, Utror, and Gabral are beautiful hill stations in the near vicinity of Kalam. Ushu glacier is a beautiful visiting place at a distance of 8km from Kalam accessible through the jeep. At the same spot, a beautiful falling waterfall is another main attraction in the summer season. After crossing Ushu, Mahodand Lake is the largest and beautiful lake in Swat at the distance of 40km from Kalam.
Another charming lake in Utror valley is Kundol Lake, which is at the distance of 19km from Kalam.
The lush-green and bow-shaped valley of Swat with its shining waterfalls and singing Swat River and its tributaries, and fruit-laden orchards, and gardens with a stack of colorful flowers, is an ideal for holiday-makers loving for relaxation after their busy lives. It is located in the range of Hindukush Range at an altitude of 976 meters above sea level.
Swat is situated at a distance of 257 km from Rawalpindi via Nowshera-Mardan and Malakand Pass and at the distance of 177 km from Peshawar. Traveling through Malakand Pass is a very interesting journey crossing the heights of the Malakand dry mountains with sharp road turns. At the end of this Pass, one can view the vast view of the valley with its green fields and gardens.
With the construction of Swat Express Highway, it becomes easy to travel to Swat and also reduced the distance.
Swat has a rich historical past, especially considered as the center of Buddhism. There is a number of sites in Swat where design carving on the mountain rocks shows the Buddhism in this valley. So it is an attraction for visitors having an interest in the Buddhism.
Swat is considered as Switzerland of the East, as the British Queen Elizabeth II had called Swat "Swizerland of the East" during her visit to Swat in 1961, due to its landscape similarities with Switzerland.
Valley is spread with an area of 10,260 square km, which is divided into two parts by the Swat River in the center from the Mahudond Lake. Its terrain is a little bit flat with snow-capped mountains on both sides. One can enjoy the roaring sounds of the Swat River flowing along the road with falling waterfalls from the surrounding mountain ranges.
Saidu Sharif, capital of Swat valley, is the largest town near Mingora, which is also the major commercial center of the city.
Kalam is the most attractive place in the Swat valley where the broader view of Swat River is available with a cold breeze coming from Ushu and Utrot glaciers, and the height peak Mt. Faleksher can be seen from here. Other most important places in Swat are Bahrain, Mohudond lake, Saidu Sharif, Mallam Jabba, and Miandam. Mallam Jabba is one of the hill stations in Pakistan with skiing and chair-life facilities.
Mallam Jabba is an important hill station in the Swat valley. with skiing facilities
Swat is famous for its production of different varieties of apples. These are exported to other countries and are known as the apple of Swat. Swat is also famous for peach, which accounts for nearly 80% of the peach production in Pakistan.
The population of Swat includes Yousafzai Pashtuns and Kohistni. The most spoken language is Pashto, whereas as Torwali and Kalami languages are spoken by people in the Swat Kohistan area.
Kalam Valley Map
Kalam Valley Photo Gallery
Kalam bazaar is one of the main attraction for tourists in Kalam to learn about the local culture and food. Number of retail shops are there, where you can purchase local products such as ladies shirts, swati caps, etc.
Bahrain Road leads toward Kalam Valley along the Swat River, is one of the main road in Swat Valley. Due to rain and flowing water from the nearby streams, the condition of road remain in bad conditions. Instead of continuous repairing of road, they remain in such condition all over the year.
The road turns toward left side for Ushu Valley, Ushu Galcier and Mahodand Lake from the Kalam. The Ushu Road passes through dense Kalam Forest of pine trees, that is an excellent place for short break and enjoy the shades of Kalam Forest.
On the way to Mahudand Lake on Ushu Road, there is a splendid waterfall, known as Mighty 22 Waterfall. It is also known as Matiltan or Ushu Waterfall. It is a very beautiful waterfall and one of the most visiting place in Swat Valley. A large stream is generated due its water, which moves over the Ushu Road with heavy flow. Jeeps have to cross the road from the heavy flow of stream water there. Maximum area around the waterfall is normally covered with Ushu Glacier.
The Swat River is started from Kalam by the merger of the Ushu River and Gabral River. It flows in a narrow channel in Kalam Valley, so its speed becomes very fast here and also gives most attractive and picturesque views in Kalam.
Ushu Glacier is located at the distance of 21 km from Kalam, which is an important point to visit. In the beginning of summer season, you can see huge glacier there, but at the end of summer season, maximum part of it, becomes the part of the Swat River.
Flow of stream near Ushu Glacier is rushing fast, and it also flows over the road toward Mahudand Lake, so vehicle have to cross that fast moving stream at this point.