Swat - Switzerland of the East (Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa)
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.
Swat is famous for Fresh water lakes, rivers, springs, and waterfalls
Swat is an ideal place to visit due to its fresh water lakes, rivers, springs, and waterfalls. You can enjoy number of waterfalls in the month of June and July. Swat is also famous for high quality fruits specially plum, peach, and apple.
Tour places in Swat
Behrain is a hill station located in Swat district of KPK. 60 km North of Mingora at an elevation of 4700 ft on the right bank of Swat River. It is named Bahrain due to its location at the confluence of the Daral and Swat rivers. It is known for its riverside tourist resorts, local handicrafts, and its view of the merging of the Daral and Swat Rivers. It also serves as a base camp for the trail that leads to the Daral & Sadie lakes.
Tourism in Behrain
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.
Tourism in Kalam Valley
The Mahodand Lake is located in the Hindukush Range at the height of 9,603 feet, in Upper Ushu Valley in Swat. It is a beautiful and large-sized lake surrounded by meadows, mountains, and pine forests. The main sources of its water are glaciers in the Hindukush Range. It is located at the distance of 37 km from Kalam, a hill station in Swat.
Tourism in Mahodand Lake
Malam Jabba is a very charming hill station in the Hindukush Range at the distance of 40km from Saidu Sharif in Swat Valley. It is the only ski resort in Pakistan. It is equipped with various facilities including ice-skating, roller, chair lift, skiing platforms, cable car, snowboarding, etc.
Tourism in Malam Jabba
Miandam is a lush green hill station located in Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, in the Hindukush Range at an elevation of 5,900 feet. It is located at a distance of 56 km from Saidu Sharif, Swat. The main road along the Swat River, branches off toward the east side at Fatehpur, and goes into gorgeous hillsides, and reaches the famous hill station of Miandam. It is a very picturesque tourist point. It is a lush green town full of fruit orchards, terraced fields, waterfalls, etc. It is also a base camp for Dadsar baba top, which is a lovely site for hikers.
Tourism in Miandam
Mingora is the head-quarter of Swat city along the Swat River. It is commercial hub for trade for all type of products. The local peoples used to purchases all of their household needs as well as fulfill the needs of all of the retailers in other localities in Swat.
Tourism in Mingora
Swat Photo Gallery
The Swat River is the main river in Swat Valley, which is formed after merger of two rivers the Ushu River and the Gabral River in Kalam. The Swat River flows with a rushing high speed in the begin part of the Swat valley and then after Madyan, it flows smoothly in the plains of Swat. The Swat River merges with the Kabul River near Charsadda.
Swat is a lush green valley in Hindukush Range, with full of fruit orchards of plum, peach, etc. Valley has a vast plain area along the Swat River, which is best to grow different kind of export quality fruits.