Swat , The Switzerland of East
Voyage Planners offer best and luxurious Swat Valley Tours for friends, family and groups. With its roaring rivers, waterfalls, meandering streams, glacier fed lakes and thick pine forests ,the beautiful valley of Swat is popularly known as the Switzerland of the East. It’s majestic beauty is tourists’ delight and rich historical past is a hallmark of its glory. Swat is blessed in abundance with Alpine meadows, snow covered peaks , fruit laden orchards, lush green fields, flower filled mountain slopes and above all the friendly Swati people who are famous for their traditional hospitality. Swat valley is also home to Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate. Explore the Swat Valley Map and customize your Swat valley tours to best fit you travel needs.
Swat is without a doubt one of the most beautiful tourist destination in the northern valleys of Pakistan.
History of Swat:
Swat was described as “Udyanae” (the garden) in ancient Hindu epics and referred as “Suvastu” in the earliest Sanskrit text, the Rigveda . Alexander the Great crossed Swat River with part of his army in 327BC. He fought and won some of his major battles at Barikot and Udegram and stormed their battlements, before crossing over the plains of the five rivers. In Greek accounts these towns have been identified as Ora and Bazira. After the death of Alexander the Great the Greeks quickly lost effective control of their far flung colonies and soon the northern part of the sub-continent situated west of the Indus which includes Swat was annexed by Chandra Gupta.During Abdul Wadud and Jahan Zeb’s peaceful reigns, Swat State witnessed unprecedented development in the fields of education, health and communication.
Buddhist Civilization in Swat:
Northwestern areas of Pakistan and southeastern regions of Afghanistan were once the heart of a highly developed Gandhara Civilization whose cultural impact was felt from China to Persia. Swat was a major center of Buddhism and its cultural achievements were highlights of ancient civilization. There are still various stupas and marks found from river bed to the tops of the mountains of ancient old Buddhism culture in swat and nearby region. Gumbatona stupa, Swat, KPK, is a true domed stupa built in 1st or 2nd century AD. The famous monastic complex of Takht-i-Bahi was made part of UNESCO World Heritage Site as Largest Budhest Remains in Gandhara. Interested in revisiting the history, Our customized Buddhist Civilization Tour can take you to all these amazing pieces of history.
How to Reach Swat:
Travel from Islamabad to Swat : Travel on Motorway (M-1) and reach Mardan interchange in about one and half hours after covering a distance of 131 km. From Mardan onward travel via Takh-e-Bai, Dargai, Malakand Pass, Batkhella,Chakdara and finally reach Mingora , Saidu Sharif after covering a distance of 112 km in two and half more hours. The total distance from Islamabad to Mingora/Saidu Sharif is 247Km and it takes around 5 hours with one stop for lunch and refreshments. This route is open for all kinds of traffic throughout the year.
Season and Temperature in Swat :
The peak tourist season is from April to October nevertheless, tourists keep pouring in all year round. The maximum temperature in June is 30 C whereas the minimum goes down to 21 C, while in September, temperatures show a maximum 24 C and a minimum of 18 C. Such pleasant temperatures make Swat Valley a must-visit place all year long.
Tourism Opportunities :
Voyage Planners provides various multi day tours across beautiful Swat valley covering areas like Mingora, Malab Jabba, Kumrat , Oshu, Mahodand and Kundol lake and many more. Explore various swat tourist destinations in below Swat Valley Map and customize your perfect swat valley trip. Below, you can also book Swat valley Hotels online from our website at best and cheap rates available for our customers. You can also book your online rent a car from our website for your perfect and personalized tour.
We can customize your tours to provide opportunities to discover Swat for Adventure, Leisure or Historic Cultural travelers. Follow link to read more about Swat valley and its amazing tourist spots.
Popular Attractions & Destinations in Swat
Swat valley is home to some of the most extra ordinary and top tourist and leisure destinations. From trekking to fishing and boating, this valley offers loads for opportunities for the travelers. Here are the Top famous destinations of Swat, please feel free to contact us and customize a trip based on your own preferences and areas of interest.
Kalam valley is located at distance of 99 km from Mingora in the northern upper reaches of Swat. Nested along the bank of Swat River and nearby mountains surrounding it, Kalam holds many attractions for visitors including trekking and hiking. Trout fish is a famous delicacy for visiting tourists.
Kumrat valley is in the Upper Dir District, a valley adjacent to Swat. This valley is truly unspoiled and is a perfect experience for a non-touristy spot. Lush green scenic valleys with snow clad mountains, the lovely river Panjkora, Jahaz Banda and Katora lakes are famous attractions of the region.
Malam Jabba is a Hill Station nearly 40 km from Saidu Sharif in Swat Valley. Its home to one of the two ski resorts in Pakistan, with a ski slope of about 800m and highest elevation of 2804 m (9200 ft) above sea level, this resort provides amazing skiing and vacationing facilities all around the year.
Utror valley is a pictorial representation of lush green plains and running streams. It is located 15 km south of Kalam and 116 km from Saidu Sharif. The altitude of the valley at Utror proper is 2300 meters and reaches to 2900 meters at Kandol Lake. Utror Valley is surrounded by snow clad mountains, green pastures and waterfalls.
Kundal (or) Kundol is a beautiful Blue Water Lake situated in the north of Utror valley and can be accessed from Kalam via Utror and Ladu. It takes almost two hours drive to reach the beautiful valley of Ladu from Kalam . From Ladu it takes almost three hours to reach the lake. This route provides great hiking trails and opportunity to trek through amazing forests.
Mahodand Valley is often described as one of the most scenic spots on earth. It is 35km North from Kalam and is famous among tourists, escapists and exotic trout fish hunters. The lake can be accessed from Kalam in a four by four (4×4) vehicle. The beautiful Mahodand lake, towering trees and sprawling pastures welcome you into another exotic world.