Swat Valley, Switzerland of the East

Swat is a river valley and so beautiful that it is called Switzerland of the East. The upper valley of River Swat constitutes this summer resort.

Aerial View of Khwazakhela, a Village in Swat Valley
Aerial View of Khwazakhela, a Village in Swat Valley

Her Majesty gave the title of Switzerland of the East to this great land when she paid a visit to this place in 1961. Since then, Switzerland of the East is its alternative name. Nature has apportioned this beauty to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, a province of Pakistan. It is to the north of the famous city of Peshawar, which is the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. This valley is spread over the area of 200 kilometres, spreading from the Malakand Pass to Swat Kohistan. What makes this area popular amongst holidaymakers is that it can be reached all around the year. However, it becomes desperate for tourists to access Valley of Swat from Bahrain between the periods from November to March. It is because snow makes movement next to impossible. Summer allows access throughout the season. It is an appropriate time to explore the beauty of this area. Rather, the climate here tends to become hot in summer. This beautiful area receives some rainfall in July and August.

Saidu Sharif Swat
View of Saidu Sharif Swat

Swat Valley has two important cities Mingora and Saidu Sharif. These two towns make up the urban part of this beautiful valley. This place is abundant in excitingly beautiful valleys. This part of North of Pakistan can be safely claimed as the jewel of Pakistan. It gained international fame in the hippy age. However, it is still a great attraction for the local visitor who comes here to breathe in pristine air and submerge in the beauty of its landscape. Trekking is one more attraction here. Similarly, trout-rich streams attract anglers and tourists. Also, there are several resorts nearby. The local fruit and handicraft are worth mentioning features of this place.

Madyan Swat Pakistan
Madyan Swat Pakistan

Towards the north, river path is pressed by mountains. As a result, river disguises into a gushing torrent in Madyan. Further into north, there are mountain peaks wearing snow blanket. These add further to the panoramic beauty of the area. Falaksair peak is worth mentioning especially because of its 5918 meters height.

River Swat
River Swat

This is the upper valley of River Swat that has found its mention in the ancient Sanskrit books. This place too helped Buddhism to flourish. This region has witnessed historical civilizations including Khushan and Shahis. In other words, the area is rich in traditional notions. Thus, this historical importance adds another string to the bow. Many foreign archaeologists visit this place and bring out discoveries.