Swat Valley located in Pakistan is considered one of the most beautiful places in the world. This valley has a lot to offer tourists. Every year thousands of people visit this amazing valley and spend their time in different places of Swat Valley.
The valley is famous for its hilly views, green meadows and lakes, which also attract a lot of tourists. Apart from this, due to its natural beauty and lush green valleys, it is also locally called Switzerland of Pakistan.
However, it often happens that tourists are not aware of the various options available to them while visiting the Swat Valley and therefore miss out on many wonderful places.
List of 10 best places in Swat
If you are planning to visit Swat, here is our list of the 10 best places to visit in Swat. Make sure you spend a good amount of time so that you can explore the beauty of Pakistan at large.
1. Kalam Valley
Kalam valley is a must-visit place in Swat, or you can say the Swat trip is incomplete without visiting Kalam.
Kalam is a beautiful valley located in Upper Swat at a distance of 96 km from Mingora and 326 km from Islamabad. The temperatures Range in winter is from -11C to 4C.
The town and hill station of Kalam Valley is situated at an altitude of about 2,000 m (6,600 ft), but its other tourist attractions are as high as about 6,096m (20,000 ft).
Kalam is surrounded by lush green hills, dense forests, natural lakes, grasslands, and more. The Kalam Valley is the birthplace of the Swat River and the secret of the two major rivers, Gabral and Usho.
There are many beautiful hotels in Kalam Valley, where you can spend the night and enjoy the cool weather of the Swat River.
Kalam offers a variety of hotels and other accommodation facilities 365 days a year for both short and long stays. Along with hotels, Kalam Valley has motels, lodges, inns, B&Bs, etc. that visitors can choose from.
Bahrain is located in Swat District. Bahrain is about 55 kilometers away from Swat city. Its height above sea level is about 4708 feet. The temperature range in winter is -4C to 8C.
Bahrain is a famous mountain and tourist attraction along the Swat Valley. Known as Bahrain (Two Rivers) because of the confluence of the Daral and Swat rivers.
It is known for its riverside resorts, local handicrafts and views of the Daral and Saidagai lakes. Tourists are attracted to this place because of its amazing lakes and pleasant weather, it gets very cold in winter.
3. Mahodand Lake Kalam
Mahodand Lake is about 35 km from Kalam city. Its elevation is about 9400 feet above sea level. Temperatures range from -13C to 2C during winter.
It is one of the most attractive and must-visit places in Swat. The towering peaks of the Hindu Kush provide a perfect backdrop for camping, along with lush green fields.
The best time to visit the lake is in mid-summer as it freezes in winter and road closures may cause problems for tourists.
4. Kumrat Valley
Next on the list is Kumrat Valley, which is about 9 hours from the capital Islamabad and one hour from Swat. The Kumrat Valley falls in Deer Bala district, just opposite Gabral, offering breathtaking views of the surroundings.
Moreover, there are many streams and waterfalls here. If you are an adventure-loving person then this place is an ideal place for base camping but if you are not comfortable with camping then there are some resorts and hotels in the city after 3 hours of trekking.
Every night in Kumrat valley welcomes the tourists with a mesmerizing view of the sky and one cannot miss a single second looking at it for a long time.
If you are stressed out by the office routine and want some relaxation therapy, consider going to a relaxing place. Two Kala Chashma Lake, Jhaz Banda, Jandrai, trek to Katura Lake, Kalkot Banda, and Badagoi Pass are some of the most visited places in Kumrat.
5. Malam Jabba
Malam Jabba is another famous place in Swat and is the only ski resort in Pakistan. It is 314 km from Islamabad and only 51 km from Saidu Sharif Airport. Temperatures Range in the winter from -11C to 5C.
It is one of the famous hill stations of the Hindu Kush region. The road to Malam Jabba is beautiful. There is no doubt that it is a beautiful ski resort surrounded by beautiful forests.
Malam Jabba Resort offers the best facilities for summer sports and adventure travel in Pakistan. The stunning mountains attract many visitors, including avid skiers. The Malam Jabba Alpine Ski World Cup is held every year.
Apart from this, the championship is attended by a large number of skiers from all over the world, Malam Jabba is like a paradise for skiers.
6. Kundol Lake
Kundol Lake is about 23 km from Kalam. It is about 9950 feet above sea level. The temperature range in winter is -18C to -1C.
In the great mountains of Hindu Kush, is the beautiful lake Kundol, which attracts thousands of tourists. The lake is surrounded by snow-capped mountains in the northern Utror Valley, a lush green forest.
Visitors enjoy incredible weather in a great place to camp by the lake because of the trees and use binoculars to capture the night scene.
Moreover, the lake is 9,950 feet above sea level, and the best time to visit the lake is in summer, where you can go fishing and boating. In winter, the road leading to the lake is closed due to heavy snowfall.
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Madin is the famous hill town of Swat. The place is perfect for enjoying breathtaking views, and is surrounded by the Swat River. It is also home to its delicious mouth-watering trout fish.
Even in summer the atmosphere is pleasant. The most attractive thing is the river Swat flowing in this place.
8. Fizagat Park Swat
Fizagat Park is an amusement park located in the suburbs of Mingora, Pakistan. It is a popular destination for tourists visiting Swat Valley, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
It is situated in Fizagat on the banks of the Swat River. Its main feature is the flow of freshwater of the Swat River.
9. Shangla Top
It is located in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. The district headquarters is located in Alpuri. It was formerly a sub-division of Swat District, but was upgraded to district status on 10 July 1995 by Aftab Khan Sherpao.
Shangla Top is about 45 km from Kalam. Its height is about 11286 feet above sea level. The temperature range in winter is -7C to 9C.
10. Saidu Sharif
Saidu Sharif is the administrative center of Swat which provides all the facilities for locals as well as tourists. The city was named after the eminent leader Saidu Baba.
Apart from this, this magnificent city also offers many archaeological sites with the Shahi Mahal, Swat Museum along with Saidu Sharif’s Tomb, etc.
The Swat Museum exhibits various Buddhist sculptures along with rich antiquities of Gandhara art. Additionally, the region has an airport offering flights from the capital Islamabad to Saidu Sharif.