Swat is a district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province that is located near Afghan-Pakistan border. Saidu Sharif is the capital of Swat valley and its main town is Mingora. The people living in this beautiful valley are ethnically Afghans or also known as Pashtuns. Swat is also entitled as “Switzerland of Pakistan”. This place got fame as “Buddhist pilgrimage”. The valley of Swat was filled with 1400 awesome monasteries and stupas. The ancient names for Swat valley include “Suvastu” and “Udyana”. Swat valley is located in North of Pakistan in mountain range of Hindukush. The fame of Swat valley lies in its fauna and flora, fascinating lakes, mesmerizing landscapes, ancient relics, hospitality etc.
Main Attractions/Points to Visit:
Swat is full of such places that can attract the attention of tourists. Some of them are named as Malam Jabba, Miandam, Swat Museum, Behrain, Kalam, Madyan, Utror, Usho, Ghabral, Mahudan, Kundol Lake, Pari or Khapiro lake, Bashigram Lake, White Stream or Spin Khwar Lake and Daral Lake.
Access to Swat Valley:
Swat is connected both by air and by road with Islamabad and Peshawar. There is a facility of regular van or bus service between Mingora and Rawalpindi.
What to Shop:
Swat valley is famous for its industries which include handicrafts, shawl, woolen blankets, tribal jewellery, silverware, carved wood work, rugs, panhey or panrae, shkor, embroidery and furniture. The swat handicrafts can be given to your friends and family as gifts. Woolen blankets are woven in Kala Kalay, Puran, Dewlai and Salampur. Rugs are prepared by villagers after pressing wool with the help of water spray. The pot in which “chapattis” or bread are kept is known as Shkor. Panhey is old fashioned shoes of Swat.
Sports to Enjoy/Activities for tourists:
As far as the wildlife of Swat is concerned, it includes monkeys and birds such as falcons, hawks, eagles, hoopoes, pheasants, sparrows, larks, doves, quails, starling, swallows, crows, nightingales, vultures, kites, owls, and bats. Madyan contain a large fishery. Swat river is also full of fishes.
Where to Stay:
You can easily get access to moderately charged hotels, rest houses and motels in Kalam, Mingora, Saidu Sharif, Ushu, Bahrain, Madyan etc.
Swat Valley Wallpapers