Swat Valley is also called the Switzerland of the East, and it is so true. Even an international female tourist visit swat this year and said: “Swat is not the Switzerland of the East but, Switzerland is the Swat of the West”. One can find lush green pine trees, snow-covered peaks, crystal clear water of the swat river and last but not the least, great and historic Pashtoon culture. Swat Valley is also famous for its fresh fruits and dried fruits as well.
Swat Valley is a place where you want to go again and again because the natural beauty seems endless and you can enjoy almost all flavors of nature whether it is furious River flowing through the plains or high peaked mountains.
Swat Valley can be reached from Islamabad through private or local vehicles in almost 5 hours. Then, you can travel to Malam Jabba and other areas. The valley of Swat is surrounded by high mountains, Chitral and Ghizer districts in the North, Kohistan and Shangla districts in the East, Burner district and Malakand areas in the South and upper Dir districts in the West – there is beauty all around. The area around the Swat valley consists mainly of Pashtuns, Gujjar and Kohistani tribes with the Pashto language being the most used around the area. Towns around the Swat valley include Mingora and Saidu-Sharif (the capital of the Swat district).
The Swat Museum is halfway between the towns of Mingora and Saidu. Japan had provided the museum with aid, to improve and increase the collections. In fact, there are collections of Gandhara sculptures taken by Buddhist sites in Swat, illustrating Buddha’s life story. Additionally, there are utensils, beads, precious stones, weapons, coins, etc from the Gandhara collection.
Located close to the valley, and only 2 km from Mingora, is the famous town of Saidu Sharif. This is an ideal place for picnics as there is just greenery all around. In fact, there are places to stay over here, where one can really enjoy the scenic beauty of Swat.
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