Swat (Pashto: سوات) is a valley and an administrative district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, located close to the Afghan-Pakistan border. The capital of Swat is Saidu Sharif, but the main town in the Swat valley is Mingora. It was a princely state until it was dissolved in 1969. The valley is almost entirely populated by ethnic Afghans/Pashtuns. The main language spoken in the valley is Pashto/Pakhto. With high mountains, green meadows, and clear lakes, it is a place of great natural beauty and is popular with tourists.

The beautiful valley of Swat, popularly known as the Switzerland of the East is holiday-makers delight and a hallmark of magnificent scenic beauty and rich historical past. With its roaring rivers, waterfalls, meandering streams, glacier fed lakes, pine forests, alpine meadows, snow covered peaks of Mankial and Flaksair, 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 is without doubt one of the most beautiful tourist destination in the northern valleys of Pakistan


Swat was described as (the garden) in ancient Hindu epics. 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.


People travelling from down country on their own vehicles can take Motorway (M-1) and reach Mardan interchange from Islamabad in about one and half hours after covering a distance of 131 km. From Mardan onward they can 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.

Best Places for visit in swat valley:

Here we provide a list of  beautiful placs in Swat Must visit these places when you plan a tour to Swat Valley.

  • Mingora and Saidu Sharif
  • Malam Jabba
  • Swat Museum
  • Miandam
  • Madyan
  • Behrain, Swat valley
  • Kalam, Swat valley
  • Utror, Swat valley
  • Gabral, Swat Valley
  • Mahodand Lake
  • Spin Khwar Lake
  • Pari (Khapiro) Lake 
  • Kundol Lake
  • Bashigram Lake 
  • Spin Khwar (White Stream) Lake 
  • Daral Lake

What we can do in swat valley:

There are many things to do in Swat Valley but visiting antique archaeological sites is one of the best thing to do. There are many historical places where you will feel an aura of antique civilizations. Swat brings you an huge chance of nature can do a lot of things in this picturesque valley such as hiking, climbing and canoeing. If you prefer to try something more daring, you can swim into the lakes in the sunny days, but remember that the water is cold even in the summer.Fishing is famous profession and hobby in Swat Valley.

Food of swat:

Swat is known for its fishes generally known as “swati mayan”.  trout dishes are also available.

  • Chicken Karahi
  • Mutton Karahi
  • Kabab
  • Paiye
  • Rice dishes
  • Chicken handi

Fresh and dry fruits are also available in local market. Fresh fruits include plum, apricot, peaches oranges.

For Drink:

  • Kehwa
  • Kashmiri chai (noon chai)
  • Swati Lassi
  • Buttermilk
  • Molasses drink

you can easily buy fruits and make juices and shakes of it

Where to stay:

You will find plenty of offers, depends on the budget or the location you pick. We suggest some places and best hotels in Swat valley that is quite famous for its spectacular view and scenery This village, surrounded by peaks and forests. Many private 5 star hotels in naran Swat valley,houses or motels can be found at a reasonable price. Or you can forget all that and sleep a couple of days in a tent, captive in an amazing landscape.

Here we provide a list of Hotels in Swat valley:

  • Swat Serena Hotel
  • Rock City Resort
  • Hotel Swat Regency
  • Pamir Hotel
  • White Palace Hotel
  • Chinar Hotel
  • Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) motel


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