"VALLEY OF SWAT,HEAVEN ON EARTH" Bad Swat by hassan_humayun
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THE SWAT VALLEY
Swat is the most historically interesting valley in Pakistan .It is also one of the most beautiful—certainly much greener more fertile than the valleys further north because it lies within the monsoon belt. In lower Swat, the valley is wide, the fields on either side of the river are full of wheat and Lucerne, and the villages are prosperous and surrounded by fruit trees. In upper Swat, the river tumbles through pine forests hemmed in by snow-capped mountains. For the historian and amateur archaeologist, Swat offers several hundred archaeological sites spanning 5000 years of history. For the sportsman and trekker, it offers good fishing and hiking.
WHEN TO GO
Ranging in altitude from 1000 to 3000 metres, Swat is good to visit in all seasons. Swat is uncomfortably crowded from June through August. The best months are September through December and March through May.
UPPER SWAT VALLEY
The Swat valley becomes more beautiful the higher you go. Miandam is a small resort ten km up a steep side valley and 56 km from Saidu Sharif. Miandam is a good place for walkers. Paths follow the stream, past houses with beehives set into the walls and good-luck charms whitewashed around the doors.
It is a tourist resort on the Swat River. It is at 1321metres above sea level.
It is ten km north of Madyan, an other popular riverside tourist resort, with bazaars worth exploring for their handicrafts.
It is 29 km from Bahrain and about 2000 meters above sea level, the valley opens out, providing room for a small but fertile plateau above the river.
M A R G H A Z A R
It is a small village at the top of the Saidu valley, 1287 metres above sea level and 13 km from Saidu Sharif. Here the saidu stream cascades down off mount Ilam. Here is a superb all-day hike to the top and back
. SAIDU SHARIF AND MINGORA
Saidu Sharif and Mingora are twin towns 2 km apart. Saidu Sharif is the administrative capital of Swat Division, while Mingora is the district head quarters and main bazaar area. Both are 990 metres above sea level.
Swat Museum, the tomb of the Akhund of Swat and many other nearby places of interest
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