"Kalam (Swat, Pakistan)" Kalam by adeel_ahmed
Kalam Travel Guide: 40 reviews and 103 photos
Located at an altitude of 2,073m (6,801 ft) Kalam is a popular tourist spot in Pakistan's Swat valley in the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP). It is 100 km from Saidu Sharif (capital of Swat Valley), 384 km from Islamabad (capital of Pakistan), and is accessible by road.
Kalam and its surrounding areas (indeed the entire Swat valley) are known for their natural beauty. Fed by streams from melting glaciers, the Swat river meanders through a landscape that is dotted with beautiful forests and lakes. Daytime summer temperatures of mid to late twenties (degrees centigrade) make it an ideal summer retreat, given that temperatures in most areas of Pakistan during these months exceed 40 degrees! The best time to visit Kalam is May/June, just after glaciation fills up the river and before the monsoons (and hence landslides) start.
The road leading up to Kalam is virtually non-existent. When driving from Islamabad, the bad patch starts from Takht Bai (right after Mardan) and continues getting worse. The 35 km patch between Bahrain and Kalam is so bad that it can take upto 2.5 hrs to cover it! As yet there are no signs that the road will be repaired anytime soon.
However, one you get to Kalam, it all seems worth it.
- Pros:Scenic; (relatively) pollution free; excellent summer retreat.
- Cons:Increasing pollution, poor road link.
- In a nutshell:A welcome break!
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