Swat and Kalaam Vallies. The Unexplored Heaven on Earth.
(A brief description by Sajjad Amin Bangash)
Swat is known as the Switzerland of Pakistan. The river Swat is a clear water river starting from the Ushu rage of mountains to the spread of the valley of Swat. It is the most green valleys of the Northern Pakistan and is well connected to the rest of Pakistan. There are regular flights from Islamabad to Swat and back. One can also get here either from Peshawar (160 KMs) or Islamabad.(250 KMs). The valley of Swat is located in the middle of foot hills of Hindukush mountain range. The main town of the valley is Saidu Sharief. Swat is a place for leisure Lover , Hiker , and archeologist. There are many comfortable hotels where one can stay a while to relax. In Kalam upper Swat, there are some very pleasant walks since weather is pretty pleasant one can easily walk over the hills for hours and enjoy the unspoiled nature. The Swat is garden of Ashoka and was a prosperous land in the Buddhist times (2nd BC to 5 AD) There are at least over 100 archeological sites in the valley less then 10% of the are excavated. One can explore some of those sites in a half day tour of Swat.
Kalam, is the most beautiful part of the Swat valley. The galaxy of about 150 hotels, land of water falls, lakes, pastures, site of hiking and glaciers, having all the latest facilities of the modern age. Surrounded by lush green mountains, covered with forests and vegetation, a diverse and oldest cultural values to witness and above all the friendly and hospitable people. Strawberries are found every where in the forests of Kalam. Don’t forget to have a gesture of it. See you there at the top of the mountains.
Malam Jabba…Famous ski resort in Swat Valley:
Malam Jabba, the fairytale land of romance and beauty, offers unlimited sights that the eye can behold, mighty ranges of Hindu Kush, the Karakuram and black mountains, gentle slopes, placid plains, torrential streams, lush green meadows and thick green forests of pine. Come over for an exciting experience to this nature’s art gallery and you will never forget. Stands on top of a mountain of the Hindu Kush range, at a distance of 40 Kilometers north east of Saidu Sharif. Surrounded by wonderful panorama of scenic splendor and mighty mountains, Malam Jabba is much more than just a ski resort. It is a holiday resort that holds great fascination for tourists and is also home to the remains of ancient civilization. Malam Jabba is 314 Kilometers from Islamabad and 51 Kilometers from Saidu Sharif airport. The Resort offers a host of modern facilities such as:
35 elegantly furnished rooms
Two skiing platforms
Chairlifts (800 meter long cable, highest point 9200 feet above sea level).
Roller/ice skating rinks
Restaurant offering both local and international cuisine
Running hot and cold water
Snow clearing equipment
The food, lodging and skiing facilities are all managed by foreign trained staff and offered at competitive prices. Pakistan’s only major ski area, Malam Jabba has reportedly recently re-opened, ten years after its original completion in 1988. It has reportedly been closed due to lack of finance for much of the past decade. The resort has a base height of 2896 metres reached by a good road. The ski area has vertical of 200m up to 3096 metres served by two double Doppelmayr chair lifts. There’s also tapped water served by a 50,000 gallon underground tank. One of the chair lifts is reported to ‘seat 56’ (presumably 28 X 2 seater), the other is described as a ‘training lift.’