Jun 08

I am in Swat

by in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa

I had been waiting for so long to visit Swat and after years of wait, I am finally here.  The place is getting back to normal day by day. After facing major flood and a strong military operation, i can see hope in locals for getting back to their normal routine as it was in previous years.

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I took a bus from Islamabad to Swat (Mingora) that took me 5 hours to reach with only one major military checking in between. The journey was comfortable. However, for the next major town called Behrain, i took an another van that took me 3 hours of bumpy road journey and where i had to prove my identity on several military checkpoints.


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After staying a night in Behrain, i went to see Kalam valley, the famous of all and a major tourist attraction. The journey was again not welcoming with several military check points and a bumpy road but as soon as the valley started, i could not believe my eyes on surrounding beauty. The bumpy and dusty road turned into a smooth jeep track surrounded by green high trees. The road goes through a thick green forest with snow caped mountains of Hindukush all around. It ended at a beautiful lake called Mahidhaan (Mahudand) where i enjoyed the local trout fish, deep fried with traditional roti.

 

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My curiosity to see swat was over but i realised that there are a lot of valleys and lakes still unexplored.

I sensed here that the locals are in great need to get back to normal. They want tourists here all year so that they can revive their economy back. So i would suggest all my dear Pakistani fellows, take some time out and explore Swat. It is not really that far from the capital. Despite of the under-construction road, you’ll experience countless beauty and hospitable people.

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7 Responses to “I am in Swat”

  1. From Samina Tariq:

    After a long time an awesome article with mindblowing captures of beautiful Swat. Good work Danial Shah.
    Encouraging and hopeful lines “I sensed here that the locals are in great need to get back to normal. They want tourists here all year so that they can revive their economy back. So i would suggest all my dear Pakistani fellows, take some time out and explore Swat.”
    Keep writing Danial! Hope we will get more from your recent journey :)
    Take care and enjoy! Stay blessed!

    Posted on 08. Jun, 2013 at 5:08 pm #
  2. From Aima:

    I’m so glad our tourism is getting revived in areas like Swat. Such beauty should be explored and cherished. Thank you for sharing this Danial, this will I’m sure encourage people to pack up their stuff and head towards this beautiful place!
    Take care and stay safe.

    Posted on 08. Jun, 2013 at 6:02 pm #
  3. From Zainab Hashimi:

    welcome back Danial. I am sure you have had an incredible journey. there are many unexplored places like that and to explore these places is the act of a real explorer :)
    Stay blessed

    Posted on 08. Jun, 2013 at 8:14 pm #
  4. From Mujahid Torwali:

    Well done danial bhai, we welcome u again in Swat for capturing its beauty in memories…

    Posted on 11. Jun, 2013 at 7:11 pm #
  5. From Qaiser Abbas:

    Very efficient and valuable effort brother, God bless you and carry on, our prays are with you…

    Posted on 15. Jun, 2013 at 8:20 am #
  6. From Abdul Aleem Khan:

    appriciated and wonderful work. narrating in words is one of the art that Allah blessed you. I love the explore and visit this place, like swat, and other Places in Pakistan, which still unexplore and need attention. which provide business to the locals.
    stay bless dear.. and keep it up.. :)

    Abdul Aleem
    https://www.facebook.com/AdventureAcademy.pk

    Posted on 16. Jun, 2013 at 8:42 pm #
  7. From imran hameed:

    The Beautiful valley of SWAT – I am coming in August after Eid

    Posted on 10. Aug, 2013 at 5:04 am #

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