Swat, Kalam, and Murree (Ayubia and Galyat) Adventure-07 days
Overview of the tour
With its roaring rivers, waterfalls, meandering streams, glacier-fed lakes, pine forests, alpine meadows, snow-covered peaks, the beautiful valley of Swat, popularly known as the ‘Switzerland of Pakistan’ is a vacationer’s delight and a symbol of majestic beauty with rich historical past. The friendly hospitality of Swati people makes the valley worth a visit. Swat Valley was once home to Hinduism and then Buddhism. The detailed designed statues of Buddha in Swat are ample proof of the great civilizations of the past. From Hot Springs for healing to the snow-capped mountains of Mushkpuri and Miranjani, to the White Palace, Swat Valley is food for nature-loving souls. The valley is mostly chilly even in June and July therefore, the best time to visit Swat would be from March till October.
Is it the Desired Trip for You?
The best time to be on this excursion is from March to November however for the winter lovers who wish to enjoy snow, then Nov to Feb is the ideal time.There might be unexpected weather alterations, the travelers should be prepared for them.
We will travel the high attitudes (ranging from 500-4000m), so be careful if you have relevant medical complexities.
The security situation of the region is good; however, self-care is required.
A Brief Upshot:
- Starting Point
- Ending point
- Group Age
Islamabad, capital of Pakistan
Islamabad, capital of Pakistan
Swat, Kalam, Muree ( Aubia & Galyat)
- 2 to 15
5 to 80
Services included in the package
Accommodation hotel +Guest house
Meals ( Breakfast, lunch & dinner)
Transport with Fuel.
Service of experienced English-speaking guides and helpers.
All ground transfers.
First aid kit
Jeep charges at all places
Services not included in the package
Extras at hotels like drinks, laundry, phone calls and room service.
Insurance liability and other under force majeure conditions, medical aid etc.
Tips Items not mentioned above.
Enjoy the atmosphere and luster of Swat Valley, also known as “the Switzerland of the East” and get enlightened about the oldest Buddhist civilization.
Behold and enjoy the many streams and waterfall of Kalam.
Enjoy a jeep safari to the majestic and elegant emerald green Mahodand Lake.
Visit the oldest ski resort of Pakistan at Malam Jaba.
Enjoy the local folklores of Pari Lakes.
Visit the beautiful White Palace. It was built as a summerhouse for the first ruler of the Swat state, later turned into lodging for visitors. The marble used in White Palace is the same used to build the Taj Mahal.
Shop the Handicrafts of the Galyat region and the Bazaars of Miandam.
Experience the hospitality and culture of local people.
Enjoy excellent services of Crossroads Adventure and the company throughout the tour.
Description of places :
Also known as “mini Switzerland”, at the average altitude of 980 meters, in the Malakand division of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa stands the valley of Swat. Before Islamization, the valley once belonged to Hinduism then Gandharan Buddhism until the 10th century, leaving many reminiscences of the cultures. Lying in the laps of Hindukush Mountains Swat valley’s archeology, the lush green sites, history, and its art attract tourists like a moth to the flame.
Malam Jabba is a hill station in the Hindu Kush mountain range nearly 40 km from Saidu Sharif in Swat Valley, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. It is 314 km from Islamabad and 51 km from Saidu Sharif Airport. Malam Jabba is home to one of the very few ski resorts in Pakistan. The area also contains two Buddhist stupas and six monasteries that are scattered around the resort. The presence of the monuments at such a height indicates that the area has been inhabited for over 2000 years. The Malam Jabba Ski Resort is owned by the Pakistani Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC).
10 kilometers north of Madyan lies the beautiful town of Bahrain. The meaning of Bahrain is ‘two rivers’ because Daral and Swat Rivers meet here. The resorts and bazaars in the vicinity are known for their handicrafts. Some of the houses have carved wooden doors, pillars, and balconies indicating the craftsmanship of the local people.
Known for its lakes, waterfalls, and greenery. Kalam is one of the most popular destinations for tourists. There are small and fertile plateaus adding to its beauty. Additionally, the Ushu and Utrot rivers join in Kalam, to form the Swat River. The scenic view of Kalam is very calming to the nerves.
Mahodand Lake is a lake located in the upper Usho Valley at a distance of about 40 km from Kalam, Swat. The lake is accessible through Jeep Safaris. One can go fishing and boating. On the way, one can enjoy beautiful waterfalls and glaciers and wonderful landscapes.
At an elevation of 1,800 meters above sea level is situated Miandam, a picturesque hill station in Swat surrounded by terraced fields, fruit orchards, and lush green meadows including Dad Sar which lies on the edge of Miandam and Madyan Valley. The area provides a mesmerizing view of snow-covered mountains with the tweeting of birds that never seems to fade away.
Pari (Fairy) Lakes:
Pari Lake is located at the highest altitude in the mountain ranges of Utror, Swat Valley. It is comparatively greater in size and depth than the other lake situated in its vicinity. It is believed that fairies come down and bathe in the waters of this lake hence called Pari (Fairy) Lakes. the Lakes’ wide horizon, spectacular landscapes, and chilly breeze are the invaluable bounties of mother nature that prevail in the memory of visitors.
Derived from the Urdu word ‘Gali’ which an alley between two mountains on both sides of which there are valleys, the Galyat region of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Stretches from Islamabad to both sides of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa-Punjab border, between Abbottabad and Murree. Crossroads Adventure presents you with an astounding opportunity to visit a few Galiyat including Nathia Gali, Donga Gali, Thandiani, and Shangla Gali. Apart from camping in the mountains, the Galyat region also offers many hiking trails to Miranjani and Mushkpuri peaks.
Ayubia is a hub of well-developed resorts which provide picnic spots in Abbottabad District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Tourists love to visit the Ayubia National Park, mounting on breathtaking chairlift journeys extending from Patriata, Murree covering the alpine forest, and a healthy tiresome trek in Ayubia Pipelines.
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