There is more to the ostentatiousness of this piece of heaven on Earth- the Swat Valley.
Often people choose to wander the most visited places in the Swat Valley; however, there are hidden treasures that many don’t know of. Or haven’t heard enough of.
Many famously known destinations and some unknown gems on Earth.
Pearls of Nature sprinkled overland to explore in confoundment and travel through in amusement.
One of these places is the Gabeen Jabba in Swat, Pakistan. Following the Swat Motorway from Mingora, one can either take the N-95 ( Bahrain Rd) or fly through Kanju across the Swat River.
Gabeen is home to lush green lands and tall trees, with green meadows, thick forests, snow-clad mountains, mineral springs, and high peaks.
As the name suggests (Honey Marshes), Gabeen Jabba is famous for its honey. Gabin Jabba also leads to the famous Daral Lake and is known to have medicinal herbs and trees that the researchers often conduct studies.
The camping pods in Gabeen Jabba are the highlight for a hiker or a traveler wishing to stay close to nature.
Next is the most elevated cascade, otherwise called Jarogo Banda Waterfall. Situated in Matta Tehsil in Swat District, This is the highest waterfall in Pakistan – a hidden tourist spot located in deep forests covered in blankets of grass in summers and springs.
What pulls tourists in droves is the Shahi Bagh Valley in the Gabral areas of Swat. A unique landscape with calm streams around and birch trees, this spot is most loved by vacationers seeking a pause.
Some of the best hotels near Shahi Bagh include Daryal Hotel. The beautiful meadows and atmosphere will mesmerize you so do not forget to visit Shahi Bagh on your visit to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The Gabral Valley is a valley in the Swat District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan. It is located in the south slopes of the westernmost end of the Himalayas. The name is also spelled as Gabrāl.
The Gabral River, a tributary of the Utrar River, runs through most of the valley. Hundreds of houses are scattered through the southernmost 7 km of the valley.
The Mahodand Lake is another glorious work of nature. Located 40kms from Kalam, in the Ushu Valley, which is a part of the infamous Hindu-Kush Mountain Range, the lake is 9,400 ft above sea level and spread over 2kms in length.
To get to this magical lake, it is advised to leave early in the morning. On your way there, you will get patches of metal road, but most of the path is just rocks and gravel.
Next to the lake travelers witness the majestic sight of horses running around in all their glory. There is a campsite set up and one can easily hire a boat to experience the lake up close, or you can just sit down and relax.
It would be an injustice to not mention the mesmerizing Swaik Lake, also referred to as Neela Pani. Located in tehsil Kallar Kahar, Chakwal District of Punjab the province of Pakistan. It can be accessed through the M2 motorway linking Lahore and Islamabad. The lake is located about 10 kilometers from the Kallar Kahar and 48 kilometers southwest of the city of Chakwal along the Motorway.
Jahaz Banda is the most sought-after attraction for tourists in Kumrat; you can get to the start of the trek by employing the services of a local tour guide ( Eventica travels)to help you get a jeep that will take you there. It is a perfect spot to witness the beautiful sky during the sunsets. This is however a place with fewer facilities and more adventure.
Towards the upper reaches of Jahaz Banda lies an alpine glacial lake, known as the Katora Lake (meaning: Bowl) . The lake is fed by the surrounding melting glacier waters in Swat Upper Dir Pakistan.
Taki Top and Utror are other of the many attractions in the Swat Region.