Swat is a district in Malakand Division of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan. Swat is prominent for its exceptional natural beauty. Located upon the upper portions of the Swat River, Swat was a leading center of early Buddhist thought as part of the Gandhara dominion, and today is scattered with ruins from that era.

Swat was home to the last remote pockets of Gandharan Buddhism, which lasted until the 10th century, well after most of the area had converted to Islam. Until 1969,

In 327 BC, Alexander the Great battled his way to Odigram and Barikot and stormed their battlements. In Greek accounts these towns have been acknowledged as Ora and Bazira. This area was then ruled over by the Indo-Greek Kingdom for eras. Around the 2nd century BC, the area was engaged by Buddhists, who were fascinated by the peace and tranquility of the land. There are many remains that testify to their skills as sculptors and architects. Later some Swati arrived the area along with Sultans from Kunar and their tribe was designed as Swatis. The originator of the existing family of Swat was the Muslim saint Akhund Abdul Gaffur, more commonly known as Saidu Baba. He was a devout man and the people valued him so greatly that they called him Akhund Sahib


    1. Lahore to Swat: 579 K.M.

    2. Islamabad to Swat: 242 K.M.

    3. Karachi to Swat: 1610 K.M.

Weather & height

  • +15 Degrees

  • – 30 Degrees

  • Swat’s average elevation is 980 m (3,220 ft)

Attractions and places to visit

  • Kalam Valley
  • Kumrat Valley
  • Madyan
  • Bahrain
  • Marghazar
  • Saidu Sharif
  • Mahodand Lake
  • Malam Jabba
  • Fizaghat
  • Kundol Lake
  • Butkara
  • Shingardar stupa
  • Saidu stupa
  • Skiing

  • Zip Line

  • Chair Lift

  • Trekking

  • Traditional Food