Under the shadows of Tirichmir in the Hindukush mountain range, the valley of Chitral in the North West Frontier Province is a fascinating combination of scenic beauty and cultural diversity.

Utror and Gabral

Utror is located at about 16 km from Kalam.

Ushu Valley

Ushu Valley constitutes some of the most beautiful parts of Swat. This valley offers magnificent views of the snow covered Mount Flaksair which has a height of 6,257 meters (20,528 feet).


The main road continues up the Swat Valley from Minglor, eventually reaching Chargabh; the next village with a small bazaar.


The main road continues north up the valley and reaches the village of Fatehpur.


Back on main road at a distance of about 8 km from Fatehpur, Madyan is a tourist resort on the Swat River. The distance from Mingora to Madyan is roughly 56kms.


The main road crosses to the west bank of the Swat River at Madyan and continues towards north. From here the valley steadily closes in and begins to climb more steeply.


At Kalam, which is 32 km from Bahrain and about (2,072 metres/6,800 feet) above sea level, the valley opens out into a fertile plateau.

Malam Jabba

On the same road from Minglor at a distance of about 35 km, Malam Jabba is one of the most popular hill resorts in Swat, located at an elevation of 2,750 metres (9,000 feet) above sea level.

Jahanabad Buddha

The next settlement farther up north is Minglor, at a distance of about 10 km from Mingora.


Just outside Mingora, Fizagat is the first spot where a nice picnic area and a number of tourist class and deluxe hotels are located along the river.

Shingerdar Stupa

10 km from Udegram on the main Mingora-Malakand road, the Stupa of Shingerdar is situated on the left side of the main road.


About 8 km from Mingora on the road to Malakand, is the town of Udegram which Alexander the Great captured in 327 BC. This is the site of the ancient town of Ora.

Butkara Stupa

Near Swat Museum, is one of the most important Buddhist shrines in Swat. This site is located about one kilometer from the museum.

Swat Museum

Swat Museum is located on main Mingora-Saidu Sharif road. This museum has a huge collection of Gandhara sculptures from the Buddhist sites in Swat.

Shrine of Akhund of Swat (Saidu Baba)

The shrine of Akhund of Swat is housed in the marble courtyard of a mosque in Saidu Sharif. It is tucked away amongst the narrow alleys between Maraghzar road and Aqba road.

Islampur (Weavers Village)

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Islampur is a small village 2 km off the main Saidu Sharif- Maraghzar road. Visitors can see handloom weaving here and buy hand-woven shawls and blankets.

Shingerdar Stupa

10 km from Udegram on the main Mingora-Malakand road, the Stupa of Shingerdar is situated on the left side of the main road.

Mingora and Saidu Sharif

At an elevation of 990 metres (3,250 feet) above sea level, Mingora and Saidu Sharif are twin-towns merged into each other.


At distance of 13 km from Saidu Sharif at the head of the Saidu Valley, Maraghzar is a small village at an elevation of 1,287 metres (4,222 feet) from sea level.


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