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An entertainer is walking at the end of the ski slope in Malam Jabba.  — Photo by author An entertainer is walking at the end of the ski slope in Malam Jabba. — Photo by author

MINGORA: With a number of stunning sites, Swat valley draws tourists in droves in the summer season, when they can enjoy the natural beauty, pleasant weather and serenity offered by the valley.

However, in winter, the valley offers more to lovers of winter sports and snowfall.

Popular among the many sites for snowfall and winter tourism are the Malam Jabba, Miandam and Kalam resorts where heavy snowfall attracts a multitude of tourists.

Malam Jabba is located at a height of about 9,000 feet above sea level. Snowfall begins in the month of November and the area wears a thick white snow blanket during the winter season.

It is the only ski resort in the country open for general public with ski slope of about 800 meters. Proper training camps are also arranged for beginners.

Miandam valley is located in the foothills of Hindu Kush mountains, some 40 Kilometers from the capital city of Swat, Mingora, and is another haven for tourists. The valley is easily accessible and is an abode for nature lovers in both summer and winter seasons.

Surrounded by mountains and dense forests, the valley remains covered with a thick layer of snow in the winter season creating a fascinating landscape.

Stunning view of the Swat River in Kalam valley.  — Photo by author Stunning view of the Swat River in Kalam valley. — Photo by author

Kalam Valley is an awe-inspiring tourist resort, with high peak and snowcapped mountains, majestic lakes, magnificent waterfalls, thick forests and lush green meadows.

Located about 100 kilometers from Mingora, Kalam is considered one of the most beautiful valleys in the world. The Ushu and Utror rivers join to form the Swat River in this area.

With over 500 hotels, big and small, the valley is thronged with both local and international tourists.

A  view of White Palace blanketed with snow at Marghuzar.  — Photo by author A view of White Palace blanketed with snow at Marghuzar. — Photo by author

There are several other scenic spots in the region including Marghuzar valley, Bahrain, Sangar etc which receive heavy snowfall in the winter and remain swarmed with tourists during the season.

Children in Kalam in a jubilant mood after heavy snowfall in their village. — Photo by author
Children in Kalam in a jubilant mood after heavy snowfall in their village. — Photo by author
A view of the skiing slope at Malam Jabba.  — Photo by author
A view of the skiing slope at Malam Jabba. — Photo by author
Tourists throng Malam  Jabba to enjoy the snow.  — Photo by author
Tourists throng Malam Jabba to enjoy the snow. — Photo by author
View of Kalam Valley, a famous tourist resort in Pakistan.  — Photo by author
View of Kalam Valley, a famous tourist resort in Pakistan. — Photo by author
A tourist learning how to ski from a local skier at Malam Jabba.  — Photo by author
A tourist learning how to ski from a local skier at Malam Jabba. — Photo by author

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Jawad Nov 29, 2015 03:52pm

These are amazing photos. Again swat is heaven on earth. Swat is shining again.

Abdul Karim Nov 29, 2015 03:55pm

Very nice

Arslan Nov 29, 2015 04:10pm

Is this not substantial evidence that military operation has worked to restore peace? This area was infested with Talibans not so many years ago and look at it now! Swat is a place for a second home if ever one could afford.

Muhammad Arshad Nov 29, 2015 04:23pm

Great Pictures

Fast Nov 29, 2015 04:28pm

Swat is one of the most beautiful place that this world can offer. Thanks to Pak army after successful operation the situation for tourist getting better every passing day.

Fast Nov 29, 2015 05:00pm

@Arslan No doubt operation was successful and have no match with any other operation to eliminate terrorism.

Haroon Nov 29, 2015 05:06pm

Unfortunately most people with families cannot visit these places. The reason is that hordes of Men without any accompanying families can be found at every nook and corner and they scan the women from top to bottom like they have never seen these creatures before.

Ga Nov 29, 2015 06:07pm

Try attracting tourists from neighboring countries especially Middle East. They are more likely to visit and provide much needed boost.

sdfdsaofj Nov 29, 2015 06:26pm

hm...need security for tourists, possible?

Abdul Ahad Shahzad Nov 29, 2015 06:31pm

I wish if i could get chance to see snowfall ever in life :(

Sam Nov 29, 2015 06:33pm

Wow eve inspiring the ideal location. Soon will visit it ..

NHM Nov 29, 2015 07:04pm

The last photograph is a hug slap on the face of Talibans

Indian Nov 29, 2015 07:14pm

Wow! Amazing place. Would love to visit.

Dr, Mussarat Jamal Nov 29, 2015 08:00pm

Marvelous. but Human beings are more important than the places.

Bakar Nov 29, 2015 08:46pm

stunning the beautiful Pakistan has everything to offer to the tourists. paradise on earth

SUJITH. KUMARmm to you Nov 29, 2015 09:13pm

No. doubt. , Swat. is. as. beautiful. as. Gilgit. Batistan. ! A. true. heaven. on. earth. !!

Naseem Nov 29, 2015 09:24pm

Brings back happy memories

AB, US Nov 29, 2015 09:27pm

No doubt. The beauty of Himalayan mountain range and especially majestic swat valley. I like to visit. any info. will be helpful.

Dr.Cajetan Coelho Nov 29, 2015 11:46pm

Wonderful. Thanks.

Just here Nov 29, 2015 11:57pm

I'm stealing these photos from dawn lol dawn have amazing photographers. Dawn should be awarded for other amazing photos.

Just here Nov 30, 2015 12:03am

The 4th photo made my day seeing these children laughing and playing exactly what they supposed to be doing. It's such a beautiful thing to see. Swat Valley the land of our beloved Malala.

Rick_james Nov 30, 2015 12:11am

Absolutely stunning pictures. Pakistan is very beautiful, and so are its people.

ak Nov 30, 2015 01:06am

Aman aur Raunaq !! Let there be peace and tourism in these areas. Amen ...

Safriz Nov 30, 2015 04:13am

@Haroon Local men?

M. Iqbal Nov 30, 2015 04:59am

I was in Kalaam years ago. It was not easy to get there but all the trouble worth it. I am ready to go there again.

fawad Nov 30, 2015 06:08am

The author did not mention utror'gabral and mahodand and thae subrubs. In fact i will ADVISE the tourists to see komrat in dir velly the paradise on earth

Zain Nov 30, 2015 08:01am

Lovely. But the road to Kalam is bad.

hakim Nov 30, 2015 08:29am

@Abdul Ahad Shahzad be careful for what you wish,

Vamshi Nov 30, 2015 11:57am

what a beautiful place Sway is ...truly amazing !!

Zahoor Nov 30, 2015 12:07pm

No doubt the valley is a replica of paradise but there is a high level of pollution and encroachment in the Swat River. The government must control both the menaces. Plus the road to Kalam is really in worst condition.

A truthful Muslim Nov 30, 2015 12:59pm

What a beauty!

Rajesh Rai Nov 30, 2015 03:32pm

Nice place. read about Swat in " I am malala " book. Swat have beautiful people & place. Because of some extreamist it was bad famous!!

faryal Nov 30, 2015 04:58pm

what a lovely journey!

khan Dec 01, 2015 07:27am

The children in these pictures are so cute. Just looking at their innocence, I have tears in my eyes. May God bless them.

Khwarezmi Dec 01, 2015 07:18pm

Marketing start at home. KPK and GB turist authorities should go for the financial strong people of Karachi, Lahore, Faisalabad, Sialkot, Islamabad and Peshawar. This is much more doable then trying to get international turists from the West or even Arab nations.