If you love travelling and visiting new places and wants adventure and nature at the same time then Swat is the best and the most beautiful place to visit. Up till now, you have read a lot of articles about the trip to Swat valley but in this article, I will tell you about my own adventurous trip to Swat. Swat valley is the 15th largest district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and is famous for its lush green forests, pine meadows and snow-capped mountains and the beautiful weather. Swat’s beauty is centered by Swat River and was the centre of Gandhara civilization so if you are either passionate about archaeology or a nature freak Swat valley is the most suitable pace for you to visit. Saidu Sharif is the capital city of Swat and is known for Buddhist remains and has many stupas. Swat is famous for its beauty, calmness, weather and hospitality.  But before that, you must know how to get ready for a trip, to a valley like Swat and what you must carry with yourself and how to enjoy your trip in the most extraordinary way.

How to arrange trip to Swat valley:

If you want to visit Swat valley you must know few things about how to arrange a trip. If you are going with family or friends all you need is to identify a route you will follow otherwise you will have a lot of problems on the journey.  After this, you should pack warm and moderate weather clothes and a pair of sneakers. So if you need to hike you are ready for it. If you have a four-wheeler then you are ready to travel and enjoy your fascinating journey to Swat valley but if not need not to worry there are a lot of travel agencies that arrange trips to Swat valley in reasonable rates. Now let me tell you about my trip to Swat valley and how we enjoyed the beauty of nature and the hiking we did and the roar of the river.

My adventurous trip to Swat valley:

Now I am going to narrate my all-time favourite Story of the trip to Swat valley after reading this you will be eager to visit this adventurous valley so in July 2019 I decided that I will visit Swat valley with my family it was my first time and previously listen a lot about Swat valley. All siblings were very excited and we all pack our bags and started our journey from Peshawar. We have already identified our route and my father who had previously lived in Swat were also well aware of the route so first, we entered Mardan which is a city in KPK and has a very historical background. We never have been to such a long and fascinating journey so the first thing we were looking forward was to see the river and to hear the roaring sound. After two to three hours we were nearly tired of the journey but the excitement to see the flowing river and to touch the water keep us motivated finally we entered the Malakand division and that road track around the mountain took our heart away and as we were going upward and the villages down were looking even more beautiful then we entered Mingora where there were gardens of fruits and all along the road this view keep refreshing our eyes . Finally we reached Fizagut from where our excitement and level of happiness was elevated when we saw the first site of the Swat River. We wanted to stop the car and touch the pure water and that thrilling sound of the river. Finally we park the car and entered the Fizagut park and had our lunch and touched the water and the view their was so catchy and relaxing that we capture it in our cameras forever. Then we started our journey to Bahrain in the middle we also stop at Madyan and throw stones in the river. When we entered Bahrain the weather was cold and we had  to wear sweaters. We book our hotel room and the room had a balcony   which I loved so much. Our hotel was at the edge of the river so we were able to hear the rushing sounds of the river and that moment was like living in heaven on earth as we know that Swat valley is the Switzerland of Pakistan then we decided to have dinner and went to a nearby hotel even the food there was so delicious. I still remember the taste of that chicken karahi and then we spent our night there. The weather was so cold that we have to wear shawls. Then the next morning we all wake up to get ready for our journey to Kalam valley.

Major places:

Kalam is one of the most famous tourist spots in Swat valley and in Kalam we can even feel the water touching our feet and enjoy river view. The water is so cold that your feet will freeze. It took five hours to reach Kalam because on one hand the road was under construction and at different spots there was high traffic because the road was bumpy and one way and on the other hand we didn’t have a four wheeler or a jeep. We were in a small car Mehran so imagine about the adventure we had. At one point our car was about to fall but the we come out of the car and had to hike. We also have to change the tyre in the mid then after reaching Kalam we decided to visit Oshu glacier. Our car was not I a condition to go there so we booked a car and started to climb the mountain. The pine meadows and the snowcapped mountains were waiting for us. We saw glacier for the first time and we even eat the glacier ice.

High altitude spot:

If you have decided to visit Swat then plan a trip to Malam Jabba because you cannot miss it. The climb to Malam Jabba was also very adventurous and as there is a saying “Hardships will pay off” at that day I came to know the real meaning of this and the chairlift was so amazing and the view was so beautiful and catchy that  I fell in love with it and I experience the chairlift for the first time in my life. The zip line there was even more fascinating  so you must try it.Those lush green trees and those clouds was like you are floating on the clouds and that cup of tea  and that weather and calmness cannot be found anywhere else . Finally our journey ended there. I also want you people to enjoy this journey and see the true colors of Pakistan. Hope that after reading my story so will not be feeling bore and will be eager to visit Swat valley “The Switzerland of Pakistan”.

Stuck inside and looking to move on an open road like before? Me too! Adopting this new lifestyle for some long means you have to learn something that could replace your traveling itch for some time. If you are a sightseer, it’s somehow hard to stay at home for long. Don’t worry, everyone is facing the same

Go over traveling books

Books are the beautiful destination and a long excursion, they are the evergreen roads. They are the sweet home.You can explore the world through reading. Excavate new trends in the world, different cultures and read people’s adventure to scrutinize more worlds. Grow your travel list by reading an adventurous world.Don’t put your mind in a box, let it free to travel when your body can’t.

Now have a look on books you can read to scratch the travel itch without traveling.

  1. The rings of Saturn by W.C Sebald
  2. A Moveable Feast (Life Changing Food Adventures Around The World) by Don George
  3. The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton
  4. The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo
  5. Lands of Lost Boarders: A Journey on the Silk Road by Kate Haris
  6. The Adventures of Tintin by herge
  7. Love with a chance of drowning by Torre DeRoche
  8. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  9. The Lost City of Z by David Grann
  10. 10.The Beach by Alex Garland

Watch traveling movies

Here is another better option, you can quench your travel hunger by watching traveling movies.

  • Into the Wild
  • Under the Tuscan Sun
  • A Walk in the Woods
  • Out of Africa
  • The Motorcycle Diaries
  • In Bruges
  • Amèlie
  • Wild
  • Lost in Translation
  • Mid night in Paris

Explore best tour planning site for your next trip

Scroll your net to explore the best tour planner company for your next trip. My favorite tour planner company is Visitpk with a lot of packages and low charges. Experience Visitpk.com for the wonderful journey to the northern areas. Ultimately the recent condition of pandemic will end up soon, so you can have a wonderful trip. Plan your trip in these pandemic days and have a wonderful trip soon after the pandemic. Looking in the guidebooks are the best option in planning a trip. Mesmerizing in the guidebooks and dreaming the enchanting sites you want to vist will help you to make a better road map for your visit.

Best guidebooks are:

  • DK Eyewitness
  • Lonely Planet
  • Rough guides
  • Bradt
  • Insight guides

These guidelines are full of insider tips, budget planner  and much more… you can check out bundles of destinations for your trip. Staying home brings a lot of boredom. But engaging yourself in

this type of activity will help you to pass your time.

  • Enroll online communities

For keeping alive the spirit of travel, join various online communities to connect with the other travellers. Pandemic causes a lot of isolation, but at this time you can connect yourself with the other travellers. Share your trip experiences, and stories there to keep your traveling spirit high.

  • Read tour & traveling blogs

Whenever you think of travelling, or have itchy feet during a pandemic, it is a good idea to read travel blogs. Traveling blogs are enriched in tour planning advice, travel tips, suggestions, and ideas for new trips. As the traveling industry is crushing during the pandemic, it is better to support those who have their income just based just on creating a tour. Bloggers are sharing a lot of information on the web that are bewitching the reader.

  • Explore memories from your last trip

Memories are the beautiful blessing of God. You can live in those beautiful memories whenever you want to have a tour and fail to fulfil them just like in a pandemic.

  • Build a life you don’t want to escape from

This quote made my day, my life is my choice, I have passion for traveling. Wanderlust is not the thing you should hate, but it is the way to explore more and more. You know what! Traveling can reduce your stress and anxiety, no doubt which circumstances you are facing nowadays, travel can help you to soothe your stress. In pandemic days, it is a chance to explore more and more about traveling hacks and plan a wonderful tour for coming days. Ultimately pandemic has to go, so relax, have patience and plan your future trip with a lot of hacks and suggestions of famous travelers.

Plan your trips for future.

Doctor Zakir Naik who is a known Islamic scholar was out of sight after the coronavirus outbreak. All the people were suspicious to know what are Zakir Naik’s thoughts and opinions about coronavirus. So recently Zakir Naik breaks his silence and told people about the reality of coronavirus. First of all he talked about what is lockdown?

Definition of lockdown:

Zakir Naik defined lockdown that a condition in which you are not allowed to enter or leave an area, city or country due to the emergency is called a lockdown. The emergency can be a bomb, war or a pandemic. More than 50% of the countries are under lockdown due to COVID -19 or Coronavirus disease 2019.

Reason of silence:

Zakir Naik explains the reason for his silence and said: Due to modern technology the world has become a global village and nowadays fake news is available on social media about COVID-19 which is causing more damage so I didn’t want to add to it. He also explain  his reason by giving an example that in January 2020 many video clips were uploaded on social media showing that Chinese who are infected are barking like dogs and being a doctor I know that COVID-19 does not affect your brain. Coronavirus affects your respiratory system.

Fake treatments:

People who do not have a specialty in this field are giving treatments and are explaining step by step how to keep and cut an onion and within 20 minutes you will be cure. I have seen videos in which a person is saying that UK prepared Dettol which kill coronavirus in 2019 and this is a conspiracy of United states.

Wrong Fatwas:

People are giving Islamic aspects about COVID-19 and giving fatwas which is not their field of speciality. As in Islam if you give the right fatwa you will be given double reward and if your fatwa is wrong then you will be given single reward. I didn’t want to give any fatwa because it’s not my job. Let foqaha and Mushtahid do it.

Limited knowledge:

As we know that COVID-19 is a new specie and research is going on and very few people know about COVID-19. Virologist, immunologist and those people which are qualified in pandemics have proper information about COVID-19 so we should not spread news without verifying it. In Surah Hujrat chapter 49 verse 6 Allah said,” Whenever you get information check it’s authenticity”.

Coronavirus and its species:

Those people who are saying that this pandemic is a conspiracy of United States actually do not have correct information. Coronavirus was discovered in 1930s and coronavirus have almost 20 species. Most of them cause no damage to humans while out of 20, 8 species infect and cause disease. Out of eight, five cause mild problems while the remaining three are detrimental. In 1930s coronavirus was first discovered in animals. Coronavirus was first found in chickens where it caused respiratory disease. In the 1940s it was discovered in mice. In humans, coronavirus was first discovered in the 1960s and was called human coronavirus while in the print media this word came forward in 1968.

Detrimental species of coronavirus:

Zakir Naik also mentioned some details about the detrimental coronavirus species which are as follows:

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS):

SARS is one of the species of coronavirus which break out in 2002 in China and spread in 2003 and a pandemic was declared and after 2004 it disappeared. SARS infected 8098 people worldwide and 774 people died due to SARS with a death rate of 9.55%.

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS COV):

MERS started spreading in 2012 and infected about 2494 people worldwide and about 858 people died and spread in almost 24 countries. Until now a mortality rate of 34.4% have been reported.

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19):

This specie of coronavirus was reported at the end of December 2019 and it started from China and now it is spread in about 184 countries and about 2.83 million people are infected by COVID-19 and about 197,245 people died due to this virus worldwide and have a mortality rate of 6.97%.

Hadith about the pandemic:

Dr Zakir Naik quoted from Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 7 hadith number 5728:

“When you hear news of the break of a plague in a land do not enter that land and if the place you are staying a plague breaks out do not leave that land.”

Hadith number 5729:

“When you hear about a break of a plague in the land do not enter the land and if the country abstain plague breaks out do not exit that country”.

Hadith number 5730:

“When you hear of news of a break of plague in a place do not enter that place and where you stay if a plague breaks out do not run away from that place.”

Hadith number 5707:

“Runaway from a leper as you run away from a lion*

Hadith number 5734:

Hazrat Ayesha (R.A) the beloved wife of Prophet (S.A.W) said, ” The Messenger (S.A.W) said that the plague was sent as a punishment by Allah to the people He wanted to send but for believers, it is a blessing and if a believer stays in the land which is infected by plague having faith in Allah and believe that nothing can fall him except Allah ordain then such people who die they will be given the status of a martyr”.

Conclusion:

So our Holy Prophet (S.A.W) mentioned all the instruction about fourteen years before which now the medical science is providing. From the above hadith, we get the information that we should not infect others by visiting other places and not get infected by visiting another place. Hope that after reading this article you must have gained a lot of knowledge regarding coronavirus and Islamic point of view about the pandemic.

Pakistan is rich in natural beauty with lots of travel worthy places and historical sites. The northern areas of Pakistan are particularly more famous among tourists and travelers coming from around the world to explore these heavenly places. With sky high mountains and lush green valleys, strikingly beautiful lakes and rich cultural heritage, Pakistan’s open hearted and hospitable people await their tourist guests for one of a kind experience in Pakistan’s northern region.

Why Is It Advisable To Hire A Tour Planner?

Every tourist spot has some unique features attached to it and if you are a new visitor without a proper tour guide, you will most probably miss seeing them. Also, chances are that you will need someone who knows your language and the local language to cater to the language barrier and to make a tour plan for you with all the transportation and hotel reservations in order to save you from the last moment hassles and inconveniences.

Trust me! The more carefree you are, the more you will enjoy your travelling experience. Tour guides and planners plan your tour in a way that you get to see and enjoy most of the places within a limited time and make sure that you don’t miss on anything special. Plus travelling with them is much safe than travelling on your own when you are not completely aware of the area.

Additionally, they are well aware of the local cost and expenses and make a proper package for the tourists covering all these expenses so you don’t have to pay separately at every stop and spot. This saves you a lot of money as a whole. All you have to do is, choose the right tour planner and the rest is their headache.

Why Choose VisitPK?

When we talk about the need of choosing the right tour planners, there’s a lot that falls into it. The best tour planners are those who know the tourist spots well and who else can be more suitable than someone who is a local?

Visitpk is a local tour planning company with a vast experience in planning trips to Pakistan’s northern areas. Since we belong to the Northern region of Pakistan, we have been facilitating the tourists with our services from past 6 years. We ensure you a stress free and comfy trip with air conditioned transport, tasty and hygienic food and safe accommodation. We promise to make sure that you don’t miss on anything worth seeing. You’ll get to experience bon fire in the breathtakingly beautiful atmosphere and make such memories which will stay with you forever.

VisitPK is one of a kind tour planner as we take 6-7 trips ever year to northern regions of Pakistan. Once you make your booking with us, you just get to enjoy your trip to the fullest and we take care of the rest. We make sure that you gather enough memories from Pakistan and wish to bring back the long lost positive image of our beloved country one day!