Templates by BIGtheme NET
Home » Adventure Travel » PALAS VALLEY – THE GEM IN SWAT
Palas Valley Swat
Palas Valley, Swat

PALAS VALLEY – THE GEM IN SWAT

PALAS VALLEY SWAT

Swat Valley is such a majestic and marvellous place that even Queen of England was all praiseworthy of it, during her visit to the valley. She stayed at the White Palace which is popular as Sufaid Mahal. She adored Swat as “Mini Switzerland”. This lush green valley is full of numerous lakes and so many green grassy patches and Palas valley is one of these. The misty Khapiro lake is also located in the same valley. It is a hidden gem of the Swat valley and still uncovered by by the tourists. Its virgin beauty has not been destroyed as yet, by the hands of the commercialization and curse of so-called tourism.

Palas valley

Khapiro Lake/Credits: Arshad Iqbal Wani

The journey starts from Besham and after 15 kilometres Dobair Bazaar appears, which is a Kohistani settlement along KKH. We will reach Pattan village after 25 kilometres further travelling from Dobair Bazaar. From there upon, a bridge over the Indus leads to the Palas valley through the rough Jeep track.

Lower valley is quite accessible by a Jeep route, while Upper valley is still inaccessible. Lower valley is undoubtedly a magical place with its thick forests, mesmerizing lakes and lush green meadows, but the place “Ledi” located in the Upper valley is par from excellence. The meadows of Ledi and Palas are the two more popular meadows, even among the locals too. The meadows and green pastures of Palas valley belong to the tribes of Allai valley and Palas valley itself, whereas Allai valley is in the East of  the valley.

The track leads to Lower Palas valley is in very rough condition and only powerful 4-wheel vehicles can approach it, but to access the Upper valley, a good stamina for the hiking is a must. Locals can properly guide some shortcuts to reach Upper Palas through trekking.

Palas Valley

Palas Valley/Credits: Samiullah Palas

There is lesser accessibility of internal and foreign tourism in Palas valley, that’s why the chance to encounter them is a rare case. Accommodation via Hotels is not available, so the tourists should bring along-with them.

The population of Upper valley is quite less than that of Lower valley; but the number of residents of both of these valleys cannot be compared to the villages of Kaghan valley. Womenfolk of the valley strictly follow the veil and they do not mix-up with males, not to speak of interacting with the strangers, so beware of interrupting the rules. They would not allow taking pictures, so be prepared mentally for this situation; also never directed the camera towards villages, it will cost heavily.

Palas valley does not remain disguised place now and it is seeking the attention of the tourists rapidly. This area is very rich in Mammals and birds species. Due to its undiscovered nature, WWF has recognized the importance of these Himalayan Forests and probably will do something to protect it in future. Tourists are requested to beware of littering.

Author: Fehmeeda Farid Khan

About Fehmeeda Farid Khan

I am Fehmeeda Farid Khan;. I'm a Freelance Content Writer, Reporting Analyst, Translator, Tour Consultant, Proofreader, Environmentalist and Social Mobilizer. I write Poetry and Novels. I have translated a book entitled "The Art of the Interview Skills". As a Physically Challenged Person, I extend Advocacy by speaking on Disability issues. I would like to excel as a Motivational Speaker. I have worked in different NGOs as Peer Counselor and Reporting Analyst. I am working for Environmental Awareness and intended to impart it through my writings. I am Masters in Economics and English. I have an additional degree of Bachelors in Education (B.Ed).

2 comments

  1. Gօod day! I know this is somewhat off topic but I was
    wondering if you knew where I could get a caρtcha plugin for my comment form?
    I’m using the same blog pⅼatform as yours and I’m һaving
    trouble finding one? Thanks a lot!

  2. My spouse and I stumbled over here from a different web address and thought I might check things out.
    I like what I see so i am just following you. Look forward to going over your web page
    yet again.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*