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In calmer times, Swat can be near paradise... or at least likened to Switzerland, with rivulets, forests, snow-capped mountains, luscious green fertile valleys and a temperate climate. It is also the home of ancient Buddhism and a major center of Gandhara civilization.
Local language is Pushto but Urdu and English easily understand as a communication language. People are very nice and humble. They always take care of you and with utmost commitment.
There are regular flights from Islamabad to Swat and back. One can also get here either from Peshawar (160 KMs) or Islamabad(250 KMs). Most of the tourist who visit Swat first arrive at the historical city of Peshawar, the capital of N.W.F.P Province. Peshawar has an International Airport which is served by many international airlines like Emirates, Qatar Airways, Etihad and Gulf Airlines in addition to the national flag carrier PIA. From Peshawar, you can take an onward flight of PIA to take you to Saidu Airport. Saidu Sharif is the Capital of Swat. You can also drive to Swat by hiring a car from the Local Rent A Car Services. The cheapest way to reach Swat is using public transport which is easily available. All of them leave from the main bus stand at Peshawar.
Trout fish is very famous, there are lots of good hotels in Swat, where there is lots of good and delicious foods at very reasonable price.
Swat honey is one of the best varieties of honey in the world and is drawn from natural flora of the Hindukush ranges which are very rich in mineral wealth.
Green tea is also a very famous drink of Swat.
Currently there is a military operation there. Do not visit.