Although Swat is geographically isolated by mountains from the Peshawar plains. The valley has been the main interacting place for the important civilizations of the world. Throughout the swat history, the valley linked China with Central Asia and Europe. Alexander the Great, Mahmood of Ghazni, and Mughal king Babar entered India via the lower part of Swat valley.
They described swat valley as fertile land, having an abundance, and a variety of produces. Also, they talk about its temperate climate, the beauty of its scenery, and the sacred Buddhist sites when they visited Swat through the difficult passes of Hindukush mountains on their way down to the Indian subcontinent.
In Butkara Swat, near the present Mmgora, under the strata of the Buddhist period, Italian archaeologists found tombs also showing a long occupation of the site. Thus, the scientific analysis of a skull, probably one of the most ancient inhabitants of the valley, indicates a Torwali human type similar to the present inhabitants of the Swat Kohistan.
Asoka issued a large number of edicts inscribed on rock surfaces and converted to the Buddhist religion. During his reign and under his patronage, some of the greatest Buddhist art was produced. Asoka is said to have started the tradition of setting up Stupas to enshrine the relics upon the Buddha and his disciples.
weather & Climate of Swat
The swat virtual tour is an illustration of information intended for the prospective tourist audience. The purpose of the virtual tour is to provide you information about swat including weather, accommodation, hospitality, famous tourist locations. This guide aims to provide you free and accurate information so that you enjoy your travel and stay safe.
Let’s enjoy a free virtual tour of the breathtaking swat valley. We will explore its history, heritage, culture, people, food, and tourist attractions. The Swat whether actually tends to be quite moderate and changeable but is rarely extremely hot. Despite being a relatively small valley, one of the most surprising things about the Swat climate is just how much it varies from one region to another. You might experience ‘four seasons in one day’, but travel 20-30 minutes in any direction and the weather is generally completely different!
When it is Spring season in Swat, you can expect average maximum temperatures to range from approximately 7°C (45°F) to 13 °C (55°F) during the months of March, April, and May.
Summer months in Swat i.e. June, July and August are normally the warmest months, with average maximum temperatures ranging from approximately 15°C (59°F) to 17°C (63 °F). In the Autumn (or Fall), Swat is likely to experience temperatures ranging from around 8°C (46°F) to 14°C (57°F) from September to November. December, January, and February are generally the coldest months in Swat, with the average maximum temperature usually around 5°C (41°F).
The Cuisine of Swat
Swat offers a great variety of local traditional food to its inhabitants and visitors. Swat cuisine is covered under Pashtun cuisine which is commonly known as Afghan cuisine. Although swat food remarkably resembles the Afghani, Persian, and Turkish cuisines however it has its own unique taste, aroma, and texture. The food is not spicy hot like Pakistani and Indian food but is rather mild in hotness and intensely enriched using locally grown herbs and mild spices. Bread and rice being the staple food, swat cuisine is largely based on meat dishes that include lamb, beef, chicken, and freshwater fish as well as locally grown fresh vegetables and fruits. Other food items in swat include dairy products (yogurt, whey, cheeses), swat honey, various nuts, as well as dried fruits.
When you visit swat we recommend you try the taste of mouth-watering Chapli kebab, Kabuli pulao, Tikka kebab, Tikka skewers, Grilled on charcoal, Dum Pukht, and of course the very delicious of swat trout fish. Another recommended food is the signature dish of Swat that you probably can’t find elsewhere in the world is called Chukand or Warjalay.