VISIT TO SWAT VALLEY (kalam ,ushu,mahudand,maltatan )
Mahodand Lake is situated in the Hindu Kush range of mountains at an elevation of 9,400 feet (2,850 metres) and spreads over two kilo metres by length approximately. It took us around three hours to cover a distance of 35 to 40 kilo metres from Kalam to the lake.
i took a trip to Mahodand Lake, which is about 40 kilometres from Kalam in the Ushu Valley of the Swat District, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa . We stayed in Kalam Hotel which provided an aerial view of the beautiful valley.
Route to Mahodand Lake
3 Hours drive from Kalam only by 4 Wheel Drive
Kalam to Ushu
i started my journey early morning by road , and after crossing the Kalam Forest, i had my first stop in Usho. There are some Hotels in the area which provide an excellent view of the valley. Not only are the gushing streams merely a sight for the tourists and its inhabitants, but it’s also a resource for producing electricity for the locals
On my way, i crossed many nomads with their herd traveling deep into the valley, and most of the times, i had to stop and wait for the road to clear up. This is a usual sight for the locals residing there; however, this would surprise most of us visiting from the metropolitan. After crossing Matiltan, i stopped at Mahi Banal, one of the most picturesque places on my way to Mahodand Lake.
Matitan to Mighty Falls
After further travelling for about half an hour, i ended up at the Mighty falls, another popular tourist spot. The picture below cannot even justify the beauty this piece of land holds. During summers, these falls transform into an extraordinary wonder that will remain etched in your mind forever. Up until i reached Mahodand Lake, i came across local shopkeepers selling cold drinks and other eatables. i stayed here for 15 to 20 minutes, took some pictures and then moved on to my next stop.
The overwhelming beauty was unfolding with every mile i crossed. But that is not all what this heaven on earth had to offer. i found myself in front of another majestic view that took my breath away when i stopped by the road to capture its spectacular scenery. It then occurred to me that even a momentary pause can deliver what you cannot find in a life time.
After traveling for another half an hour approximately, i reached a place calledChashma-e-Shifa. Locals believe that water flowing into this stream is a cure for any disease. i stayed here for some time while soaking in the beauty of the surrounding area.
When visiting Swat Valley, one cannot omit to see Mount Falak Ser, the highest mountain of the valley with a height of 19,416 feet (5,918 metres). It was quite an experience laying my eyes on this distinct gigantic snow-covered mountain which can be viewed from the lush green Ushu Valley.
i spent quite some time discovering the lake and then decided to hire a boat to cross the lake to reach an island at a distance of 50 metres approximately. Deforestation was quite evident and needs attention of concerned authorities in order to improve and attract local tourism
as the rain was started , i was bound to fly back to my nest, regardless of my strong urge to stay longer. With great resignation, i departed from the lake, leaving with memories of the experience i had.
If you are planning a trip with your family, Mahodand Lake should definitely be your next destination.It will be an experience worth your time and will increase your appreciation for the beauty this country holds tenfold.