The Land of Enchanting Beauty.
Safety and Security Condition in Swat - Swat, known as the Switzerland of Asia due to its natural beauty, has opened its arms for
according warm welcome to tourists as security and peace have been restored and militants have been pushed out of the region by
security forces. With the efforts of provincial government and facilitation of Pakistan Army tourists have started arriving in the area.
The area has become more peaceful and secure region than other parts of the country and included in safest area in view of the statistics of law and order. Minor incidents occur in some towns, which could not be used as negation of the real situation. Pak Army has established checkpoints at all entry points and generally situation in the Valley is peaceful for tourism.
Visitors are advised to carry their National Identity Cards (NIC) with them to avoid inconvenience at the routine security checkpoints established by Pak Army and Police department en route. Similarly foreign tourist should carry their passport and security clearance documents with them.
Swati people are known for their hospitality towards visitors and your appreciation will be registered if you respect local customs and norms. Swat is a conservative society and you can win much more respect if you act and dress appropriately. Do not wear shorts or tight-fitting revealing clothing. Women should always cover their head and chest with a dupatta (long scarf). Taking photographs of local women is also not desirable.
The water in many places in Swat is not safe to drink. Bottles of mineral water are widely available in the towns and even in villages. If mineral water is not available, it is wise to drink bottled drink or tea. It is also advisable to bring some water purification tabs which are available with the chemist shops in all main cities.
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dedicated to promote and facilitate the growth of sustainable and equitable tourism in Pakistan in close
partnership with concerned stakeholders from public, private and NGO sectors.
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