By Momina Aftab
Nestled in the foothills of the mighty Hindu Kush range, Malam Jabba is a breath-taking Hill Station, located 42 kms way from Saidu Sharif and about 300 kms away from Islamabad, in Swat Valley. One of the most popular vacation destinations in the recent years, Malam Jabba has been hosting tourists from all over the country with the same zeal and fervor every year. It is an ultimate paradise for a winter tourist that not only offers unparalleled scenery but is equipped with all sorts of thrilling activities that people previously would go to other countries for. Here’s why we think you must choose Malam Jabba as your next vacation destination.
Finest ski resort of the country
Swarming with skiing enthusiasts every year, Malam jabba is home to the finest, biggest ski resort of Pakistan, The Malam Jabba Ski Resort. Currently owned by the Samsons Group, the resort covers the area of 270 acres land and has a ski slope of about 800 m with the highest point of the slope 2804 m (9200 ft) above the sea level. The resort has faced its share of setbacks when it was destroyed by anti-state factors during militant hold in Swat. But now that things have settled and Swat is free and safe again, the resort has been reinstated to its former glory. Other than skiing, tourists can also explore other activities such as hiking and trekking.
There are two trekking trails near the resort that offer picturesque scenic views. The Shangla Top is a trek that is about 18 kilometers from the resort. One can also enjoy a heavenly chairlift ride with views that are bound to knock the breath out of you. Ziplining and Ice Skating services are also available.
Rich archaeological history
The Swat Valley is full of ancient, significant relics from prehistoric civilizations that once ruled over these lands. Some of them can be found in Malam Jabba as well. The resort has six Buddhist stupas and six monasteries present throughout the mighty land of Malam Jabba that are almost 2000 years old.
Matchless landscape and scenic views
Pakistan has been truly blessed when it comes to mind-blowing scenery and one of the most exciting, adventure-filled places to enjoy the majestic, godly views of Hindu Kush is Malam Jabba. The snow-capped structures, accompanied by chilly weather, crystal clear streams, lush pine forests with Hindu Kush as a backdrop is a sight for sore eyes.