HANDRAP TO SWAT VALLEY TREKKING OVER DADARILI PASS
Swat valley is one of the major tourist attractions of Pakistan. It is known as the Switzerland of Pakistan; it has one of the oldest civilization’s history and one of the beautiful sceneries one could ever see. It is located between the foothills of Hindukush mountain range. The location of Swat valley has a major strategic importance as it lies in the region where South Asia, Central Asia and China meet. Swat valley can reach through Peshawar, Rawalpindi and Islamabad. The total distance from Peshawar is 151 km and from Rawalapindi is 270 km. The history of Swat valley goes back to around 2000 years ago. It was known as Udyana and later the name was changed to Suvastu. Swat Valley is known as the “mini Switzerland” and is also famous in the world as the “holy land of Buddhist learning.” thus given the name of “cradle of Buddhism”. Alexander of Macedonia had fought many major battles in this land before he was crossed the delta of Indus River. The history states that Swat when once the cradle of Buddhism where 1400 monasteries had survived and flourished, and they also made a Gandhara School of Sculpture.