By Shahzad Akhtar
Though people have limited travel around Pakistan nowadays due to the COVID-19 threat, I consider myself one of the lucky ones to have visited Malam Jabba before the epidemic hit the world.
My trip was unforgettable for one reason: I went there during snowfall season!
In case some of you don’t know, this hill station in Swat is one of the most wonderful regions in the country. Not only is the place scenic, but is also home to residents who are helpful, simple, and friendly – a way of life those living in cities are not accustomed to.
But most importantly, Malam Jabba is a good travel destination because it has all sorts of facilities available varying from hotels to skiing equipment. Seriously, my group of friends and I were left awe struck when we found a good hotel room at an economical rate of 2500 to 3000 rupees per day.
However, the main challenge for us was reaching Malam Jabba since the route to the hill station is quite tricky. We don’t know when we will be able to travel again, but my recommendation is to drive to Malam Jabba with an expert driver instead of a novice.
The track to the hill station is truly a tough once to drive through and we were all on the edge till we reached our destination. The good part is, when we reached Malam Jabba, we forgot all about the tough journey because the sites we saw had us mesmerised.
Truly, in the winters the beauty of Malam Jabba is out of this world. The mountains, roads and trees are covered in a blanket of snow – it literally seemed like a shot from the Hollywood film ‘The Revenant’.
Now imagine looking at all the scenery while on a chairlift. Oh what a remarkable experience it was!
Believe it or not, winter is the best time to visit Malam Jabba! And yes, its chilly, but we loved every moment of it.
Personally, this trip was so special for me since I had never experienced snow before. Hence, when I saw it firsthand, I couldn’t help but have snowball fights with my friends like a bunch of kids. We even made a snowman together!
Sadly, another trip to Malam Jabba is just a fantasy till the world recovers from the coronavirus. But till then, we can use these memorable photographs to admire the beauty of the hill station.