Ascending the Swat Valley, the mountains slowly begin to close in until the town of Madyan is forced to climb their slopes. Madyan is the point where the Pashtun Valley gives way to Swat Kohistan, and it could hardly be a nicer transition point. The surroundings are wonderful – green wooded slopes, cool mountain breezes and the sound of the icy tumbling river. It’s easy to see why Swat has been a perennial tourist favourite. There’s little to do but drink in the scenery and maybe rouse yourself to hike up above the town for the tremendous views.
In the town’s bazaar you might find the luminous shawls embroidered in village workshops up the Madyan Khwar (Madyan Valley) to the east.