Bahrain, Swat: Official Travel Guide, Things to See, Picnic Places
Bahrain is a hill station located in Swat District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, 60 km North of Mingora at an elevation of 4700 ft on the right bank of the Swat river.
It is named Bahrain due to its location at the confluence of the Daral and Swat rivers. It is known for its riverside tourist resorts, local handicrafts, and its view of the merging of the Daral and Swat Rivers.
It also serves as a base camp for the trail that leads to the Daral & Saidgai lakes.
A flatter walk brings you to Bahrain, along the Swat river. Starting in front of the Swat Holiday Hotel, going parallel to the road but on the opposite side of the river. The path goes through the friendly villages of Mankar and Hayin; there’s a bridge linking both villages to the main road.
When you reach Bahrain, you have to cross the wooden bridge to get into the bazaar. Below the bridge, the river is narrow and very strong, often with a bright blue colour which indicates that the water comes right from the glaciers of the Upper Swat.
On the opposite side of the bridge there’s a path on the adjacent hill. Some locals may try to show you the place and then ask for a bakshish, as they do with Pandjabi tourists, but you don’t need any guide there.
Bahrain is a great place to find handicrafts like shawls, pakols (wooden hats), colourful women clothes and fine pashmina. Jewellery and antiquities from Bahrain are famous in N.W.F.P. and all Pakistan. Ask Murad Ali from Madyan Guesthouse to get to know the realistic prices (go to the contactform). If you go with him to Bahrain, ask him to show you the old lassi-shop (near the bridge) where you can taste the best lassi and kir of Swat.
This walk takes 2 hours for one way and is best done when the sunlight is weaker, in wintertime or in the afternoon. There are shared taxis between Madyan and Bahrain, at 10 to 15 Rupees per passenger.
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