Saidu Sharif is an administrative seat of both District Swat and Malakand Division. It is the zero point from where every corner of the valley can be accessed through mostly metaled road. The historic Jahanzeb College, the tomb and mosque of the Akhund of Swat alias Saidu Baba, Swat Museum, Swat State era’s buildings and archeological sites of Butkara are places worth seeing in Saidu Sharif.
Mingawara is the urban center of the valley and a commercial centre and supply market not only for Swat but for the adjacent districts of Shangla, Buner and even of Indus Kohistan and Gilgit. You will find various categories of hotels and restaurants. The river side restaurants are the most visited places here in summers which provide variety of traditional food. Visitors on trip to the valley usually loiter around in its bazaars for shopping at the end of their journey. The famous emerald mine situated in the hills northward of the city is famous worldwide for their expensive and deep coloured emeralds.
The serene Marghazar is situated at a distance of 13KM from Saidu Sharif at the foot of Mount Elum. The magnificent White Palace (1940) now converted into a hotel is worth seeing.
In route to Marghazar lies the village of Islampur which is famous for its wool cottage industry.
Malam Jaba is situated at a distance of 44 km from Saidu Sharif. A skiing resort, beautiful land scape, marvelous forest makes it a place worth visiting.