When you hear the term Kalam Valley, images of stunning scenery, verdant meadows, and a cool wind instantly come to mind.
Despite the region’s many attractions, travel has always been hampered by the unreliable security situation. The area is now perceived as being more dangerous than attractive.
A 250-year-old mosque is located between lush green hills and a deep forest in Kalam Bazaar. It occupies many acres of land on the bank of the Swat River and has more than 100 trees.
Mumtaz Ahmed, a resident of Kalam, says to have heard from his grandfather that the mosque was built by more than 200 individuals. The labourers dragged the wood boards and other materials into place without the aid of any machinery, instead using ropes. The finishing and building took a very long period.
Three phases make up the entire procedure.
Solid diyar wood was used to build the walls at first, and then more stone and wood were added.
The entire region was destroyed by the 2010 floods. The mosque remained unharmed, though.
Ahmed claims that because there was no equipment or adequate resources back then, labor had to rely on their own tenacity. The engraving on a massive tree in front of the mosque proves that people in Kalam 250 years ago were skilled in the technique of engraving.
Elder Master Abdul Qayyum claims that the area is a true jewel surrounded by magnificent scenery. He says that the mosque receives special visits from hundreds of tourists.