“Dhamaka,” a term denoting “Explosion” or a Remarkable Occurrence, is the moniker given to a riverbed-turned-lake, which took shape during the flood season when the river was obstructed by debris. Nature asserted itself as the turbulent waters found a sudden outlet, thus earning the name “Dhamaka” Lake.
This scenic village is nestled along the Utror Valley road and is a perfect destination for trout fishing. The surrounding mountains are cloaked in thick deodar forests, offering a serene and refreshing sight with their rich, emerald hues.
Location of Dhamaka Lake in Utror Valley Kalam
“Dhamaka” indeed means “explosion” or “surprise” in Urdu, which perfectly describes the experience of encountering Dhamaka Lake. From the road, even at a mere 15 meters distance, the lake remains hidden from view. It’s only when you step out of your vehicle and descend a small hill that your eyes are treated to the breathtaking surprise of this beautiful lake.
Dhamaka Lake, located in the Swat Valley in northern Pakistan, boasts an ancient history that dates back to the time of Alexander the Great’s entry into the region around 326 or 327 BC. Swat was a significant center for Buddhism, and its influence extended to various parts of Asia, including China, Bhutan, Tibet, and even Japan. The valley was home to numerous monasteries where Buddhist monks resided and taught their students.