swat valley

The valley of Swat, famous for its scenic beauty, snowcapped peaks, countless waterfalls and glaciers, water springs and pastures, streams and rivulets, thick woods, glades and glens, natural parks, lakes and dark forests. It is truly labeled as the Switzerland of Asia..

The valley is surrounded by high mountains and bounded by Chitral and Ghizer districts in the North, Kohistan and Shangla districts in the East, Buner district and Malakand protected areas in the South and lower and upper Dir districts in the West. Its altitude varies from 2.500 feet to 7.500 feet. The total area of Swat is 5.337 square kilometers with a population of about 1.250.000.Swat Valley, located in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, has many Buddhist carvings, statues, and stupas. The town of Jehanabad contains a Seated Buddha statue. Kushan era Buddhist stupas and statues in Swat valley were demolished by the Taliban, and after two attempts by the Taliban, the Jehanabad Buddha’s face was dynamited. Only the Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan, which the Taliban also demolished, were larger than the Buddha statue in Swat.The government did nothing to safeguard the statue after the initial attempt at destroying the Buddha, which did not cause permanent harm; when the second attack took place on the statue, the feet, shoulders, and face were demolished.Islamists (particularly the Taliban) and looters destroyed many of Pakistan’s Buddhist artifacts, which dated to the Buddhist Gandhara civilization. The Taliban deliberately targeted Gandhara Buddhist relics for destruction.Gandhara artifacts were thereafter plundered by thieves and smugglers.In 2009, the Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Diocsece of Lahore, Lawrence John Saldanha, wrote a letter to Pakistan’s government denouncing the Taliban activities in Swat Valley, including their destruction of Buddha statues, and their attacks on Christians, Sikhs, and Hindus.

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Swat Valley

The lower valley of the Swat River has been occupied for the last 3000 years. The area between Chakdara Bridge and Saidu Sharif is littered with the remains of pre historic Aryan’s Gandhara.

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Mingora

Mingora is an administrative subdivision (Tehsil) of Swat District in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan.District Swat has  Tehsils i.e. Mingora, Swat, Matta, Swat, Khwaza Khel, Swat, Barikot,e,t.c.

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Saidu Sharif

Saidu Sharif  is the administrative city or unit known as Union council or Ward in Tehsil Babuzai, of Swat District in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan.

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Swat Museum

Swat Museum is a Museum located on the way of Mingora and Saidu in Swat District, province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Swat museum has a good and wide range of collection of Buddhist sites in Swat.

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Marghzar Valley

About 13 km from Saidu Sharif, is sited the serene small town of Marghzar at the foot of Mount llam. Its White Marble Palace, built by ruler of Swat in the early 1940s, adds to the grandeur of this peaceful town.

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Jahanabad

Jahanabad is situated at a distance of 5km to the N-E of Manglawar. This huge image of the Buddha can also be visible from the road, on the right side when one is on the way to Malamjaba.

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Madyan

Madyan is a popular hill station, located at a distance of about 55 km from Mingora, in the Swat District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. The station is at an elevation of 1,320 m above sea level.

Behrain

Bahrain

Bahrain is a popular hill station located in Swat District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, 60 km North of Mingora at an elevation of 4600 ft on the right bank of Swat river. It got its name

Kalam-Valley

Kalam

Kalam is a cool heaven for tourists which is located at distance of 99 km from mingora in the northern upper reaches of Swat valley along the bank of Suvastu river in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan.

Gabral Valley

Gabral

Gabral is a charming hill station, comes at a distance of 20 km away from Kalam and located in Swat District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

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Ushu

Ushu is a hill station in Usho Valley, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. It is situated 8 kilometers 5.0 mi from Kalam and 123 kilometers 76 mi km from Saidu Sharif.

Mahodand Lake

Mahodand Lake

Mahodand Lake  is a lake located in the upper Usho Valley at a distance of about 40 km from Kalam, Swat District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of northwestern Pakistan.

Chakdara Bridge

Chakdara Bridge

chakdara bridge is located near batkhela at 88 km KM on national highway N-45 in khyber pakhtunkhwa provience and it is an important bridge as it serve the entire area of deer and chitral district.

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Gumbat Stupa

The stupa is square in plan and consists of base bounding in straight Scotia pattern (H.O 50cm). The podium or the square plinth stands to a height of 3.90m from the top of the base moulding.

Saidu Sharif/White Palace

Saidu Sharif White Palace

Saidu Sharif White Palace Located about 13 kilometres southward from Saidu Sharif, the magnificent royal building of the White Palace sits amidst the lush greenery of the narrow valley of Marghazar.

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Malam Jabba

Malam Jabba  is a Hill Station in the Hindu Kush mountain range nearly 40 km from Saidu Sharif in Swat Valley, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Beauty of pakistan. It is 314 km from Islamabad and 51 km from Saidu Sharif Airport.explore beauty of pakistan is the plate form in which you see all places of the pakistan.

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Kundol Lake

Kundol Lake also known as Kundol Dand, is a lake in Swat Valley, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, which is located in the north of Utror valley at a distance of 19 km away from kalam.

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Pari Lake

Pari Lake is located at the highest altitude in the mountain ranges of Swat near Pari Lake I. It is comparatively greater in size and depth than the other lake situated in its vicinity.

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Bashigram Lake

Bashigram Lake is also known as Bashigram Danda in Pashto language is an alpine glacial lake located to the eastern side of Madyan in Bashigram sub valley.

Spin Khwar (White Stream) Lake

Spin Khwar Lake

Spin Khwar Lake is a beautiful lake hidden in the lap of mountains towards the north of Kundal Lake and east of Utror valley. The name Spin Khwar has a clear significance as a small white stream.

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