The Swat River flows via the Swat District
Nickname(s): Switzerland of the East
Coordinates: 35°23′N 72°11′ECoordinates: 35°23′N 72°11′E
Nation Pakistan Pakistan
Province Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
• District 5,337 km2 (2,061 sq mi)
• District 2,309,570
• Density 430/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
• City 695,900
• Rural 1,613,670
Time zone PKT (UTC+5)
Space code(s) Space code 0946
Languages (1981) 90.28% Pashto
Swāt (Pashto, Urdu: سوات pronounced [ˈswaːt̪])is a valley and an administrative district within the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. Swat is famend for its excellent pure magnificence, and was described by Queen Elizabeth II as “the Switzerland of the East” throughout a go to to the area within the 1960s.
Centred upon the higher parts of the Swat River, Swat was a significant centre of early Buddhist thought as a part of the Gandhara kingdom, and in the present day is plagued by ruins from that period. Swat was residence to the final remoted pockets of Gandharan Buddhism, which lasted till the 11th century, nicely after many of the space had transformed to Islam. Till 1969, Swat was a part of the Yusafzai State of Swat, a self-governing princely state. The area was seized by the Pakistani Taliban in late 2007, and its vacationer trade decimated till Pakistani management over Swat was re-established in mid 2009.
Swat’s capital is Saidu Sharif, although the most important metropolis, and fundamental industrial centre, is the close by metropolis of Mingora. With a inhabitants of two,309,570 in line with the 2017 census, Swat is the third-largest district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The area is inhabited largely by Pashtun folks, besides within the valley’s uppermost reaches, the place the Kohistani folks dominate.
Swat’s common elevation is 980 m (3,220 ft), leading to a significantly cooler and wetter local weather in comparison with most of Pakistan. With lush forests, verdant alpine meadows, and snow-capped mountains, Swat is likely one of the nation’s hottest vacationer locations.
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