When Alexander the Great trudged around the India-Pakistan area on his travels, one of the rivers he crossed was the Suvastu, which many now identify as the Swat. This river is yet extant and is the source of irrigation for a big part of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The valley area has long been divided into two parts, so Swat has two valleys, the Upper Swat Valley and the Lower Swat Valley. Both are of great interest to tourists in this part of the country, and for a lot of reasons. This is a place rich with both historic and natural treasures, after all.
As far as historic wealth goes, it is hardly a surprise that Swat’s valleys are bursting at the seams with artefacts, ruins, and other remains of impressive age. From the records of Alexander the Great’s passage through the area, we are assured that settlements were [Read more…]