Saidu Sharif

Saidu Sharif

Saidu Sharif (Urdu: سیدو شریف) is the capital city of Swat District in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan. It is located at 34°45'0N 72°21'0E with an altitude of 939 metres (3083 feet)Saidu sharif is traditional seat of government, remains the administrative headquarters of Malakand division (swat, dir and chitral).Saidu Sharif has several government buildings, the Swat Museum, the Tomb of Akund (RA) of Swat and the archaeological remains of the Butkara Buddhist Stupa Government Girls College, Govt Jehanzeb college(recently got a university status),Saidu Sharif hospital's, police station, CIA office, DIG, DC, Commissioner House.

Saidu Baba

This is the honorific nickname of the colorful shrie to the akhund of swat, behind the saidu sharif police station and near the old wali’s residence.

Swat Museum

Swat Museum is on the east side of the street, halfway between Mingora and Saidu. Japanese aid has given a facelift to its seven galleries which now contain an excellent collection of Gandhara sculptures taken from some of the Buddhist sites in Swat, rearranged and labelled to illustrate the Buddha's life story. Terracotta figurines and utensils, beads, precious stones, coins, weapons and various metal objects illustrate daily life in Gandhara. The ethnographic section displays the finest examples of local embroidery, carved wood and tribal jewelry. It is actually under renovation with Pakistan-Italian Debt Swap Agreement funds.

Jambil Valley

At Panrh (or pahn) on the east side of the jambil khwarh are a stupa and a monastery from the 1st to 5th centuries ad. There is allegedly a path and a bridge about 1.5 km beyond butkara number 3, or go three km out haji baba road from mingora bazaar. Further out at loebanrh, on the west side, are an Aryan graveyard from the 2nd to 1st Millennia BC and a 3rd to 4th century AD stupa.

Butkara (Butkada) Stupa

One of the most important Buddhist shrines in Swat, is near the museum. Take the dirt track on the left (north) side of the museum for one kilometer (about half a mile). The stupa is 400 metres (above a quarter of mile) across the fields to the left (north).

The stupa, which dates from the 2nd century BC, was possibly built by the Mauryan emperor Ashoka to house some of the ashes of the Buddha. In subsequent centuries, it was enlarged five times by encasing the existing structure in a new shell. Italian excavators working in 1955 exposed the successive layers of the stupa, each layer illustrating a stage in the evolution of building techniques.

The ex-ruling family of Swat, the Miangul, whose title is Wali and which is headed by Miangul Aurangzeb, has its official residence in Saidu Sharif. All the main Government offices along with the postgraduate college are located in Saidu Sharif.
Distances from Saidu Sharif.

Name of Places Distance from Saidu Sharif in Kms Elevation in (meters)
Udegram 10 960
Marghazar 13 1280
Kabal 13 873
Miandam 57 1829
Bahrain 57 1372
Kolali 84 1524
Kalam 105 2073
Ushu 113 2225
Utrot 121 2236
Gabral 129 2286
Karakar pass 34 2286
Shangla pass 50 2134
Daggar 71 686
Chakeser 102 1128
Peshwar 000 000
Islamabad 000 000

File:Saidu Sharif x 004.jpg| "Allah chowk" Saidu Sharif Swat valley
File:Saidu Sharif x 001.jpg| "Saidu Sharif" Swat valley
File:Saidu Sharif x 002.JPG| "Saidu chowk" Saidu Sharif Swat valley
File:Saidu Sharif x 003.jpg| "Saidu Medical" College Saidu Sharif Swat valley
File:Saidu Sharif x 005.jpg| "Wadudia Hall" Saidu Sharif Swat valley
File:Saidu Sharif x 006.jpg| "Jehanzeb College" Saidu Sharif Swat valley
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