Swabi is a city in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, situated between the rivers Indus and Kabul. It has historical as well as recreational spots.
Swabi District is divided into four Tehsils named
Famous Tourist & Historical Sites
1- Kund Park
The borderline of Punjab ends at Khairabad and KPK starts here. It is a small village between the river Indus and the river Kabul. KPK tourism department has established a tourist park there. Vehicles can be parked at the side of the Khairabad point alongside Attock fort.
The two rivers can be seen mixing on the right side near the bridge. Kabul river has brown color while the river Indus has clear blue water. Both the brown color and blue color water flow together at a long distance. It is a fascinating and splendid sight.
Parking is there at a distance of 4km from the Attock bridge. This parking is on Pindi Road 4km from Swabi Interchange and Jahangira if you are coming Islamabad motorway. There is a ferry service, small boats, and cable cars near the edge of the river.
Going to the other edge of the river through any of these services is a thrilling experience. This park has rich green lawns, play areas, huts, and restaurants. There are golf cars in this 2.1 km long park. There is a facility for camel and horse riders. You can enjoy fishing too.
This ancient historical village is 6km from village Chota Lahore of district Swabi on the highway directed to Tarbela Dam which is 22km northeast of Attock. Historians used to call this village “the gate to subcontinent”.
According to Chich historians, this village was settled by Hund the grandson of Hazrat Noh (A.S). The first chapter of the Rig Veda mentions the Odabandpur (Hund) in the 41st Sukta of the 64th Bhajan. It was the capital of Hindu Shahi and an important city of Gandara civilization in 1008.
Alexander the Great crossed the Indus River here at the time of the invasion of the subcontinent. When Genghis Khan reached here like a hurricane, he saw the width of the river and went back. This was also the decisive battle between Raja Jay Pal and Mehmood Ghaznavid, the defeat of which became the fate of Raja Jayapal of Punjab.
The signs of Hund fort still exist. The valuable artifacts of the region are exhibited in Hund Museum on the bank of the river Indus. This museum can be seen from the river Indus bridge on the Islamabad Peshawar motorway.
3- Chota Lahore
The ancient area of Swabi is Chota Lahore. It was a civilized city stretching over a large area. Its oldest name was Salatur.
When the astrologers came and settled here, they were the ones who worshiped Mars. They made this place the temple of Mars and named it Lahore. Xuanzang (Hsüan-tsang) and Kangham have written it the city of “Brahmans”.
Maharaja Ashok built a memorial of Panini. Panini who was a philologist and grammarian wrote the grammar of the Sanskrit language. It was the birthplace of this great scholar. He was the first who embraced Buddhism.
Alexander the Great crossed the river Indus at this point and joined Raja Ambahi as his guest. It was the capital of the Gandara civilization and Raja Jay Pal before the Islamic regime.
4- Tarbela Dam (The world’s largest earthen filling dam)
Tarbela dam project was started formally on 14th May 1968 when WAPDA and Tarbela Giant Venture signed a contract of 650 million American dollars. It was the biggest contract in the World in terms of finance.
A group of 13 Italian, French, German, and Swiss companies completed this project of the construction of the dam in three steps. The width of the river was blocked with a nine thousand feet high wall. The lower wall of the dam is 42 feet while the upper wall is only 5 feet wide.
A permission letter is required to visit the dam which can be obtained from PRO WAPDA Tarbela or WAPDA house Lahore.
5- Captain Karnal Sher Khan Shaheed Nishan-e-Haider
Karnal Sher Khan was born on 1st January 1970 and got a commission in the army on 14th October 1994. Captain Karnal Sher Khan appeared as a brave soldier in the war of Kargil. He did great damage to the enemy by setting examples of bravery and courage.
At a height of 17,000 feet, he protected five defensive posts at the front of Gul Tari. On 5th July 1999, the enemy attacked the posts of Karnal Sher Khan with the assistance of two battalions and a heavy mortar. The enemy succeeded in capturing one check post.
Karnal Sher Khan regained that defensive post despite great difficulties. However, during this attack, he was martyred after getting a shot by machine gun. Later on, he was awarded the highest military award “Nishan-e-Haider”. The grave of this brave man is on the Mardan road from Swabi
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Swabi is a historical city of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. It is blessed with natural beauty and splendid landmarks. Moreover, it is a town of brave people like Sher Khan.