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Museums & Galleries
Chakdara Museum is at the village's main intersection...
Castles, Palaces & Mansions
The former Palace, occasionally occupied by royal offspring, sits high on a hill outside the town.
Markets & Bazaars
The Bazaar is fascinating and rough-edged - a local handicraft speciality is pocket knives.
Partly funded by the Japanese, the excellent Swat Museum in Saidu Sharif should be on anyone's itinerary if they have an interest in Buddhist Swat...
Landmarks & Monuments
This is the honorific nickname of the colourful shrine to the Akhund of Swat, behind the Saidu Sharif police station and near the old Wali's residence.
Butkara No 1 is also called Butkara, or the local name of Gulkada (gool -ka-da). This site has yielded one of Swat's richest harvests of artefacts, all now in museums...
The remains of the impressive Saidu Stupa and monastery are just up a track from the paved road behind Central Hospital.
Cemeteries, Memorials & Tombs
At Panr (pronounced 'pahn') on the other (east) side of Jambil Khwar are a stupa and monastery from the 1st to 5th centuries AD. You'll find a path and bridge about 1...
Further along the Jambil Valley is Butkara No 3, a partly reconstructed courtyard of enclosed stupas. To get here, continue 500m past the turn-off to Butkara No 1 until you reach a culvert...
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