Attractions

Museum in Mingora & Saidu Sharif

Swat Museum

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. Gandharan-style statuettes and friezes depict the lives of the Budd…
Archaeological Site in Mingora & Saidu Sharif

Butkara No 1

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 enormous central stupa was probably begun by…
Archaeological Site in Mingora & Saidu Sharif

Jambil Valley Archaeological Sites

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 1.5km beyond Butkara No 3, or you can head 3km out…
Archaeological Site in Mingora & Saidu Sharif

Butkara No 3

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. Then climb five minutes u…
Monument in Mingora & Saidu Sharif

Saidu Baba

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.
Archaeological Site in Mingora & Saidu Sharif

Saidu Stupa

The remains of the impressive Saidu Stupa and monastery are just up a track from the paved road behind Central Hospital.