Rivers of Pakistan – The Swat River
This river is located in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. The historic name of this river is ‘Suvastu river’ written in Rig Veda. It has been known that the army of the great Alexander crossed this river before moving towards the southern areas which are now known as Odegram and Barikoot.
It originates from the Hindu Kush mountains and flows throught the District Swat and the Kalam Valley. It then skirts the District of Lower Dir and through the Malakand District it enters the River Kabul in the Peshawar valley at the Charsadda. Swat river contributes a lot to the fishing industry in the region and also irrigates a large area in the Swat district. The scenary is very beautiful all around the place and attracts a huge number of tourists especially in summer season. Ayub bridge is one of the most popular places to visit.
There are two hydro electric power projects build on the canals from the River Swat generating electricity for the area. There are many archaeological sites in the Lower Swat valley. With its gushing white water and a very beautiful valley through which this river flows, it is included in the list of most beautiful rivers in Pakistan by most of the visitors.
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