Qal`eh-ye Panjeh

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Qal`eh-ye Panjeh
Qal`eh-ye Panjeh is located in Afghanistan
Qal`eh-ye Panjeh
Qal`eh-ye Panjeh
Location in Afghanistan
Coordinates: 37°0′N 72°34′E / 37.000°N 72.567°E / 37.000; 72.567Coordinates: 37°0′N 72°34′E / 37.000°N 72.567°E / 37.000; 72.567
Country  Afghanistan
Province Badakhshan Province
Elevation 9,167 ft (2,794 m)
Time zone + 4.30

Qal`eh-ye Panjeh (Persian: قلعه بنج‎‎), also written Qila-e Panjeh and Kala Panja, is a village in Wakhan, Badakhshan Province in north-eastern Afghanistan.[1] It lies on the Panj River, near the confluence of the Wakhan River and the Pamir River.

Qal`eh-ye Panjeh was once the capital of the old kingdom of Wakhan. Near the village is the former hunting lodge of Zahir Shah, the last king of Afghanistan. The village also contains the holy shrine of Panja Shah.[2]

The village is inhabited by Wakhi people. The population of the village (2003) is 640.[3]


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