Swabi District

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Swabi District
Country Pakistan
Province Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Headquarters Swabi
 • Total 1,543 km2 (596 sq mi)
 • Density 665/km2 (1,720/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+5)
Number of Tehsils 5
Map of Swabi district

Swabi District (Pashto: سوابۍ‎,Urdu: صوابی‎) is a district in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. It lies between the Indus and Kabul Rivers.

Buddhist archaeological sites[edit]

Once part of the Gandhara civilization, Swabi contains many important archaeological sites, which are tourist attractions.[1] Alexander the Great crossed the Indus River where the village of Hund now lies on its right bank. Hund was the capital of the Hindu Shahi for nearly three hundred years.

Aurel Stein recorded in his survey of the Mahaban range "it remains for me to explain the opinion to which I have been led as regards the character and identity of this remarkable site. The nature of the ruins described and the remains they have furnished, makes it clear beyond all doubt; that they mark the position of a Buddhist sanctuary possessed of shrines and monastic establishments.[2][better source needed]

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ Archaeological Sites Being Neglected - The Dawn, Pakistan.
  2. ^ Report of archaeological survey work in the North-West Frontier Province By Sir Aurel Stein Page 38

Coordinates: 34°07′N 72°28′E / 34.117°N 72.467°E / 34.117; 72.467