Upper Dir District

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Upper Dir District
دیر بالا
Katoora Lake
Katoora Lake
Country Pakistan
Province Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Established 1996
Headquarters Dir
 • Total 3,699 km2 (1,428 sq mi)
Population (2014)
 • Total 899,000
 • Density 194/km2 (500/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+5)
Number of Tehsils 6
Main language

Pashto (majority)

Gawri-Kohistani [1]:21
Website http://www.upperdir.pk/

Upper Dir (Pashto: دیر بالا‎) is one of the 26[2] districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Dir is the district headquarters.

At the time of independence, Dir was a princely state ruled by Nawab Shah Jehan Khan. It was merged with Pakistan in 1969 and later on declared as a district in 1970. In 1996, it was bifurcated into Upper and Lower Dir districts. This district is situated in the northern part of Pakistan. It borders Chitral district and Afghanistan on the north and north west and Swat district to the east, and on the south by Lower Dir District.[3]

Kalkot Kumrat valley,Kakad,Upper Dir


The British Raj honored Muhammad sharif Khan as Nawab of Dir in 1898 . By declaring his allegiance to the British Raj, Khan/Nawab, once exiled to Afghanistan by Umara Khan Mastkhel was seated as Nawab of Dir. He was succeed by his son Nawab Aurang Zeb in 1904, who ruled until his death in 1925. His son Sir Shah Jehan succeeded him and ruled the state for 35 long years. He was dethroned and kept in house arrest in Lahore until his death in 1966 . He was succeeded by Mohammad Shah Khisro Khan. He left all the business at the mercy of his advisor, a man deputed by the Govt:of Pakistan to mould the state into a settled district through gradual implementation of laws. In 1969, it was merged as a district with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. In 1996, Dir District was divided into two districts-Lower and Upper Dir- with Timergara and Dir as their respective headquarters.


The district of Upper Dir is divided into three tehsils:[4]


Landscapes of Northern Pakistan.JPG

Except for Dir and a number of rapidly growing bazaar towns along the main roads, the population is rural, scattered in more than 1200 villages in the deep narrow valleys of the Panjkora and its tributaries.

Of these, notable villages are

Division of Dir[edit]

Dir upper pakistan 3.JPG

Dir district was officially split into Upper Dir and Lower Dir in 1996. Until 2000 as funds were not available to provide the accommodation needed at Dir town by government departments at a district headquarters, both districts continued to be administered by a single deputy Commissioner stationed at Timergara in Lower Dir.

Popular places[5]

See also[edit]

Sundry Distrist Dir upper



Coordinates: 35°12′15″N 71°52′20″E / 35.20417°N 71.87222°E / 35.20417; 71.87222