Friday, August 11, 2017

Panjkora Valley

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The Panjkora River is a river in northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, northwestern Pakistan.

The Panjkora Valley contains important sites of the Gandhara grave culture. On the west side of the Panjkora River is the excavated site of Balambat. The site has been occupied continuously since the time of the Aryans in 1500 BC. Houses dating from 500 BC have been discovered here. Fire altars were also discovered, evidence of fire worshippers.

It rises high in the glaciers of Hindu Kush Mountains and flows downstream south through Upper Dir and Lower Dir Districts and joins the Swat River near Chakdara, Malakand District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. It is in the Indus River watershed basin. The Panjkora Valley contains important sites of the Gandhara grave culture.

Timergara, 40 kms from Chakdara, is the site of excavated ancient graves, dating from 1500 to 600 BC. On the west side of the Panjkora River is the excavated site of Balambat. The site has been occupied continuously since 1500 BC.










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