Mingora

Mingora¬†is the largest city in¬†Swat District,¬†Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa¬†province of¬†Pakistan. It is located at an altitude of 984 metres (3,228¬†ft) and lies on the banks of¬†River Swat¬†about 2 kilometres (1.2¬†mi) from¬†Saidu Sharif, the present capital of Swat.The city was once a major tourist destination and was described by¬†Queen Elizabeth¬†as the “Switzerland” of the¬†former Empire.¬†However with the rise of Taliban in Pakistan the tourist industry has suffered from clashes between the Taliban and the government. In March 2009 the city, like elsewhere in Swat, came under Taliban rule due to a peace agreement with the government. However the agreement quickly fell apart and in May 2009 government forces were engaged in fierce fighting with the Taliban to end their occupation of the city. The city is currently controlled by the Army.

Mingora is set at the foot of the Northern hilly and mountainous Swat Valley and is a great stopping point on the way back from the north.
Many Buddhist remains and carvings have been discovered near Mingora in the Jambill River Valley. At Panr, a stupa and monastery dated to the 1st century CE has been excavated. At Loe Banr and Matalai, Italian archaeologists unearthed 475 Aryangraves dated circa 1700 BCE. On the opposite side of River Swat at Aligrama, near the Saidu Sharif airport, a site of Gandhara grave culture was discovered by Italian archaeologists which has been dated to circa 10,000 BCE.