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Tokar-Dara: Archaeological site in Swat in need of attention

Tokar-Dara: Archaeological site in Swat in need of attention

Swat is famous not just for its beautiful landscape but also for its ancient Buddhist monasteries and archaeological sites.

In the middle of a small valley near Swat lie the ruins of a Buddhist monastery, which have become the centre of attraction for many visitors. The Tokar-Dara Buddhist monastery in Nijigram near Tehsil Barikot has attracted many tourists from all over the world.

Tokar-Dara’s monastery has one of the most ancient architecture including domes and various other buildings.


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This 2200 years old Buddhist monastery has become the centre of attraction for many tourists. Photo: Screengrab


According to archeologists, these ancient stupas are 2200 years old. Said to be built in the 1st century, these structures consist of a large main stupa, an assembly hall, a cave, an aqueduct and a residential area.


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Monastery includes many caves in the area. Photo: Screengrab


However, these structures are slowly crumbling and losing their original form due to the negligence of the government and archeological department.

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