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Hidden Treasures of Swat is a Non-Fiction book written by Pakistani Author Dildar Ali Khan, The book was first published in the USA on December 29, 2014 by The Book Patch Publishers. Hidden Treasures of Swat is fully based on Swat Valley Archaeological Tourism. The book describes some archaeological sites in swat valley discovered by Italian Archaeological Mission and Depa Hidden Treasures of Swat is a Non-Fiction book written by Pakistani Author Dildar Ali Khan, The book was first published in the USA on December 29, 2014 by The Book Patch Publishers. Hidden Treasures of Swat is fully based on Swat Valley Archaeological Tourism. The book describes some archaeological sites in swat valley discovered by Italian Archaeological Mission and Department of Archaeology and Museums, Government of Pakistan. The valuable efforts of Italian Archaeological Mission (IAM) in Pakistan which changed the history of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Pakistan’s archaeology and other major contributions such as renewing the entire Swat Museum and discovering the ancient remains inspired Dildar Ali Khan. He visited all the sites discovered by Italian Archaeological Mission and Department of Archaeology and Museums, Government of Pakistan in Swat Valley. He decided to preserve the evidence of the great work done by Italian Archaeological Mission in the valley and he started writing the book in 2013 and completed in December, 2014. The book is written for heaps reasons and multiple historical archaeological sites have been discussed in the book. Major goals of the book is to show the hidden aspects of Swat valley to the world and to provide appropriate and much more information about the valley and its heritage sites. Swat valley is a place well known for its rich cultural heritage in the world, in the book hidden treasures of swat some of the crucial heritage sites of the valley are included, These sites are countable in the top archaeological sites in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Pakistan. Sites including Barikot Ancient Bazira, Amluk Dara Stupa and Monastery, Raja Gira Fort.(Odigram), Saidu Sharif Stupa, Budkara/ Gulkada and Swat Museum are deeply described in the book, The current Conditions, Values, Impacts, Geographical Positions and many other related information are given in the book. The book is limited to Swat Valley’s archaeological sites, some of these sites are more than 3000 years old and having great histories behind them, Site Barikot Ancient Bazira was Captured by Alexander the Great in spring of 326 BCE. Barikot is the present day name of the ancient "Bazira", which was besieged by Alexander the Great. Other sites are related various Dynasties such as Grecian, Parthian, Kushan, Sassanid, and Mauryan. The book contains brief histories concern to these dynasties. Buddhism and Hindu Shahi dynasty have occupied many pages in the book owing to a deep relation between Swat Valley and Buddha. Buddha Sent a long period of his life in Swat Valley. Four major sites discussed in the book “Amluk Dara Stupa, Raja Gira Fort, Saidu Sharif Stupa and Budkara” reflects all the aspects and relation of Buddhism with Swat Valley. Total six top heritage sites have been discussed in the book and all the sites are places in a proper sequence within the book to understand their exact geographical position and make easiest access by road and air. Fist site in the book “Barikot Ancient Bazira in situated in the West side of the valley, West side is the main entrance of swat valley via main GT road and the last site “Swat Museum” comes in the eastern side of the swat valley. Total four sites comes between Barikot Ancient Bazira and Swat Museum in the content of the book. Almost all the archaeological sites in swat valley are discovered by Italian Archaeological Mission (IAM) in Pakistan, Italian Archaeological Mission started in 1955 and worked more than 60 years in Pakistan. Many expert and well known archaeologists like Sir Aurel Stein and Professor Giuseppe Tucci contributed the most to discover the priceless heritage sites in Swat Valley, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa even in the Pakistan. They discovered many Buddhist sacred sites and provided much more information about them, more than 50 major Buddhist sacred sites have been excavated and 100 rock reliefs have been documented in within Swat Valley till the day. Sites in the book “Hidden Treasures of Swat” Illuminates the great achievements of Italian Archaeological Mission (IAM) in Pakistan. First archaeological sites “Barikot Ancient Bazira” in the book was the biggest excavation in swat valley by Italian Archaeological Mission (IAM).


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Hidden Treasures of Swat is a Non-Fiction book written by Pakistani Author Dildar Ali Khan, The book was first published in the USA on December 29, 2014 by The Book Patch Publishers. Hidden Treasures of Swat is fully based on Swat Valley Archaeological Tourism. The book describes some archaeological sites in swat valley discovered by Italian Archaeological Mission and Depa Hidden Treasures of Swat is a Non-Fiction book written by Pakistani Author Dildar Ali Khan, The book was first published in the USA on December 29, 2014 by The Book Patch Publishers. Hidden Treasures of Swat is fully based on Swat Valley Archaeological Tourism. The book describes some archaeological sites in swat valley discovered by Italian Archaeological Mission and Department of Archaeology and Museums, Government of Pakistan. The valuable efforts of Italian Archaeological Mission (IAM) in Pakistan which changed the history of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Pakistan’s archaeology and other major contributions such as renewing the entire Swat Museum and discovering the ancient remains inspired Dildar Ali Khan. He visited all the sites discovered by Italian Archaeological Mission and Department of Archaeology and Museums, Government of Pakistan in Swat Valley. He decided to preserve the evidence of the great work done by Italian Archaeological Mission in the valley and he started writing the book in 2013 and completed in December, 2014. The book is written for heaps reasons and multiple historical archaeological sites have been discussed in the book. Major goals of the book is to show the hidden aspects of Swat valley to the world and to provide appropriate and much more information about the valley and its heritage sites. Swat valley is a place well known for its rich cultural heritage in the world, in the book hidden treasures of swat some of the crucial heritage sites of the valley are included, These sites are countable in the top archaeological sites in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Pakistan. Sites including Barikot Ancient Bazira, Amluk Dara Stupa and Monastery, Raja Gira Fort.(Odigram), Saidu Sharif Stupa, Budkara/ Gulkada and Swat Museum are deeply described in the book, The current Conditions, Values, Impacts, Geographical Positions and many other related information are given in the book. The book is limited to Swat Valley’s archaeological sites, some of these sites are more than 3000 years old and having great histories behind them, Site Barikot Ancient Bazira was Captured by Alexander the Great in spring of 326 BCE. Barikot is the present day name of the ancient "Bazira", which was besieged by Alexander the Great. Other sites are related various Dynasties such as Grecian, Parthian, Kushan, Sassanid, and Mauryan. The book contains brief histories concern to these dynasties. Buddhism and Hindu Shahi dynasty have occupied many pages in the book owing to a deep relation between Swat Valley and Buddha. Buddha Sent a long period of his life in Swat Valley. Four major sites discussed in the book “Amluk Dara Stupa, Raja Gira Fort, Saidu Sharif Stupa and Budkara” reflects all the aspects and relation of Buddhism with Swat Valley. Total six top heritage sites have been discussed in the book and all the sites are places in a proper sequence within the book to understand their exact geographical position and make easiest access by road and air. Fist site in the book “Barikot Ancient Bazira in situated in the West side of the valley, West side is the main entrance of swat valley via main GT road and the last site “Swat Museum” comes in the eastern side of the swat valley. Total four sites comes between Barikot Ancient Bazira and Swat Museum in the content of the book. Almost all the archaeological sites in swat valley are discovered by Italian Archaeological Mission (IAM) in Pakistan, Italian Archaeological Mission started in 1955 and worked more than 60 years in Pakistan. Many expert and well known archaeologists like Sir Aurel Stein and Professor Giuseppe Tucci contributed the most to discover the priceless heritage sites in Swat Valley, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa even in the Pakistan. They discovered many Buddhist sacred sites and provided much more information about them, more than 50 major Buddhist sacred sites have been excavated and 100 rock reliefs have been documented in within Swat Valley till the day. Sites in the book “Hidden Treasures of Swat” Illuminates the great achievements of Italian Archaeological Mission (IAM) in Pakistan. First archaeological sites “Barikot Ancient Bazira” in the book was the biggest excavation in swat valley by Italian Archaeological Mission (IAM).

23 review for Hidden Treasures of Swat

  1. 5 out of 5

    Eshrat Abbas

    LOVE it. I spent 2 hours trying to figure out how to draw a stupa but it didn't look like this. My thoughts upon beginning this book: Why, oh why, didn't *I* write this book? It has everything I love; paperback/diary format, best cover, ambitious young writer.I was pleasantly shocked that something like this existed.The book itself is beautiful, with pictures and everything, will prefer to keep it in showcase after reading twice.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dr. Nasar

    I was on the search for another adventure book and found this on many lists as a top read. I read it all in less than two days because I could not put it down.Absolutely one of the best book on the valley, reflecting its reality and real resources. Mount Elam was the most interesting place, beautifully described. Love it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Abid JAN

    If you've ever extended yourself, spent time outdoors or been exposed to the many elements of nature, you know this story could easily be about you.If you're looking for the perfect summer read, you won't do much better than this.This book was great from page one to the last final word

  4. 5 out of 5

    HASHMI

    this book is nice i love it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Saib Zada

    An informative, though not overly exciting discussion on the history, well that was a very nice place on page 44.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Aziz Khan

    not bad. should spend some more time to discuss places...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Aftab Shah

  8. 5 out of 5

    Safdar Adil

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bacha Jan

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nαвəəℓ Қнαη

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ilyas Kiyani

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sabir Hayat

  13. 5 out of 5

    Faheem

  14. 5 out of 5

    Suleman Khan

    I loved the information.the history that surrounded them, how they were discovered?

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sangen Khan

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ghani Rahman

  17. 5 out of 5

    Hamza Saif

  18. 5 out of 5

    Khan

  19. 4 out of 5

    Majid Masaud

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rabiahayat

  21. 4 out of 5

    Majid F

  22. 4 out of 5

    Zahoor

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ayesha Yasin

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