Dir (Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa)
Dir is located at a distance of 213 km from Peshawar and is accessible via Chakdara by Dir-Chitral Road and then following Dir-Malakand Road. It was a princely state and ruled by Nawab Shah Jehan Khan and merged with Pakistan in 1969. It is gateway to Chitral to north and Swat to the east. Lowarai Pass is one of the major pass in Dir that connects Chitral district. Now Dir is divided into two separate administrative units Upper Dir and Lower Dir.
There are number of vallys within forest covered mountains in Dir. The Panjkora River is the main river in Dir district, which flows from the Glaciers of Hindukush Range. It finally merges with the Swat River near Chakdara in Malakand.
There are many important places in Upper Dir, which attract tourists from all over the Pakistan. Kumrat Valley is beautiful scenic valley at the foothills of Hindu Kush Range, with lush green pastures and snow covered mountains. Katoora Lake is charming lake in the Lamoti Valley in Upper Dir at an elevation of 11,500 feet.
In Lower Dir, there are number important hill stations such as Laram Top, Jakar Baba Top, etc. These hill stations receive snow in winter so attracts number of tourists.