Upper Dir is a district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan. Dir was princely state at the time of independence of Pakistan ruled by Nawab Shah Jehan Khan. The state officially aligned with Pakistan on February 1948. Dir state was converted into a district in 1970. In 1996, it was further divided into Upper and Lower Dir districts.
Upper Dir is pre-dominantly a mountainous region, most important of which is the Hindu Kush mountain range. It has beautiful valleys, most important of which is created by Panjkora river, with clear glacier water from the Hindu Kush mountains. Panjkora river joins the Swat River near Chakdara. During the winter time most of the Upper Dir remains snow-covered.
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