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Mansehra District

Mansehra District
District
Country Pakistan
Province Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Founded by Raja Man singh
Headquarters Mansehra
Government
 • Deputy Commissioner (DC) Engineer Abdul Aamer Khattak(DMG/PAS Officer)
Area
 • Total 4,579 km2 (1,768 sq mi)
Population (2014)
 • Total 1,700,000
 • Density 272/km2 (700/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+5)
Number of Tehsils 3
Makra Peak

Mansehra District (Urdu: مانسہرہ‎) is in the Hazara division of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. Mansehra district and town are named after Man Singh, a leading general of Mughal Emperor Akbar. It is considered as an important tourist location due to Kaghan Valley area being located in the district and the Karakoram Highway passing through the district. Its population in 1998 was 1,152,839.[1]

Contents

  • Constituencies 1
  • Geography 2
    • Bordering districts 2.1
    • Lakes 2.2
  • Administration 3
    • Subdivisions 3.1
    • Balakot 3.2
    • Mansehra 3.3
    • Oghi 3.4
  • References 4

Constituencies

The district is represented in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly by six elected MPAs who represent the following constituencies:[2]

  • PF-53-58 (Mansehra-1-6)

The district is represented in the National Assembly of Pakistan by two elected MNAs who represent the following constituencies:

  • NA-20-21 (Mansehra-1-2)

Geography

Map of Mansehra district

Mansehra is located at the eastern border of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, four hours away from Peshawar and three hours away from Islamabad. The district is located at 34° – 12' and 35° – 50' and 47° – 07' longitude. It is closely linked to Afghanistan in the west, which has increased the number of Afghan refugees in Mansehra over the past years.

Bordering districts

Mansehra shares its borders with numerous other districts: the Kohistan and Diamir districts to the north, Abbottabad District to the south, the Neelum District of Azad Kashmir to the east, and the Swat district to the west and Batagram District to the northeast.

Lakes

There are three frequently visited lakes by the tourists in Mansehra district: Lulusar Lake, Dudipatsar Lake and Saiful Muluk Lake. All three are located in the beautiful Kaghan Valley and act as a mirror reflecting the snow-clad mountains surrounding them. Apart from these lakes, a number of small and relatively unknown lakes are also located in different sub-valleys.

Lulusar Lake is approximately 48 kilometres away from Naran and has an altitude of 3325 meters. Surrounded by wildflowers in almost all colours imaginable, this lake is the main source for the Kunhar River. Lake Lulusar is said to be one of the most tranquil spots on the Kaghan Valley, the lake is fenced by snowcapped mountains whose image is reflected on the standstill blue-green waters of the lake.

Dudipat Lake is enclosed with beautiful, high, snow-drizzled peaks, it is one of the hardest places to reach, requiring a tough hike lasting four to seven hours. The hike is rewarding, as tourists are greeted with green pastures and the lake's blue-green waters.

The most famous of the district's many lakes is Lake Saiful Muluk, named in a folktale—the Qissa Saiful Muluk—about a romance between a Persian prince and a fairy princess. In the folktale, the lake was the meeting site for the two lovers. Lake Saiful Muluk is located at the northern end of the Kaghan valley. At an altitude of 10,578 feet (3,224 m) above sea level, it is one of the highest lakes in Pakistan. The water is spectacularly clear with a slight green tone. It is accessible by a jeep road during the summer months or can be hiked up from the village below in four to six hours.

Administration

Subdivisions

Administrative subdivisions of Mansehra District.

The district consists of three tehsils, which are divided into 59 Union Councils,.[3]

  1. Balakot
  2. Mansehra
  3. Oghi

Balakot

Balakot Tehsil consists of 12 Union Councils:

Mansehra

Mansehra Tehsil consists of 41 Union Councils :

Bhogarmang

Oghi

Tehsil Oghi consists of 11 Union Councils:

References

  1. ^ 1998 Census of Pakistan
  2. ^ Constituencies and MPAs – Website of the Provincial Assembly of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
  3. ^ Tehsils & Unions in the District of Mansehra – Government of Pakistan

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