Soon Valley (Urdu:
[[وادئ سون)]] or Soon Sakesar
is located in the northwest of Khushab
District, Punjab, Pakistan.
eastern border of Soon Valley starts from Podhrar village and western border land mark is
The Sakesar is the highest mountain peak in
the region, 5010 feet highest peak of the Salt Range. The valley is 35 mile
long and 9 mile wide.Important towns in the valley are
Pail-Piran,Naushahra, Chitta, Sabhral, Khoora, Nowshera, Kufri,
Anga, Ugali, Mardwal, Dhadhar, Uchali and Bagh Shams-ud-Din.
Kanhatti Garden, Sodhi Garden, Da'ep and Sakesar are resorts
located in the valley. The Awan
is settled in Soon Valley. Pail-Piran village is home to Hasmite
Sadaats-descendents of Baha ud Din Zakkariyya Multani.Rajpoot Janjua resides
in the villages of Katha Saghraal and Katha Misraal, on the
foothill of Salt
Range, outside the Soon valley.
= Padhrar, Pail-Piran, Naushahra,
Mardwal, Kufri, Uchali, Khoora,Anga,Khabakki, kuradhi etc
Distance from Islamabad = 160 km
Distance from Sargodha =
= Uchali, Khabbaki, Jahlar,
To reach Nowshehra from Jaba, the Hiace Van is easily available,
that will drop you to Takbeer Chowk
is situated, from there if you go
straight ahead, you enter in " NOWSHEHRA"
pass through the graveyard
Government college for women
and then you enter
the main city of Nowshehra.
There is a famous Shrine of a Gullible Saint named " BABA
There is a very old tree of "BERRY"
Valley is located in north west of PUNJAB province and is
accessible through public transport from Islamabad (M2 Balkasar Interchange), Lahore (M2 Kalar
Kahar Intrechange), Sargodha, Khushab and Mianwali. It is about more than an hour from Khushab, from
Islamabad you can enter in valley through Pail-Piran (via
Jabah road) or via Sodhi, coming from Chakwal or direct from Jaba
coming via Talagang.
After crossing Jabah town, Ahmadabad,
Khabakki town, Dhadhar and Makrumi Chouk and Mardawal are passed,
before reaching the main town of Soon valley - Naushehra. Transport
for surrounding villages is available from Naushehra. For Khushab and other
eastern villages the bus/taxi stop is Mardwal Chowk while for
villages west of Naushehra Y-Cross is the bus/taxi
Different Villages Location
Villages west of Naushehra are Sabhral, Kufri, Koradhi,Uchhali, and
Chittah before reaching the Pakistan
Base of Sakesar.
Villages to the north west of Naushehra are Sirhal, Shakarkot and
Anngah and Ugali.
Villages to the north east of Naushehra are Mardowal, Dhadar,
Ahmadabad, Khabakki and Jabah,Pail-Piran and Padhrar.
Villages to the south west of Naushehra are Surraki and
Villages to the south of Naushehra are Chamraki and Sodhian
Villages to the east of Naushehra are Dhakah, Mirokah Dhakah, Jalay
Wali, (Uchhalah is not on the main road), Sodhi Jai Wali, Kaliyal,
Khurrah, and Kathwai.
Padhrar and Pail-Piran are part of soon valley and fall on
There are scattered colonies of certain families which are called
Dhok. Usually at each Dhoke there are two to ten houses.
Places to see
Khabeki Lake from the road
- Lakes: Uchalli Lake, Khabikki Lake
and Jahlar Lake.
- Waterfalls at Kufri.
- Ambh Sharif is a historical place in Hinduism.
- Kanahti Garden, Sodhi Garden, Khabakki Jheel, Uchali Jheel,
Sakesar and Daip Shareef and the hiking experiences of hills
- Anga, an important village.
- Sodhi village has waterfalls, a Rest House, and wild animals
like Cheetah, Rabbit,
Deer, Teetar (Urdu name of a bird).
- Shrines of Makan Sharif Kufri, Pir Khawja Noori and Pir Sahib
Acha (Hacha)-descendents of Baha Ud Din Zakkariyya Multani(Hazrat
Baha Ul Haq)in Pail-Piran
, Baba Sewu Beri
.and Baba Mari Wala
The main tribe of the area is the Awan
settled in the Soon valley with Malik as sub cast is used
by the locals, such as Shehal, Ardaal, Mirwal, Adriyal, Shenaal in
Kufri, Latifal, Jurwal, Radhnal, Sheraal in Naushehra, Pirkal in
Jallay wali, Majhial in Mardwal, Ghadhyal, Bazral, Chhatal, Maswal
in Ugali, Phatwal and Bhojo khail, Sheral, Mianwaddal in Anga
,Janial, Sherwal,Rhamtal in Uchali Rehan
Dera Kasan Wala
near Kathwai,and so
on. In the valley Awan's are known by their sub castes.
majority of the people are serving in the armed forces of Pakistan.
Other professions like education, business,
transportation and agricultural are also adopted by the
The people are hard working and agriculture used to be the main
profession.Per person square footage of land decreased, as
population increased.Consequently the people have migrated to large
cities for jobs.
This beautiful valley is Switzerland of the country.After recently
visiting this valley, I saw the broken roads of the valley, a proof
of incapability of corrupt management and politicians.
Well known personalities like late literary giant Ahmed Nadeem
Qasmi and columnist Abdul Qadir Hassan, prominent scholar Syed
Ahmad Saeed Hamadani, scholar and poet, Iqbal Dost from Khabakki
who is well known at home and abroad due to his many books
including Jam-e-Khudi and Aap-ke-Naam, and for his English Poems in
UK. World renowned Dr. Ghaus Malik neurosurgen USA from
Sabhral,Dr.Javaid Malik(USA) from Mardwal also belong to this land.
Dr. Nazir Ahmed Malik (Child Specialist Jinnah Hosptial Lahore)
belongs to Kufri.
Many loyal brave soldiers and officers belong to this land who even
laid down their lives for their homeland.
Local people love music.Traditionally the marriages are
arranged.Luddi is famous folk dance on occasions of happiness.Also
dhol and shehnai are famous musical instruments for
This area is very underserved. 90% of population earning less than
a dollar per week. poverty and illiteracy are main problems.
Civic leaders, social and wlfare societies,politicians,public
sevants and investors are requested to establish
intrastructure,industry,hospitals, schools and other basic
facilities of life to fight the poverty and miseries of these poor