Ghalegay [monastery?], (in) Ghaligai, NWF Province, PK

Raw data

"Archaeologists now know of more than 400 Buddhist sites covering an area of 160 km in Swat valley alone. Among the important excavations of Buddhist sites in Swat an important one is Butkarha-I, containing original relics of the Buddha. A stone statue of Buddha, is still there in the village Ghalegay.[citation needed] There is also a big stupa in Mohallah Singardar Ghalegay",_Pakistan

"[An] archeological monument of the Buddhist era and the biggest stupa of the subcontinent, which is situated on the main G.T. Road, near Ghalegay, Mohallah Shingardar, Swat. This stupa was constructed by Uttarasena, an ancient king of Swat in the seventh century AD to enshrine his share of relics of the Buddha. Due to its historical importance, this stupa attracts a great many foreign tourists visiting Swat. But it is very sad to note that due to negligence on the part of the tourism and the archeology departments, no maintenance is carried out and the structure is getting dilapidated day by day."
Input by: tmciolek, Jan 04, 2010

"In the upper part of the valley Shringdar stupa also was in a better state of preservation. It is believed by many that Chinese traveller Hieun Tsang [ven.xuanzang] visited [in 630 CE] this stupa also during his travel in the subcontinent and mentioned that it was built by Uttarasena, an ancient king of Swat, as a shrine for some relic of Buddah that he had in his possession." -
Input by: tmciolek, Apr 02, 2013

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 02 Apr 2013

Lat/Long coordinates' accuracy:
The monastery in question is assumed to be situated actually no farther than 2 km from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Ghalegay [monastery?], PK.

General location of the Ghalegay [monastery?], PK.
Lat 34.7000 Long 72.2667
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2009.

Google Map link:,%20PK)&ll=34.7000,72.2667&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • Pakistan:North-West Frontier Province

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

  • [missing data]

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

  • Fa Hien says that there were 500 monasteries in the Swat Valley.

6. Modern name of the known nearest city, town, or village

7. The settlement's alternative/historical names

8. The settlement's coordinates

9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

  • Theravada - Legge (1965:28-29)
  • Theravada - Litvinskii et al. (1996:168)

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

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11. Date-early

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12. Date-intermediate

  • 400 CE - Legge (1965:28-29)
  • MBM chrono-tag 0400-32p - tmciolek 02 Apr 2013
  • MBM chrono-tag 0600-32c - tmciolek 02 Apr 2013
  • 0400-32p 0433-66c 0467-99c 0500-32c 0533-66c 0567-99c 0600-32c 0633-66p dated-xx

13. Date-late

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14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

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15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • Archeological

16. Additional notes

17. Corrections & addenda to this page were kindly provided by

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