digplanet beta 1: Athena
Share digplanet:


Applied sciences






















The Soan river cutting through Pothohar
One of the many gorges of the Soan river

The Soan (Urdu and Punjabi: سون) (preferred), Swan (Urdu and Punjabi: سواں), Sawan or Sohan River is a river in Punjab, Pakistan.

Location and geography[edit]

The Soan River is an important stream of the Pothohar region of Pakistan. It drains much of the water of Pothohar. It starts near a small village Bun in the foothills of Patriata and Murree. It provides water to Simly Dam, which is the water reservoir for Islamabad. Near Pharwala Fort it cuts through a high mountain range, a wonderful natural phenomenon called Soan Cut. No stream can cut such a high mountain, which proves that the Soan was there before the formation of this range. And as the mountain rose through millions of years, the stream continued its path by cutting the rising mountain. Ling stream, following a relatively long course through Lehtrar and Kahuta falls in the Soan near Sihala on southern side of Village Gagri/Bhandar.

Islamabad Highway crosses this stream near Sihala where the famous Kak Pul bridge is constructed over it. The Ling Stream joins the Soan river just before the Kak Pul. Two other famous streams, the Korang River joins it just before the Soan Bridge and Lai stream, joins this stream after the Soan Bridge. After following a tortuous path along a big curve, the stream reaches Kalabagh proposed Dam Site close to Pirpiyahi where it falls into the Indus river. There is a famous railway station by the name of Sohan and a beautiful railway bridge very close to it. This relatively small stream is more than 250 kilometers long. Due to its mountainous course and shallow bed, it is hardly used for irrigation purposes. There are many species of fish in this river like China Rahu, Mahasher, Snakehead, Balm and Catfish are the main species of fish in this stream and Kingfisher birds hunt here too. The marine life of this river has been endangered due drainage of chemicals of Sihala Industrial State and effluent water of Rawalpindi city into it.


The river might be the Sushoma River of the Rig Veda. According to an important Hindu scripture Srimad Bhagavatam, the Sushoma is one of the many transcendental rivers flowing to the north of the land of Bharata.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Srimad Bhagavatam 5.19.17-18". 2010-01-04. Retrieved 2008-01-04. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 33°01′N 71°44′E / 33.017°N 71.733°E / 33.017; 71.733

Original courtesy of Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soan_River — Please support Wikipedia.
This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia. A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia.

73 news items

The News on Sunday

The News on Sunday
Sat, 25 Jul 2015 14:15:43 -0700

But it was crisply warm as we parked on flat ground above the Soan River running between us and the fort. It had started out with Rehan Afzal and I talking about Pharwala. But then Pharanaz and her husband Naweed joined us too and we resolved to ...

Pakistan Today

Pakistan Today
Thu, 08 Jan 2015 03:03:45 -0800

The minister said that the dam is to be constructed on Soan River in Islamabad capital territory jurisdiction near Chirah village, 25 kilometres northeast of Rawalpindi. The minister said the work will be taken in hand by the government of Punjab after ...

The News International

The News International
Tue, 07 Jul 2015 18:40:25 -0700

RAWALPINDI: Twelve people were killed in torrential rains that hit the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad on Tuesday. Like other parts of Punjab, heavy rain began here at around 11am causing massive destruction. Floods and incidents of roof ...

The Nation

The Nation
Thu, 16 Jul 2015 19:03:45 -0700

According to that the project would be constructed on Soan River near Dadocha village some 35km east of Rawalpindi. The petitioner told that one of the NAB inquiry reports mentions that 'DHA and Bahria Town are reluctant to provide record regarding the ...
Web India
Fri, 03 Jul 2015 07:03:45 -0700

On water crisis in the region, he said the state government was working on utilising the water of Soan river to solve the problem in the region and hoped that in the next 4-5 years, the problem wouldbe solved.On the opening of the Japala factory, he ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Wed, 24 Dec 2014 09:22:52 -0800

“Praise the bridge that carried you over:” Carlo Collodi (Well known Italian children's writer). In the case of the old bridge across Godavari river at Soan however, praise needs to be complemented by conservation. This unique 82-year-old masonry arch ...

New York Post

New York Post
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 08:22:30 -0700

An image of an Android bot peeing on an Apple logo has popped up on Google Maps. The comical, albeit lewd, image was discovered in a small area near the city of Rawalpindi, Pakistan, alongside the Soan River. In a statement to Mashable, a Google ...
The Express Tribune
Wed, 25 Jul 2012 18:46:47 -0700

They added the men were spotted drowning in the Soan River by passersby who informed rescue services and the police. After hectic efforts, rescuers and the police managed to recover the bodies. The families of the two that were identified have claimed ...

Oops, we seem to be having trouble contacting Twitter

Support Wikipedia

A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia. Please add your support for Wikipedia!

Searchlight Group

Digplanet also receives support from Searchlight Group. Visit Searchlight