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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

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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 News International
Thu, 16 Apr 2015 18:52:30 -0700

The recent heavy rains and flooding in nullahs and the Soan River have completely destroyed the wheat crop spread over 400 acres of land in Adhwal and Chountra villages near Rawalpindi. The crop was at the ripening stage. The wheat crop was sown in ...

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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 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 ...

Channel 8 News & Current Affairs

Channel 8 News & Current Affairs
Sat, 25 Apr 2015 03:18:55 -0700

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Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:56:15 -0700

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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 ...
The News International
Mon, 25 Mar 2013 15:18:45 -0700

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