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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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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
Sat, 06 Sep 2014 19:15:00 -0700

JAND: Three persons including a minor girl drowned while crossing the Soan River Bridge on Saturday. Najam Khattak, resident of Village Injra, a medical store owner, along with his daughter, was going to Talagang in a car driven by his driver.

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

When 'The News' contacted Municipal Services (MS) Executive District Officer (EDO) Malik Imtiaz Ahmed, he admitted the fact and said they were lifting garbage of the city under the cleanliness campaign and dumping it on the Soan River bed. Soan River ...
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 ...
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Fri, 05 Sep 2014 16:15:00 -0700

Water of Soan River entered several villages situated along the Soan River causing damage to lives and property of the citizens. Heavy floods in River Soan broke the 22-year-old record as water entered in many villages based along Soan River, causing ...

The Express Tribune

The Express Tribune
Sun, 07 Sep 2014 18:41:15 -0700

Located on the bank of Soan River, the locality, with around 700 houses mostly inhabited by Christians, has been badly-affected by the recent rains. Residents say there is 3-5 feet of standing water in their houses and there has been no power for two days.

Pakistan Today

Pakistan Today
Thu, 06 Nov 2014 10:22:30 -0800

The Rawalpindi commissioner has sent summary to Punjab chief minister for his approval in connection with a long term plan for supplying water from river Indus to the citizens of twin cities of Rawalpindi-Islamabad. Earlier, CDA had moved a summary ...

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