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Coordinates: 33°29′24″N 71°31′48″E / 33.49°N 71.53°E / 33.49; 71.53
Country  Pakistan
Province Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
District Nowshera District
Elevation 892 m (2,927 ft)
Time zone PST (UTC+5)

Cherat is a hill station, immediately above the villages of Chapri, Saleh Khana and Dak Ismail Khel (a.k.a Bara Daag in Pashto language) in the Nowshera District of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan. Cherat lies 34 miles south east from the city of Peshawar at an elevation of 4,500 feet on the west of the Khattak range, which divides the district of Nowshera from Kohat.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

During British rule Cherat was important as a hill cantonment and sanitarium for British troops in what was then the Nowshera Tehsil of the Peshawar District of British India.[2]

Cherat was first used as a sanitarium for troops in 1861[2] and was used during the hot weather as a health station for the British troops who were quartered in the hot and malarious valley of Peshawar.[1] It was declared a cantonment in 1886. The cantonment commands a view of the whole of the Peshawar valley on one side, and on the other of a portion of the Khwarra valley in Peshawar District, and of Kohat District as far as the Indus.[2]

A hospital, a church, and a few bungalows were built by the British authorities. The station, which has a good water supply, was throughout the summer the headquarters of the Peshawar Division command, and of one of the two British regiments stationed at Peshawar - a detachment of the other British regiment was also sent here.[2]

There were 376 inhabitants according to the March 1901 Census, but in the hot season the garrison sometimes numbered 1,000 men.[2]

Military[edit | edit source]

The fort is used as a base by the Special Service Group and is used for training of the army. As part of joint military events with several nations, Cherat has also hosted an Improving Command Course in 2010.[3]

References[edit | edit source]

Coordinates: 33°49′N 71°53′E / 33.817°N 71.883°E / 33.817; 71.883

Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911) Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.) Cambridge University Press 

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