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Besham (Pashto: بشام‎; also known as Besham Qala) is the largest town and commercial centre of the Shangla District in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. Most of the population consists of Pashto-speaking Pashtuns. It is on the Silk Route connecting Pakistan with China.

Besham
Country Pakistan
ProvinceKhyber Pakhtunkhwa
DistrictShangla
Elevation
613 m (2,011 ft)
Time zoneUTC+5 (PST)
Besham is a town to stay for tourist who want to head to Hunza or Gilgit.
Map of the Karakorum Highway

TourismEdit

Tourists pass through Besham if they are taking Karakoram Highway route for Hunza and Gilgit, as the main route through the Kaghan Valley is often blocked due to heavy snowfall. A rest house, located on the bank of the Indus River, is provided by the Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation.[1]

ClimateEdit

With a mild and generally warm and temperate climate, Besham features a humid subtropical climate (Cfa) under the Köppen climate classification. The average temperature in Besham is 20.7 °C, while the annual precipitation averages 842 mm. Even in the driest months, there is a lot of precipitation. November is the driest month with 18 mm of precipitation, while August, the wettest month, has an average precipitation of 138 mm.

June is the hottest month of the year with an average temperature of 30.6 °C. The coldest month January has an average temperature of 8.9 °C.

Climate data for Besham
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 14.9
(58.8)
17.5
(63.5)
22.5
(72.5)
27.6
(81.7)
33.3
(91.9)
38.4
(101.1)
36.9
(98.4)
35.2
(95.4)
33.8
(92.8)
29.6
(85.3)
23.6
(74.5)
17.2
(63.0)
27.5
(81.6)
Daily mean °C (°F) 8.9
(48.0)
11.5
(52.7)
16.0
(60.8)
20.8
(69.4)
25.9
(78.6)
30.6
(87.1)
30.4
(86.7)
29.1
(84.4)
26.8
(80.2)
21.6
(70.9)
15.8
(60.4)
10.7
(51.3)
20.7
(69.2)
Average low °C (°F) 3.0
(37.4)
5.6
(42.1)
9.6
(49.3)
14.1
(57.4)
18.5
(65.3)
22.9
(73.2)
23.9
(75.0)
23.1
(73.6)
19.9
(67.8)
13.7
(56.7)
8.1
(46.6)
4.2
(39.6)
13.9
(57.0)
Source: Climate-Data.org[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Altaf, Muhammad Ahmad (5 October 2017). "Glaciers, avalanches, and spectacular lakes: My trip to Haramosh Valley". DAWN. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Climate: Besham - Climate-Data.org". Retrieved 15 September 2016.

Coordinates: 34°56′15″N 72°52′45″E / 34.93750°N 72.87917°E / 34.93750; 72.87917