Phuguch village is also famous for its ancient Buddhist University remains. The ruins of the Buddhist University are perched on a hill which is situated just before the Phuguch village. The surviving walls of the university are conspicuous from the distance.
Darel abounds in sites of historical and archaeological significance. Almost every village boasts of a wooden mosque. However, those at Gayal, Phuguch, Somigal, Manikyala Bala, Manikyala Pain, and Yeshoot are noted for their decorations. Apart from ancient mosques, there are remains of forts located in some villages of Darel. Of these the destroyed fort of Gumari is worth-mentioning. This fort is believed to have been built by PakhtunWali Khan who ruled over Darel, Tangir, Harban, Sazin and Shatial. He belonged to Khushwaqte, the ruling family of Yasin, a branch of the dynasty of Chitral. The British called Indus valley below Chilas and its tributary valleys like DarelTangir, Kandia and many smaller communities Yaghestan 'land of free.' PaktunWali Khan ruled the roost here and exploited the rich resources of Tangir and Darel.
PakhtunWali is said to have built a number of mosques and forts in his dominion which are located in many villages and towns of Darel, Khanbari, Sazin, Harban and Tangir. The fort that he is supposed to have built in Gumari, Darel is now in ruins reminding the visitors the past glory of the ruined city.
Nowhere in the Northern Areas is there such large number of forests as is in Darel. Lower Darel which consists of villages of Gayal, Phuguch,SomigalBala, Somigal Pain, etc. are not very densely forested while upper Darel which comprises the villages of Manikyala Bala, Manikyala Pain, Padyal, Yeshootetc have heavy forests. Lower Darel does not receive snowfall in the winter whereas the upper Darel does receive heavy snowfall. As snowfall begins in upper Darel, its communication with lower Darel is disrupted and people are confined to their houses for weeks. People begin storing vegetables and meat before the winter season approaches. During this period, people use dry vegetable and meat. Locally, dry meat is known as Goshti or Nasalo. In order to store the meat, Darelis slaughter their livestock before December 21 after which the Valley receives heavy snowfall disrupting the communication with outer world completely. It is really hard to eat this dry meat but Darelis enjoy devouring it.
In order to reduce the shortage of silage the Darelis store the fodder for their animals before the winter sets in. They place the grass and haystack over the chopped branches of the trees. It is really amazing to see the haystack placed over trees in almost every village in upper Darel.
Darelis spend most of their time in taking care of the animals. Mostly unmarried young boys are responsible for grazing the livestock. They take their animals to various high pastures in KoNala (side-valley), Khanbari, KalNala, BiareeNala, JoolNala, ChilaNala, LattiGah, GirorGah, BachhayGah, Koto Gah and Ishkobar in the month of May and stay with their animals for whole five months and return back by the end of October.