Birir valley

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Bumburet, the biggest from the 3 valleys, is also by far the most vacationers orientated. The road to help Bumburet twists as well as winds advertising the item climbs this rumpled, unwelcoming pile mountains to help pass around in to the pit on only 2,750 meter distances (9,000 feet).The 2 and a half hour or so get goes throughout the verify stage as well as cost train station on Ayun, after which the street offices correct on the pile as well as a result of this pit, crossing a connect on the pit flooring as well as turning left in to Bumburet. The particular small town features 3 accommodations, like Taj Mahal, and that is simple by simply any expectations.It’s a soft 3 hour or so walk, or maybe ninety days min’s vehicle get, by Bumburet, this middle Kalash pit to help Rambur, discussing a right start this connect on the pit flooring. Rambur offers a single simple within with easy meal as well as bed linen. It’s really the only Kalash-owned resort in the 3 valleys. There’s in addition an escape house.From Chitral Pakistan the simplest pit to help approach can be Birir, ninety days min’s get by means of Ayun, but it’s difficult slog by Bumburet around only two, 600 meter substantial (8, 000 feet) pile.Dotted all around these valleys are about 20 from the beautiful Kalash towns, their particular small, sq., but windowless two-story properties made from tiers regarding hardwood, rock as well as unbaked stone, numerous collection in to the part from the coves as well as hills.

The particular breaks within each start of the creating are stuffed with pebbles. The structure offers advanced on the centuries to help resist this repeated, quakes as well as globe tremors that will wrack this kind of getting together with host to these continents.

There are numerous holy areas in the Kalash Valley not allowed for their usually specifically lovely as well as revealed women whom, around their particular elaborately braided plaits, don distinctive dark-colored headdresses decorated with cowrie covers as well as switches as well as crowned with dyed feathers.Wherever anyone go ahead Chitral Pakistan beauty as well as journey wait for this wanderer. In this article this robust as well as encountered start their particular treks throughout the substantial passes from the Hindu Kush, that type a single part from the narrow Afghan panhandle that will splits Russia by Pakistan.On the Wealthy Valley anyone trail around vertiginous monitor that will usually appear to plunge, terrifyingly, lower this directory high cliff face, soon you visit this 4,260 meter substantial (13,890 feet) Shah Jinali Pass. The particular excursion towards the stunning peak is generally heavy within excellent skiing conditions.

You can then adhere to this tracks along as well as beneath the ridgebacks of those difficult piles to help 4,500 meter substantial (15,000 feet) Darkot Pass, this course obtained by simply Oriental invaders greater than 1,000 years back, into Gilgit plus the riven complex cardiovascular from the area’s stunning ravines as well as highs.Other treks will include a peaceful adventure throughout the wonderful pine forested acres by Drosh to help Madaklasht, eastern side regarding Chitral Pakistan, and also to Koghozi or maybe you’ll be able to travel in to the foothills regarding Tirich Mir or maybe Swat pit. You can get these tips by PTDC of Chitral Pakistan or maybe neighborhood government bodies.

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Churchill Picket

This small picket on a hill top is famous, as Sir Winston Churchill, in 1895, when he was a lieutenant and was accompanying Malakand Field Force, spent a week in this picket, when this place was surrounded by a Lashkar of local tribesmen.Close to the Chakdara Fort, a picket crowns the hillock towards the west. This is known as the Churchill Picket because Winston Churchill came here during the Pathan Revolt of 1879. This place was used by him for sending reports. He was then a war correspondent. KPK Pakistan

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Chakdara Museum

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The Chakdara Museum is situated about one km from the fort. It has an excellent collection of Buddhist Gandhara Art, from first to seventh century AD. It helps people to learn about the rich cultural heritage of the area.

The most important site in Chakdara is Damkot Hill. The top of Damkot Hill has been excavated and houses with pottery and jewellery have been discovered. These items are now displayed in the Saidu Sharif Museum.

At the foot of Damkot Hill at Salami there is an early graveyard. Early settlers buried partially cremated bodies surrounded by everyday utensils. The graves were sealed by large stone slabs.

A Buddhist stupa and monastery of the first century AD were excavated by Ahmad Hasan Dani in 1962-65. There are some Buddhist carvings at the foot of the hill. During the Hindu Shahi period a fort was built here which was destroyed in the 11th century. In the 19th century the British occupied this hill. Behind Damkot Hill at Chat Pat is the site of a monastery of the late 4th century. The sculpture from this monastery is displayed in Chakdara MuseuAlladun Dheri, an important Buddhist site, is located 7 km north of Chakdara Bridge near the village of Uchh. According to the Buddhist pilgrim Xuanzang this site was connected with a legend about Buddha. According to the legend, Buddha changed himself into a great serpent lying dead in the valley in order to save the people from famine. The starving people cut pieces from the body and fed themselves.According to another tradition, Gandhāra is also thought to be the location of the mystical Lake Dhanakosha, birthplace of Padmasambhava, founder of Tibetan Buddhism. TheKagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism identifies the lake with the Alladun Dheri stupa. A spring was said to flow from the base of the stupa to form the lake. Archaeologists have found the stupa but no spring or lake can be identified. Alladun Dehri Stupa was excavated by Dani. Over 500 pieces of Gandhara sculpture were recovered.Three kilometers from Alladun Dheri Stupa there is the Hindu Shahi fort of Kamal Khan China. It is now in ruins. From this fort a track leads to Nimogram Buddhist Monastery and Stupa. It has three main stupas, which identify three principles of Buddhism; Buddha the teacher, Dharma and Sangha (the Buddhist order). Near Chakdara Bridge there are ruins of the Hindu Shahi Period and stupas at Haibatgram, Top Dara and Landakai.

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Shahndor Polo Ground

Shandur invites visitors to experience a traditional polo tournament which since 1936 has been held annually. in the first week of July between the local teams of Chitral and Ghizer. The tournament is held on Shandur Top, the highest polo ground in the world at 3,700 meters (the pass itself is at 3,800 meters). The festival also includes Folk music, dancing and a camping village is set up. The polo tournament is featured in the first episode of Himalaya with Michael Palin.

Various teams of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral have always played the game of polo closest to its original form. During the early 20th century, the British in neighboring India were the patrons of the game.

Free-styled mountain polo is arguably polo in its purest form. This version of the game played at Shandur-Top has attained legendary status and is of great interest to international and domestic adventure tourists alike. There are no umpires and there are no holds barred. The rules are: There are no rules! In “The Roof of the World” Amin/Willets/Tetley write: “by comparison, an American Wild West rodeo might pass for choir practice.” As one player once mentioned: “You can ride head-on into the opponent, if you dare.”

In order to decide the final teams to play at the Shandur Polo Festival preliminary matches are played both in Gilgit and Chitral in which the best horses and players are chosen for the final games by the local juries. The festival begins on the 7th of July with a polo match between the local teams of CHITRAL KPK with the guest teams coming from GHIZER, GILGIT BALTISTAN. During the course of the tournament A, B, C and D teams of Gilgit and Chitral battle it out on the polo field. Each team has six members with 2-4 reserve players in case of injury etc. The match duration is usually one hour. It is divided into two halves, with a 10 minutes interval. During intervals the locals enthrall the audiences with traditional and cultural performances. The game decided in favour of the team scoring nine goals. The final is held on 9 July.

The field measures about 200 meters by 56 meters (normal polo field is about 270m by 150m), with 60 cm high stone walls running the length of the field on both sides instead of boards. As six players make up one side, the field can get fairly crowded. This has the advantage of slightly slowing down the pace, which, all things considered, is probably somewhat safety-enhancing. Players rarely wear helmets, The horses’ legs often have no bandages, and mallets often have no grips or straps.

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Shandur pass

Shahndur Pass

The height of this pass is 3738 m above sea level, it connects Gupis, Gilgit with Chitral. The top is flat, a plateau and can be crossed between late April and early November. The grade is very gradual, and the area is crossed by small streams of trout. Grazing in summer is plentiful.

Every year there is a Polo match played on Shandur Top between a team from Chitral and a team from Gilgit.

Shandur Top is one of the four major mountain passes to enter Chitral. The others are Dorah Pass from Badakshan in Afghanistan, Lowari Pass from Dir, and Broghol Pass from the Wakhan Corridor in Afghanistan.

The people who live on both sides of Shandur Top speak the Khowar language.

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Terich Mir

Tirich Mir (alternatively Terich Mir, Terichmir and Turch Mir) is the highest mountain of the Hindu Kush range, and the highest mountain in the world outside of the Himalayas-Karakoram range, located in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. The mountain was first climbed in 1950 by a Norwegian expedition consisting of Arne Næss, P. Kvernberg, H. Berg, and Tony Streather. Tirich Mir overlooks Chitral town, and can be easily seen from the main bazaar.

The last village in Chitral before reaching Tirich Mir is Village Tirich. It is located in Mulkow. The people there speak the Khowar language. The residents are available for hire as porters and tourist guides and will lead trekkers part way up the mountain, but there is a point beyond which they will not go.

It is believed the origin to the name Tirich Mir is “King of Tirich” as Tirich is the name of a side valley of the Mulkhow valley of Chitral which leads up to Tirich Mir. An alternatively etymology derives its name from the Wakhi language. In Wakhi trich means shadow or darkness and mir means king so Tirich Mir means king of darkness. It could have got this name as it causes long shadows on the Wakhan side of its face.

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Lowri Top


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Lowari Top

Lowari Top (or Lowari Pass) (el. 10,230 ft.) is a high mountain pass that connects Chitral with Dir in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Lowari Top is a relatively low pass, by far the lowest pass to enter Chitral, the rest all being 12,000 to 15,000 feet.Lowari Top is closed by snow from late November to late May every year. During this time, jeeps cannot cross so men must travel by foot. This is dangerous, as there are high mountains on each side of Lowari Top, and a deadly avalanche can come at any moment without warning.Every winter a few persons are killed by avalanches while crossing Lowari Top. Their bodies are buried under the snow and it is only when the summer comes and the snow melts that their bodies are found and their fate learned.Nevertheless, Lowari Top remains popular because it is the shortest route from Chitral to Peshawar. The other way would be down the Kunar River to Jalalabad through hostile Afghan Territory or the much longer route across Shandur Top to Gilgit.Lowari Top crosses the Hindu Raj Mountains, a spur of the higher Hindu Kush. On the Chitral side of Lowari Top are the people of Ashret, who speak the Palula language and were assigned by the Mehtar of Chitral to be the guardians of Lowari Top.On the Dir side reside Khowars, some of whom make their living as porters carrying loads across Lowari Top.In 1954, the Mehtar of Chitral was killed when his airplane crashed into Lowari Top. Even today, PIA pilots often turn back because of winds and fear of crossing Lowari Top.The word “Top” is believed not to be the English word “top” but a word from an ancient language no longer spoken there.The Lowari Top is one of the four major mountain passes to enter Chitral. The others are the Dorah Pass from Badakshan in Afghanistan, Shandur Top from Gilgit, and Broghol from the Wakhan Corridor in Afghanistan.

The Lowari Tunnel was constructed beneath Lowari Pass by a Korean company in 2009. However, the tunnel was abandoned shortly thereafter and has since fallen into disrepair.

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Garam Chashma

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Garam Chashma (literally: Hot Spring) is a village in Chitral District of Northen, Pakistan. The place is known for Hot spring attracting tourism. It is located in the Northwest of Chitral at a distance of about forty five kilometers by road. Besides tourists, people suffering from skin diseases also visit the spring for treatment.The spring water emerges from underground sulphur deposits making its temperature to rise above boiling point. For the same reason the spring is also known as Sulphur Spring. The spring is the warmest in the westward extension of the Himalayan Geothermal Belt. It emerges from leucogranites of the Hindu Kush Range that date from 20–18 Ma. Reservoir temperatures may be as high as 260 °C (500 °F). It is not clear whether the circulation of deep groundwater in this region is driven by topography or by tectonic lateral stress.

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Rumbur Valley


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Rukmu (Rumbur)Rukmu, which lies to the north of Mumuret, has fewer Muslim homesteads and sees fewer tourists. It is considerably narrower than Mumuret, and without that valley’s numerous shady meadows, Rukmu is rugged and majestic; the mountain ridges higher, the river much wilder. Again, at the very top end of the valley, there is a Nuristani village. Birir At first glance, Biriu seems narrow in comparison to the other valleys, although it is actually wider than Rukmu. There are fewer shady meadows here than in Mumuret, and the valleys is not so open. Moreover, at this level (it has the lowest altitude of all three valleys, is the hottest and grows the best grapes), it does not have the majestic awe-inspiring ruggedness of Rukmu. But the narrow rocky valley, with the shallow river running down its centre, is full of ‘secret’ nooks, where the emerald turf is splashed with sparkling rivulets of water. Higher up the mountain slopes, through the branches of the trees, the rugged mountain tops of the Hindu Kush appear stretched out on the horizon, while others loom in close, dark and mysterious or bathed in glorious sunlight.A Must see Place for Local and Foreigners and recommended for visit in Summers as in Winters the Roads are blocked by Snow and most of flights are canceled by Weathers so Plan accordingly

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The Bumburet valley joins the Rumbur valley at 35°44′20″N 71°43′40″E (1640 m), and then joins the Kunar Valley at the village of Ayun(35°42′52″N 71°46′40″E, 1400 m), some 20 km south (downstream) of Chitral. To the west the valley rises to a pass connecting to Afghanistan’s Nuristan Province at about 4500 m.

The valley is inhabited by the Kalash people, and has become a tourist destination.[1]

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