Pakistan - Chitral
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Chitral located in the North west of Pakistan is a beautiful valley in the Hindukush range of Mountains. It has always been a very important route for many invaders to south east Asia, Including Alexander the great Scythians, Mangol Changez Khan and numerous others. Chitral is a small town with a one single street bazaar and a few tourist class hotels. At the end of Bazaar on the right (River side) there is the Chitral fort and Palace of Mehtar (Mir Or King) In front of the Fort is the Jami Mosque of Chitral an impressive architecture with beautiful inlays and decorations. You can get to Chitral from Peshawar or Swat via Dir thru the Lowari tunnel. From Gilgit you can get a Jeep to take you to Phander (Below Shandur Pass ) You must overnight at pHANDAR ptdc Motel and Phandar guest house and later continue to Chitral next day.
PTDC Chitral is the best choice has a
beautiful garden and very good service Single
Mountain View Hotel is located in Shahi Bazaar second best good clean rooms with hot shower. There are few other smaller hotels along the bazaar and in front of PTDC Motel.
Chitral Hotels List
Pamir Riverside Inn hotel (2 Star), Noghor Chitral, Chitral, Pakistan
Hotel Chitral Continental (1 Star), New Bazaar Chitral, Pakistan
Chinar Inn (1 Star), Shahi Bazaar, Chitral, Pakistan
Cheo Bridge Hotel (1 Star), Danin Road, Chitral Pakistan
Hotel Green Hills (2 Star), Chitral Road, Upper Dir, Chitral, Pakistan
Hotel Dream Land (1 Star), Airport Road, Chitral, Pakistan
Foreigner Tourist Inn (2 Star), Kalash Valley, Chitral, Bamborait, Pakistan
Chitral Mountain Inn (2 Star), P.O box 7, Chitral, Pakistan
Hotel Al Farooq (2 Star), New Bazaar Chitral, Pakistan
Hotel tourist Inn & Restaurant (2 Star), Shahi Masjid Road, Chitral, Pakistan
Taj Mahal Hotel (1 Star), Danin Chitral, Chitral, Pakistan
Alamgir Hotel (1 Star), Daleem Bazaar, Chitral, Pakistan
Kailash Continental Hotel (2 Star), Battrek Bamburait, Chitral, Pakistan
Tourist Lodge (2 Star), Shahi Masjid Road, Chitral, Pakistan
Celebrated in Chitral during mid April every year. The festival is called Jashn-E-Qaqlasht dates back to the time immemorial. However some local historians believe that the festival is almost three thousand years old. This event used to be organized by the Rais rulers of Chitral and was continued by the succeeding Katoor family. After Chitral's merger in the federation of Pakistan, holding of the festival as a calendar event came to an end. The main objective of the event was to protect and preserve Chitral's unique cultural heritage and to give currency to the culture of tolerance, cooperation and coordination through cultural
Chitral to Bamburet (Kalash) / Chitral to Birir
It is 2 to 2 & half hour drive from Kalash to the largest village of Kalash the most colorful tribe of hindukush. We drive along the Chitral Dir road and than turn right to Ayon and continue to jeep road to kalash.
Chitral - Dir:
Dir/ Pannakot to Swat :
Chitral to Mastuj
From Mastuj pass the Shandur pass and descend to the Phandar Lake and camp any where on the river / Lake side the whole area is meadows and safe to camp.
Drive to Gilgit via Gakuch & Gupis and overnight at Gilgit.
One needs a permit from the political agents office in the town to Go to Kafir Kalash valleys. Obtain your permit from the office and drive By Jeep to Banburat valley one of the most interesting of the Kalash valleys. Kalash is a mountain tribe of the Hindukush Living isolated from the rest of the world since ages. Though very few of them remain so still area can be called one of the remotest of the land in Pakistan. Kalash or Kafirs are very colorful people with their own traditions and a polytheist religion. As you reach the valley you get a very unique feeling of being in a very different culture. The women of the valley wear a black gown with beautiful embroidery and a Cap which hangs till the Back, embrioded with shells. You may witness a Kalash dance which made some people relate them to the armies of the Alexander the great.
There are few restaurants, and camp sites in the valley. you can spend an Afternoon or even a few leisure days in this valley.
A village about 30 KMs from Chitral. The drive is very scenic and breathtaking at the village there is a hot spring pool and a few houses.
Drive by Jeep through some of the remotest mountain villages to Shandur pass 12000 feet. Spend some time at the pass and stop bye at some villages later drive back to Chitral.
Travel & Culture can organise different tours to Chitral Kalash and other areas of Northern and southern Pakistan. Please contact us to plan your tour