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Shandur Polo Festival Tour | Festival Tours in Pakistan

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Introduction:

 

Shandur Situated at the elevation of 3700m above sea level invites visitors to experience a traditional polo tournament which since 1936 has been held annually in the first week of July between the teams of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral. 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. Various teams of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral have always played the game of polo closest to its original form.

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 Laspur Team and Ghizer Team of Gilgit-Baltistan, from Chitral. 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 favor of the team scoring nine goals. The final is held on 9 July. The festival also includes folk Music, folk Dances, traditional sports and temporary tent village is setup at the pass to cater the needs.

Itinerary:

 

Day 01      Islamabad. Welcome reception.
Day 02  Drive to Peshawar afternoon visit the archeological museum and old city  tour 
Day 03  Drive by road to Dir, enroute visit the Takht Bhai 
Day 04  Chitral : four-wheel jeeps to Chitralthrough over the scenic Lawari passes and continues drive to Chitral. meals and overnight hotel.
Day 05  Drive to Kalash Valley: Kalash valleys, afternoon excursion to Rambur and visit the local houses to observe the life style of Kalash tribe 
Day 06 Drive to Mastuj: Morning after breakfast drive to Mastuj,passing through the scenic valleys and villages with commanding view of Trich mir, the highest peak in Hindukush range
Day 07                          Drive to Shandur Pass: After breakfast drive to Shandur pass,a very scenic drive through the scenic villages of laspur 
Day 08

Shandur (polo match):During the day enjoy the polo match and evening local music and dancing.

Day 09  Drive to Phandar Valley:Drive to Phander a very scenic and beautiful village with lush green meadow and crystal clear streams ideal for trout fishing 
Day 10 Drive to Gilgit: Morning drive to Gilgit, passing through the lush green valleys of  punial, sherqila and visit the 7th century Ad Buddha rock carving at Kargha near Gilgit
Day 11 Drive to Bihsham: through the Karakuram high way along the mighty Indus river and enjoy the magnificent views of Nanga Parbat, 8125 meters
Day 12  Drive to Islamabad: passing through the scenic abbot bad and Mansehra valleys. enroute visit the archeological museum at Taxila