Shandur Polo Festival

Destination: Chitral

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Shandur is khuwar word which means (Shaa'n) Home and (Duu'r) Garden.The Polo is one of the old sports of GBC which is itself unique due to their freestyle game. The ontology of polo is quite old and it is equestrian sports emerged in Central Asia back in 6th century and later adopted by Burushu,Shina, and Khuwar poeple. These Societies settled down and converted their war-torn behavior into sports and adopted the free style game. The initiations of polo by Balti king of skardu and built Shandur polo ground. During summer, the mutual land of Chitral and Gilgit hosts thousands of tourists and fan of polo. the matches held between Gilgit and Chitral teams.

In each year the month of July takes height of excitement among both tribes and getting prepare to watch their undefeated horses in the battleground of Shandur Polo ground. On every year, 7 to 9 July Shandur Pass invites thousands of visitors to experience a traditional Polo match between Gilgit and Chitral teams along with hundred of local fans. Two other exciting matches are also played between the teams of Laspar and Ghizer and Chitral 'A' VS Gilgit 'A' teams during the festival. The festival also includes folk Music, folk Dances, traditional sports and temporary tent village is setup at the pass to cater the needs.

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Day 01 Arrival at Islamabad. Hotel.

Day 02 Drive to Besham enroute visit Taxila. Hotel.

Day 03 Drive to Gilgit on Karakoram Highway. Hotel

Day 04 Switch over into 4WD vehicle drive to Phander. Hotel.

Day 05 Continue to Shandur Pass. Tent.

Day 06 Enjoy the Polo matches and spend the day. Tent

Day 07 Witness the final match between Arch rivals Gilgit and Chitral.

Immediately after the match proceed to Chitral. Hotel.

Day 08 Drive to Bumboret. Spend the day by strolling around the valley and meet

traditionally dressed up Kalash people. Enjoy their customs & dancing. Hotel.

Day 09 Fly to Islamabad 1 hour (subject to weather) or drive to Islamabad. Hotel.

Day 10 Full day at leisure and shopping in Islamabad/Rawalpindi.

Day 11 Full day sightseeing to Taxila sites and Museum.

Day 12 Drive to airport for homebound flight.

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