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Chitral Gol National Park is located beside the Chitral River at a distance of 2 hours from Chitral Town, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.

Another name for this park is Chitral National Park. You can walk at an area of 7,750 hectares at a 5,000-meter elevation. The route to the park is narrow, dangerous, and adventurous. You can see three valleys, huge glaciers, and beautiful streams stemming from glaciers in the park. The park is rich in cedar trees. What else is there in the park? A lot of animals like Markhor, ibex, black bear wolves, red fox, Himalayan, golden eagles, falcons, snowcocks, monal, snow, and rock partridge.

Chitral Fort

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The Chitral Fort is a fortification in Chitral town, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. The fort is situated on the banks of the Chitral River.

The Chitral Fort is a fortification in Chitral town, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. The fort is situated on the banks of the Chitral River. The fort has a commanding position on the river and is believed to have been built in 1774 during the reign of Mohtaram Shah Katur II and restored in 1911 by His Highness Sir Shuja ul-Mulk. The compound used to house the barracks of the guards of Mehtar of Chitral. The fort was declared as the personal property of the last ruler of Chitral following the merger of Chitral State in 1969. It is now occupied by the current ceremonial Mehtar, Fateh-ul-Mulk Ali Nasir who has renovated the old Darbar Hall and state rooms following damage sustained during the earthquake of 2015.

Bumburet Valley

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Bumburet is the largest valley of Kalasha Desh in Chitral District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa the province of Pakistan.

The valley is inhabited by the Kalash people and has become a tourist destination. With its sparkling streams, shady meadows, groves of mulberry, apricot, and walnut trees, wide mountain vistas, and yellow and green fields, it is thought by many to be the most beautiful valley. However, their population is rapidly declining. As of 2019, only 37 households existed in the valley that still followed traditional practices.

Rumbur Valley

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It is some 45 Km from Chitral town, normally takes 2 hrs to reach on a bumpy but adventurous road.

It is some 45 Km from Chitral town, normally takes 2 hrs to reach on a bumpy but adventurous road. It is the 2nd Kalash valley with very hospitable and warm welcoming Kalash tribes, who have been living in these valleys for centuries. The Kalash are not Muslims but follow their own Religion which is made up of single creator called ‘Dezau’ with 12 male and female gods the major God is Mahandeo and some folks say this is the same god as Ares is known as Mars by the Romans. Most Kalasha are Mediterranean looking. The men wear largely traded traditional goat-skin tunics and the women wear black reaching to the ankles.

Kalasha Valleys

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The Kalasha Valleys are valleys in Chitral District in northern Pakistan.

The most famous valleys in Chitral are the Kalasha Valleys. The valleys are surrounded by the Hindu Kush mountain range. The inhabitants of the valley are the Kalash people, who have a unique culture, and language and follow a form of ancient Hinduism. As such, the Kalasha Valleys are a source of attraction for Pakistani as well as international tourists. There are three main valleys. The largest and most populous valley is Bumburet (Mumuret), reached by a road from Ayun in the Kunar Valley. Rumbur is a side valley north of Bumburet. The third valley, Biriu (Birir), is a side valley of the Kunar Valley south of Bumburet. The most famous and most visited valley among these three is the Bumborate Valley which is 36Km from main Chitral city.

Shandur Pass

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It is the highest mountain pass located at an elevation of 3,700 meters. It is located between the Chitral district of KPK and the Ghizer district of Gilgit Baltistan.

If you’re an adventurous tourist, this is the perfect place to go. The roads are narrow, rough, and gravel and you must expect to drive in 1st and 2nd gear only. Also, most of the roads are suitable for one vehicle only. The best time to visit Shandur Pass is between late April and early November. Jeeps are the best option to drive through the roads to reach this worth watching place. In Shandur Pass the Shandur Polo Festival is organized every year in the month of July. During the festival, teams of Chitral and Gilgit Baltistan play polo matches on Shandur Top.

Garam Chashma

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Garam Chashma known as Hot Spring is one of the many branch valleys of Chitral District, situated in the extreme north-west of Pakistan.

The place is known for its Hot spring, which is one of the tourist attractions sites. It is also famous for its trout fish. The water flowing down through the length of the valley is famous for fishing sports. The Lotkoh River running down from the lofty peaks of the Hindu Kush is a haven for the brown type of trout fish. Other features of the area include snow-covered peaks, pleasant weather, natural springs, and more recently has remained in the limelight for being a potential site of hydel-power generation. Besides tourists, people suffering from skin diseases also visit the hot spring for treatment.

Tirich Mir

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Tirich Mir is located in the Mulkow Valley in the Chitral District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.

Tirich Mir is the highest mountain in the world outside of the Himalayas-Karakoram Range. Moreover, the elevation of this mountainous range is 7,708 meters. Do you know an interesting fact about Tirch Mir? In the Wakhi language, Trich means darkness and Mir means king. Hence, the name means King of darkness. The name can also be attributed to the shadows created by Tirch Mir on Wakhan's side. The average temperature of Tirch Mir ranges from the highest 130C in July to the lowest -120C in winter.

Chitral Museum

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Chitral Museum is a museum located in Chitral District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.

Every place has its own unique culture and art that is preserved in different forms. Chitral Museum is truly a preserver of its ancestor’s art that is left for the future generation. The Museum was built on 8 July 2010 and the main idea was to maintain the cultural heritage for the tourists. The museum is divided into two different sections that are the Ethnological Gallery and the Archaeological and Kalash Gallery. In its first section, we encounter the jewelry, and instruments furniture of the ancestor that was used in the 12 century. On the other hand, things related to Kalash show the cultural heritage of Greek. Notable, the things that are concerned with their God and Goddess.

Governor Cottage

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Governor Cottage is located at Garam Chashma Rd in Chitral, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.

Governor cottage is a beautiful and graceful architecture that exemplifies the glorious and typical Chitrali style of construction. Now this place is open to the general public. Governor Cottage is placed at a height location and surrounded by greenery. You will find many historical objects which are preserved there and are in very good shape. After visiting this place, you will surely get an idea about the royal living style of Mehar of Chitral.

Ayun Valley

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Ayun is a village in Chitral District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan, 12 km south of the town of Chitral.

Ayun Valley is one of the most beautiful valleys of Chitral. It is a gateway to the Kalash valleys. The Chitral River and the Bamburet River merge together at Ayun Valley. The Bamburet River flows along the length of the entire Ayun valley. The water of this river is used for the generation of electricity for Ayun village, irrigation, and drinking. The people of Ayun valley are very friendly and hospitable. I have visited Ayun Valley and experienced the people welcoming and guiding the tourists.

Chitral

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Chitral is a town situated on the Chitral River in northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. It serves as the capital of the Chitral District and likewise served as the capital of the Chitral princely state that encompassed the region until its direct incorporation into West Pakistan in 1969.

It is one of Pakistan's most popular tourist spots. When it comes to natural scenic splendor, Chitral is one of the most spectacular destinations in the world. Its magnificent mountains, Pinewoods, sulfur springs, friendly people, and rivers overflowing with the fabled Trout fish are extremely fascinating. No doubt, it is the most intriguing and picturesque location in the Hindukush range. Chitral is also noted for its avalanches and snowfall. The route to Chitral is extremely risky since it is one of the world's narrowest highways and is located in the world's biggest mountain range.

Province KPK
Country PAKISTAN
Area 57 km2
Population 49,794.00 Approx

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Culture and history

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It says that the key components of Chitral's cultural heritage are crafts and arts, food and beverages, traditional costumes, dance, folksongs, music, local games, and legendary sites. The study also includes indigenous tribes (Kalash) and ancient military sites as cultural heritage elements. The inhabitants of Kalash speak kalasha, also known as Kalasha-mondr, which is the predominant language spoken in the district of Chitral. Everyone in the region understands Urdu and Pashto, which are also commonly spoken. The majority of people in Chitral are Sunni Muslims, but there are also a large number of Shias. The people of Kalash and its many tribes, on the other hand, are said to worship a variety of gods and follow ancient customs and religions.

There are a number of festivals held in the Chitral district that most people from other parts of Pakistan have never heard of. Jashn-e-Nowroz, which takes place every year on March 21st, is one of these celebrations. The Shandoor Polo Festival is another well-known event in this area. Chilmijhust, also known as Joshi, is a festival that takes place every year during the spring harvest season, which lasts about 4-6 days. This is followed by another festival, Uchal, which takes place in August. The chitirmus festival is celebrated with great delight during the month of December, and it is a time to pray for a better year ahead. However, music is a major component of the Chitral culture, sitar and drums are played while men dance in circles during wedding functions and annual festivals as well. Dol, Sitar, Damama, Sunai, Gharba, and Beru are some of the instruments popular among Chitral residents. There are many traditional Chitral cuisine, such as Pandir Muzhi. On the other hand, pushor tiki, Zholai, kali, lazhek, and Kawirogh are some of Chitral's other popular foods.

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