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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

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.

Chitral Gol National Park

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Chitral Gol national park is a beautiful scenic place. It takes more than an hour to reach from Chitral city.

Chitral Gol national park is a beautiful scenic place. It takes more than an hour to reach from Chitral city. On the way it gives a beautiful view of chitral airport and chitral city. Off road track is tricky at some places. Help of local guide is recommended. At the top u can find wild life department post. A beautiful track for hiking can also be found in national park. Some places are marked for Markhoor view along side the road. A day trip of this place is worth.

Bumburet Valley

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

Bumburet is the largest valley of Kalasha Desh in Chitral District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,Pakistan. 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 Kalasha people, and has become a tourist destination.

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.

Kalash Valley

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The Kalash Valley is a valley in Chitral District in northern Pakistan. The valleys are surrounded by the Hindu Kush mountain range.

The Kalasha Valleys are valleys in Chitral District in northern Pakistan. The valleys are surrounded by the Hindu Kush mountain range. The inhabitants of the valley are the Kalash people, who have a unique culture, language and follow a form of ancient Hinduism. As such, the Kalasha Valleys are a source of attraction for Pakistanis 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.

Shandur Pass

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Shandur Pass is a pass located in Upper Chitral District. It is often called 'Roof of the World.

Shandur Pass is a pass located in Upper Chitral District. It is often called 'Roof of the World. During the annual 'Shandur Polo Festival,' there are polo matches played in Shandur Polo Ground on Shandur Top, between the teams of Chitral District and Gilgit-Baltistan Province. Approximately seven matches are played in the three days of the festival usually held on July 7th to 9th every year. The final match is played on July 9th between Teams A of Gilgit Baltistan and Chitral.

Garam Chashma

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Garam Chashma (literally: Hot Spring) is one of the many branch valleys of Chitral District, situated in the extreme north-west of Pakistan.

Garam Chashma (literally: Hot Spring) is one of the many branch valleys of Chitral District, situated in the extreme north-west of Pakistan. It is one of the highest human settlements in the Hindukush ranges with an altitude of almost 2550 meters (8389 feet). The place is known for Hot spring, which is one of the tourists attraction sites. It is also famous for its trout fish. The water flowing down through the length of the valley is famous for fishing sport. The Lotkoh River (Garam Chashma River) running down from the lofty peaks of the Hindu Kush is most suitable 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 limelights for being a potential site of hydel-power generation.

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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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