The Chitral valley, located in the northern region of Pakistan, is one of the most remarkable places in the world when it comes to natural scenic beauty. Its picturesque mountains, sulphur springs, Juniper forests, friendly people and rivers teeming with the famous Trout fish are truly spellbinding.
The Chitral valley is situated amidst the mighty mountains of The Hindukush range. This mountain range is 322 km long. The local language spoken in the Chitral valley is Khowar Language. Along with it Pushto is also used to some extent. Urdu, the national language of Pakistan, is also understood. The people of Kafir Kalash use their own language called the Kalashi language.The people of Chitral valley mostly wear “Shalwar Kameez” which is the national dress of Pakistan. Women wear “Duppatas” and Shawls along with “Shalwar Kameez”. The most popular head dress of the Chitrali men is the woolen “Pakol”. In winters, the men wear long baggy coats having long sleeves known as the “Shuqa”. These coats are also made out of wool. The traditional sport of Chitral is Polo. World’s highest Polo ground (Shandur Polo ground) is also present in this area, where the Shandur Polo festival takes place.
The Chitral valley is easily accessible by air from the historical city of Peshawar. Most of the land routes are over mountain passes. Towards the North Lowari pass leads 365 km to Peshawar.To the east, there is a 405 km (252 mi) route to Gilgit over the 3,719 m (12,201ft) Shandur Pass. And in the west, the Dorah Pass provides an additional route to Afghanistan.
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