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Pakistan Shandur Pass Polo Festival - [ Cultural and Heritage Tours ]

Range:            Hindukush

Altitude:         Min : 600m - Max: 3700m

Zone:              Open

Duration:        12 days

Best Time:       July

 

Historically, polo being the king of games was played between small kingdoms, villages and rival groups of Gilgit and Chitral. From 1936 onwards polo tournaments were held annually on this ground. The three day Shandur Polo Festival has developed steadily in recent years into the massive celebration of mountain polo that it is today. It is attended every year by prominent celebrities, public figures and opinion maker. Silk Road Caravan offers Shandur Polo Festival tour, this tour bring you the highest polo ground on earth. The Shandur is situated at the elevation of 3700m above sea level between The old King dom of Gilgit and The Old Kingdom of Chitral, The match are played between two different teams of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral on 7th to 9th July every year.. And the game itself is full of joy from the two sides.Exciting matches with folk Music and folk Dances, bring more beauty in the tour.

 
ITINERARY:

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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