Chitral Valley

Chitral is an ancient, romantic, heart-wining, and mountainous holiday destination in the Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Karomber Lake, Broghil Valley, Chitral, Pakistan
Karomber Lake, Broghil Valley, Chitral, Pakistan

The ring of fascinating and majestic Hindukush range add glitters to the gold of Chitral beauty that has mysterious geography.

Ayun Village, Chitral A view from the Gateway to Kalash
Ayun Village, Chitral A view from the Gateway to Kalash

The green valleys, glaciers, passes, alpine like temperature, amicable and hospitable population make stay here worth reminiscing. The proximity to Chitral River adds one more string to the bewitching bow of Chitral. The town enjoys a soothing elevation of 4,980 feet from the sea. This magnificent beauty is made of 350 square kilometres. Also, there are such villages and towns whose elevation is amazingly high. Top of the list is Susum, with an altitude of 10,500 feet. It is blessed with nine such mountain whose height is above 7,000 meter. The minimum altitude is 4,000 meters here. The glaciers make up another part of the treat, which is available for tourists. Then, there are ten glaciers whose area vary from 7 to the fascinatingly 33 kilometres.

The road to Upper Chitral near Maroi
The road to Upper Chitral near Maroi

Furthermore, there are 15 passes. The least elevation in this category is 10,500 feet (Lawari) while the greatest altitude is 19292 feet (Kachi Kani). Trekking and trout fishing constitute irresistible attractions here. An old fort here not only adds to attractions but also serves as food for those who are in thrall to history. Sahodur Polo Tournament attracts many people.

Polo Ground Chitral
Polo Ground Chitral

Historically, Chitral has been an important town because it was en route to invading hordes of raiding soldiers. It shares quite a long border with Afghanistan on its three sides, north, south, and west. It is quite a small town with one market spread across a single street. The course to Chitral passes through Swat, Dir, and Lowari Pass. From Dir, off-road vehicles are an appropriate mode of transportation to tread in the Chitral town. Alternatively, a tourist can reach here by air, at a subsidized charge, from Islamabad. However, seat confirmation is subject to weather. Rather, a tourist needs an off-road vehicle to explore other faces of Chitral beauty, such as Shadur, Garam Chasma, etc.

Shahi Mosque Chitral
Shahi Mosque Chitral

The climate in Chitral is pleasant in summer but harsh in winter. The cultural here has shades of Turkish, Greek, Iranian and Tatar. Khowar is the language of Chitral. The orchards and terraced fields of barley and wheat provide food, income and another charm to this accessible hard area of Pakistani northwest.

Chitral Valley, Pakistan
Chitral Valley, Pakistan

Visitors are required to report to the local police station on arrival. A visit to Kalash Valley, a one of its kind facet of Pakistan, requires permission from the district administration.