For the convenience of tourists “hamams” (baths) have been constructed near the springs. The best it offers is a very clean and healing outdoor Swimming Pool, fed by Natural Hot Springs. For centuries this festival had been celebrated by all of Chitralis as a national event.
This 50 minutes flight operates 4 days in a week, subject to weather (Flight status and schedule can be checked at the official website of PIA: ).
You can also go to Chitral by road both from Islamabad and Peshawar.
The 8.75 km long tunnel, which is still under construction, was built to reduce the distance between Dir and Chitral districts and ease movement of traffic throughout the year. Snow clearing machinery of FWO (Frontier Works Organization) works 24 hours to ensure smooth flow of traffic.
Before the tunnel was constructed, people of Chitral had to make detours into Afghanistan while travelling to or from Peshawar because Lowari Top remained closed for six months in winter. The Shandur Pass, elevation 12,200 feet (3,719 m), is located in District Chitral in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province. The Shandur Polo Ground, the highest in the world at 3,700 meters, is a venue for a traditional polo tournament which since 1936 has been held annually in the first week of July between the teams of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral. The 4-day long Qaqlasht Festival is organized every year in mid April at the sprawling ground of Qaqlasht, 80 Km from Chitral town.
Some photos of Kalash people have been included in this page but for knowing further details about their culture and more photos, go to an exclusive page in this website: Kalash Valleys of Chitral.
Brief History: In the 3rd century AD, Chitral was occupied by Kanishka, the Buddhist ruler of the Kushan Empire. Then it was under Raees rule from 1320 to the 15th century.
It is situated on the western bank of the Chitral River (also called Kunarl River) and at the foot of Tirich Mir, the highest peak (25,289 feet) of the Hindu Kush Mountain Range.
The district is administratively divided into two tehsils (subdivisions); Chitral and Mastuj.
It takes around 10 hours from Islamabad to reach Chitral by road and about 7 hours from Peshawar. This Fokker plane over-ran the Chitral runway during landing on 16 June 2004.
It was piloted by Capt Aamir Faiz son of Gen Faiz Ali Chishti.
The Chief Justice also heard three motion cases and two pre-admission cases as single bench. The Langlands School and College, Chitral, formerly known as Sayurj Public School was founded in 1979. Hindukush Heights has a branch of their hotel at Mastuj in northern of Chitral.