"Chitral, a Pearl in Hindukush" Top 5 Page for this destination Chitral by imranthetrekker

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Chitral, the song of mountain fairies

Chitral, located in the far reaches of Pakistan, in the north western borders, in the famous mountain ranges of Hindukush and Hinduraj, close to Afghanistan, Tajikistan through Pamirs.
Lagend has it that once it was the abode of Ginis and Fairies when there were no human settlements present in the region and still the locals perceive that the Famous Peak of Hindukush, Terichmir 7778, is a castle of fairies.
Almost at 1500 m, Chitral town above sea level, could be approached from Peshawar, 365 Km, by plane (45 Minutes) and by road , 10 to 10 hrs over Lowari Pass 3200 m, as well as Gilgit by road through Shandoor Pass 3800, 425 Km, 14 to 16 hrs.
It is open to the rest of Pakistan almost 6, 7 months of a year due to its difficult accessibility, in the presence of high mountains and passes round the region.
In winters, it is almost disconnected from Pakistan due to excessive snow on the high passes and the only option to reach other parts of Pakistan are flights, which are subject to weather.
Chronicle tells little about its olden days, 2nd A.D Chitral was under the rule of a Buddhist ruler Jai Paul, then the middle period is perceived to be ruled by Kalash rulers, Rajawai, Bazik and Bula singh, but as a result of a blood shed fight Kalash suffering numerous casualties surrendered to the Romboor, Bamborate, Birir and Jinjirit (present Kalash valleys in 14th A.D by Shah Nadir Rais, the ruler of Rais Dynasty.
Then the Adamzadas came to throne and later on it is known as Katoor Dynasty and still they are visible in shape of Royal family of Chitral.
Locals are hospitable and warm welkcoming and they respect the guests and when some stranger comes over there he is considered a guest.

Enjoy The marvels of Pakistan,

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  • TrendsetterME's Profile Photo
    May 18, 2012 at 8:33 AM

    Hey Imran, helpful tips w great photos, nice work ... :)

  • Mozumbus's Profile Photo
    Feb 23, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    Chitral is long due, hopefully I will make it soon, inshallah. good information here indeed :)

  • Odinnthor's Profile Photo
    Apr 21, 2011 at 10:03 PM

    Imran. Glad I came across your pages. Much respect my brother. I was lost in your pages for a while. Nice work indeed. ....Erik from Iceland.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jan 9, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    You live in a great place I must say! Good for you! ><><><

  • iris2002's Profile Photo
    Nov 2, 2009 at 1:27 PM

    This is an awesome picture - I miss the mountains - one day I hope to visit and see all those magnificent places in Pakistan. I have mild shoulder injury from Atlas Mountain Trek - so need to take training easy. Greetings from England

  • janiebaxter's Profile Photo
    Oct 18, 2009 at 7:29 AM

    Nice pages. Looks like an interesting and challenging place to visit. Happy Birthday from Manchester UK.

  • Elena77's Profile Photo
    Jan 20, 2009 at 1:43 PM

    Thanks for sharing these very helpful tips! Chitral seems to be a fascinating place!

  • songlines's Profile Photo
    Aug 6, 2008 at 12:14 AM

    It is lovely to read up on your part of the world, so beautiful. Your tips are very good and informative. Inspiring!

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    Aug 1, 2008 at 9:30 AM

    Nice group of tips for Chitral. Looks like a land of great beauty indeed!

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Aug 12, 2007 at 10:15 AM

    Looks like a paradise for trekking, Imran :-) I hope the recent situation does not affect you too much in Chitral and surroundings!

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