In the northwestern region of Pakistan there lies a beautiful and ravishing valley of Chitral. One of the major tourist destination in Pakistan, best known for its scenic beauty and amazing culture.
Places to visit in Chitral Valley
Located in the province Khyber Phatunkhawn, additionally in the west of Kunhar River. It is along
The valley is encircled with the immense mountain range of the Hindu Kush that is elevated at 7,709m above the sea level. Each and every quarter filled with amazement of every season.
Chitral is more famous for the Kalash Valley, where the minority of Pakistan preaches its own Greek Culture. The best time to visit the valley is from the April to October when you find the enormous colours and fruits. Chitral welcomed summers with the variety of colours in its valley whereas in winters all of the places wore a white shawl of snow.
Chitral is easily accessible by air journey as the flight operation from Islamabad to Chitral on daily basis. In addition, by road Islamabad to Chitral, it will take almost 10 hours to reach the valley via AH1/M-1 and N-45 with different stopovers.
Being the popular tourist spot of northern Pakistan, there is a number of tourist spot in Chitral Valley that offers panoramic views with a pleasant climate. Some are listed below:
1. Tirich Mir
One of the tallest peaks in all mountain ranges is Tirich Mir, which is also the highest in Hindu Kush Mountain Range. It is almost at the elevation of 7,708 m (25,289 ft.). Moreover who so ever visit the Chitral valley must witness the dawn and dusk at this peak. The most fascinating view to capture in eyes. Many hotels and resorts are there to help you in capturing this ultimate view.
2. Chitral Museum
Every place has its own unique culture and art that is preserved in different forms. Chitral Museum is truly a preserver of its ancestor’s art that is left for the future generation. The Museum built on 8 July 2010 and the main idea was to maintain the cultural heritage for the tourist. The museum is divided into two different section that is Ethnological Gallery and Archaeological & Kalash Gallery. In its first section, we encounter the jewellery, instruments furniture of the ancestor that was used in 12 century. On the other hand, things are related to the Kalash that shows the cultural heritage of Greek. Notable, the things that are concerned to their God and Goddess.
3. Shahi Masjid
Shahi Masjid, a piece of magnificent architecture. The Shahi Masjid was built by Shujaul Mulk in 1924 A.D. Shujaul Mulk was the Mehtar of Chitral or more to say the ruler of Chitral from 1895 to 1936. The building of the Masjid is truly an amazing piece of architecture with pure white marbles and engraved art. The architecture truly represents the culture and tradition of Chitral aristocrats.
4. Shahi Qila
Moving in the area of Shahi Masjid, you shall encounter the majestic Shahi Qila. Shahi Qila or the Chitral Fort is built for the residence of Raja Nadir Shah in the 14th Century. Lately, it was restored by Shah Afzal II in 1977. Now the fort is served as the personal property of ceremonial Mehtar, Fateh-ul-Mulk Ali Nasir.
5. Gram Chashma
Exploring the mysterious land of Chitral, Gram Chashma is also the most favourite and popular spot of Chitral. Gram Chashma as described by the name offers the hot water in springs as well. Usually, all of Chashma bears cold water but it is unique in its own way. The Gram Chashma is accessible through a jeep ride to the north of Chitral at about 45 miles. Above all, it is famous for its healing properties.
Nestled in between the gigantic mountains and richly green land, Barmoghlasht is one of the famous summer resort in Chitral. Located at a distance of 14. 5 kilometers away from the Chitral. Tourist preferred to visit the place in both season, in summers, the resort is perfect for paragliding and in winter for skiing. Each season brings adventure on this resort.
7. Ayun Valley
Another valley in Chital alongside the Chitral River is Ayun Valley. A perfect picnic spot in Chitral that is surrounded by the immense peaks and in between the choppy water id Chitral River with grassy land make a perfect combination to give ease to your soul.
8. Shandur Polo Ground
Almost at 4 hours’ drive from the Chitral valley, the famous Shandur Polo Ground is here that host international and national matches of polo every year. Polo is one of the most popular game in Chitral valley. Moreover, there are other small grounds in Chitral Town as well. The most famous Shandur Polo Ground considered to be the highest polo ground of the world. Thousands of local and foreigners tourist gather to witness this amazing game here.
9. Kalash Valley
The most famous valley in Chitral district is of Kalash Valley that is known for its Greek Mythology. The people of Kalash falls in the minority of Pakistan’s population. Without any doubt, they are proudly living their lives in their own way, practicing their religion freely in Kalash Valley. Furthermore, the valley is located in the south, almost 34 km away from the Chitral. Best time to visit the valley is of April to July, when Kalash people celebrates their three different festivals.
10. Koghazi and Goleen
Last on the list is Koghazi and Goleen, slightly unknown for the tourist, but a must visit place in Chitral. It is located at the distance of 14 km from the Chitral Valley. A land full of amazement, the grassy land, the tall fruit-laden trees, rare spice of flora, pleasant climate, tremendous waterfall, the cold water of the stream, make anyone spellbound with its bewitching ravishing beauty.