Chitral city is 365 km from Peshawar and connected through Lowari Pass.The route is closed during winter and the town is cut off by snow from the rest of the country for six months in a year.From 1571 onward Chitral was the capital of the princely state of Chitral under the rule of the Katur Dynasty.
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 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.
Lowari Top is the lowest pass to enter Chitral, the rest all being 12,000 to 15,000 feet.
The Lowari Top is one of the four major mountain passes to enter Chitral.
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.
Regular PIA flights from Peshawar and Islamabad operate on daily basis subject to weather conditions.