Chitral Travel Guide

  • Kalash, the pagan tribes of Chitral
    Kalash, the pagan tribes of Chitral
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    Kalash valleys ,Chitral
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    kalash Valley
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Chitral Things to Do

  • Kailash Valley

    From Chitral different trekking itineraries could be followed which’re at some hours distance from the main town but here I’d let you know about a famous and one of the most exciting itineraries in Chitral which starts from one of the Kalash valleys and comes to an end in the last valley, furthermore, it’s abundant in lush green pine forests, white...

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  • Chitral Fort

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    Near the Shahi Mosque of Chitral on the right bank of the river, stranding the majestic Chitral fort, which has been witnessing the ups and downs of the history for centuries. A fort with a rich past, especially in 1895, when a coup d’etat cost the life of the Mehtar (ruling chief) Nizam Ul Mulk, and his half brother Amir ul Mulk seized the...

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  • Garam Chashma

    At the distance of almost 2 hours, is located the ancient valley of Injigan, nowadays Garam Chashma, and could be approached by a jeep, car etc. but better to be inside an open jeep to enjoy the scenic beauty enroute to the area while visiting the challenging and breath taking rocky spires of Shoghore (A village), and if one has the guts then some...

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Chitral Restaurants

  • Kalash Galaxy Hotel

    When I fist when to Kalash, we stayed in Kalash Continental it was OK. On my second trip we went to Kalash Galaxy Hotel and found it OK as well. We stayed there , took breakfast there but took our lunch and dinners at other hotel I forgot its name :( Time I spent in Kalash Galaxy was great!!! Paratha's with fried egg (breakfast)

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  • Roof of the World Dining

    I follow the advise of the VT who wrote about this place in 2003 and it was a great tip well done VT. It really is a view from heaven the photo on this page is the view from the Hindukush Heights Restaurant and you can see below the town of Chitral. I would like to point out no other site had information as useful as VT for this trip. The food was...

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  • Meal on the Terrace

    If you're looking for a budgeted hotel and retsurant then I'd recommend youHotel City Tower & RestaurantShahi Masjid Road Chitral.Ph: 0933 412912having the meals on its terrace will be a nice experience.

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Chitral Nightlife

  • Traditional Dancing and Singing Troupes

    The people of Chitral have a passion for their traditional dances and music like they have a passion for their traditional game of mountain polo. There are a number of local music clubs located in the homes of people where people gather ( on invitation) to see a music and dance performance. The crowd watching the performance soon become very much a...

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  • Full Moon Nights

    In Chitral, as soon as dusk falls locals close their shops and rush to their homes and except PIA Chowk where one can find Ice cream & cold drink shops, restaurants with Afghani Rice and this hustle bustle’s alive till 10, 11 PM but when there’re full moon nights I prefer to sit on the terrace of Hotel City Tower, Shahi Masjid Road Chitral.Sitting...

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Chitral Transportation

  • By Jeep

    Transportation To Chitral From Peshawar there are 2 options to get to Chitral . 1: By Plane 2:By Road 1 : There area regular flights to Chitral , 50 US $ each , but they are subject to weather . 2 : There is nightly coach service from Peshawar to Chitral what leaves for Chitral from Qissa Khawani bazar Peshawar 5 US $ each almost 12 hrs...

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  • By Air

    25 May, 07: The first flight PK 664 of the newly commissioned Islamabad-Chitral route landed in Chitral with Chitrali passengers and tourists both Local and foreign, on board. There are now regular flights between Chitral two a day in fact from the capital Islamabad. This is an adventure in itself as the view is spectacular as you fly into an area...

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  • By Car

    Jeeps are daily going to the Kalash valleys in the afternoon. The fare per head is Rs.30 to Bumburet, Rs.40 to Rumbour and Rs.40 to Birir Valley. If you want to hire a special car, it is Rs.1000 to 1500 to drop you any of the three valleys. This Bus stand is in Ataliq Bazzar by the Bank of Khyber.

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Chitral Shopping

  • Buying Local handicrafts & Gem Stones

    Main Shahi Bazaar in Chitral town is famous for its Chitrali caps, waist coats, Coats of local woven cloth & embroidered shawls.Numerous shops are located there where the above mentioned items are available at very reasonable prices.Apparently Chitral is the region which is abundant in fruits like apricots, apples, pears, peach, grapes, mulberry...

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  • Kalash costumes and hats

    The kalasha houses have their costumes for sale. The costumes can also be bought from shops but it is good to buy them from the Kalash so that the money goes directly to the Kalash. There are belts, clothes and hats for sale. Other than those there are hand bags and friendship bands.

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  • Kailashi Caps

    If you ever visit Kailash please do not forget to buy the local handicrafts of Kailashis especially their Caps.

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Chitral Local Customs

  • Offer the glass of water to others.

    It is customary in Chitral to offer the glass of water to as many people who are sitting around you before you drink it your self.It is also customary for you to get up whenever you see an apparently older person coming to join you. If you are in a group the whole group stands until the older person sits down or asks others to be seated.

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  • Kalash Greetings and customs

    The greeting word in the Kalash language is Ishpata. The women kiss on the cheeks of their relatives and men normally hug some also kiss.The Kalash traditionally accept all humans in their festivals homes and farms. they do not have boundries arround their houses to keep themselves hidden. The kalash make grape wine and share it with the guests...

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Chitral Warnings and Dangers

  • Police registration in Chitral

    Before entring the Kalash valleys it is necessary to register with police at the DPO office. Otherwise the police follows the tourists in the valleys and ask them to go back to the city for registration.

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  • Trekking in the Kalash valleys

    Though the trekking routs are not very difficult to follow but it is very likely to meet leopards and shepherd dogs and snakes. Besides all this during the bad wheather there are land slidings and avalanches.

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  • Temples and altars

    Women are not allowed to go the high places of worship and on the roof of the temple. But for foreigners it is not possible to distinguish between a house and a temple because there seems not much difference between them. women can entre inside the temple and take photographs but can not climb up on the roof of the building.

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Chitral Tourist Traps

  • by SirajUlmulk Written Sep 29, 2003

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Be careful of individuals who approach you to be your guide.

    Unique Suggestions: Best is to approach CAMAT( Chitral Association for Mountain Area Tourism) a UNESCO project which is conveniently located in the town center. Phones 413540 and 413708. Also know that trekking guides are supposed to be licenced by the government so the least you should demand from any one is his licence.

    Fun Alternatives: Involve the hotel where you are staying to recommend a guide to you rather than picking up individuals at the airport or shopping center.

    Related to:
    • School Holidays
    • Backpacking
    • Budget Travel

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Chitral What to Pack

  • Trekking Gear for a Mountainous Region

    Ruck Sack 1 Fleece 1Gortex Jacket (1) Rain coatLong Sleeves Shirt , Pants (1 pair)Socks (2 pairs), to avoid blistersTrekking Shoes 1 pairSandals or Flip Flops 1 pair Small pack of Medicines Digital Camera 1Or Movie Camera Tent 1 Sleeping Bag (1)Mattress (1)

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  • Trekking boots

    Small bag, so that a traveler can carry easily and hike, or trek in the Valleys. Few extra clothes, should cover all the body, strong trekking boots and Water bottle. Please bring First Aid kits, in case while trekking in the mountains you may need them. Bring all the photo Equipments, you may not find them in the Kalash valleys. If you like...

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  • Trekking Gear for a Mountainous Region

    Ruck Sack 1 Fleece 1Gortex Jacket (1) Rain coat Long Sleeves Shirt , Pants (1 pair)Socks (2 pairs), to avoid blistersTrekking Shoes 1 pairSandals or Flip Flops 1 pair Small pack of Medicines Digital Camera 1Or Movie Camera Tent 1 Sleeping Bag (1)Mattress (1)

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Chitral Off The Beaten Path

  • Insight of the culture and hospitality

    Mostly the visitors come stay in expensive hotels, enjoy the cool weather and go back. All this happens because the tour opperators look for their ease and intersts. And a lot of the guides have a feeling of hatred for the kalash because the kalash are considered as no-believers. For the reason the hosts do not consider it important to let their...

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  • A Kailashi House

    Everything about Kailash is very special. You must have a look inside their houses. You will feel as if u have gone back 2000 yrs in time. Kailashi culture is Very Unique and Special !

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  • Hall for Buriel Ceremony

    In this picture you can see my travel guide who was a local hotel owner living here from last 8 years and there is a Kailashi old man who is opening the door for us and to show their 'holy' places.

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Chitral Sports & Outdoors

  • The Hike to Tirich Mir

    Trekking in the lap of Terichmir Chitral, basically a trekking centre nerve where ever one moves it offers some trekking itinerary whether under the Quercus Elux and pine trees or over the challenging crevasses of immense glaciers. So here is an itinerary which would lead you to the famous and challenging Hindukush range in the...

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  • Playing Polo in the Hindukush

    As far as my research and study about the sports of the kings’re concerned, Polo and Chess’re the sports which’re played by the kings in past. Chronicle tells us that Polo’s played in some parts of Persia and still there’re some similar sports’re (Buzkushi), practiced by the inhabitants of Badhkhshan and some parts of Tajikistan & Uzbukistan. But...

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  • Game Of Kings

    As far as my research and study about the sports of the kings’re concerned, Polo and Chess’re the sports which’re played by the kings in past.Chronicle tells us that Polo’s played in some parts of Persia and still there’re some similar sports’re (Buzkushi), practiced by the inhabitants of Badhkhshan and some parts of Tajikistan & Uzbukistan.But...

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Chitral Favorites

  • Open Coffins

    Until recently, the Kalash did not burry their relatives. They simply left the coffin at the cemetery without digging a hole for them; often, people from other tribes opened the coffins and took whatever they found inside.

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  • Give Money for Pictures

    Was considering of adding this in the Warning & Dangers but it was more of a cultural option for visitors so i thought not. The locals have discovered how lucrative posing for photographs can get... When you take pictures of the Kalashas, they'd generally expect a small price (between PRP5-10) per shot, which isn't that bad. If you consider it a...

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  • Drinking The Tap Water

    Chitral’s a destination which’s approached mostly by the adventurers.When one’s going to take some adventure in the mountains, should be careful about one’s health.So it’s for the info of the friends who’re going to do some adventure in the area, that avoid drinking the local tap water whether you’re in the cities or in Chitral or northern...

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