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    Beware in Kalash valleys

    by imranthetrekker Updated May 13, 2005

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    Kalash altars and holy places could only be visited by male tourists not by females because women are not allowed to these sacred places and it is strictly forbidden for them.
    In addition, there are some places like Bashali, Bashalini (Menstruation House) where the males are not allowed.

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    Police Registration or Permit to Travel

    by imranthetrekker Written Apr 29, 2005

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    Foreigners must register themselves in the Chitral Police, Foreigner Branch, where they will be given a permit, which they will need while traveling inside and going out of Chitral at the Police and Border Security force check points.
    When they will get to Dobazh Border Check Point, a fee of 200 Rs for foreigners will be charged as a tax to Kalash valleys.
    This permit'll be demanded whether you trevl inside Chitral or going out.

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    Spread love not the Materialism

    by imranthetrekker Written Apr 28, 2005

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    Kalash has been living in the remote western valleys of Chitral for centuries and exactly saying something about their past, is a bit difficult because whoever came here, did a little paper work and expressed his viewpoint but one thing is sure that they had ruled some major parts of Chitral and Afghanistan in past, it has also been proved by some of the local historians.
    During the visit to Kalash valleys (Romboor, Bamborate, Birir) the foreign and local tourists give money to children and especially to girls for taking snaps, which is disastrous to their culture, social system and religion.
    Tourism has brought changes in shape of materialism, money race, modern way of living, as dark aspects of city life and these people were away from these evils for a few decades back but as soon as tourism approached these valleys, the negative ideas have also penetrated.
    It is visible from the disastrous change in their architecture and life style, due to the menaces of tourism, money race, bad media approach and conversion.
    When I visit these brothers, sisters, uncles and their families (Kalash Families) with my foreign friends, with respect and love, I distribute candies and sweets among the children; I avoid paying money, which is to my mind, a better way to preserve their culture.
    Respect them, seek permission before entering a house and especially for taking photos and avoid paying money to them.
    Kalash valleys for Tourists
    Kalash altars and holy places could only be visited by male tourists not by females because women are not allowed to these sacred places and it is strictly forbidden for them.
    In addition, there are some places like Bashali, Bashalini (Menstruation House) where the males are not allowed..

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    Avoid Night Travel to Chitral from Peshawar

    by imranthetrekker Written May 13, 2005

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    Chitral’s accessible to rest of Pakistan by road as well as by plane.

    There’re daily flights to Chitral, which’re operated by PIA but a reservation’s necessary before leaving for Chitral, almost 45 minutes and 50 US $ each, but the flights’re subject to weather.

    There’re night coaches to Chitral from Peshawar but they’re not safe and pretty fatiguing and on the other hand it’s highly recommended to make the trip during the daylight.
    You’ll enjoy the trip, while having the glimpse of natural assets during the trip over Lowari Pass 3200 m.
    So From Peshawar, early in the morning from Haji Camp Bus Stand
    Peshawar to Temergera, 3 hrs
    Temergera to Dir, 2 hrs
    Dir to Chitral 4 hrs over Lowari Pass 3200 m, in a land cruiser .

    Enjoy The Marvels of Pakistan,

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    Bashali the maternity house

    by Kalashtravels Written Apr 25, 2007

    according to the kalash traditions it is forbidden for men and even for women during their normal days to entre this building or even to touch the walls of this building. sometimes people cross these limits because of having less information or because of not having native guide.
    this is because the Kalash believe in the concept of pure and impure.

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    Temples and altars

    by Kalashtravels Written Apr 25, 2007

    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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    Trekking in the Kalash valleys

    by Kalashtravels Written Apr 25, 2007

    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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    Police registration in Chitral

    by Kalashtravels Written Apr 25, 2007

    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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