Centuries old “Shandur Polo Festival 2019” officially kicked off today here in Shandur Chitral
July 7, 2019 at 5:20 am
Chitral Times Report
CHITRAL: Shandur the “Roof of the world” is one of the major mountain passes that sits between Chitral and Ghizer District of GB. The flat top also serves as a venue for the 3-day polo festival where the best of the best players from Chitral and Gilgit-Baltistan meet in the finals.
Holding such a massive festival at an altitude is very difficult, that’s why people at Chitral administration always quote “Shandur is not a festival, it’s a Battle” for which arrangement and resource mobilization starts from early February.
Deputy Commissioner Lower Chitral Khurshid Alam Mehsud and Deputy Commissioner Upper Chitral Shah Saud are committed to celebrate this event with great zeal and fervor inviting media personnel to cover the event allowing the world to see the positive side of Pakistan. This will help in promotion of tourism industry and attraction of foreign and national tourists to Chitral.
DC Chitral said that “Lawari Tunnel will be open for vehicular traffic from 1-11 July in order to facilitate the tourists who are visiting Chitral to participate in Shandur Festival, Moreover, the national flag carrier will also operate extra flights to Chitral during the event”.
“Special arrangement for Waste Management has been made, portable washroom and clean drinking water has also been provided at every camp” said DC Chitral.
“Tourist Facilitation Centers have been established at Lawari Tunnel and Chitral Airport to facilitate the tourists. Personnel of Chitral Levies are engaged at entry points to welcome the guests and handover informative brochures and shopping bags to tourists to collect their waste and dump at designated waste collection points for further disposal. A massive cleanliness campaign will also be carried out just after the festival with the help of Volunteer of Civil Defense, Volunteers Task Force and TMA Chitral and community organisations” he added.
“A state of the art fireworks and traditional musical night will also be a part of the event.” said DC Chital.
“This year Sultan Golden show of ramp jump will also be interesting show of the event, he will try to make world record by making ramp jump at such an altitude.” said DC Chital.
District Admin Lower/Upper Chitral has invited visitors & tourists from across the Globe to experience a free style polo between two opposing teams Chitral & Gilgit Baltistan.
A special helpline desk has also been established at DC Office with number 0943-412519 for the festival.