Chitral. The town of Ayun is short of Chitral city on the confluence of Chitral and Bumburet River. Some of the attractions of Chitral include the Shahi Mosque, Shahi Qila, polo ground, Governor Cottage Chitral museum. .
Chitral Tour Packages Explore Kalash Valley & Festivals
Chitral Tour Packages
We are the first to introduce the Chitral tour packages to its local and foreign tourists. With the Tour of Kalash Valley and Chitral, we will cover all the quarters of the Chitral district. Plan a trip with our Budget trips to chitral . Chitral Valley falls on the north side of KPK in Chitral, .The landscape of Chitral Valley is much mysterious. Its steep, harsh mountains, lush green valleys, beautiful meadows, and giant glaciers. It is rated as one of the world’s most challenging and inaccessible areas. See List of Best Chitral Hotels
|Kalash Valley Festivals and Dates||No. of Days||Price|
|Chitral Valley Family Package||7 Days/6 Nights||185,000|
|Chitral by Air Luxuay Package||4 Days/3 Nights||140,000|
|Honeymoon Package||5 Days/4 Nights||135,000|
|Chitral Valley Group Package||4 Days/3 Nights||35,000|
|Chilam Joshi Festival (Kalash spring festival) 12 -18 May||4 Dyas/ 3Nights||140,000|
|Festival of Uchal (Kalash summer festival) - 19-25 August||5 Days/ 4Nights||160,000|
The inhabitants of the Kalash valley celebrate a number of festivals all year round. The three predominant festivals are as follows:
- Joshi: It is celebrated in May and marks the arrival of spring. People wear new clothes and women accessorize heavily, girls are sent to the hill side for dancing and singing. Women decorate their houses and collect milk from the cattle, One year old babies and their mothers are also purified in this festival.
- Uchau: This festival takes place in mid August at the altar of Mahandeo where newly made cheese is brought from the pastures. Dancing and singing again forms an integral part of the festival.
- Caumus: It is the most important festival held in mid December. Book Chital Tour Packages
Places To Visit In Chitral Kalash Valley
Chitral Valley is home to many beautiful places that are worth visiting. Some of the most popular tourist attractions in Chitral Valley include the Kalash Valley,
- Shandur Pass,
- Chitral Fort,
- Garam Chashma
- Bamburt Valley
- Qalqast Meadows
- Chirtal Musem
How To Reach Chitral Kalash Valley:
The easiest way to reach Chitral Valley is by taking a flight from Islamabad to Chitral and then traveling by road. There are several buses and taxis available from Chitral to Kalash Valley, which is approximately a 1-2 hour drive.or By Road From Islamabad to Via Swat we will reach in hunza 9 to 12 Hours
People Of Chitral Kalash Valley:
The people of Kalash are considered unique among the people of Pakistan. The Kalasha or Kalash, also called Waigali or Wai, are a Dardic Indo-Aryan indigenous people residing in the Chitral District of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. They speak the Kalasha language, from the Dardic family of the Indo-Aryan branch. They are considered unique among the people of Pakistan.They are also considered to be Pakistan’s smallest ethno religious, practicing a religion which some authors characterize as a form of animism, while academics classify it as “a form of ancient Hinduism”. The Kalash are considered to be an indigenous people of Asia, with their ancestors migrating to Chitral valley from another location possibly further south, which the Kalash call “Tsiyam” in their folk songs and epics.
Languages Of Chitral Valley:
Language of Kalash people: The Kalasha language, also known as Kalasha-mun, is a member of the Dardic group of the Indo-Aryan languages. Its closest relative is the neighboring Khowar language. Kalasha was formerly spoken over a larger area in south Chitral, but it is now mostly confined to the western side valleys having lost ground to Khowa. However, Urdu and English are also widely understood and spoken.
History Of Chitral Valley:
The grandest of all is that the Kalashas carry a romantic view of being the descendents of Alexander the Great. On the other hand, many historians believe that they are indigenous tribe of the neighboring area of Nuristan also called Kafiristan (the land of Kafirs). It is believed that in 1895 Amir Abdul Rahman, the king of Afghanistan, conquered the area of Nursitan and forced the inhabitants of the area to convert to Islam.It was during that time that many people fled to Chitral to avoid conversion. The third theory claims that the ancestors of Kalashas migrated from a distant place in South Asia called Tsiam. The Tsiam is considered to be the traditional home of these people. The Kalasha folk songs and fables hint the existence of Tsiam and that their roots belong in that region.
Weather Of Chitral Valley:
The weather in Chitral Valley is generally mild and pleasant, with temperatures ranging from 20-25°C during the day and 5-10°C at night. However, during the winter months, the temperature can drop below freezing
The people of Kalash have a rich culture and are very strong footed about their identity. These people stand out from the remaining tribes, cultures and communities of Pakistan due to their distinct culture, religious practices and festivals. The area known as Kalash Valley boosts serene beauty, lush green valleys and fruit farms making it an ideal tourist spot not only in terms of scenic beauty but also cultural diversity and religious spots. Despite all the pros the fact of the matter remains that nothing is being done to develop the area and to invest in its tourism industry. The Kalash valley faces discrimination on a number of fronts be it economic development or recognition as a separate religious entity. The area lacks proper infrastructure which cuts it off with the rest of the world and has resulted in the backwardness of the region.