By Momina Aftab
One of the most popular tourist destinations of Pakistan, Chitral’s beauty is matchless. Nestled in the mighty arms of the Hindu Kush range, Chitral has a lot to offer in terms of culture, seasonal views and travel destinations. Scroll down to save the best travel spots in Chitral for whenever you happen to visit.
You can’t be in Chitral and NOT take in the mesmerizing aura of the tallest peak of the Hindu Kush range, the magnanimous Tirich Mir. Located in Mulkow Valley, it is present at an elevation of 25,289 ft (7,708 m). For a soul-changing experience, try to visit the peak at either sunrise or sunset.
Adorned by Chitral River at one side with a mighty mountainous backdrop, Chitral Fort is a centuries old relic with many stories to tell. It is believed to have been constructed as a residential palace for Raja Nadir Shah. Currently, it is a property of current ceremonial Mehtar, Fateh-ul-Mulk Ali Nasir and you have to ask for official permission before visiting the fort.
If you are a Greek Mythology enthusiast, then Kalash Valley is bound to blow your mind with their rich, indigenous culture and practices. The natives of the valley are devoted and inspiring and will make sure that you have a great time. The best time to visit is when the people of Kalash valley celebrate their annual cultural festivals. Chilum Joshi takes place in May, Uchau in September and Choimus is celebrated two weeks around the winter solstice.
Known for hot water springs; trout and stones; Garam Chashma is another major attraction of Chitral at a height of 2,550 meters. The name of the valley stems from the hot water springs attributed to high amount of sulphur deposits underground.
One of the most biologically active lakes of the world, Karambar is an alpine glacial type of lake at a surface elevation of 4,272 meters. Located in Broghil valley, a bit of an effort (a jeep ride and a 3 day trek) has to be made to get to the lake but the breathtaking views make every second of the exhaustion worth it.
Chitral Gol National Park
This one’s a MUST for all the wildlife lovers as you spot various animals like markhor, ibex, black bear wolves, red-fox, and Himalayan otter while walking through the cedar-rich landscape of the park. Various kinds of wildlife avian species are also seen flying around. Views of the glaciers, valleys and strings of delicate streams coming down from the glaciers enhance this experience of a lifetime. For more and better Markhor sighting, visit Tooshi Game Reserve on Garam Chashma road as it is said that a pack of Markhors descend from the hilltop towards the river at sunrise/sunset.
Known as the ‘Roof of the World’, Shandur Pass connects Chitral to Gilgit-Baltistan. The place has a lot to explore and getting there is a separate adventure itself. The pass is accessible between late April and early November.