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Kalash Chilim Joshi Festival Chitral

Kalash Chilim Joshi Festival Chitral

  • 50% discount for children under 12
  • 80% discount for infants (under 2 years)
  • Transport, hotel and breakfast included
  • Experienced, safe driver-cum-guide
  • Meals and entrance fees not included
  • Price per night per adult (Rs.9,900)

May 13:  Islamabad – Chitral:

Depart early on the M-1 motorway to Mardan, before continuing on the Swat highway across the Malakand Pass. You will drive past the Malakand Fort and dozens of pickets that were set up during the “Malakand Uprisings” in summer 1897. At Chakdara Bridge, one will travel towards Dir, passing (Winston) Churchill’s Picket where he was stationed while he was reporting for Daily Telegraph back in 1895.  At Dir we will continue through the under construction Lowari tunnel, which is nestled under the 3118 meter high Lowari Pass, named after General Lowe who marched across the pass in 1895 to relieve the British Troops besieged in Chitral Fort. From the pass a 4 hour long road journey brings you to Chitral. Overnight stay at the hotel (8-10 hours’ drive.)

May 14: Chitral

Today our wild life adventure begins as we move up to the area around the old hunting lodge in Chitral Gol, the region’s National Park. Roaming in the wild life park might give us a great opportunity to observe the rutting season for the famous Markhor wild goat and we will see hundreds of them fighting and plying – indeed it is the young of the Markhor that interest the exclusive snow leopard. If are really lucky we may catch a glimpse of one of these exquisite animals. In the afternoon, you will visit the historical Chitral Fort, Royal Mosque and take a stroll through the old bazaar where the ethnic diversity of the region reminds one of the heydays of the Silk Route. Overnight at Chitral.

May 15: Chitral – Rumbur – Chitral

After having breakfast, full day excursion to Rumbur Valley to watch the Joshi Festival. The festival commemorates the arrival of summer and celebrates the abundance of dairy products during the season. The Kalash, numbering approximately 3,000, are the smallest group amongst the religious minorities of Pakistan. Unlike the other minorities, they live exclusively in a particular geographical area; the three valleys of Birir, Bumburet and Rumbur situated in the Hindkush between the Afghan Border and Chitral Valley. The local Muslim populations label the Kalash Kafirs (non-believers) and their area Kafirstan. In the afternoon, drive back to Chitral for overnight and dinner. 

May 16: Chitral- Bumburet Valley –Chitral

After breakfast, full day excursion to Bumburet Valley. The valley of Bumburet is most popular among all of the three Kalash Valleys. In some ways this valley is also the most picturesque; being the widest of the three, with scattered villages and long, fertile stretches of cultivation strung most of its length. Upon arrival one will spend as much time with the Kalash Families as possible, learning about their culture, lifestyle and how they are slowly transitioning to the modern world and enjoy the great weather, and the glistening cold water of the river that flows through the valley. Overnight stay at Chitral.

May 17: Chitral – Islamabad

After having an early breakfast, we will return back to Islamabad.

Note:-Tour Cost: Rs. 39,600 per person (minimum 2 adults & 2 children)

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