Time to explore the North Pearl of Pakistan Chitral. Situated in the northern areas of Pakistan, Chitral Valley is the largest district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. It is considered as one of the highest regions of the world having history that dates back to the Buddhist empire of 3rd century. It is a home to the highest peak of the Hindu Kush mountains, Tirch Mir, that arises in its north. Owing to its beauty, mountainous areas, cool weather, green pastures and glaciers, it is called as the ‘North Pearl of Pakistan’. Every year, thousands of tourists and travelers visit this area to enjoy its pleasant weather and relax in its natural serene atmosphere.
Owing to its beauty, mountainous areas, cool weather, green pastures and glaciers, Chitral Valley is called as the ‘North Pearl of Pakistan’.
Historians, anthropologists, authors and travelogue writers have called Chitral as the most romantic, captivating and enchanting place. God has blessed this place with mysterious mountains, lush green valleys and beautiful meadows. This summer, let’s explore this beautiful district of KPK and bless ourselves with the natural beauty of our country.
Places to Explore in Chitral Valley
Kalash Valley – The Heart of Chitral Valley
Kalash Valley is well-known for its unique culture, hospitable people, language and tradition that takes their roots from ancient Hinduism. The unique colorful dresses and jewelry of Kalash people attracts the tourist who even takes picture of themselves in these dresses. Although their customs and traditions are contradictory to Islamic culture but they are not hostiles towards Muslims. There are three main valleys in this area. Among them, the valley of Bamburet is the most famous one. The other two valleys are Rumber and Acholgah.
This small valley of Chitral is one of the highest human settlement in the Hindu Kush range. Tourist usually visit this area for its hot spring and its Lotkoh river that runs down from the peaks of Hindu Kush. Besides, this valley is gifted with snow-covered peaks, pleasant weather and natural springs. It is also famous for trout fish that is mostly found in Lotkoh river.
It is another small valley in Chitral district and is quite famous and well-visited for its mountainous areas and natural beauty.
In ancient times, this place was a part of Badakhshan, a province of Afghanistan but later it became a part of Chitral district. Khowar and Pashtun people reside in this place.
Well surrounded by mountains, Ayun is a beautiful small village located on the Chitral river and having confluence with Bamburet river. It’s a perfect place for photography and fishing.
Buni is a small valley in Chitral blessed with snow-covered mountains and beautiful green pastures. It is inhabited by Khos and Shina people.
Hotels to Stay in Chitral Valley
Hindu Kush Heights Hotel
This hotel is in the Gankorini village of Chitral and provides all the facilities any big hotel can provide. The best thing about this hotel is that it located in a perfect place offering eye-catching views and pleasant atmosphere. It also has 2 pools where you can enjoy swimming.
Ayun Fort Inn
This hotel is on Kalash valley road in Ayun town, Chitral. This hotel offers both single and double-bed rooms with attached bath. It provides all the A grade services and is usually the first choice of tourists and travelers.
Pamir River Side Inn
Pamir River Side Inn is in the Noghor gardens, adjacent to Mahtar of Chitral’s Fort. It is constructed on the bank of the river so all the guests staying there can enjoy the view of the river from their balconies. It also has pool to entertain those who are fond of swimming.
Tirch Mir View Hotel
Tirch Mir View Hotel is another hotel on the Shahi Masjid road, Chitral. It offers neat and clean accommodation with a lovely garden. They usually charge 4000 per room.
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