Shandur Top (el. 12,200 feet (3,700 m)) is located in Chitral District, Pakistan.
Shandur is often called the ‘Roof of the World’. The top is flat, a plateau and can be crossed between late April and early November. Historically, polo being the king of games was played between small kingdoms, villages and rival groups. From 1936 onwards Shandur Polo Festival were held annually at Shandur at the patronage of the British. The three-day Shandur Polo Festival has developed steadily in recent years into the massive celebration of mountain polo.
The adventurous Shandur polo match is held in July every year at the highest polo ground of the earth followed by traditional music which adds remarkable credit to the event. This is not the only sport event but Jashn-e-Chitral- a week-long festival celebrated in mid-September every year, and Boroghol Festival in July also features different events including swimming across torrential rivers, rock climbing, wild mountain polo , horse races and BuzKashi, yak race and yak polo, traditional wrestling and tug of war, shot puts as well as traditional dancing and singing.
No festival is complete without music and sports activity in it. It doesn’t require any age limit to be a part of celebration because people of Chitral are sportsmen at heart.
People meet at these festivals and renew acquaintances. All the participants and spectators cheer and celebrate together. The festivals play an important role to keep the traditions intact as they bring together musicians, sportsmen and local residents to represent their culture and exhibit their strong connection with each other.
Chitral has an enormous potential of tourism ranging from cultural and heritage to hiking and ecotourism. Tourism potential in Chitral is no secret and the beautiful landscape and the unique cultural heritage give the valley a competitive advantage in attracting tourists.
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