Shandur Polo Festival

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Passion for Polo will be the highest on the world's highest Polo ground. Shandur invites visitors to experience a traditional polo tournament between the teams of Chitral and during the 2nd week of July. The tournament is held on Shandur Pass, the highest polo ground in the world at 3,700 meters. The festival will also include folk music and dancing and a camping village’s setup.                        

Polo is an equestrian sport with its origin embedded in Central Asia dating back to 6th century BC. At first it was a training game for cavalry units for the King's guards or other elite troops. To the war like tribesmen who played polo with as many as 100 players to a side, it was a miniature battle. It became a Persian national game in the 6th century AD. From Persia, the game spread to Arabia, then to Tibet, China and Japan. In China, in the year 910, death of a favorite relative in a game prompted Emperor Apao-Chi to order beheading of all players!  Polo was introduced in South Asia, by the Muslim conquerors in the 13th century. English word 'Polo" is a Balti word meaning, 'ball'. Now days, there are six players to a side, but this is by no means a rule in local polo games. There was no limit to the number of players and no time limit. Whichever team scored nine goals first, was the winner. The present game with a team of six players in a side lasts one hour with a ten minute break. Gilgit, Chitral and Skardu have always played the game of polo closest to its original form. In the past, local Rajas, Mirs and Mehtars were the patrons of the game. At times, more than 50% of the annual budget of their principalities would be spent on supporting the game.

Shandur Polo Tournament:

 The first time a polo tournament took place at the Shandur Pass, was in 1936. A British Political Agent, Major Cobb, who was fond of playing polo under a full moon, had the polo ground near Shandur, named. 'Moony Polo Ground'. The most exciting polo tournament of the entire Northern Pakistan, is played on top of Shandur Pass, around 3,700 meters above sea level. It is a place unique and exotic in itself, surrounded by some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in the world. The event marks the annual rivalry between the polo teams of Gilgit and Chitral. The Polo tournament has some added attractions for the visitors; trout fishing at the nearby streams and lakes and a festival of folk dances and music of the Northern Pakistan. The highlight of the festival is the final match between the Gilgit and Chitral teams. The final provides a most colorful spectacle. Supporters of both sides travel long distances from the remote parts of Chitral and Gilgit, to watch the thrilling game. The event, as such, offers a fascinating insight into the lifestyle of the people of this region. Their culture and indigenous customs are a delight to behold for the visitors. 

Information:

It is advisable to be there one day in advance to enjoy all the offerings of the festival. Activities at Shandur include dance and music performances by different groups, trout fishing, mountaineering, trekking, hiking and of course, horse riding. Crystal clear lakes, snow covered mountains, alpine flowers and vast stretches of green grass, are added attractions. 

Tour Itinerary:

Day 01
Islamabad
Day 02
Islamabad- Naran
Day 03
Naran- Gilgit
Day 04
Gilgit- Phander
Day 05
Phander- Shandur
Day 06/08
Three daysPolo Matchphotography
Day 09
Shandur- Phander
Day 10
Phander- Hunza
Day 11
Sightseeing in Hunza
Day 12
Hunza- Chilas
Day 13
Chilas- Islamabad
Day 14
Fly out


 

SERVICES ARE INCLUDED:

       Transportation:

1.     Airports pick/drop and Sightseeing
2.    All transportations for each city, town and back to Lahore (Check the itinerary)

Accommodation: 
Twin bed room with bed & breakfast only (Twin Sharing) in each hotel.

Check the itinerary for overnight places, We will provide hotel room according to the itinerary.

 1.  Documentation and visa invitation letter
 2. Local tour Guide

•           SERVICES ARE NOT INCLUDED:

1.            Member international flight ticket 

2.            Member personal insurance 

3.            Any kind of personal equipments and expenses such as telephone calls, fax, email and soft drinks etc

4.            Room service and laundry etc

5.            Custom clearing charges (import and export of equipment

6.            Any unforeseen expenses (just like road block extra hotel stay or if member want to stay more days somewhere

Note: Members has to travel together in one group and no one can split the group. If anyone will split the group then all cost/expenses he/she has to pay directly, we (Mashabrum Expeditions) are not responsible and we will charge you each and everything.

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Final documents and booking can only be issued once we receive these details. It is recommended that you strongly consider taking out insurance at the time of booking so that not only are you covered whilst on holiday but you will also be able to make a claim for any money paid to us should you have to cancel your trip.

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