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Trip Name: Shandur Polo Festival
     

Forget the crowds of the city as you revel in the roads less traveled through the captivating and colorful Pakistanís countryside. Youíll be swept away to another era as you visit some of Pakistanís fairy-tale past history, and youíll feel like nobility as you spend the night in dazzling, private tents amid cultural climaxes all in one place. With a fascinating portrayal of heritage rich culture, history and gastronomy, Shandur Polo is contagious. Wild horses galloping across Öhas always stirred

Price: US$
 Days: 10
Destinations: Dir, Lowari, Kalash, Chitral, Shandur, Gilgit, Phander, Shandur, Ghizer, Mastuj, Takhtbhai, Dir, Taxila, Malakand, Karakoram Highway, Islamabad, Abbotabad
 Activities: Cultural Exploration, Polo, Sports, Fishing, Kite Flying, Jeep Safari, Photogrpahy
 Difficulty: Easy
 Departures: 1st July

 

 

 

Day: 1
ARRIVAL ISLAMABAD / PESHAWAR
A member of the Vertical Explorers staff will meet you at the airport and escort you to the hotel. Today either you can relax or you can enjoy an exploratory walk in the old part of Rawalpindi; wander past the vegetable and spice markets, beautifully carved old houses and trucks, cows pestering the vegetable vendors, catch traditional craftsmen at work in silver and gold bazaars .You will then continue on the main street linking the Twin cities - Murree Road - before arriving at the gleaming new capital, Islamabad. You pass shining new buildings and thousands of park areas - a full 50 percent of the 350 square mile site is set aside for parks. You will then stop at the Shakar Parian to catch a bird's eye view of Islamabad. Our next stop will be Shah Faisal Mosque which is the landmark of Islamabad.
Activities: Cultural Exploration, Sightseeing
Meals provided: Breakfast

Accommodation:

Marriott Hotel, Pearl Continental Hotel, Sunrise Hotel, Civic Hotel, Regency Hotel

Day: 2
ISLAMABAD / PESHAWAR - DIR
Today we will start our journey by morning towards Dir valley. On our way we will have short break at Taxila, the heart of Gandaran Civilization. Passing the Frontier town of Mardan and Takht-e-Bahi, the most impressive and complete Buddhist monastery in Pakistan. Passing through Takht-e-Bahi we cross Malakand Pass and descend down to Swat valley. Our drive from Islamabad to Dir is about 300 kilometers and its takes about six and half hours to reach this heavenly place.
Activities: Cultural Exploration, Sightseeing, Jeep Safari, Heritage
Meals provided: Breakfast

Accommodation:

Dir Continental, PTDC Motel, Green Hotel, Almanzar Hotel

Day: 3
DIR Ė KALASH
From Dir it takes six to seven hours drive via Loweri Passes to reach Chitral and Kalash valleys. This drive to Chitral via these pass is spectacular and you will enjoy each moments of our drive long drive. The Lowari Pass at a height of 3,100 meters with zigzag descend with breathtaking views of Chitral valley are as fascinating g as any other alpine valley.
Activities: Cultural Exploration, Sightseeing, Jeep Safari
Meals provided: Breakfast

Accommodation:

PTDC Motel, Alexandar Post

Day: 4
KALASH -- FREE DAY
Today is reserved for a day hike over to the other village of Kalash Valley, for our lunch we will be having packed light lunch with us with some juices and biscuits. Itís a magnificent short trek into the beautiful Birerr.
Activities: Cultural Exploration, Sightseeing
Meals provided: Breakfast

Accommodation:

PTDC Motel, Alexandar Post, Kalash Indigenous Guest House

Day: 5
KALASH - SHANDUR FESTIVAL
Today morning from Kalash valley we will drive to Chitral town and further north to Shandur Polo festival at Shandur lake, where the 800 old game of kings and king of games Polo is the hall mark of three days activities.
Activities: Cultural Exploration, Sightseeing, Jeep Safari
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation:

Mobile Camp

Day: 6
SHANDUR POLO DAY
Whole day is free to rest and enjoy the polo match.
Activities: Polo Watching
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation:

Mobile Camp

Day: 7
SHANDUR POLO & KITE FLYING DAY
Today there would be events of Kite flying and Polo during the day. Our experts will teach kite flying and later on a contest among the trip members will be held. Rest of the day free for Polo match and during night a musical concert will be held comprising fold and traditional music with dance of Northern Areas.
Activities: Cultural Exploration, Kite Flying, Polo Watching
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation:

Mobile Camp

Day: 8
SHANDUR POLO - PHANDAR LAKE
After final Polo match we will drive to Scenic Phandar lake in Ghizer district Northren Areas.
Activities: Polo Watching, Sightseeing, Fishing
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation:

NAPWD Rest House, PTDC Motel

Day: 9
PHUNDER - CHILAS
Drive through scenic Ghizer valley to Gilgit and on Karakoram Highway(KKH) to Chilas.enroute visit Kargah Budha, Junction points of three mightiest moutainous ranges of the world and Nanga Parbat view points.
Activities: Sightseeing, Cultural Exploration
Meals provided: Breakfast

Accommodation:

Shangrilla Resort, Chilas Inn

Day: 10
CHILAS - ISLAMABAD
After breakfast we drive on KKH towards Islamabad through amazing lush green terraced fields and meadows.Enroute vist Hasan Abdal, Taxilla Heritage sites
Activities: Heritage, Sightseeing
Meals provided: Breakfast

Accommodation:

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