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shandur polo festival, shandoor polo festival

shandur polo festival, shandoor polo festival

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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.


Highlight of the festival:
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.
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.


Highlight of the festival:
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.

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Dear Folks,I am Umbreen from Alpine Trekkers and Tours. We are arranging for a 8 Days Trip -Islamabad to Shandur Polo Match and back to Islamabad including Visit to Kalash Valleyto see Greeks Tribes the Decendents of Alexander The Great!Polo Lovers; for further details please contact me atumbreenzaidi@yahoo.comor info@alpine.com.pk 
8Days Trip - Islamabad to Shandur Polo Match and back to Islamabadincluding Visit to Kalash Valley to see Greeks Tribes the Decendents ofAlexander the Great
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 bysome 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 attractionsfor the visitors; trout fishing at the nearby streams and lakes and a festival of folk dances andmusic of the Northern Pakistan.
Highlight of the festival:
 
The highlight of the festival is the final match between the Gilgit and Chitralteams. The final provides a most colorful spectacle. Supporters of both sidestravel long distances from the remote parts of Chitral and Gilgit, to watch thethrilling game. The event, as such, offers a fascinating insight into the lifestyle ofthe people of this region. Their culture and indigenous customs are a delight tobehold for the visitors.
 
Back ground:
The first time a polo tournament took place at the Shandur Pass, was in 1936. ABritish Political Agent, Major Cobb, who was fond of playing polo under a fullmoon, had the polo ground near Shandur, named, "Moony Polo Ground".English word 'Polo" is a Balti word meaning, "ball". Now a day, there are sixplayers to a side, but this is by no means a rule in local polo games. There was nolimit to the number of players and no time limit. Whichever team scored ninegoals first, was the winner. The present game with a team of six players in a side,
 
lasts one hour with a ten minute break.
Festival Information:
It is advisable to be there one day in advance to enjoy all the offerings of thefestival. An activity at Shandur includes dance and music performances bydifferent groups, trout fishing, mountaineering, trekking, hiking and of course,horse riding. Crystal clear lakes, snow covered mountains, alpine flowers andvast stretches of green grass, are added attractions.

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