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.
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,