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Shandur Polo Festival 2021-22

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11 Days
Availability : 4th - 14th July 2021
Islamabad
Kalash, Shandur, Chitral, Ghizer, Naran
Max People : 12

What is the Shandur Polo Festival 2021?

Shandur Polo Festival is an amazing and thrilling festival celebrated by the people of Chitral and Gilgit-Baltistan in the northern areas of Pakistan. Shandur Polo festival takes place every summer in the month of July where different polo teams from various regions of Chitral and Gilgit-Baltistan meet at the Shandur plains every summer for the play. The Shandur Pass is a beautiful piece of land where different teams play wild free-style polo. Shandur polo ground is considered to be the highest polo ground in the world at 3,700+ meters. The festival also includes Folk music, dancing, and a camping village is set up. The polo ground is adjacent to Shandur lake. The festival provides an amazing cultural experience in the Hindukush mountain ranges.

Be part of the next adventurous Shandur Polo festival 2021 with Exploria.

 

Major Highlights 

  • Enjoy freestyle polo match at Shandur Polo Festival 2021
  • Get a cultural insight into the diverse culture of northern areas
  • Explore indigenous music of the mountains
  • Enjoy Pakistani cuisine
  • know about old stories from the local community
  • view of majestic peaks including Tirich Mir (7,708m) in the Hindukush Range and Nanga Parbat (8,126m)in the Himalaya range
  • Rivers (Kunar, Indus, Gilgit, Chitral)
  • Passes (Malakand pass, Lowari Pass, Lowari Tunnel, Shandur Pass)
  • Explore Valleys (Chitral, Ghizar, Upper Hunza, Lower Hunza, Nagar, Gilgit)
  • Mighty Lakes including Shandur, Phandar, Khalti, and Lulusar
  • Forts (Altit fort, Baltit fort)
  • Sightseeing in Islamabad & Rawalpindi
  • Make new friends

 

Note: Exploria is well-aware of ongoing Covid concerns 
and is strictly obeying the latest travel SOPs for the
safety of our guests while traveling to Shandur Polo 
festival 2021

 

Inclusions

  • Face masks
  • Sanitizers
  • social distancing protocols
Tour Details

Departure & Return Location

Islamabad International Airport

Price Includes

  • Complimentary Safety Pack (sanitizer, 1 mask & glove per day)
  • Hotel Accommodation (Twin Sharing)
  • Camping at Shandur
  • Domestic Flight Fares
  • Air Conditioned Transportation
  • 3 meals a day
  • English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Fares of Sights, Activities, and attractions
  • All Taxes

Price Excludes

  • Personal Expenses
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance

Travel Gear Checklist

  • Latest Covid report
  • Trekking Shoes
  • Hood/overcoat
  • T-Shirt
  • Toiletry/Slippers
  • Umbrella
  • Sun Glasses, Sunscreen, Cap
  • power bank
Itinerary

Day 1 –Receive Guests Islamabad

Events For The Day:

• Arrival at Islamabad International Airport, Islamabad
• Airport transfer
• Check-in at Hotel
• Overnight in Islamabad

From the airport, our guide(s) will receive you. You’ll be moved to the booked hotel shortly. Our guests may relax and recover from their long journey on this day.

Pick-up Details:

One of our guides will be holding a sign with both our company’s logo and your name on it. International flights normally arrive at midnight so at that time the Islamabad airport gets crowd-less. Our guide can easily locate you and guide you further.
Kindly let us know in advance, in case you do not need any airport transfers.

Day 2 –Road trip to ChitralChitral

Early morning departure to Chitral via Swat Motorway.
Drive through Dir and Lowari Tunnel to reach Chitral.
Chitral Arrival by night
Overnight stay at Ayun Fort inn

Day 3 –Day tour to Kalash ValleyKalash Valley Cultural immersion

Explore and experience the unique yet unexplored culture of the Kalasha tribe.
Explore Bumburet valley, visit Kalasha Graveyard, and the Town center.
Interaction with the local community
Back to Ayun Fort for the night stay

Day 4 –Road trip to MastujMastuj

Early morning departure from Chitral to Mastuj.
Mastuj is one of the main villages of Chitral which also borders Afghanistan.
Explore the local community
Overnight stay in Mastuj

Day 5–Shandur ArrivalExplore Shandur

Road trip to Shandur festival.
Enjoy polo match between teams of Chitral & Gilgit Baltistan.
Bonefire at night
Celebrate and dance to the local music of the area.
Overnight stay in camps.

Day 6 -Festival dayPolo festival

Wake up to the festival where people from different countries come to attend it.
Day free to go around exploring the event and meeting new people.
Cultural insight to the local dance, food, languages, music, and many more.
Overnight stay in camps

Day 7 –Road trip to Ghizar ValleyExplore Ghizar valley

Early morning road trip to Ghizar valley through breath-taking valleys.
Explore Phandar valley
Stopover at mighty Khalti Lake
Overnight stay in Gupis valley

Day 8 –Road trip to Gilgit cityGilgit city

Morning road trip to Gilgit city
Sightsee the beautiful unexplored valleys on the way
Reach Gilgit city by the evening
Check-in at Serena Hotel Gilgit
Overnight stay in Gilgit

Day 9 - Road trip to NaranNaran

Early morning departure to Naran
Sightseeing on the way
Overnight stay in Naran

Day 10 - IslamabadIslamabad

Morning departure to Taxila on way to Islamabad
Islamabad arrival by the evening
Visit Taxila Museum and ancient Buddhist sites from Gandhara Civilization
Check-in at hotel in Islamabad

Complimentary farewell dinner at Monal

Day 11 - Drop off at the airportFly out

Drop off at the airport

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