Chitral, a district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), is situated on the western bank of the Chitral River and at the foot of Tirich Mir, the highest peak of the Hindu Kush Mountain Range. Tirich Mir overlooks the Chitral town from a height of 25,289 feet. Chitral is a place blessed with nature’s beauty. From icy mountain peaks and glaciers to waterfalls and forests, one can find all colors of nature’s beauty and culture in this region.
The residents are peace loving and crimes rate in the area is negligible. The district has high literacy rate and unlike other districts of KPK where locals have conservative social approach towards girls, the rate of girls’ enrolment in schools is just equal to the boys’ in Chitral.
A number of cultural and traditional festivals are held regularly in the area throughout the year, which have great attraction for tourists. One of the major attractions of Chitral are the Kalash valleys– the home of the Kalash, one of the oldest civilization on earth. The Kalash are fun loving people who love music and dancing particularly on occasion of their religious festivals. The 4-day long Qaqlasht Festival is also organized every year in mid April. According to local legend, Qaqlasht Festival is centuries-old festival. Many sporting teams participate in a variety of games including cricket, football, volleyball, polo, tug-of-war, athletics and paragliding. A poetry program, a cultural show and musical concert are also held. The Shandur Polo Ground which is the highest in the world at 3,700 metres is a venue for a traditional polo tournament which since 1936 has been held annually in the first week of July. There is also a beautiful lake in the area.
The Chitral Fort is one of the famous monuments of the town. There is also a palace inside the fort and a beautiful mosque outside the fort. Other tourist places include Shahi Masjid, Shahi Qila, Polo ground, Governor cottage, Birmoghlasht, Garam chashma (warm spring), Ayun valley, Koghuzi and Golen.
Bazaar of town Chitral offers all facilities from banks, post office to rental vehicles and tourist accessories. Chitral with its artistic handcrafts and precious stones attracts tourists from all over the country. Famous fruits of Chitral are peach, apricot, damson, apple, pomegranate, grapes and pear. It is also famous for its dry fruits Almonds, apricot, pistachios and walnut.
chitralclicks.com aims to introduce the world to one of the most beautiful places on earth and to provide a one stop destination for those who always have to worry about where to spend their vacations. A place which is culturally rich, naturally beautiful and God gifted to the people of Pakistan; a place which natives and foreigners would always be in awe of.
In addition, this online portal strives to build into a youth forum, to provide youngsters with an opportunity to present their concerns, ideas and to discuss the challenges pertaining to the changing dynamics of the district. Besides giving the youth of Chitral a voice irrespective of where they reside in the world, this platform also sheds light on the experiences and the difficulties the mountainous communities and the people living outside of Chitral face. Together we strive to work with cooperation and kindness to help grow and contribute to the development of our beloved home town, Chitral.