While visiting Chitral, all you think is attending festivals, enjoying spectator sports and going for a river walk. Luckily, when you visit Chitral there is much more to do! Chitral is blessed with variety of beautiful parks. Chitral National park is among one of the most famous parks in Chitral. Commonly known as Chitral Gol National Park, it is located beside Chitral River, at a distance of two hours drive from Chitral town. This is a perfect place to enjoy true wildlife experience. Away from all noise and air pollution, It has a mix of plains, plateaus, hills, streams, lakes and The snow covered white peaks further enhance the beauty.
It is located between 1450 metres and about 5000 metres above sea level. It has an area of 7750 hectares. This park is famous for its Markhor goats, A more recent estimate indicates a population size of 650. This park is a home to endangered Snow leopards , Kashmir Markhors , Siberian ibexs, Black bears , Tibetan Wolfs , Red foxes , Yellow throated martins and Himalayan otters. Deodar plant is commonly found here and Aves includes birds like Golden Eagle, Himalayan Griffon Vulture, Peregrine Falcon, Chukar Partridge.
The general weather is cold and dry. The temperature ranges from -12.2 to 43.3 °C. Best season to visit Chitral Gol National park is mid June to August when it is full of wild flowers. It can only be accessed in summer while in winter due to heavy snow fall it is inaccessible.
Ask any local in town and they’ll tell you about Scouts park for Children called ‘Phupukan gurzen’ just beside the chitral scouts headquaters.It is the quintessential family fun stop constructed in 2009. The location is mesmerizing giving the river view with some swings for kids.
KPK government has developed a beautiful family Park over an area of 18 kanals in Danin (Lanik) valley which is just 5 km away from Chitral Bazar. This park features play area, jogging track, fountains & tuck shops. To make the park environment friendly solar street lights have been installed to reduce carbon footprints that are deemed hazardous for the milieu. The recreational facility will also have an outdoor gym besides a restaurant. In the next month, the administration plans to introduce a riding school, polo training and also a small trout farm. Here are we sharing the latest pictures of the family Park being developed in Chitral.
(DCO Chitral Osama Waraich has contributed to aforementioned information of uplift projects at the park.)