In pictures: Chitral’s summer palace

The mehtar’s, or ruler’s Summer Palace in Birmaughlasht, upper Chitral was built around 1910 where the mehtar and his family would move to in the summer to enjoy the cooler temperatures and also to hold court.

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Shandur for all seasons

Slowly, my friends and I tread on a broken highway en route Shandur, carefully avoiding the jabbing rocks in our four-wheel drive vehicle. To call it a highway would be a disgrace to an actual road.

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