At 3734m, this is the world’s highest polo field, set in a magnificent landscape of rolling pastures, crystalline azure lakes & Hindu-Raj mountains, it is just the setting for the clash of the local polo titans, Chitral and Gilgit. This contest is considered the toughest polo tournament in the world – with fraying tempers and passions running high, the strain of the high altitude and the ferocity of the game create a drama in which horses die and players invariably suffer grievous injuries. Yet despite the hazards, the polo tradition continues unabated
Historically the game goes back many centuries when the local Mehtars, Mirs, and Rajas were patrons of polo and it was played, not only for pleasure but for celebratory and commemorative occasions. The Mehtar of Chitral would send a message to his relatives the Rajas of Ghizar, Yasin, and Ishkuman and word would travel far down the valleys to Punial Gilgit and Chilas where the challenge would be taken up. But despite being dubbed ‘the game of kings’, in the Gilgit-Baltistan, it is not an elitist sport, often played in the village square on sorry nags or even on bicycles. ” It is the local obsession along with music & dancing on Shandur. In recent years, the event has become something of a legend – the dramatic landscape, the local color, the presence of international celebrities but above all the passion with which the game is played by the age-old rivals, make the Shandur Polo Festival an unforgettable occasion. A large tented village and bazaar is set up with thousands of people camping out
|International Airport, Islamabad
|Mountain Range: Hindokush
|March, april , may
|Duration: 13 Days
PreviousNext Day 1Islamabad
Arrival Islamabad and transfer to hotel.
Fly to Gilgit.
Sightseeing of Gilgit.
Day 4Gilgit-Phander to Phander Lake
Gilgit-Phander Jeep to Phander Lake.
Phander-Shandur Jeep to Shandur Pass
Shandur Participate in the thrilling Polo games, dancing and singing festival.
Back to Gilgit
| Hotel Accommodation on twin sharing basis
| Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
| Air-conditioned luxury transport
| English speaking tour guide
| Entry fees
| toll taxes
| Domestic flights tickets
| Tips for baggage handling at airport & at hotels
| Member international flight tickets
| Member personal insurance and all personal expenses such as telephone calls, fax, email charges, liquor or soft drinks,
| Helicopter emergency rescue fees
| Room service, personal services, items of a purely personal nature any unforeseen expenses (just like road block extra hotel stay) then members will be pay according to the numbers of days basses
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