Kumrat , A crowned goddess of Hindukush mountains letting the river Panjkora to flow in her like an old tasty wine with the crisp of freshness and the foggy mountans lies in the very heart of KPK province of Pakistan. Dir plays the confusion factor for the tourist as it provides the way to Kumrat and Chitral as well but we must thank to the first human who choose to go right to Kumrat rather than going to left (Chitral) from Upper Dir. A 400 years old colorful wooden mosque makes the tourists to walk through the chapters of history.As it is clear by now it’s a muslim dominated area having its social system deeply rooted in Pakhtoon culture where mosque also serves the purpose of civil court for small disputes in the society with Imam e masjid its head.
People of Kumrat ? yes they are famous for their unconditional hospitality , smiling faces and simplicity . Offering food , shelter and ofcourse tea is in their nature while insisting on it , is embeded in them from childhood.
Surrounded by the abundant forests , Kumrat offers many treks through the jungles. One of the most famous among the tourists is Jahaz Banda Trek which leads one to the glacial Katora(Bowl) Lake and Gabral valley of Swat-Kohistan region.
The valley is green in summers when tourists like to camp in the dense forest nearby hot spring commonly known as “Kaala Chashma” and a waterfall.While in winters it offers much more than a white view which is beyond imagination.
Various Public Transport Companies provides their travelling services from Lahore and Islamabad to Upper Dir.Once at Upper Dir , you can hire your own ride or the services of local transport companies to be dropped at Thal.Its a 5 hours journey from Dir to Thal.
Thal is a last village with basic hotel and necessities of life. So try to buy all the important things from here that you will need to survive. From Thal you can hire a jeep for Kumrat forest or Jandrai(from here Jahaz banda’s trek starts).Multiple Camping sites with basic facilities are there to help you in your stay in forest. The road from Upper Dir to Kumrat is a bumpy ride for now. But A new road is under construction and will hopefully be completed by 2019.
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