Shandur also known as the roof top of the world, located at 3700m, having a lake , many glacial water streams, world’s highest Polo ground and lots of trout has been a shared treaty of peace and games between Chitral district of KPK and Ghizer district of Balawaristan(Chinese term for Gilgit-Baltistan) as mentioned in the 8th century Chinese documents.The polo ground was made by Niat Qabool Hayat Kakakhel (Then Namabardar of Ghizer) ordered by Evelyn Hey Cobb ( Then administrator under the British Raj) in 1935. Still, every year a Polo festival is organized by Tourism corporation of Pakistan from 7th to 9th july.
Not many tourists knows about name “MAS JUNALI” which was given to the Shandur polo ground. “Mas” means “Moon” and ‘Junali” means Polo ground in the locals language which is Khwar.
Polo being a sensation in Persian empire , spread with it to Arabia and central Asia in 6th century. Polo gained more popularity in central asia in year 910 when an accidental death of a beloved family member of Emperor Apaochi persuaded him to behead all the players of the game. Shandur besides Polo , offers Paragliding and fishing games to its visitors.
Shandur can be accessed from both sides i,e Gilgit Baltistan and Chitral. As the road conditions aren’t good. So, to get there is much easier with a 4wd vehicle. For that you can hire a jeep with a local driver from Chitral and Gupis (Gilgit-Baltistan) Or you can contact us. Just don’t forget to bring your instant food, camps , sleeping bags and mattresses to stay there as there are no hotel on the top. In case of just crossing the Pass from Chitral to G-B , Hotel facilities are available in Phandar and Gupis. Natco being famous in Pakistan as the leaders of the northern roads offers its local bus services for the Shandur from both sides .
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