Shandur Pass

Shandur Pass

Shandur Pass associates Ghizer District of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. It is frequently called ‘Top of the World’. Shandur top is a level and can be gone between late April and early November. The evaluation is exceptionally progressive, and the region is crossed by abundant little streams during summer.

During the yearly ‘Shandur Polo Festival,’ there are polo matches played in Shandur Polo Ground on Shandur Top, between the neighborhood groups of Gilgit-Baltistan and KPK. Roughly seven matches are played in the three days of the celebration typically hung on July seventh to ninth consistently. The last match is played on July ninth between Teams An of Gilgit and Chitral.


In 1935 UK Administrator for Evelyn Hey Cobb requested Niat Qabool Hayat Kakakhel nambardar of Ghizer to make a Big polo ground in Shandur. The polo ground was named “Mas Junali”, in light of the fact that in the Khowar language ‘mas’ is the word for ‘moon’ and ‘junali’ is the word for ‘pologround’, and Cobb was attached to playing polo in the twilight. Cobb was dazzled by Kakakhail’s genius and proficiency and wished to remunerate him for his administration, yet Kakakhail would not acknowledge any prize for his work. Rather, for the regular advantage, Kakakhail asked Cobb to carry trout to stock the neighborhood streams. Cobb requested live trout from England and dropped them into the River Ghizer. Because of this little assistance, Directorate of Fisheries had been built up and many individuals got utilized. at present the heaviness of these fishes in Hundarap Lake pass 24 kg and in Baha Lake Khukush Nallah, their weight passed 40 kg.

So Mas Junali turned into a wellspring of connection between the individuals of Chitral District and Ghizer District. The Shandur Polo Festival opens an entryway venture to the individuals of the world to make the most of their selves. A considerable lot of the individuals from whole world come here to watch polo coordinate played among Chitral and Ghizer. From the outset it was a preparation game for mounted force units for the King’s Guards or other Elite soldiers. To the warlike tribesmen who played polo with upwards of 100 players to a side, it was a scaled down fight. It turned into a Persian national game in the sixth century AD. From Persia, the game spread to Arabia, at that point to Tibet, China and Japan. In China, in the year 910, demise of a most loved relative in a game incited Emperor Apaochi to arrange decapitating everything being equal.

Ali Sher Khan Anchan Maqpoun used to play Polo at Shandoor when Chitral was a piece of Maqpoun domain. Verifiably, polo being the ruler of games was played between little realms, towns and opponent gatherings of Gilgit Agency. From 1936 ahead polo tournaments were maintained every year at Shandur. The three-day Shandur Polo Festival has grown consistently lately into the huge festival of mountain polo that it is today.