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Shandur festival on world’s highest polo ground

Shandur Mela (festival) is going to start on 7th July, 2009 on the world’s highest polo ground in Chitral. Chitral is on the border of Afghanistan but a bit away from Waziristan and Swat where Pakistan Army is on war against foreign trained elements who want to de-stabilize Pakistan. The country has recently won 20-20 World Cup cricket tournament and that was a well-needed shot-in-the-arm on time for a nation who daily hear the news of killings of their countrymen by the people working for external powers.



Shandur is highest polo ground on earth, it is about 3738 meters above sea level and lies between Gilgit and Chitral in north-west Pakistan. This area remain snow covered in winters and turn into green heaven in summers. The first recorded tournament played on this ground was in 1936. The teams who play are always of Gilgit and Chitral and they are considered strong rivals to each other. Both teams practice throughout the year to see each other in this ground every July. This festival is very famous among local and general public of Pakistan as well as foreign tourists.

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The events like this show that Pakistan is not a country of terrorists but its a beautiful country with its beautiful culture and people here are famous for their hospitality.

2010 Update: Shandur Polo Festival for 2010 will take from 7th July 2010 to 9th July 2010. This will be a time to see the breathtaking beauty of Chitral, Pakistan along side the beautiful valley of Hunza. There will be many on-foot and jeep expeditions leaving Islamabad and Peshawar around that time to see this free-style polo tournament which has deep roots in local culture. Don’t miss it!

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