Uchal festival of Kalash valley is of three days. It starts at Rumbur valley.
In this festival, Kalashi people celebrate the pre-harvest with cheese, corn, and wine. People of Kalash valley love music and dance on the beat of drums. Women dance in a circle on different songs. An interesting fact about Kalashi people is that they do not mourn the deaths. They corpses are buried above the ground in wooden boxes instead of being buried in the ground.
The Kalash Valleys are valleys in Chitral District in northern Pakistan. They are inhabited by the Kalash people, who have customs and language which are quite different from their neighbors, and historically have had a different religion. There are three main valleys. The largest and most populous valley is Mumuret (Bumburet), reached by a road from Ayun in the Kunar Valley. Rumbur and Acholgah are sided valleys north of Bumburet. The third valley, Biriu (Birir), is s side valley of the Kunar Valley south of Bumburet.
Chitral Gol National Park is situated in the beautiful valley of Chitral. Chitral Gol is a narrow valley, its gorge running for some 18km before broadening out into a basin surrounded by high peaks. Numerous tributaries drain into the Chitral Gol, which flows southwards into the Kunar River. This park is famous for its Markhor goats, estimated 100-125 in 1970, and 225 in 1975. A more recent estimate indicates a population size of 650. Other ungulates, such as Siberian ibex and Ladakh urial (Shapu), occur in very small numbers, as do black bear. The status of snow leopard changed from tenuous security in 1970 to seriously threatened by 1974. The species does not appear to be resident, visiting the park occasionally. Wolves are seen less frequently following restrictions on grazing by livestock.
Dir, Lowari Tunnel, Darosh, Ayun, Chitral, Gol National Park, Shahi Mosque, Chitral Fort, Bumburet, Kalash graveyard, Museum, and Kalash community
Day 01 – 20 August 2019
Departure from Islamabad at 1 AM, Breakfast in Dir at River Touch Hotel, Cross Lowari Tunnel, Drive towards Chitral, Arrival Chitral at 2:00 PM, Overnight in Chitral – PTDC or Tirich Mir Hotel.
Day 02 – 21 August 2019
Good Morning, Today we will visit Chitral Gol National Park, Shahi Mosque, Chitral Fort, Chitral Bazar. Overnight in Chitral – PTDC or Tirich Mir Resort
Day 03 – 22 August 2019
It’s a beautiful day! Today our destination is Kalash Valley to experience the Uchal Festival at Rumbur. We will visit the historical Kalash graveyard, Museum, and Kalash community. Overnight in Bumburet or Ayun – Kalash Hotel or Ayun Fort Inn
Day 04 – 23 August 2019
Breakfast at 7:00 AM, Departure for Islamabad, Lunch in Dir, Continue to drive towards Islamabad, Dinner in Mardan, Arrival Islamabad at 10:00 PM, End of tour.
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