Hilt of Passion by Fatema Ahmed

Hilt of Passion img_100100100_0707070720122012020217172727pmpm662 Pakistan, a jewel on the face of the globe is the 7th largest nation, population wise, in the world. With India on the east, China in the north, Afghanistan and the famous Durand line in the North West, Iran on the west and finally the Arabian Sea on the west, Pakistan is blessed with all 4 seasons ranging from the extreme winters of the mighty Karakorum to the pleasant weather at the coastline is a marvel in itself.To see more beauty of Pakistan tourism points check: https://dreamers2016.wordpress.com/2014/03/27/pakistan-our-country-by-amna-abid/

Shandur Polo Festival for sports:Visiting the great Karakuram Range in the summers is a tourist delight.   The Shandur Polo Festival is held every year in the first week of July. The festival is hosted on the highest playground of the world situated at 3700m above the sea level and with gigantic mountains fencing the valley giving a jaw dropping touch to the scenery. The Shandur top is virtually flat with a very gentle gradient. It provides a playing field for a tournament that has been held annually since 1937 when the teams of Chitral and Gilgit invited other teams to come and compete with them on their home ground.

Shandur polo festival for tourism:03 Shandur Polo Festival The Shandur Polo Festival attracts many foreigners and locals every year. The festival apart from the tournament also includes folk music, dance and a makeshift village is setup to accommodate the downpour of the tourists. The polo is played on a free-style format, the teams compete with one and another to claim the winner’s stand. There are no referees to judge the game and the game sometimes become brutal, but the players play in high game spirit exhibiting their outclass skills on the field. To the local teams it is a matter of life and death to win the tournament as it will bring honour to their family and tribe.

The Shandur Polo Festival is a place to spend your summer vacations away from the busy life of the cities in the calm and quite of the Karakoram. The journey can be done on jeeps all the way from Gilgit to the tournament arena. Whereas the KKH can be covered on cars and special buses operated by private operators. Tourists from all over the world come to see these heaven like beauty!

To get to know past stories about Shandur Polo Festival, visit http://www.shandur.com/

To watch a video on the event, visit http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xcegaj_shandur-polo-festival_sport


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