Photos of Chitral

Pictures of Chitral: Photo of Tirich Mir, HinduKush Mountain Range, Chitral

Tirich Mir Peak, Chitral.

Chitral is a district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) Province of Pakistan. The city of Chitral is the capital of the district. It is situated on the western bank of the Chitral River (also called Kunarl River) and at the foot of Tirich Mir, the highest peak (25,289 feet) of the Hindu Kush Mountain Range. The district is administratively divided into two tehsils (subdivisions); Chitral and Mastuj.
Chitral city is 365 km from Peshawar and connected through Lowari Pass. The route is closed during winter and the town is cut off by snow from the rest of the country for six months in a year. Regular PIA flights from Peshawar and Islamabad operate on daily basis subject to weather conditions.
Beautiful Kalash people, having blond hair, fair skin, and green eyes, also live in Chitral District in three remote mountain valleys: Bumburet, Rumbur, and Birir. Some photos of Kalash people have been included in this page but for knowing further details about their culture and more photos, go to an exclusive page in this website: Kalash Valleys of Chitral.
Brief History: In the 3rd century AD, Chitral was occupied by Kanishka, the Buddhist ruler of the Kushan Empire. The Chinese captured the valley in 4th century AD. Then it was under Raees rule from 1320 to  the 15th century. From 1571 onward Chitral was the capital of the princely state of Chitral under the rule of the Katur Dynasty. In 1895, the British negotiated a treaty with Chitral’s ruler, the Mehtar, and it was declared as a semi autonomous princely state within the Indian Empire. This status was maintained after its accession to Pakistan in 1947. Finally the princely state was abolished in 1969 and Chitral was made a district of NWFP.
This page shows the photos of Chitral district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. These beautiful images of Chitral are worth watching.

Tirich Mir Peak. Tirich Mir is the highest peak of the Hindu Kush Range, located in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Tirich Mir overlooks Chitral town and can be seen from the main bazaar. Its height is 25,289 feet (7,708 metres). The mountain was first climbed in 1950 by a Norwegian expedition. Photo by Ajab Khan.

Pictures of Chitral: Photo of Tirich Mir, HinduKush Mountain Range, chitral

Shahi Masjid (Mosque) in Chitral

Pictures of Chitral: Shahi Masjid (Mosque), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

The Domes of Shahi Masjid Chitral with the Tirich Mir Peak in the Background

Chitral Pictures: Shahi Masjid Chitral with the Tirich Mir peak in the background

How to Reach Chitral? The best time to go to Chitral is summer (May to September). You can take a PIA flight from Islamabad or Peshawar. This 50 minutes flight operates 4 days in a week, subject to weather (Flight status and schedule can be checked at the official website of PIA: http://www.piac.com.pk/ ). You can also go to Chitral by road both from Islamabad and Peshawar. It takes around 10 hours from Islamabad to reach Chitral by road and about 7 hours from Peshawar.

A Panoramic View of Chitral Valley. Snow-covered Tirich Mir is also visible in the background.

Photos of Chitral: A Panoramic view of Chitral Valley, Trich Mir is visible in the background

A Beautiful View of Chitral Valley. Photo by Ajab Khan.

Photos of Chitral, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Beautiful photo of Chitral Valley, photo by Ajab Khan

Chitral AirportChitral Airport is a small domestic airport situated 3.7 km north of Chitral town.

Photos of Chitral: Photo of a PIA aircraft (Plane) parked at Chitral Airport

A Para Glider Flying Over Chitral Airport. Photo by Irshad Chitrali.

Chitral Pictures: A Para Glider flying over Chitral Airport - Images & Photos of Chitral

Wreckage of a PIA Fokker Plane at Chitral. This Fokker plane over-ran the Chitral runway during landing on 16 June 2004. It was piloted by Capt Aamir Faiz son of Gen Faiz Ali Chishti. The Fokker came to a stop in a wheat field when its nose and main landing gears broke after hitting the banks of a drain. No one was hurt.
PIA claimed damages from its Insurance company and the Insurance Company sold the plane to a company in Australia. The Australian company removed the two Pratt and Whitney engines and sold the rest of the plane to a retired PIA pilot Siraj Ulmulk.
He removed its 44 seats and put them in the Conference Hall at Hindukush Heights hotel owned by him. People attending conferences are quite amused when they see an ashtray attached to each of their seats! Photo by Tahir Khan Kayani.

Chitral Images: Wreckage of a PIA Fokker plane which over-ran Chitral runway in 2004

A Beautiful Picture of Chitral Valley with Runway of Chitral Airport in the Middle Ground. Photo by Sheraz Malik.

Chitral Images: Chitral valley with runway of Chitral Airport in the middle ground

Chitral Fort

Pictures of Chitral: Photo of Chitral Fort , Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

Summer Palace of Former Mehtar of Chitral. Photo by Hector Salazar. Birmogh Lasht, located on a prominent ridge at an elevation of 2,743 meters (9,900 feet), has the summer palace of the former Mehtar of Chitral. The palace is 15 km from Chitral town and about 1200 metres above the town and valley.

Photos of Chitral: Photo of Summer Palace of former Mehtar of Chitral at Birmogh Lasht, 15 km from Chitral, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan

Peshawar High Court Circuit Court in Chitral. On September 3, 2012, Chief Justice of Peshawar High Court, Justice Dost Muhammad Khan, inaugurated the Circuit Court of Peshawar High Court (PHC) in judicial building, Chitral. It will provide speedy and easily accessible justice to the people of Chitral. The Chief Justice also heard three motion cases and two pre-admission cases as single bench.

Photos of Chitral: Photo of Inauguration of Peshawar High Court Circuit Court in Chitral

Chitral Museum. Photo by Hector Salazar.

Pictures of Chitral: Photo of Chitral Museum, Chitral, KPK, Pakistan

The Langlands School and College, Chitral. The Langlands School and College, Chitral, formerly known as Sayurj Public School was founded in 1979. Major Geoffrey D Langlands, a Briton educationist, has finally retired at the age of 94 and handed over the charge to 58-years old Carey Schofield in 2012. Read more about Major Geoffrey D. Langlands.

 Photos of Chitral: Photo of The Langlands School and College, Chitral, Pakistan

Hindukush Heights Hotel, ChitralHindukush Heights is the best hotel in Chitral. Tatler, UK, in its travel guide 2010 ranks it among “the best 101 hotels in the world”. The hotel is run by its owner Siraj Ulmulk, an ex PIA pilot, and his wife Ghazalla Ulmulk. Hindukush Heights has a branch of their hotel at Mastuj in northern of Chitral. For more details and reservation, please see their website  (www.hindukush.com.pk).

Images of Chitral, KPK: Hindukush Heights Hotel, Chitral

Hollywood Actor Robert De Niro at Chitral in 2004. Robert De Niro (Hollywood actor, director and producer) is posed wearing a Chitrali cap while he was in Chitral in 2004. He stayed in Hindukush Heights Hotel.

Chitral Pictures: Hollywood actor Robert De Niro at Chitral in 2004 - Images & Photos of Chitral

Chitral Scout Mess at Chitral. A morning at Chitral. Photo by Tahir Khan Kayani.

Chitral Images: Image of Chitral Scout Mess at Chitral

Children Enjoying Snow in Chitral

Pictures of Chitral, KPK: Children playing in the snow in Chitral

Lowari Pass (or Lowari Top), Chitral – 20 June 1989. Photo by Noor Mohammad Khan. Lowari Pass (Elevation 10,500 feet) connects Chitral with Dir. Lowari Top is  the lowest pass to enter Chitral, the rest all being 12,000 to 15,000 feet. The Lowari Top is one of the four major mountain passes to enter Chitral. The others are the Dorah Pass from Badakshan in Afghanistan, Shandur Top from Gilgit, and Broghol Pass from the Wakhan Corridor in Afghanista. Lowari Top is closed by snow for all type of traffic from late November to late May every year. In 1954, the Mehtar of Chitral was killed when his airplane crashed into Lowari Top. The Lowari Tunnel is currently being constructed beneath Lowari Pass by a  South Korean company, SAMBU JV.

Photos of Chitral: Photo of Lowari Top, Chitral, being crossed on horses

Lowari Tunnel, Chitral. It’s the first time that Lowari Tunnel remained open throughout the harsh winter of 2011-12. The 8.75 km long tunnel, which is still under construction, was built to reduce the distance between Dir and Chitral districts and ease movement of traffic throughout the year. More than 150 vehicles use the tunnel every day. Snow clearing machinery of FWO (Frontier Works Organization) works 24 hours to ensure smooth flow of traffic. Before the tunnel was constructed, people of Chitral had to make detours into Afghanistan while travelling to or from Peshawar because Lowari Top remained closed for six months in winter.

Photos of Chitral: Photo of Lowari Tunnel, Chitral, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

Shandur Polo Ground 2012. The Shandur Pass, elevation 12,200 feet (3,719 m), is located in District Chitral in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province. There is also a beautiful lake in the area. The Shandur Polo Ground, the highest in the world at 3,700 meters, is a venue for a traditional polo tournament which since 1936 has been held annually in the first week of July between the teams of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral. The Shandur Polo Ground is about 168 Km from Chitral city and accessible by jeep. Gilgit is about 211 km from this polo ground.

Chitral Pictures: Para Glider landing at Shandoor Polo Ground in Chitral district

Shandur Lake, ChitralLake Shandur is a beautiful spot on the border of Laspur Valley.

Images of Chitral: Picture of Shandoor Lake, Chitral

A Beautiful View of Shandoor Lake, Chitral District

Chitral Images: A beautiful picture of Shandoor Lake, Chitral District

Qaqlasht Festival in Chitral. The 4-day long Qaqlasht Festival is organized every year in mid April at the sprawling ground of Qaqlasht, 80 Km from Chitral town. According to local legend, Qaqlasht Festival is being celebrated for the last 500 years. Many sporting teams participate in a variety of games including cricket, football, volleyball, polo, Ghaluzchun Ghall (Polo without horse, more like a field hockey) Sia-Khaman (a shooting competition with an antique gun called Sia-Khaman)), falconry (an event where falconers exhibit skills of their falcons to hunt its prey), tug-of-war, athletics and paragliding. A Quiz competition  for students, a poetry program, a cultural show and musical concert are also held.

Pictures of Chitral: Qaqlasht Festival at sprawling ground of Qaqlasht, Chitral district

Bow & Arrow Competition During Qaqlasht Festival in Chitral

Images of Chitral: Bow and Arrow competition by senior citizens at Qaqlasht Festival, Chitral

Paragliding at Qaqlasht Festival at the Ground of Qaqlasht 

Pictures of Chitral: Paragliding at Qaqlasht Festival, Chitral, KPK

Garam Chashma (Lutkoh Valley), Chitral. Lutkoh Valley, commonly known as Garam Chashma because of its hot springs,  is 45 km from Chitral town and takes around 2 to 3 hours to reach by jeep. There are sulphur springs which have healing effect on skin diseases, gout, rheumatism and chronic headaches. For the convenience of tourists “hamams” (baths) have been constructed near the springs. Photo by Hector Salazar.

Photos of Chitral: Photo of Garam Chashma (Hot Springs), Chitral, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

Hotel Innjigaan Located at Innjigaan (Popularly known as Garam Chashma). It is quite modest hotel but takes care of basic necessities. The best it offers is a very clean and healing outdoor Swimming Pool, fed by Natural Hot Springs. This hotel is owned by some local Prince. Photo by Tahir Khan Kayani.

Chitral Pictures: Hotel Innjigaan located at Innjigaan (Garam Chashma)

Pathak Festival at Garam Chashma in Lutkoh Valley, Chitral. Lutkoh Valley, commonly known as Garam Chishma, celebrate its traditional cum religious spring festival of Pathak. Pir Nasir Khisraw, an 11th century spiritualist poet and Sufi philosopher came here to preach Islam. He went into 40-day spiritual solitude. His disciples believe that in his 40-day meditation, he attained spiritual enlightenment, and they celebrate Phatak Festival in the memory of this day of enlightenment that falls on the first week of February. For centuries this festival had been celebrated by all of Chitralis as a national event. But currently only people of Ismailia community celebrate it in Lutkoh Valley of Chitral district.

Pictures of Chitral: Pathak Festival held in Gararm Chashma (Lutkoh Valley), Chitral

Tomb of Saiyedna Nasir Khisraw at Garam Chashma (Lutkoh Valley), Chitral

Photos of Chitral: Photo of the Tomb of  Pir Nasir Khisraw at Garam Chasma (Lutkoh Valley), Chitral

Majestic Building of Drosh Mess. This beautiful Mess building was constructed in 1915. Photo by Maj (R) Aamir Cheema.

 Pictures of Chitral : Majestic building of Drosh Mess - Chitral Images

A Mosque in Drosh

Photos of Chitral: Photo of a Mosque in Drosh, Chitral, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Province Pakistan

Mastuj Valley, Chitral. Mastuj is a Valley and Tehsil of Chitral District in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. Photo by Hector Salazar.

Photos of Chitral: Photo of Mastuj Valley, Chitral , Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan

Hindukush Heights Chalets at Mastuj Fort, Northern Chitral. Photo contributed by Siraj Ulmulk. Main branch of Hindukush Heights Hotel is located in Chitral town. For more details and reservation, please see the website www.hindukush.com.pk

Photos of Chitral: Photo of Hindukush Heights Chalets at Mastuj Fort, Northern Chitral, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan

Breakfast at Hindukush Heightsat Mastuj, Northern Chitral. Photo contributed by Siraj Ulmulk. For more details and reservation, please see the website www.hindukush.com.pk

Photos of Chitral: A girl having Breakfast at Hindukush Heights at Mastuj, Northern Chitral, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan

PTDC Motel at Mastuj, Chitral

Photos of Chitral: Photo of PTDC Motel at Mastuj, Chitral, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan

Tourists enjoying Yak Safari

Chitral Images: Tourists enjoying  ride on a Yak

A Snow Leopard in Chitral National ParkChitral National Park (also called Chitral Gol National Park) is located in Gol Valley and Kafir Kalash land of Chitral District in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province. The word Gol in the local language means ‘the valley’. The Park is at a distance of two hours drive from Chitral town.
The snow leopard, an endangered species, lives in the mountain ranges of Central Asia. In Pakistan, their protected areas are Chitral National Park, in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province and  Khunjerab National Park, in Gilgit-Baltistan Province. They live at the heights of 11,000 to 22,000 feet above sea level. Their base colour varies from smoky gray to yellowish tan, with whitish underparts.They have stocky bodies, thick fur, and small and rounded ears, all of which help to minimize heat loss. They have long and flexible tails, helping them to maintain their balance. Their tails are also very thick and covered with fur which they use like a blanket to protect their faces when asleep. The snow leopard cannot roar.

Chitral Pictures: Photo of a snow leopard in Chitral Gol National Park

Naghar in Lower Chitral

Photos of Chitral, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province - Photo of Naghar in lower Chitral

A Yak in Broghil Valley, Chitral. Yaks are found in Broghil Valley.

Pictures of Chitral, KPK: A Yak in Boroghil Valley, Chitral

Bridge to Yarkhun Valley, near Dizq Village, Chitral. This new bridge was opened in 2009. This bridge to Yarkhun Valley is located near Dizq village in Chitral district.

Photos of Chitral, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province: Photo of Bridge to Yarkhun Valley near Dizq village, Chitral

Yarkhun Village in Yarkhun Valley, Chitral. This photo is taken from Karimabad.

Photos of Chitral, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province: Photo of Yarkhun village in Yarkhun Valley, Chitral

Lake Karambar, Yarkhun Valley, Baroghil Pass, Upper Chitral

Photos of Chitral: Photo of Lake Karambar, Yarkhun Valley, Baroghil Pass, Upper Chitral, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan

Bridge Leading to Rech Valley, Chitral. Rech Valley is located in upper Chitral.

Photos of Chitral, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province: Photo of a Bridge leading to Rech Valley, Chitral

A Stream in Rech Valley, Upper Chitral. Look at the crystal clear water of this stream.

Photos of Chitral: Photo of a stream  with crystal clear water in Rech Valley, upper Chitral

Kalash Women. The Kalash are indigenous people residing in the Chitral District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa . They speak the Kalasha language. They are related to the Nuristani people of the adjacent Nuristan (historically known as Kafiristan) province of Afghanistan. See more Photos of Kalash Valleys of Chitral.

Kalash Women during Spring Festival 2012. Photo by G.H.Farooqui. See more Photos of Kalash Valleys of Chitral.

Photos of Chitral, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province: Photo of Kalash Women during Spring Festival 2012

Traditional Dress of Kalash WomenSee more Photos of Kalash Valleys of Chitral.

Joshi (Spring) Festival in Kalash, Chitral. The Kalash people celebrate the end of winter in May each year with the Joshi (Spring) Festival. The first day of Joshi is Milk Day. People go from house to house, dancing and singing. Each household offers milk that has been saved for 10 days before the festival. As hours of dancing reach a climax on the final day, men and women separate in dancing areas and each take branches of walnut to wave as they dance. At the shout of a Shaman, they throw their branches in the air. Photo by Hector Salazar. See more Photos of Kalash Valleys of Chitral.

Photos of Chitral: photo of Kalash women in traditional dress during Joshi (Spring) Kalash Festival, Kalash, Chitral

Kalash MuseumSee more Photos of Kalash Valleys of Chitral.

Photos of Chitral: Photo of Kalash Museum in Chitral district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province

PTDC Motel in Kalash Valley. The PTDC (Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation) Motel is located at Bumburet in Kalash Valley. It has 14 cozy rooms and a restaurant. Foreign tourists need a permit to enter Kalash Valley. The permit is issued at the entrance of Kalash Valley. See more Photos of Kalash Valleys of Chitral.

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Comments

  1. Naseem Chohan says:

    Chitral tou bay-misaal hai.

  2. Ghulam Mukhtar says:

    SHAHBAZ ALI wala CHATRAL sada abad rahay aur nazr e bad se mehfooz rahay.

  3. Naeem Ullah says:

    Chitral is a very beautiful place, I want to visit it.

  4. Muzamil Wali Mastur says:

    I am surprised to see this Post and pics of Chitral, well job done Admin……..Sahi sher wa yar!!

  5. Tariq Lodhi says:

    Lived in Chitral for 3 years (1973-75) and traveled on foot/rode on horseback entire Chitral from Lowari/Arundu to Karambara Lake. We must save our heritage and build modern facilities a little away. Let people enjoy the nature. You can find all facilities back in the cities. I still love Chitral and its people.
    We need to post pictures of most dangerous Ashkarwav approach in Yarkhoon area after crossing Lasht, Forts of Darosh, Mastuj, Domel, Nisai, Mirkhani, old Chitral Scouts Fort, Mehtar Palace and area where Chitralies stopped attackers with falling stones at a narrow passage in Upper Chitral, etc.

  6. Fatima says:

    These are very beautiful pics.

  7. Maj (R) Javade Lateef Khwaja says:

    Captivating land, fabulous people.

  8. Brig (R) Muhammad Iqbal Awan says:

    Absolutely fantastic very beautiful and stunning presentation.

  9. Fizza Chaudhry says:

    I love Chitral and want to visit this beautiful place, but how?

  10. Kamran Khan says:

    Chitral tou Janat hai, yaro!!

    • NatureLover says:

      No doubt chitral is heaven of Pakistan,i recently visited chitral n enjoyed alot chilam joshi festival and the living kelashi people…they are realy organized nationb

  11. Haider Ali says:

    Extremely beautiful pics and I am speechless to appreciate!!!!!!

  12. rana tariq says:

    Im just leaving for kalash festival…
    with raja Nisar Ahmed from wah cantt.

  13. Hanif Khan says:

    The people of Chitral are very peaceful people in all of Pakistan.

  14. Asif Arman says:

    Chitral is a very beautiful place and my home town too. I miss my Chitral badly.

  15. M. Ayaz says:

    Wah, its a natural beauty of Pakistan. Chitralians are peace loving people and have a love for all people who visit Chitral.

    They are brave people.

  16. Fazal uddin Joosh says:

    Chitral is the most beautiful place on earth. The people of Chitral are brave ,peaceful and hospitable. I love my Chitral.

  17. Asad Walayat says:

    I love Chitral because I have my love there.

  18. Iqbal-ud-Din says:

    Good and nice pics. I am also from Chitral.

  19. I love Chitral, its people are peace loving people. In early sixties I was studying in St. Joseph School Kohat, we had many Chitralis, they were nice guys. I have traveled many times by road and by air. But whenever I had time I preferred travelling by road, this place is worth visiting again.

  20. Pinin Shah says:

    I would like to thank and appreciate your work. Well done nativepakistan.com
    Thank you again for your good work and hope you will try to put few more pictures in your site as like arkari and shoghor booni, thanks.

  21. Sahib ur Rehman says:

    Good and nice pics. I am also from Chitral.

  22. Beautiful photos, nice place and good people.

  23. My desire is to see these places.

  24. I used to visit Chitral every month for consecutively for 8 years when i was in a pharmaceuticals Company. I found it a beautiful place on earth.

  25. Maj (R) Siraj Syed (USA) says:

    I am delighted to see how beautiful Chitral is. Great job done by the Admin of Native Pakistan.

  26. Awesome places, and I guess very nice people. I was aamzed by the snow leopard, the yak, the markhor, etc. I know these mountains are famous for the splendid aquamarines, and other precious stones and gems. Thanks to exist this corner of our planet. Shukria.

  27. Asif Rahman says:

    Very nice pics.

  28. Fida Hassan says:

    These are really lovely and memorable photos. Well done and keep up your good work.

  29. I like your photos those are very good

  30. parkerhains says:

    History information is too good.

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