Shandur Polo Festival

Shandur Polo Festival is one of the wildest polo festival played in the world.

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he polo ground at Shandur is located amidst Ghizer district of Gilgit-Baltistan in the North West and Chitral District. It is a common shared pass between these regions. Shandur is a flat plateau and is also a border between the province of KPK and Gilgit-Baltistan. The first time polo was played at Shandur Polo ground in 1936. Ever since it has become the greatest polo ground of entire North Region. The polo ground is approximately 155 kms away from the Chitral Town and about 200 kms from Gilgit City.

Shandur Polo Festival is incredibly different than any other game festivals around the world. The elevation of this great polo ground is about 3,743 m above the sea level. The birth of this ground is also an incredible story of local wisdom. This polo ground attracts many tourists from around the world. Matches are played between different teams of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral but the final match is a contest between Gilgit Team and Chitral Team.

These teams have been rivals in this game since centuries. It is also a very incredible moment to experience a horse charging on the roof of the world. The other attractions near Shandur Polo ground are Shandur Lake, Langar and Phandar Valley in Gilgit-Baltistan. We have linked Shandur Polo Festival with a well planned tour in the Hindukush mountain range.