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Explore Pakistan | Cities | Chitral  چترال

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ChitralChitral or Chetrar, translated as field in the native language Khowar,
is the capital of the Chitral District, situated on the western bank of the Kunar River (also called Chitral
River), in Pakistan. The town is at the foot of Tirich Mir, the highest peak of the Hindu Kush, 25,289 ft
(7,708 m) high. It has a population of 20,000, while the district (of 14,833 km˛ or 5,727 sq mi), has a population
of 300,000. The altitude of the valley is 3,700 ft (1,100 m).


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The main languages spoken in this area of Pakistan are Khowar and about 13 other dialects. The people of the Kalash
Valley speak the Kalash language. Urdu is widely spoken and understood in major towns and to some extent Pashto is also spoken.

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The main tribe, the Khow, speak Khowar (or Chitrali), one of the Dardic languages, which is also spoken in parts of

Yasin, Gilgit, Ghizer and Swat. Pashto language is also spoken and understood by some in the city. Chitral is known

for the famous Kalash tribe polytheist native inhabitants that ruled the region for centuries later invaded by "Khow".

The Kalasha reside in an enclave of three remote valleys west of Ayun, which is ten miles (16 km) down from Chitral


The Chitral culture is Islamic and contrasts considerably with the urban cities of Pakistan as well as the adjacent

district of Gilgit. Women are nearly invisible except to their male relatives and other women.

They avoid walking the streets of the town, so men or children do most of the shopping. Travel requires the company

of a close male relative and sometimes the wearing of a burqa.[1] There is also a sizeable population of Nuristanis,

Tajiks and Uzbeks most of whom arrived from Afghanistan in the late 1980s.

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Unlike the rest of Pakistan where cricket dominates, polo is most popular sport, with football being the most played sport.

A number of sport festivals and tournaments are held throughout the year, includeing the Shandur polo

tournament held at the highest polo ground in the world. Around 15,000 people travel to Shandur for the tournament, which

lasts around a week.[citation needed]

Chitral has also produced some national players such as Muhammad Rasool who plays for the national football team. There

are many football clubs in Chitral.


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Buddhist and Hindu Period

Chitral was a Buddhist country before the extention of Islam , and the traces of Buddhism are still found.

“ Equally interesting are the remains of what may have been a Hindu temple at Chaghan Saray , in the Kunar valley ,

in the extreme east of Afghanistan.

“ The northernmost portion of the Durand Line commenced from Chitral where the Indian Chinese and Russian empires

met.On the Afghan side of the border most of the population was non-Muslim but by 1900 it had been converted to

Islam by Abd al- Rahman's integrationist policy , and the area was renamed Nuristan.

A British garrison, sent from Gilgit to oversee the smooth transition of power to the heir apparent after a ruler was.

murdered, was besieged in Chitral Fort for over a month in 1895.

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