Annual Qarlasht Festival Kicks Off in Chitral–Pakistan’s Northernmost Tourist Resort (PICS)

In order to encourage youth to take part in healthy activities the DC Chitral personally undertook rock climbing.

(DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — A four-day festival kicked off on Thursday in Chitral, the northernmost part of Pakistan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Chitral, the largest district of KP, shares border with Gilgit-Baltistan to the east, with Kunar, Badakshan and Nuristan provinces of Afghanistan to the north and west, and with the KP districts of Swat and Dir to the south. A narrow strip of Wakhan Corridor separates the mountain top tourism locale from Tajikistan in the north.

The Qaqlasht festival is showcasing an amalgamation of sports competitions and extracurricular activities at the 8000 feet high tourist resort near Booni in Upper Chitral which has a Mediterranean climate with warm summers and cold winters.

Jashan-e-Qaqlasht 2018 seeks to uplift adventure tourism in the region, said Deputy Commissioner Chitral Irshad Sodhar, who along with department heads and officials of Tourism Corporation Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa inaugurated the festivities.

A large number of people, tourists and students from different educational institutions attended the event on the first day.

The students presented national anthem and sang national songs.

In order to encourage youth to take part in healthy activities the DC Chitral personally undertook rock climbing.

Speaking on the occasion, Sudher said Chitral was paradise for the tourists and visitors. He said the scenic district had a treasure trove of culture, beauty and above all an exemplary peaceful environment for tourist to enjoy.

There is a lot of potential of tourism in the District which needs to be explored, he stated.

The first day of the festival included cricket, football, polo, table tennis, volley ball, paragliding, zip lining, rock climbing, skeet shooting and tug of war.

The festival is also showcasing different sports competitions including polo, sports for the physically challenged persons, traditional food stalls, cultural show, tug-of-war, skate shooting, marathon race, volleyball, cricket, football, archery and music night.

Other games like falcon prey, hockey and other activities like quiz competitions, mushaira and paragliding are also being held.

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