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Shandur Lake during the Festival


Shandur Polo Festival 2023 is a famous event on the roof of the World. The game of kings and the King of Games” polo is a free-style game. Shandur Polo Festival is the calendar event of the tourism depart of Gilgit-Baltistan. It has an interesting history that began in 1936 during British rule in north Pakistan. Furthermore, Shandur Polo ground is the highest polo ground in the world. Of course, it is situated at 3,734m above sea level. Without a doubt, it is the best tourist attractions in Gilgit-Baltistan. The best is, easily accessible from Gilgit and Chitral by car with eye-catching views.

Shandur Polo Festival 2022 happens from 1st July to 3rd July. The preparations for the amazing event are at its peak nowadays. Both Chitral and Gilgit-Baltistan government is busy organizing the event. The polo teams of the two different regions are busy in their full preparations to win the game of the event. Apart from the polo matches more colorful events celebrate during these three days. These are musical programs, culture shows, singing songs, and dances.

Of course, thousands of people are go to this exciting event. Definitely, from both sides Gilgit and Chitral support their respective teams. Doubtlessly, the Shandur polo ground turns into a large city these days. The high officials of Pakistan like the Prime Minister or the president of Pakistan visit on the final day to Shandur as well. That adds to the joys and colors of the polo festival.

The main events of the Shandur Polo Festival

The polo matches of the main event of the Shandur Polo festival. The top teams of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral get against each other. Six teams participate in the game three from Gilgit-Baltistan and three teams from Chitral. The final matches are played between the top teams of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral. Certainly, this match becomes like a battle between the two teams. The supporters of both sides get emotional. This is the reason the game becomes exciting because of supporting slogans from the spectators.

Visitors from all over the world visit for the Shandur polo festival at the roof of the world. Most importantly, the fans of nature and polo lovers.

Book your trip to Shandur Polo Festival 2023


All the tour operators in Pakistan are available to book your trip for this fascinating event. This dynamic tour plan does not only show you the polo game. But the journey to Shandur Pass is another surprise. The journey goes through many heart-touching highlights. Your journey from Chitral begins with a great view of the highest mountain in Hindukush, Terichmir. This is facing you all, from Chitral to Boni. Apart from these, passing through the charming villages and meeting the local communities is a great experience as well.

The journey from Gilgit to Shandur pass is an unforgettable experience. Driving on Shandur Road along the Ghizer River offers awesome attractions. You will loss in the natural beauty on this trip. The enchanting landscape from Gilgit to Shandur Pass has no comparison. The spectacular views of the beautiful tiny mountains above lush green meadows are fascinating. Stay tuned with Holiday Hikes Pakistan for such information.

Where to stay and dine during the Shandur polo Festival?

There are several hotels in the Ghizer Valley to stay at and dine.  Apart from these, you may have camping opportunities at Shandur as well. But the best options stay in a hotel in Phundar Valley. And go to watch the match and return to the hotel.

Finally, it exciting journey to reach and enjoy the Shandur Polo Festival you must not miss it. It is going to be held soon on the first day of the coming month to 3rd July 2022. To know about more festivals, celebrations, and history of the Shandur Polo Festival read on here.

Polo Team from Yasin

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