Shandur Polo Festival Chitral Gilgit-Baltistan , Pakistan | Informational Videos
Shandur Polo Festival is a sports festival held every year from 7 to 9 July at Shandur Polo Ground, Chitral, Pakistan The polo tournament is played between teams from Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral districts under freestyle rules Organized and funded by both Upper Chitral District and Gilgit-Baltistan Government.
The tournament is held at Shandur Top which is the highest polo ground in the world at an altitude of 3,700 meters (the pass itself is at 3,800 meters). The festival also includes folk music, dance and a camping village has been set up. A polo tournament is featured in the first episode of Himalaya with Michael Palin. History In 1935, the UK Administrator for the Northern Territories, Evelyn Hay Cobb, asked the Balti Raja of Skardu, Ali Sher Khan Anchan, and the Numdar of Chitral, Niyat Qaboo Hayat Kakakhel, to build a polo ground at Shandur, which was completed with the help of local people. has been. population This polo ground was later named “Mas Junali”. The word “Mas Jonali” is derived from the Khowar language. The word “mas” means moon and “janali” means polo ground.