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The Shandur Pass, the highest Polo ground on Earth

Date Published: Aug 27 , 2011

The Shandur pass is about 3738 meter above the sea level and lies midway between Chitral and Gilgit. These areas of Pakistan remains snow covered in winter and turn into the green heaven during summer season. The traditional polo tournament played between Chitral and Gilgit teams in the month of hot July every year.  The freestyle mountain polo is arguably polo in its purest form. This version of the game played at Shandur has attained legendary status. There are no umpires and there are no holds barred.  Polo teams and thousands of spectators from Chitral and Baltistan compete in the highest polo ground in the world in the Shandur Pass, Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan in the Shandur Polo Festival.

You can find a great deal of information on the net that will assist you with your travel plans. If you don't plan on visiting shandur or Northern areas you can still enjoy the pictures and media associate with the local culture. 2011 Shandur Festival was a success. Gilgit polo teams participated in the event and won most of the games including the final. The annual event will be repeated at the same time next year, July 7-9th, 2012.

There is one site dedicated to providing information about shandur polo festival and other areas of Northern Areas including Chitral that might be of interest to tourists. If you have any questions please feel free to  visit

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