The version of the polo game played in Shandur Polo Ground is considered to be the purest of all. It is also called freestyle polo. Polo is the most favorite game in Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan. Gilgit, Skardu, Hunza, Shigar, Laspor, Mastoj, Chitral, and all other valleys around must have at least one polo ground, where local people can be seen playing polo.

Shandur Polo Ground is naturally designed to be a polo ground. Small hills are on all four sides of the rectangular ground, where spectators can sit and enjoy the match. The surrounding landscape and Shandur Lake make it even more beautiful.

Shandur Polo Festival is a sports festival held annually from 7th to 9th July in Shandur Polo Ground, Chitral, Pakistan. The polo tournament is played between the teams of Gilgit-Baltistan Districts and Chitral District, under freestyle rules. Organized and financed by both Upper Chitral District and Gilgit Baltistan Government. The tournament is held at Shandur Top which is the world’s highest polo ground at an altitude of 3,700 meters (the pass itself is at 3,800 meters). The festival also includes folk music, dancing, and a camping village is set up. The polo tournament is featured in the first episode of Himalaya with Michael Palin.

Shandur can be reached from Gilgit and Chitral. It is about 197 kilometers (122 miles) from Gilgit and 147 kilometers (91 miles) from Chitral. When coming from Gilgit to Shandur one can see the charming valleys of Gahkuch, Gupis, Phandar, and many beautiful lakes. When coming from Chitral one can see the beauty of Mastuj and Surlasp valleys.


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