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SPORTS TOURISM IN PAKISTAN
| The Best Tourist Attractions of Pakistan |
| Photo Galleries of Beautiful Pakistan |
| Weather Forecasts of Pakistan |
| Rock Climbing | Polo at the Peak | Famous Shandur Polo Festival | Golfer’s Paradise |
| Wild Boar Hunter's Paradise | Buzkashi | Mountain Biking | Angling - Fishing | Paragliding |
| White Water Sports - Rafting |
| Welcome to Pakistan | Hotels In Pakistan | City Distances In Pakistan |
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Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing:
Pakistan is well known for high altitude climbing but not many people come for Rock climbing. Pakistan in fact has equal opportunity for Rock climbing as well. The Trango Towers in Baltoro area are well known all over the world. Besides Trango Towers, Kondus valley in Khuplu area is a paradise for rock climbers. There are numerous untouched rock faces in the Karakoram, Himalaya and Hindukush ranges of Pakistan which are ideal for rock climbers.

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Polo at the Peak

Highest Polo Ground in the world:
Passion for Polo will be the highest on the world’s highest Polo ground. Every year, Shandur (3,734 meters) invites visitors to experience a traditional polo tournament between the teams of Chitral and Gilgit from 7th to 9th July. The festival also includes folk music, folk dance, traditional sports and a camping village is be set up on the Pass.

Polo is an equestrian sport with its origin embedded in Central Asia dating back to 6th century BC. At first it was a training game for cavalry units for the King’s guards or other elite troops. To the warlike tribesmen who played polo with as many as 100 players to a side, it was a miniature battle. It became a Persian national game in the 6th century AD. From Persia, the game spread to Arabia, then to Tibet, China and Japan. In China, in the year 910, death of a favourite relative in a game prompted Emperor Apao-Chi to order beheading of all players!

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Famous Shandur Polo Festival

Highlights of the Festival:
Passion for Polo will be the highest on the world's highest Polo ground. Shandur invites visitors to experience a traditional polo tournament between the teams of Chitral and during the 2nd week of July. The tournament is held on Shandur Pass, the highest polo ground in the world at 3,700 meters. The festival will also include folk music and dancing and a camping village is set up.

Background
Polo is an equestrian sport with its origin embedded in Central Asia dating back to 6th century BC. At first it was a training game for cavalry units for the King's guards or other elite troops. To the war like tribesmen who played polo with as many as 100 players to a side, it was a miniature battle. It became a Persian national game in the 6th century AD. From Persia, the game spread to Arabia, then to Tibet, China and Japan. In China, in the year 910, death of a favorite relative in a game prompted Emperor Apao-Chi to order beheading of all players!

Polo was introduced in South Asia, by the Muslim conquerors in the 13th century. English word 'Polo" is a Balti word meaning, 'ball'. Now a days, there are six players to a side, but this is by no means a rule in local polo games. There was no limit to the number of players and no time limit. Whichever team scored nine goals first, was the winner. The present game with a team of six players in a side, lasts one hour with a ten minute break.

Gilgit, Chitral and Skardu have always played the game of polo closest to its original form. In the past, local Rajas, Mirs and Mehtars were the patrons of the game. At times, more than 50% of the annual budget of their principalities would be spent on supporting thegame.

Shandur Polo Tournament:
The first time a polo tournament took place at the Shandur Pass, was in 1936. A British Political Agent, Major Cobb, who was fond of playing polo under a full moon, had the polo ground near Shandur, named. 'Moony Polo Ground'.

The most exciting polo tournament of the entire Northern Pakistan, is played on top of Shandur Pass, around 3,700 meters above sea level. It is a place unique and exotic in itself, surrounded by some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in the world. The event marks the annual rivalry between the polo teams of Gilgit and Chitral. The Polo tournament has some added attractions for the visitors; trout fishing at the nearby streams and lakes and a festival of folk dances and music of the Northern Pakistan.

The highlight of the festival is the final match between the Gilgit and Chitral teams. The final provides a most colorful spectacle. Supporters of both sides travel long distances from the remote parts of Chitral and Gilgit, to watch the thrilling game. The event, as such, offers a fascinating insight into the lifestyle of the people of this region. Their culture and indigenous customs are a delight to behold for the visitors.

Festival Information
It is advisable to be there one day in advance to enjoy all the offerings of the festival. Activities at Shandur includes dance and music performances by different groups, trout fishing, mountaineering, trekking, hiking and of course, horse riding. Crystal clear lakes, snow covered mountains, alpine flowers and vast stretches of green grass, are added attractions.

Facilities
A tourist tent village with restaurant facilities is sprung up during the tournament. Merchants from Peshawar, Chitral and Gilgit set up souvenir and folk craft shops. The tournament offers visitors and opportunity to mix with the locals.

How to reach?
The Shandur Pass lies almost midway between Chitral and Gilgit on a jeep road, travelling on which, is adventurous, to say the least. The distance from either side is 170 kms. One can get to Chitral or Gilgit by Pakistan International's daily F27 Fokker planes form Peshawar and Islamabad. There are daily two flights from both destinations, subject to good weather. Visitors planning to go by air must expect adjustment of minimum 02 days in their itineraries just in case the weather does not permit flights to operate.

Access to Chitral by road is either from Peshawar or from Islamabad. Both these routes join up in lower Swat valley near Chakdara, from where you proceed via Dir over 3200 meters high Lowari Pass and on to Chitral. It will take about 11 hours for a direct ride, otherwise, a stopover in Dir is recommended. From Dir, you shift to 4x4 jeeps for your onward journey to Chitral and on to Shandur. From Chitral side, travelers can also enjoy overnight stay at Mastuj whereas from Gilgit side, Gupis is a suitable place.

Travelling by road from Islamabad, on the Karakoram Highway (the Silk Route), visitors can stop at halfway for overnight stay along the mighty Indus, at Besham.

Accommodation
For visitors to Shandur, Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) has set up its new motels with all facilities like, attached toilet/bathroom, hot/cold water, restaurant etc, at Panah Kot (Dir), Chitral, Bamburet (Kalash Valley), Besham (KKH), Barseen (KKH) and Gilgit, besides some private hotels. On the Pass, a tent village with all facilities is set up.

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Golfer’s Paradise

Golfer’s Paradise:

Rawalpindi Golf Course:
It is Eighteen (18) holes, challenging course. Major tournaments of the country are organized by the Rawalpindi Golf Club, located near Ayub National Park on G.T. Road, Rawalpindi. It has one of the most beautiful surroundings.

Islamabad Golf Course:
It is an 18 hole course with a picturesque background, having grass and water channels around the fair-ways as well as around the greens, and the golfer has really got to be careful in playing his shots.

Kabal (Swat) Golf Course:
It is an 18 hole course with a picturesque background. This is an old golf course, constructed by the Wali of Swat for recreation during holidays in the valley.

Bhurban Golf Course:
This golf course is located at a distance of about 15 Km from Murree Hills. It is a 9 hole course at a height of 6000 ft. above sea level, with a picturesque background. It is one of the most challenging courses with small hills erected around. Major tournaments of the country are held here.

Lahore Golf Course:
It is an 18 hole very well maintained course. Most of the major tournaments of the country are held here. Leading professional golfers belong to this Golf Club.
Karachi Golf Course:
Golf as a game is being taken up enthusiastically in Karachi. The fact that so many excellent golf courses have been built in different parts of the city demonstrates the popularity the game enjoys.

Arabian Sea Country Club:
This club consisting of Golf and Swimming Pool Complex is set amidst scenic and picturesque surroundings. It’s specially designed 18-hole golf course is rated among the best golf courses available in the country.

Karachi Golf Club:
Karachi Golf Club is the oldest golf club of Karachi and has played a pivotal role in popularizing the game of golf. The original Golf Club started as a subsidiary of Sindh Club in 1888 and within three years had become an independent entity. Through a concerted effort the entire course was turfed, landscaped and planted with trees, providing the largest green area in greenery-starved city of Karachi. Presently, the 27-hole golf course is spread over 250 acres of land and is the only one of its kind in Pakistan.

Other Golf Courses: includes 18-hole golf courses of Carlton Hotel, off Zulifqar Street 1, Defence VIII and Dreamworld Family Resort, adjacent to Gulshan-e-Maymar, off Super Highway.

Peshawar Golf Course:
It is an 18 hole course with a picturesque background having grass and water channels around the fair-ways as well as around the greens, and the Golfer has really got to be careful in planning his shots.

Shandur Golf Course:
The highest golf ground in the world is located at 13000 ft. This course is infrequently used and is maintained by the Chitral Scouts.

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Buzkashi

Buzkashi:
Buzkashi actully is a national game of Afghanistan. Buzkashi is not played regularly in Pakistan. But if held, the day chosen is a Sunday. The Organizers can inform us on a Friday if the match is to be held that particular Sunday. The match has no entrance fee. A special match would cost between 60 and 70 thousand in cash. The Organizers require 10 days prior notice.

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Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking
There are plenty of opportunities for cross country mountain bicycling in all the mountain ranges of the country. However, due to higher temperaturesin the mountains except for the Northern Pakistan, this sport can only be undertaken during the winters. The smooth lower hills of Swat, Azad Kashmir, and Galliyat provide adequate opportunities for mountain bikers.

Mountain Biking tours in Pakistan was introduced in recent years and this area can be further developed as a paradise for bike tours. Start biking from Islamabad on Karakorum Highway (the old Silk route) up to Chinese border - the Khunjerab Pass and returning to Islamabad via the popular Kaghan valley or starting from Islamabad to Chitral, the famous valleys of Kafir Kailash, over the famous Shandur pass down to Gilgit are all unique routes for mountain biking in the world.

A tour of northern mountain region on bikes is a thrilling adventure. You can visit to Hunza Valley, or pass through alpine valley of Kaghan, the scenery is catching and rewarding making your adventure a life time memory. The mountainous valley of Kaghan offers excellent mountain biking opportunities.

Biking trips from Mansehra to Balakot(50 km),from Balakot to Shogran (30 km), from Shogran to Kaghan (40 km), Kaghan to Naran (26 km), Naran to Burawai (30 km), from Burawai to Lake

Lulusar (25 km), downhill from Fairy Meadows to Raikot Bridge (21 km) and from Babusar village to Chilas (40 km) are some enthrilling biking trips carefully suited to the needs and tastes of mountain biking adventurists.

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Angling

Angling (Fishing):
Angling in Pakistan: All major National Parks, Wildlife Sanctuaries, Wildlife Parks, Game Parks, State Parks and Wildlife Reserves of Pakistan that offer 'Angling'. Click on the wildlife reserve, park or animal sanctuary to see more details.

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White Water Sports

White Water Sports:
The rivers of Pakistan, spread like a net through its length and breadth. Right from the heights of the Karakorams, the Himalayas and the Hindukush, Pakistan’s rivers change its courses and flows until they all meet the mighty Indus, at different points, which ultimately falls into the Arabian Sea.

These rivers are ideal for all types of water sports like, rafting, canoeing, boating and sailing. Following rivers in the Northern Pakistan, are open for water sports, besides the Indus, the Ravi and the Chenab in NWFP, Punjab and Sindh provinces;

Recommended Routs
1 Indus (from Jaglot to Thakot)
2 Kunhar (from Naran to Kaghan)
3 Swat (from Bahrain to Saidu Sharif)
4 Panjkora (from Dir to Batkhela)
5 Hunza (from Aliabad to Gilgit)
 
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Paragliding

Gliding Club of Pakistan (GCoP):
is an adventure sports club which focuses on free flying. This is one of the few clubs in the country which has the infrastructure and resources to not only offer a variety of free flying courses but also organize and host gliding expeditions to various sites in Pakistan.

The club has developed a number of international standard training sites at Choa Saidan Shah (Salt Range) keeping in mind the beginner and intermediate level pilots. The sites developed for beginners have an excellent location for both ground training as well as small height solo flights.

GCoP has experienced trainers who have been flying paragliders, hang gliders and motorized gliders for years. Some of the trainers have been engaged in flying trainings at Pak Army training school as well.

Pakistan has breathtaking flying sites in the North. The extensive mountain ranges of Himalayas and Hindukush provide excellent opportunities for free flying. For experienced pilots who wish to fly from these amazing sites GCoP can manage complete logistics for the flying expeditions.

GCoP offers Paragliding, Hang Gliding, Motorized gliding through trained pilots. Training courses for these sports are offered at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. For those who cannot commit a lot of time for learning but want to experience the thrill of flying GCoP offers scenic tandem flights from various sites.

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Karachi Elev. 22 m
Multan Elev. 122 m
Lahore Elev. 217 m
Islamabad Elev. 508 m
Murree Hills Elev. 2126 m
Kaghan Valley Elev. 2134 m
Swat Valley Elev. 975 m
Hunza Valley Elev. 2500 m
Kalash Valley Elev. 1670 m
Skardu Valley Elev. 2500 m
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