|06 Days||Kalash Festival Uchal | 20th - 22nd August
Do experience the world unique culture of Kalash with Chitral Travel Bureau. It is better to see the culture once than hear about it a thousand times
“Thanksgiving movement”- UCHAL is one of the famous religious festivals of the Kalash community celebrated by the Kalasha people every year on 20-22 August for the harvest and threshing of wheat crop in the three valleys of Bumburate, Birir and Rumbur.
The most remote and highly vulnerable community of Kalasha having unique traditions, values, customs is the most happiest people of the world. Non of the six key factors of happiness criteria applied in determining the international standard, but the Kalasha are known to be content and cheerful, as well as peaceful, showing gratitude and enjoying their simple pastoralist lives.
They have unique spiritual beliefs which taught them tolerance for others and which helped in maintaining a balance within their community. They have unique spiritual beliefs which taught them tolerance for others and which helped in maintaining a balance within their community and factors contributing to the wellbeing, happiness and resilience enhancement beliefs of Kalasha included five main themes, all influenced by their unique spirituality: contentment, pride in social identity, tolerance, gender collaboration and gratitude.
Kalash person's belief that “we have to live here in the heaven of Kalash and not in any other part of the world, so we are satisfied, we have enough resources to feed ourselves and our children. The Kalasha are never money oriented, we prefer peace and love that is everything to us. (Badsha Kalash)… we [the tribe] are famous for our faith in purity, we are pure souls like we don’t do negative things, we are satisfied with our lives, in our traditions and give no harm to others, we believe that all living peacefully are pure souls”. (Jia Kalasha).
Kalash celebrates every single event of life individually and collectively. Their social structured is established in a way which promote happiness, love, tolerance and respect to all living and non living creature of God. The four landmark festivals are celebrated in May, August, September and December every year, providing space sand opportunities for other people to join them in these feasts.
Uchal festival provides an opportunity to the community to pay homage to nature by celebrating the harvest and also thanking their Creator for blessing them with good food and crops. They take a procession to a high plateau which is located outside of the village in Balangkuru and they pray to the Creator and this is where the long night of dancing begins.
The Kalashi people celebrate the pre-harvest with cheese, corn, and wine. The people of the Kalash valley love music and dance to the beat of drums. Women dance in a circle on different songs. An interesting fact about Kalashi people is that they do not mourn the deaths, rather they celebrate it as a movement of happy return of their soul to God. The best gift the Kalasha people expect from the friend is a big dance for the departed soul.
On this occasion they celebrate harvesting with singing, dancing and paying homage to the nature for blessing them with barley and wheat harvest season prepare special foods, cheese, buttermilk and cornbread for the event. Women in traditional dresses perform dances. During the festival prayers, a procession is made to a high plateau outside the village in Balangkuru where the long night of dancing begins.
|Day 1||(18 Aug) Islamabad – Chitral:
Departure for Chitral by Luxury public transport or Private Car/coaster via Motorway passing through Lawari -tunnel (3118m). The journey will be 10 hours’ drive, arrive in Chitral and transfer to the hotel
|Day 2||(19 Aug) Chitral – Bumburat (Kalash)
Departure for Kalash valley, the 2-3 hours’ drive to Kalash village will be through the most interesting narrow jeep track, arrive and transfer to the hotel or camping site.
|Day 3-5||(20-22 Aug) Bumburat/Rumbor (Kalash)
Enjoy the Uchal festival in Bumburat and Rumbor village in Kalash valley
|Day 6||(23 Aug) Kalash – Chitral:
Drive back to Chitral, arrive and evening transfer to bus or special Car to Islamabad.
Cost of the Itinerary:
|1- ECONOMIC PACKAGE FOR 6 DAYS KALASH UCHAL FESTIVAL-2019|
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|2- EXECUTIVE PACKAGE FOR 6 DAYS KALASH UCHAL FESTIVAL-2019|
- Transportation (Luxury Bus, Car and Coaster) and return air ticket Islamabad to Islamabad for Executive package.
- Standard Accommodation (Hoteling& camping)
- Standard Meals (Breakfast + Lunch+ Dinner)
- Local Jeep/Car and Land Cruisor services for Executive package per itinerary
- Fuel and driver Expense
- Services of guide throughout the tour
- Medication, evacuation and rescue, etc
- Extra expenses due to road blocks or other reason
- Other expenditure of personal nature
- Tea, Mineral water and Cold drinks expense
- Personal insurances of clients
- Anything not mentioned in the itinerary
• 50% advance payment for booking confirmation.
• Transfer payment to our online Bank Account:
• Account Title: Chitral Travel Bureau
• Account #:PK32 KHYB 0011 0000 0222 60060169007000003592
• Bank: The Bank of Khyber Attaliq Bazar Branch Chitral
• 24 HRS or less, 100% cancellation charges do apply.
• 3 days or more – 50% cancellation charge does apply.
• 5 days or more – 30% cancellation charge does apply.
• 7 days or more – 15% cancellation charge does apply.