The culture of Chitral bears traces of Greek, Iranian,Tatar and Turkish influences due to its unique location and historical links with Central Asia and Europe.The Chitrali people call the land of Chitral “Kho” and their language is Khowar. Persian is spoken only Madaglasht Valley. Pushto and Urdu have also made their into Chitral. Other languages spoken in Chitral include Kalash, Gujari, Nuristani, Dameli, Wakhi, Kirghiz, Yidgha, Gawar-Bati and Phalura. The tradition of hospitality can be observed throughout northern Pakistan but in few places it is offered as generously as in Chitral. Chitralis also have a strong musical tradition. The Chitrali sitar, a string instrument, can often be heard at many places and family gathering. Polo is the most popular sport in Chitral which has attained dary status. Matches are festive occasions, inevitably many tourists. The world famous Shandur Polo Tournament is held between Gilgit and Chitral every year from 7th to 9th of July at Shandur Pass near Laspur Valley.
CHITRAL valley is the largest district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, covering an area of 14,850 km². There are famous valleys and places in Chitral which attract tourists like Kalash valley, Garam Chashma valley, Booni, Golen valley, Shandur pass, Shai Qila, Bamburat and the list goes on.
Chitral has steep mountains, lush green valleys, beautiful meadows and large glaciers. This makes it one of the most beautiful areas of the world.
But the visitors face serious problems like inadequate infrastructure, hotels and other facilities. Prime Minister Imran Khan says Pakistan has huge tourism potential and he will promote tourism to strengthen the economy.
Therefore, the government should focus on tourism in Chitral and provide facilities to the tourists.