Geography Introduction: A Guide To Chitral

Chitral is one of the most famous natural wonders of pakistan, often called the

In the most northerly part of Pakistan, the land rises to meet the most majestic mountain ranges on the earth, the Karakorams, the Hindu Kush and The mighty Himalayas.

This territory of Pakistan has been the subject of legends for centuries: there are many beautiful places in these areas. The names of this area are Hunza, Gilgit and Chitral.

The high valleys of the north have been inhabited for a long time. Merchants passed through the area too, although they were only able to use the mountain passes for a few months of the year because most of time they were covered with snow. The multiple paths the merchants followed for trade with China and beyond were known as the " Silk Route". In these valleys, life depends on the passage of the seasons. Spring appears in February and the valleys turn green by March. In this season, people sow corps of wheat, barely and maize mainly. There are heavy rains in April, which can wash away lower roads. By May snow starts to melt and rivers flow faster. June seems temperatures rising and rivers flowing in spate. The major passes that remain impassable for six months reopened for road traffic.

The clear air and high altitude makes the flowers look almost incandescent in their brilliance.

Traditional styles of dress are still almost universal, although often making use of modern fabrics. Men wear a long gown, the dishdash of white cotton. Women are seen in public far less than the men folk. Outside their homes, women usually wear a black, all-enveloping robe, albeit one that can hint at colorful garments and opulent jewelery beneath. In the family it seems that women's influence is quite equal to that of men.

Fishing permits can be obtained in Chitral Town, but eating a delicious fresh trout lunch is all the sport you require after immersing in the sulphur springs. Here in Chitral you can see some of the Pakistan's most outstanding mountain scenery.

The fresh air and peaceful atmosphere produce a marked change from the crowded cities. Blossoming fruit orchards and waving fields of grain line the roadside on the drive into Chitral. The name Chitral is given to the main town as well as whole district. Everything can be found here from lapis lazul jewelery to the famous Chitral cap and carpets.

The town's most beautiful building is the Shahi Mosque, whose ornate dome and minarets stand out against the white snows of the Tirich Mir (the highest peak of Hindu Kush, about 25,000 feet high) looming above.

The healing powers of Chitral's hot springs are yet another attraction in an area of stunning natural beauty and fascinating peoples whose friendship remains with visitors for a long time.

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