PESHAWAR: The three-day annual Shandur Polo Festival is going to begin today (Saturday)at the world highest polo ground at Shandur in Chitral.  

Chief Minister Pervez Khattak would inaugurate the event.

The polo teams of Chitral, Glgit Baltistan, Laspur, Mastuj and Ghizer are participating in the polo tournament.

The provincial government has taken solid steps for organising the Shandur Polo Festival in a befitting manner to attract domestic and foreign tourists to the scenic region and traditional game in large number this year.

In addition to music and cultural evenings and traditional dances, the local artisans and skilled entrepreneurs and other stakeholders would showcase their products and traditional foods.

A camping village and stalls had already been established to highlight and promote the artworks of the Chitral and Gilgit local artists and skilled people.

Rafting in the Shandur lake, paragliding, archery and kite flying would be other features of the event to attract domestic and foreign tourists in great numbers.

Besides providing an opportunity of great thrill and enjoyment to the tourists, spectators and fans of the polo game, the event would also send a positive message to the outer world that peace and tranquility had been restored in the region.

The game has got international fame, which is being played at the highest polo ground of the world at Shandur Pass in Chitral.

As Chitral is the most peaceful region, it attracts thousands of domestic and international tourists annually, especially during the Shandur and Kalash festivals.