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Saturday, July 3, 2010

Shandur Polo Festival, Pakistan 2006

Shandur Polo Festival is arranged in July every year and a traditional Polo Match is played between the teams of Gilgit and Chitral at the highest Polo Ground of the World in Shandur. Shandur is located at a height of 3,700 m (12,650 ft) above mean sea level at the border of Gilgit and Chitral Districts.
Shandur Polo Event is a traditional event dating back to old colonial times. In 1930s, then British Political Agent in the area Major Evelyn Cobb was extremely fond of playing Polo and he initiated playing Polo in the moonlight of Shandur. The first Polo Tournament at Shandur took place in 1936.
Since then, Shandur Polo Festival is held almost every year and guests are invited from all over the globe to witness the event.
To celebrate the event, a camping village is set up at Shandur and various activities like folk music and dancing are held. Shandur Polo Festival is held in the 2nd week of July every year and offers activities like trout fishing, trekking, mountaineering, horse riding and folk music performances.
In 2006, Pakistan Post issued a Rs 5 Commemorative Stamp to celebrate the event.
You can see some beautiful Pictures of Shandur Polo Festival here.

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