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Chilam Joshi Festival

Chilam Joshi is also known as Kalash spring festival. Chilam Joshi festival is held in three Kalash valleys, Bumburet, Birir, and Rumbur where Kalash girls and boys dance to the tune of traditional drum beats.

Chilam Joshi celebrations highlight their cultural richness, the plethora of colors and the underlying message of peace.  The women dressed up in traditional clothes of vibrant colors, gold, silver jewelers and elaborate headgear. Men wear traditional shalwar kameez with a woolen waistcoat.

Kalashi festivals are famous throughout the world. Three festivals are more important, celebrated in different months of the year. Chilam Joshi is the most important festival celebrated in May for four days. Uchal Festival held in autumn season and Choimos Festival in midwinters.

Chilam Joshi festival starts at Rumbur valley and then moves on to other valleys of Kalash. In this festival, Kalashi people pray for the safeguard of their fields and animals before going to their fields and for this purpose they used to spread milk on their Gods. The festival brought smiles on the unmarried Kalasha boys and girls faces who during the festival get an opportunity to choose their life partners. They announce their life partners name on the last day of the festival.

Kalash Festivals

One of the major attractions of Pakistan Cultural Festivals are Kalash Valleys Festivals. The Kalash Valleys of Rumbur, Bunboret, and Birir are within Chitral in the North-West Frontier Province, near Nuristan in Afghanistan. The people here are some of the only non-Muslims for hundreds of miles. The home of kafir Kalash or wearers of the black rose, a primitive pagan tribe. The Kalash are an ancient tribe and have a religion and culture of their own; their culture is unique as well as an amazing one. A legend says that one General Salik Shah, who was called by the Greek as General Sulfurous with five soldiers of the legions of Alexander of MACEDON, settled in Chitral and are the progenitors of the Kafir Kalash. The Kalash are infamous for their festivals; these folks know how to let their hair down in style. There is much dancing where the elders chant legends with drum accompaniment and the women dance around outside. Locally brewed mulberry wine is drunk in copious quantities. Kalash People celebrate three main festivals in a year. Let Check in Departure chilam  Joshi festival 2019 dates.

 Dates for Chilam Joshi Festival are  (13TH – 16TH OF MAY)

The function is organized to pay thanks to Almighty. They celebrate the arrival of the spring season with new hopes and aspiration.

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Highlights

  • Experience the spring festival of ethnic minority community of Kalash
  • Participate and dance to the tunes of Kalasha music
  • View of hundreds of peaks including Tirich Mir (7,708m) in the Hindukush Range
  • Rivers (Kunar, Dir, Chitral), tributaries and streams
  • Malakand pass, Lowari Pass (3,118 m) or Lowari Tunnel (10.4 kms)
  • Valleys of Khyber including Dir, Chitral and Kalash
  • Views of forts (Malakand, Nagar, Ayun & Chitral) and Mosques (Shahi Masjid)

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Detailed Itinerary

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Day-01: Islamabad and Rawalpindi

Welcome at Islamabad airport, and transfer to hotel. After refreshment proceed for city tour of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, which includes famous Faisal Mosque, Shakar Parian, Pakistan monument, Damen Koh, Lok Versa, Museum, Rawalpindi old bazaar, Raja Bazaar.

Day-02: Drive from Islamabad to Swat

After breakfast departure for Swat, 230 km, 4-5 hours, en-route visit well-preserved monastery of Takhat-e-Bai. Driving along the picturesque Malakand Pass you will first visit the magnificent ancient Buddhist monastery Takht-i-Bahi dating back to 1st to 7th Century AD. Takht-e-Bhai consists of numerous chapels and stupas sticking to the high, rocky spurs. Next, continue to the enchanting Swat Valley visiting the famous Churchill’s Picket en route. The valley of Swat, famous for its scenic beauty, snow-capped peaks, countless waterfalls and glaciers, water springs and pastures, streams and rivulets, thick woods, glades and glens, natural parks, lakes and dark forests.

Day-03: Drive from Swat to Chitral

Drive to Chitral 254 km, 7-8 hours, afternoon visit Chitral town. Chitral town is surprisingly large; it is population having swelled by Afghan refugees from across the border. Visit Chitral fort and 100 years old Shahi mosque surrounded by clusters of enormous chinars trees. The impressive fort is the ancestral home of the mehtars of Chitral (The ex-ruling family).

Day-04: Drive from Chitral to Kalash Valleys

Drive to Bumburate (Kalash valley) 70-km, 2-3 hours, arrive and transfer to hotel.
Chitral prime attraction is the Kalash valleys, home of 3000 non-Muslim Kafir Kalash (or black infidels) who live in 20 small villages in the valleys of Birir and Rumbur. The Kafir Kalash still follow their own religion, a mixture of animism and ancestor-and fire-worship, and have retained some of their original cultures. They make offerings to several gods: Sajigor, the highest deity, is in charge of everything: Surisan protects the cattle, Goshedoi milk products, and praba fruit. Most of the Kalash are pale skinned, and some of them even have fair hair and blue eyes, all of which give rise to the usual legend that they are descended from the followers of Alexander.

Day-05/06: Bumburet- Birir, and Rumbur

Enjoy Chilam Joshi Festival in three Kalash valleys of Bumburet, Birir, and Rumbur.
The annual festival is held in three Kalash valleys of Bumburate, Birir, and Rumbur where Kalash girls and boys dance to the tune of traditional drum beats. The celebrations would highlight their cultural richness, the plethora of colors and the underlying message of peace.
In the festival, the Kalash people would seek the blessing of their God and pray for the safety of herds and crops of the community.
The women would be dressed up in traditional clothes of vibrant colors, gold and silver jewelers and elaborate headgear.
Men wear traditional shalwar kameez with a woolen waistcoat.
The Kalash women and men dance and sing in a circle on the rhythmical chant of drum beats.
Kalashi festivals are famous throughout the world. Three festivals are more important, celebrated in different months of the year.
Chilam Joshi is the most important festival celebrated in May for four days. Uchal festival held in autumn season and Chomos festival in midwinters.
Chilam Joshi festival starts at Rumbur valley and then moves on to other valleys of Kalash. In this festival, Kalashi people pray for the safeguard of their fields and animals before going to their fields and for this purpose they used to spread milk on their Gods.
The festival brought smiles on the unmarried Kalasha boys and girls faces who during the festival get an opportunity to choose their life partners. They announce their life partners name on the last day of the festival.
According to locals, Kalash people are descendants of the great warrior-king Alexander the Great of Greece.

Day-07: Drive from Kalash Valleys to Mastuj

Drive back to Chitral 70 km, after refreshment continue drive to Mastuj 120-m. Overnight at hotel

Day-08: Drive from Mastuj to Phander

Drive to Phander 94-km via Shandur Pass 3700-m, afternoon visit Phander Lake and Phander valley.
Shandur Top (el. 12,200 feet (3,700 m) Shandur is called the ‘Roof of the World’. The top is flat, a plateau and can be crossed between late April and early November. The grade is very gradual, and the area is crossed by plentiful small streams during summer. The boundary line between Ghizer District and Chitral District is also situated in Shandur Top in Punji-Lasht as per the international boundary law division by watershed initially demarcated by Lt. Col AG Durand (also known as Durand boundary line).

Day-09: Drive from Phander to Karimabad

Drive to Karimabad 288-km, 6-7 hours. En route stop at various view pints and at Rakapsohi view point for photography and refreshment. Arrive Karimabad and transfer to hotel

Day-10: Visits in Karimabad and Altit

Morning visit Baltit Fort 700 Years old and Baltit village, afternoon visit Altit Fort 900 Years old, Altit village and visit the women carpenters of Hunza. Evening enjoy water channel walk from Karimabad to towards Hyderabad village.

Day-11: Drive to Khunjerab Pass & Karimabad

Full day excursion to Khunjerab Pass 4733 m (Pak- China Border) Evening drive back to Karimabad.
En-route visit Attabad Lake, Borith Lake, Gulkin village, Gulmit village, Passu white Glacier, Passu village, Hussani village and Hussani suspension bridge.

Day-12: Drive from Karimabad to Besham

Drive to Besham on Karakorum highway 9-10 hrs 435 km. En-route stop at junction point of three great mountain ranges meet, the Karakorum, Himalaya and Hindukush, at Thalichi for photography from Nanga Parbat 8,126m and at Rakaposhi view point for photography and refreshment.

Day-13: Drive from Besham to Islamabad

Drive to Islamabad 261-km, 6-7-hrs en-route visit Taxila Museum and historical sites.

Day-14: Fly back

Transfer to Islamabad airport for international flight

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