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Chilam Joshi Festival

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Duration

09 Days

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Tour Type

Specific Tour

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Group Size

30 people

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Languages

English

Overview

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.

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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)

Itinerary

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

Drive to Swat 4-5 hours, en route visit Taxila; which includes Jaulian, Mohra, Moradu and Sirkap and museum

Day-03: Drive from Swat to Kalash Valleys

Drive to Chitral 254 km, after refreshment continue drive to Kalash valleys 60 km, arrive Bomburate and transfer to hotel

Day-04 Kalash- Bomburate valley

Today we will start exploring the Bomburate Valley. We will visit the local Museum. The Kalasha Graveyard and the Town Centre. Later we will join the mega festival as all the tribes will gather in Bomburate. Enjoy dance, do photography and interact with the Kalasha Tribe and experience this unique culture firsthand

Day-05 Rumbur and drive to Chitral

Drive to Rambur valley, visit community house, Rumbur village and enjoy Chilam Joshi festival, where men and worm sing and dance. You will interact with local people to exchange their cultural and custom. Enjoy photography and evening drive to Chitral 60 km.

Day-06: Drive from Chitral to Swat

Morning visit Shahi Mosque, Chitral Museum, Chitral Fort, later on drive to Swat 254 km. Arrive Swat and transfer to hotel

Day-07: Drive from Swat to Peshawar

Drive from Swat to Peshawar 195 km, today we visit well preserved monastery of Takhat-e-Bai and continue drive to Peshawar via Malakan Pass.

Day-08: Drive from Peshawar to Islamabad

Morning city tour of Peshawar, which included Bala Hisar fort, Kissa Khani bazaar and Peshawar Museum. Afternoon drive to Islamabad 172 km

Day-09 Fly back

Transfer to Islamabad airport for international flight

Included/Exclude

  • Specialized bilingual guide
  • Private Transport
  • Entrance fees
  • Meals
  • Additional Services
  • Insurance
  • Drink
  • Tickets

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Created with Sketch. Kalash, Chitral

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