Festival Dates: 15th December – 22nd December
A perfect trip for those who are enthusiastic in studying the life styles and ancient customs of the Kafir Kalash tribes living in three isolated valleys of Bumboret, Rambur and Birir in the heart of the Hindukush mountains. We begin the trip from Islamabad the Capital of Pakistan. Visit the impressive Faisal Mosque with its unique architecture; explore the colorful Bazaars of Rawalpindi.
Then we drive on the Grand Trunk Road to the ruins of the excavated city of Taxila, one of the most important Buddhist sites in the Indian Subcontinent dating back to the 6th century BC to 7th century AD. We will pay homage to the impressive archeological Museum, the three main excavated cities of Taxila, Bhirmound, sirkap and sirsukh.
Drive to the beautiful and historic swat valley, famous as the seat of Buddhism from the 2nd century BC to 9th century Ad. Explore its ancient excavated sites and visit the excellent Museum in Saidu Sharif and travel through lovely mountain villages to explore the upper reaches of this valley.
We drive on jeeps through the mountain village of Dir up to Lawari Pass, 3118 meters high and enter the isolated valley of Chitral. travel through the lovely mountain landscape to reach Chitral town that offers a commanding views of Tirich mir (7708 meters) the highest peak of the Hindukush Range.
Then we visit the ancient Chitral Fort and the Mosque before heading to the Kalash valleys where the ancient tribes of the Kalash Kafirs are residing. These tribes are famed to be the descendents of Alexander’s army, which passed through here in 327 Bc. Visit the Kalash valleys of Bumboret and Rambur to meet the people and visit their villages and houses to learn about their ancient customs and beliefs.