near Kunar River
(Khowar), is the capital of the Chitral District, situated on the
western bank of the Kunar River (Chitral River), in Pakistan. The town
is at the foot of Tirich Mir, the highest peak of the Hindu Kush.
The easiest access to Chitral is in the southwest along the Chitral or
Kunar Valley towards Jalalabad. This route is open all year and provides
direct access to Kabul. However the Pakistan–Afghanistan border (Durand
Line) prevents this being used as an internal route to Peshawar and the
south. The other routes are over mountain passes.
It has always been a very important route for many invaders to
south east Asia, Including Alexander the great Scythians,
Mangol Changez Khan and numerous others. Chitral is a small
town with a one single street bazaar and a few tourist class
hotels. At the end of Bazaar on the right (River side) there
is the Chitral fort and Palace of Mehtar (Mir Or King) In
front of the Fort is the Jami Mosque of Chitral an impressive
architecture with beautiful inlays and decorations. You can
get to Chitral from Swat via Dir drive to Dir
on your Car where there are Jeeps available at Al Manzar Hotel
which will take you via Lowari pass to the town of Chitral.
There are also Hiaces (Vans) leaving from Swat but Jeeps are
much safer. From Gilgit you can get a Jeep to take you to
Phander (Below Shandur Pass ) You must overnight at a camp
site and later continue to Chitral next day.
Nature has given Gilgit Baltistan with perfect beauty, high peaks, snowy
mountains, fresh water lakes, lush green fairy meadows, at the same time
this area is also blessed with unlimited and heavy deposits of precious
and semi-precious stones, precious & semi-precious metals, and
industrial stones like Ruby, Gold, Topaz, Aquamarine, Tourmaline,
Epidote, Paragasite, Zircon, Actinolite, Lead, Moonstone, Himalayan
Quartz, Emerald, Marble, Granite, Feldspar, Mica, Calcite, Feldspar,
Antimony, Graphite, Alum, Coal, Copper, Barite, China Clay etc.