A large number of tourist visits Kalash valley during festival
Chitral Times Report
PESHAWAR: A large number of tourists, including foreigners,
enjoyed the four-day Chilimjusht festival held in the three Kalash
valleys of Bumburate, Birir and Rumbur in Chitral.
The Chilimjusht, which heralds the arrival of spring, was jointly
organised by the Tourism Corporation Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (TCKP) and
the Saiyah Travels & Tours.
According to organisers, this year the participation of local and
foreign tourists was tremendous and almost all the hotels in the
Bumbuarate valley had been booked well before the commencement of
the festival. The hotels received more tourists than the capacity
they had for the visiting guests.
Stringent security arrangements were in place, particularly the
foreign tourists were provided protection by the special security
teams. However, no federal or provincial minister or any other
dignitaries attended the event this year.
Of the three Kalash festivals, Chilimjusht which normally lasts for
four days is considered to be the important of all. Young girls and
boys sing and dance in groups in the community halls. Houses are
decorated and the Kalash people wear new clothes that are
specifically prepared for the occasion.
Main feature of the festival is selection of life partner for
unmarried boys and girls.
Kalash men and women are seen shopping for the festival in the
Chitral bazaars while in the valleys they are busy in preparing
traditional dresses for the festival.
The Kalash girls spent lavishly on purchase of clothes and
ornaments for the event and the occasion is being used to show off
their financial wealth.
According to the TCKP and Saiyah Travels agreement, the tourists
were provided accommodation, food and other facilities for just
Rs14,500. The purpose of the agreement was to introduce the serene
valleys, ensure the access of local and foreign tourists to the
beautiful sites of the province and provide them better facilities
while staying over there.