Shandur Top is one of Pakistan’s most beautiful valleys. Located in the Chitral District, Shandur is often regarded as the “roof of the world.” Every year, thousands of people, including many honeymooners, visit this beautiful valley.
A polo match, held every year during the summer, is played on Shandur Top between Chitral District and Ghizer District teams.
Over the years, the top teams of Chitral and Gilgit-Baltistan have played polo closest to its original form. The game has become a large part of people’s lives. Since the early 20th century, polo has been played every summer in this part of the country.
Before deciding which teams will participate in the tournament, preliminary matches are held both in Chitral and Gilgit. The final teams are selected based on their overall performance. The local jury chooses only the best, most hard-working, and dedicated players.
Until now, hundreds to thousands of polo matches have been held. It would not be wrong to say that polo has become a prominent Pakistani sport. The game was played for the first time in Persia in the 6th century. From there, it spread to Arabia, Tibet, China, Japan, and many other parts of the world.
In Pakistan, Shandur Top is the only place where polo matches are held in their purest form. The three-day Shandur Polo Festival has steadily developed into a massive annual celebration.