CHITRAL: After over two years, the annual Shandur festival will be back to its old schedule of July 7-9 this year.
For a couple of years, the annual three-day calendar festival could not be held from July 7 due to floods and Ramazan Last year the event was organized from July 29.
However, this year, the festival at Shandur will start on July 7 and end on July 9.
The Tourism Corporation of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (TCKP) has started a process to put in place the arrangements and float advertisements to attract tourists from across the world. In this regard, officials from the Gilgit-Baltistan government are likely to be invited to Peshawar to make the arrangements in order to facilitate the spectators.
The poor condition of roads leading to the venue at Shandur located in Chitral near the KP province and Gilgit-Baltistan is the major impediments for tourists in reaching the area.
Despite repeated announcements and the federal government’s decision to include Gilgit-Shandur-Chitral road in the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), work on the construction of the road is yet to be started.