Chitral The Capital of Chitral District

Chitral  is the biggest region in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa territory of Pakistan, covering a region of 14,850 km. It is the northernmost region of Pakistan. It imparts a fringe to Gilgit-Baltistan toward the east, with Kunar, Badakshan and Nuristanprovinces of Afghanistan toward the north and west, and with the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa locale ofSwat and Dir toward the south.

Map of Chitral
Map of Chitral



Chitral shares quite a bit of its history and culture with the neighboring Hindu-Kush regions of Gilgit-Baltistan, a district at times called “Peristan” due to the basic confidence in pixies  inhabiting the high mountains.

The whole area that currently frames the Chitral District was a free monarchical state until 1895, when the British arranged a settlement with its inherited ruler, the Mehtar, under which Chitral turned into a semi-independent royal state inside the Indian Empire. Chitral held this status even after its promotion to Pakistan in 1947, just being made an authoritative area of Pakistan in 1969.


Chitral Scenic View
Chitral Scenic View

Topography and access

Chitral is checked among the most elevated districts of the world, clearing from 1,094 meters at Arandu to 7,726 meters at Tirichmir, and pressing more than 40 crests in excess of 6,100 meters in tallness. The territory of Chitral is exceptionally sloping and Tirich Mir (25,289 feet) the most elevated pinnacle of the Hindu Kush, ascends in the north of the district. Around 4.8 for every penny of the land is secured by woodland and 76 for each penny is mountains and ice sheets.


The locale has a populace of around 414,000. The all inclusive community is for the most part of the Kho individuals, who talk the Khowar, which is additionally talked in parts of Yasin, Gilgit, Dir and Swat. Chitral is additionally home to the Kalash clan, who live in Bumburet and two other remote valleys southwest of Chitral town.


The greater part of the minority dialects are Dardic, including Shina, Kashmiri, Kalasha, Gawar Bati, Dameli,Pashayi, Shina, Kohistani, and Palula.

Iranian dialects and Pamir dialects talked by worker bunches in Chitral incorporate Pushto, Munji,Yidgha, Tajik and Wakhi. The Turkic dialects Kyrgyz and Uzbek are likewise talked in minority.

In spite of the fact that the prevalent dialect of Chitral is Khowar, in excess of ten different dialects are talked here. These incorporate Kalasha-mun, Palula, Dameli, Gawar-Bati, Nuristani, Yidgha, Burushaski, Gujar,Wakhi, Uzbeki, Kyrgyz, Dari and Pashto. Since huge numbers of these dialects have no composed frame, letters are generally composed in Urdu or Pashto.

Chitral Town

Polo Game in Chitral
Polo Game in Chitral

Chitral is the principle town in the locale chitral and fills in as its capital. It is arranged on the west bank of the Chitral River (otherwise called the Kunar River) at the foot of Tirich Mir which at  (25,289 ft) is the most astounding pinnacle of the Hindu Kush. Until 1969, it filled in as the capital of the regal province of Chitral.

Small River in Chitral
Small River in Chitral

The region of Chitral is partitioned into twenty-four association gatherings and two tehsils:

  • Chitral
  • Mastuj

The region chooses by coordinate famous vote, one individual from the National Assembly (MNA) and two individuals from the Provincial Assembly.