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Uchal Festival 2024

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Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
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Duration

09 days

Cancellation

Up to 30 days

Group Size

16 people

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About this activity

Welcome to the annual Uchal Festival in the Kalash Valley, Pakistan, a vibrant summer celebration taking place in mid-August. This colorful event is a cherished tradition for the Kalash community, where they come together to rejoice in the blessings of the season.

The Uchal Festival is a time of gratitude for a bountiful harvest and the beauty of nature surrounding them. The festivities begin with solemn rituals and prayers conducted by the elders in the Kalash temples, followed by joyous celebrations that fill the valley with happiness.

At the heart of the Uchal Festival are the captivating traditional dance performances. Both men and women, dressed in their finest traditional clothing, showcase their culture through rhythmic dances and melodious songs accompanied by drums and flutes.

Visitors to the festival have the opportunity to participate in cultural workshops and observe the exquisite handicrafts made by the Kalash people, such as embroidery, jewelry, and woodwork. The warm hospitality of the Kalash community ensures that guests feel welcomed and can experience their unique way of life.

As the sun sets, the festivities continue with bonfires and storytelling, creating a magical atmosphere under the starlit sky.

The Uchal Festival offers an enriching experience, celebrating the harmony between people and nature while preserving ancient customs. It provides travelers with a chance to witness the beauty of Kalash culture and the stunning landscapes of the Kalash Valley, making it a truly unforgettable summer celebration.

Highlights

  • Islamabad city tour, Taxila city tour, Lawari tunnel, Lawari Pass, Chitral city, Kalash valley (Bumburat,Rumbor), Swat valley

Included/Excluded

  • Exceptional tour guide
  • Comfortable private transport
  • Twin-sharing accommodation in well-appointed rooms
  • Delicious meals included (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Efficient airport transfers
  • Assistance with visa supporting documents
  • Additional Services
  • Insurance
  • Drinks
  • Entrance Tickets
  • International/domestic air ticket
  • Visa fee

Itinerary

Upon uour arrival in Islamabad, the capital city of Pakistan, our representative will warmly welcome you at the Islamabad International Airport. After the airport formalities, you will be transferred to our hotel to rest and acclimate to the new surroundings.

We will embark on a scenic drive from Islamabad to Chitral, immersing ourselves in the picturesque landscapes and mountains along the way. Upon arriving in Chitral, we can explore the local market to experience the unique culture of the region.

We will drive from Chitral to Bumburat Kalash, part of the Kalash Valley. There, we will witness the vibrant culture and traditions of the Kalash people, and if the timing aligns, we might have the chance to experience the Uchal Festival celebrations.

We will have ample time to explore Bumburat Kalash and its surroundings, visiting nearby villages and engaging with the friendly locals. We will attend traditional Kalash dance and music performances, immersing ourselves in the unique customs and way of life of the Kalash community.

We will bid farewell to Bumburat Kalash and proceed towards the beautiful Swat Valley. Enjoying a scenic drive, we will arrive in Swat and check-in at our hotel, where we can rest and relax in the serene surroundings.

We will explore the Swat Valley and its attractions, visiting Mingora, the main town of Swat, and exploring the local bazaars. Historical sites like Butkara Stupa and Saidu Sharif Museum will offer insights into the region's rich history, and we will bask in the natural beauty of Swat, often referred to as the "Switzerland of the East.

After breakfast, we will depart from Swat and head back to Islamabad. En route, we will visit the ancient archaeological site of Taxila, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Upon arriving in Islamabad, we'll have some time for last-minute shopping or exploring the city. Finally, our representative will transfer us to Islamabad International Airport on the 25th of July for our departure flight, marking the end of a memorable journey through the captivating landscapes and rich culture of Pakistan.

Destination

Kalash valley
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Pakistan

Frequently asked questions

The Uchal Festival is a vibrant and colorful summer celebration held in the Kalash Valley, Pakistan. It is an annual event where the Kalash community comes together to rejoice in the blessings of the summer season and express their gratitude for a bountiful harvest.

The Uchal Festival is a summer festival and usually takes place in mid-August from 20 to 22 August.

During the Uchal Festival, visitors can expect to witness captivating traditional dance performances, rhythmic music, and melodious songs. The Kalash people, dressed in their vibrant traditional attire, showcase their unique culture and perform age-old rituals to seek blessings from the gods.

Yes, there are accommodations available in the Kalash Valley. Local guesthouses and hotels offer comfortable stays for visitors. However, due to the popularity of the Uchal Festival, it's advisable to book your accommodation in advance to secure your stay.

Kalash Valley is located in the Chitral district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. The nearest International airport is Islamabad International airport and Bacha Khan International Airport, Peshawar and domestic airport is in Chitral, and from there, you can travel to the Kalash Valley by road. The journey provides stunning views of the mountainous region.

Absolutely! The Kalash community warmly welcomes visitors to join in the Uchal Festival celebrations. Tourists have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the festivities, interact with the locals, and experience the rich cultural heritage of the Kalash people.

Yes, the Uchal Festival presents an excellent opportunity to purchase traditional Kalash crafts and souvenirs. Local artisans showcase their intricate handicrafts, including embroidery, jewelry, and woodwork, for visitors to admire and purchase.

Yes, the Uchal Festival is family-friendly, and children can also enjoy the colorful festivities. It provides a unique cultural experience for families, offering a chance to learn about the traditions and customs of the Kalash community.

While participating in the Uchal Festival, it's essential to be respectful of local customs and traditions. Dress modestly, seek permission before taking photographs, and follow the guidance of your local guide to ensure a respectful and enjoyable experience.

Yes, the Uchal Festival is one of the most captivating and authentic cultural events in Pakistan. It offers a rare opportunity to witness the ancient customs and rich heritage of the Kalash people, making it a truly memorable and must-see experience for travelers.

The maximum number of people allowed in the group is 18.

During this trip to Pakistan, it is recommended to carry a mix of comfortable and appropriate clothing, considering the weather and cultural norms. Here are some clothing items you should consider packing: 1. Lightweight and breathable clothing: Pack lightweight and loose-fitting clothes to stay comfortable during the warm summer weather. 2. T-shirts and tops: Bring casual and comfortable t-shirts or tops suitable for sightseeing and outdoor activities. 3. Long-sleeved shirts or blouses: Long-sleeved shirts or blouses can provide protection from the sun and are appropriate for visiting religious or cultural sites. 4. Lightweight pants and trousers: Carry lightweight pants and trousers that are comfortable for walking and exploring various locations. 5. Scarf or shawl: A scarf or shawl is useful for covering your head or shoulders when visiting religious places. 6. Comfortable walking shoes: Pack comfortable and sturdy walking shoes for sightseeing and exploring the natural beauty of the regions. 7. Sandals or flip-flops: Sandals or flip-flops can be convenient for casual outings and hotel stays. 8. Hat or cap: Bring a hat or cap to protect yourself from the sun during outdoor activities. 9. Light jacket or sweater: Although it is summer, nights in the mountainous regions can get cooler. Pack a light jacket or sweater for cooler evenings. 10. Raincoat or umbrella: It's advisable to bring a raincoat or small umbrella as there might be occasional showers during the summer months. Remember to also pack any personal items you may need, such as sunscreen, sunglasses, and insect repellent. Additionally, respect the cultural norms of Pakistan by dressing modestly, especially when visiting religious or conservative areas.

Kids below 8 years old are complimentary, children between 9 to 12 years old receive a 50% discount, and children aged 13 and above are required to make full payment for the tour.

A 30% advance payment is required to book the tour.

Payment can be made directly on our website through secure online payment methods or by transferring the amount to our bank account. We will provide you with the necessary payment details and options to ensure a convenient and smooth transaction process.

This tour starts and ends in Islamabad, the capital city of Pakistan. The journey will begin with your arrival at Islamabad International Airport, where our representative will greet you, and it will conclude with your departure from the same airport after the completion of the tour. Throughout the 8-day itinerary, you will explore various enchanting destinations in Pakistan and return to Islamabad for a memorable and convenient travel experience.

Yes, we can organize the tour starting from a city other than Islamabad. Our team can make arrangements to accommodate your preferences and convenience. Whether you prefer to start the tour from another city or have specific requirements, we will tailor the itinerary accordingly to ensure a seamless and enjoyable travel experience. Just let us know your preferred starting city, and we will make the necessary arrangements to accommodate your request.

Yes, you will have a separate guide and a separate driver for the entire tour. Having a dedicated guide and driver ensures that you receive personalized attention and assistance throughout the journey. The guide will provide valuable insights about the destinations, cultural aspects, and historical significance, while the driver will ensure a safe and comfortable transportation experience, allowing you to make the most of your trip without any worries.

Yes, you will need a visa to enter Pakistan. Visitors from most countries are required to obtain a visa before their travel to Pakistan. It's essential to check the visa requirements for your specific nationality and make sure to apply for the appropriate visa well in advance of your planned travel dates.

Yes, if you book the full board tour with Hunza Explorers, you will receive visa supporting documents. We will provide the necessary documentation to support your visa application for the Pakistan tour, ensuring a smooth and hassle-free process. Our team will assist you with the required information and ensure that you have all the necessary documents to obtain your visa for the trip.

Activity's Location

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

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