Chitral is the most beautiful and peaceful district of Pakistan situated at the North most in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. It shares a border with Gilgit-Baltistan to the east, with Afghanistan to the north and west, and with the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa districts of Swat and Dir to the south. A narrow strip of Wakhan Corridor separates Chitral from Tajikistan in the north.
In 1947 following the division of the British colony of India, princely states were offered the choice to either remain independent or to choose one of the two new dominions. The Mehtar of Chitral who was a friend of Quaid E Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah acceded to Pakistan and thus Chitral became one of the princely states of Pakistan. In 1969 it was fully integrated into Pakistan as the administrative district of Chitral.
Chitral played an instrumental role in the first Kashmir war. Immediately after acceding to Pakistan, Mehtar Muzaffar Ul Mulk proclaimed Jihad to liberate Kashmir from the Dogras. At this point, the Gilgit scouts were retreating and the enemy had made gains in the Burzil pass. Under these circumstances, the Chitral scouts relieved the Gilgit scouts in Domel and Kamri sectors whilst the Chitral Bodyguard force went towards Skardu. The Chitral bodyguards under the leadership of a Chitral Prince lay on the longest sieges of military history which ended with the fall of Skardu, the surrender of the Dogras, and the liberation of Baltistan. During this time, the Chitral scouts assimilated with the Gilgit scouts and went on towards taking the Kargil pass.
Chitral is famous for its natural beauty, the simplicity of its residents, and its unique culture. It is the most fascinating and charming place in the Hindukush range. The landscape of Chitral is extremely mysterious, with its steep harsh mountains, lush green valleys, beautiful pastures, and big glaciers, which have made it one of the most difficult and inaccessible areas of the world transforming it into an adventurous place on earth.
The weather in Chitral is extremely harsh and cold in winter unlike the other parts of the country, while the summer is very pleasant and the best season to visit the area. A variety of vegetables including tomatoes, onion, garlic, spinach, okra, lettuce, pumpkin, brinjal, etc are cultivated in Chitral for ages. The famous fruits of the area include different types of apples, apricots, pears, grapes, peaches, strawberries, and cherries.
Chitral is also famous because of the Kalash Valley, which is a place of Kalash people who are the descendants of Alexander the Great. Kalash Valley is a source of attraction for people all around the world. The unique culture and way of living of Kalash people make them different from the rest of the people. The following pictorial illustrations of Chitral speak louder than the words.