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There are sulphur springs which have healing effect on skin diseases, gout, rheumatism and chronic headaches. It is quite modest hotel but takes care of basic necessities. Pir Nasir Khisraw, an 11th century spiritualist poet and Sufi philosopher came here to preach Islam. His disciples believe that in his 40-day meditation, he attained spiritual enlightenment, and they celebrate Phatak Festival in the memory of this day of enlightenment that falls on the first week of February.

For the convenience of tourists “hamams” (baths) have been constructed near the springs. The best it offers is a very clean and healing outdoor Swimming Pool, fed by Natural Hot Springs. For centuries this festival had been celebrated by all of Chitralis as a national event.

The Lowari Top is one of the four major mountain passes to enter Chitral.

The others are the Dorah Pass from Badakshan in Afghanistan, Shandur Top from Gilgit, and Broghol Pass from the Wakhan Corridor in Afghanista.

In 1895, the British negotiated a treaty with Chitral’s ruler, the Mehtar, and it was declared as a semi autonomous princely state within the Indian Empire.

This status was maintained after its accession to Pakistan in 1947.

Brief History: In the 3rd century AD, Chitral was occupied by Kanishka, the Buddhist ruler of the Kushan Empire. Then it was under Raees rule from 1320 to the 15th century.

From 1571 onward Chitral was the capital of the princely state of Chitral under the rule of the Katur Dynasty.

It is situated on the western bank of the Chitral River (also called Kunarl River) and at the foot of Tirich Mir, the highest peak (25,289 feet) of the Hindu Kush Mountain Range.

The Lowari Tunnel is currently being constructed beneath Lowari Pass by a South Korean company, SAMBU JV. It’s the first time that Lowari Tunnel remained open throughout the harsh winter of 2011-12.

The 8.75 km long tunnel, which is still under construction, was built to reduce the distance between Dir and Chitral districts and ease movement of traffic throughout the year. Snow clearing machinery of FWO (Frontier Works Organization) works 24 hours to ensure smooth flow of traffic.

Major Geoffrey D Langlands, a Briton educationist, has finally retired at the age of 94 and handed over the charge to 58-years old Carey Schofield in 2012. For more details and reservation, please see their website (. Lowari Pass (Elevation 10,500 feet) connects Chitral with Dir.

Lowari Top is the lowest pass to enter Chitral, the rest all being 12,000 to 15,000 feet.

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