In 1954, the Mehtar of Chitral was killed when his airplane crashed into Lowari Top.
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.
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.
You can also go to Chitral by road both from Islamabad and Peshawar.
A Quiz competition for students, a poetry program, a cultural show and musical concert are also held. Lutkoh Valley, commonly known as Garam Chashma because of its hot springs, is 45 km from Chitral town and takes around 2 to 3 hours to reach by jeep. Lutkoh Valley, commonly known as Garam Chishma, celebrate its traditional cum religious spring festival of Pathak.
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.
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.
Before the tunnel was constructed, people of Chitral had to make detours into Afghanistan while travelling to or from Peshawar because Lowari Top remained closed for six months in winter. The Shandur Pass, elevation 12,200 feet (3,719 m), is located in District Chitral in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province. The Shandur Polo Ground, the highest in the world at 3,700 meters, is a venue for a traditional polo tournament which since 1936 has been held annually in the first week of July between the teams of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral. The 4-day long Qaqlasht Festival is organized every year in mid April at the sprawling ground of Qaqlasht, 80 Km from Chitral town.
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.