BIRMOGHALASHT IN Chitral Pakistan
At the distance of almost
2 hours, is located the ancient valley of Injigan, nowadays
Garam Chashma (natural hot water spring), and could
be approached by a jeep, car etc.
Elevation: 1859 meters (6,100) feet). Distance:45 km,
(28 miles) north-west of Chitral. By jeep: hours.
This un-spoilt enchanting
valley of orchards, verdant fields and snow clad peaks
is renowned for its boiling sulphur springs which are
famous for healing effect on skin diseases, gout, rheumatism
and chronic headaches. For the convenience of tourists
“humans” (baths) have been constructed near
the springs. Foreign tourists are requested to pay a
toll tax of Rs.5.00 per person.
Elevation: 2743 meters (9,000 feet). Distance: 15 km
(9 miles). Worth visiting is the fairy-tale summer palace
of the Ex-Ruler perched at a height of 2743 meters (9,000)
feet. It offers awe-inspiring views of Trichmir and
Panoramic vistas of valleys below. The fort is approachable
on foot only.
WHAT TO DO(garam chashma
Chitral is the dream-come true for lovers of mountaineering,
trekking, hiking, camping, fishing and shooting. There
are no facilities for hiring sports gear: tourist are
advised to bring their own.
The majestic Hindu Kush reigns supreme over the valley.
The highest peak is the famous Trichmir, which soars
7700 meters (25,264 feet) high, and is a challenge to
mountaineers. There are a number of other exciting peaks
too-Isltornal, Banizom, Saraghar, Naushaq, Ghocharsor,
Phal, Daspar and Don rising from 6096 meters to 7315
meters (20,000 to 24,000 feet). Only experienced mountaineering.
In order to avoid disappointment, foreign tourists are
advised to apply well in advance for permission from
the Ministry of Tourism, Government of Pakistan, Islamabaad.
The rivers in Chitral are teeming with fish, especially
the Lotkuh River that is famous for trout. There are
also trout hatcheries in Chitral and Bumburet.
Angling is allowed during
the season only i.e from April to September.
Fishing permits are required, please contact the Fisheries
FLORA and FAUNA(garam
The hills in the south are covered with pine, ‘deodar’
and fir forests, while the valleys are rich in mulberries,
apricots, apples pears, grapes, pomegranates and melons.
There are also Chinar and walnut trees in this area.
Big game including the world renowned snow leopard (panthers)
markhor, deer, ibex, urial, wolves, black bear and many
more are found in the mountains, which are protected
by the wildlife branch of the Forest Department. Among
the famous birds are Chikor, ram Chikor and murgh Zarreen.
There is an abundance of wildlife. In order to curb
extinction, limited shooting is allowed during the specified
season. Shooting of world famous snow leopard (panther),
Murgh Zarreen (golden peasant) and musk deer is banned.
Chitral Gol (stream) has been declared a wild life sanctuary
and therefore no shooting is allowed in the area. Permits
for limited shooting are required, please contact: District
Forest Officer, Chitral.
WHERE TO STAY
There are two modest hotels, namely Chitral Mountain
Inn and Trichmir View Hotel and a PTDC Motel in Chitral.
The average room rent ranges between Rs. 100-400. in
Chitral, Dorsh , Gahiret, Ayun, Brire, Bumburet and
Garam Chashma,(natural hot water spring)the rest-houses
are furnished and equipped with crockery, cutlery and
cooking facilities. Tourists are advised to carry their
own supply of canned foods and other provisions. The
‘chowkidar’ (watchman) will do the cooking
on payment. Visitors must also have there is no electricity
except in Chitral and Dorsh. The remaining of the rest-houses
are unfurnished and visitors must carry in addition
to the above, their own sleeping bags or folding beds.
To avoid disappointment it is advisable to reserve accommodation
well in advanc