Mahmood Khan inaugurates Shandur Polo – King Game at highest polo ground of the world

CHITRAL, Jul 07 (APP):Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan inaugurated the three-day Shandur Polo Festival at the world highest polo ground on earth Shandur here Sunday.

Shandur Polo ground was situated at a highest level 3800m called as the “Roof of the World” and the King Games has been held annually since 1936. The polo tournament was featured in the first episode of Himalaya with Michael Palin which have always played the game of polo closest to its original form. In the past, the British Rulers were the patrons of the game.

Shandur Pass is one of the major mountain passes between Chitral and Gilgit-Baltistan. According to the history of Chitral, Shandur is the property of the royal family of Mastuj Chitral, and due to ownership issue the polo was disbanded between Chitral and Gilgit-Baltistan. During the early 20th century, the British in neighboring India were the patrons of the game.