Horse Safaris in Pakistan

Skardu, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
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10 Days

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Specific Tour

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Unlimited

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Pakistan is one of the wonderful destinations to enjoy adventure sports in the sub continent. The country is particularly famous for various safaris. The terrain and topography of some of the regions in Pakistan is tailor made for safaris. Jeep safari, camel safari and horse safari are three important activities that you can enjoy on your tour to Pakistan.

Horse Safari in particular is one of the most exciting activities that you can enjoy on your tour to Pakistan. There are a number of tourist destinations that tourists travel specifically for horse and pony safaris. Experience crossing the Deo-Sai plains on a horse back and you will realize why Pakistan is considered one of finest destinations for horse safaris. You can also enjoy horse riding in Shandur Pass and Kaghan Valley. Kaghan Valley is a beautiful destination, ideal for trekking and horse riding. The majestic mountains, beautiful waterfalls add to the scenic beauty of the valley. The ideal time to visit Kaghan Valley is from May to September.

Away from the hustle bustle of city life horse safaris are wonderful ways of taking in the beauty of these virgin destinations in Pakistan. Cool climes and beautiful scenery is what attracts many intrepid travellers to these tourist destinations. Shandur Pass is another beautiful place that you can visit in Pakistan. The Shandur Pass is also famous for its Polo. The game of Polo is a remarkable feature of the Shandur Pass, which attracts a number of locals and tourists.

Some other destinations that you can visit include the base of the Nanga Parbat. You can enjoy a pony ride from Tarshing to Chilam passing Gorikot and Godai on the way.
Horse Safaris are a unique experience in Pakistan. Come and discover the scenic beauty of Pakistan on the horse back with Tour to Pakistan.
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Free Style Polo
The sport of free style polo had its beginnings in Baltistan Northern side of Pakistan. Baltistan’s princely kingdoms adopted the sport and made it their own, with their natural proclivity for riding. Kingdoms kept special stables for polo ponies, and their teams included among the very best in the world. Very often, the players were the rulers and members of their families, though their armies also encouraged the sport. In fact, if the sport has a presence in the country today, it is because the former royal families have continued to provide encouragement for it, and the Pakistani Army has been able to contribute its mite to it.

The Rajas were formidable polo playing families. With the glamour of the game, they drew international publicity for Pakistan, and the sport has remained one of the most prominent in the elite social circuit. Along with Shandur, there are also formidable polo teams in Shigar Baltistan, Kharmang, Rondu, Khapulo, Skardu, Astor, Nagar, Chitral and Gilgit.

It is not possible to simply arrive and start playing polo, since the sport needs especially bred horses in large numbers. These are largely maintained by the players themselves, or with the help of their sponsors. You will therefore have to seek out an invitation to play, something you are best advised to do in advance. However, it is possible to send in a special request while planning your trip to Baltistan or anywhere else in Gilgit Baltistan especially if you are a group with polo-playing members.

This is important because, in season, when the game is played (April – October), the polo teams are often out on the circuit. Off course, there is also the chance of having visiting teams in Shandur, Skardu coinciding with the time of your visit. Even if you do not get the chance to play, there is every chance of being able to watch the sport as an observer which is almost as good as playing. There is something extremely satisfying about watching men on their horses as they pursue the ball with their sticks with skill and adroitness.

At various tourist festivals in the North, polo has been introduced as a friendly, competitive sport. Perhaps the only place in the world where it is played, the game provides a great deal of amusement and mirth, but is not yet a serious pursuit. If you would like to have a game especially organized, let us know we will come up to your expectations!

 

Itinerary:

Days Programs
01 Islamabad
02 Skardu or Chils
03 Skardu/Chilas – Skardu
04 Skardu – Roundu valley – Polo plus pony trek around roundu valley
05 Roundu valley to Khaplu valley  – Polo
06 Khaplu valley – Deosai – Shaueer Lake
07 Deosai – Free Day
08 Deosai – Astore
09 Astore – Besham/Gilgit
10 Besham/Gilgit – Islamabad
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Skardu, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan

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