My Travel Diaries: The Journey to Heaven – Chitral, KPK, Pakistan
By Ahmad Amirali
As a teacher, and more specific as a human, I observed that human beings encounter either good or bad times in their lives. In an adverse situation, we curse everyone including God, we complain and ruin whatever good left in our lives. The good times do the opposite to us, and we cherish every moment of it, we thanked God of whatever the blessing he bestowed upon us.
However, I believe in either of the case humans can cherish the blessing of God they had since their birth, i.e. their life. We always forget how fortunate we are that we are chosen to live on this earth and spend our life with our loved ones. We forget that most of the time we are the reasons for our misery and sadness. Similar kind of experience I encountered when I recently visited one of the beautiful places of my homeland Pakistan.
Chitral is the capital of the Chitral District, situated on the Chitral River in northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), Pakistan. It also served as the capital of the princely state of Chitral until 1969. The regional language spoken in this area is Khowar. This city has an average elevation of 1500 metres from the sea level. The only connection point of Chitral with the rest of Pakistan via vehicle transportation is either Lowari Pass from Dir or through upper Ghizer valley Shandur.
Chitral has two major districts; upper and lower. I visited most of the regions of the upper district that include valleys of Khot and Torkhowe. As for the lower Chitral, I only visited Garam chashma and Balach. I made a small travel video of whatever I was able to capture the beauty of Chitral through my camera lenses.