Shandoor polo festival at World's highest Polo ground
The official of Tourism Corporation Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (TCKP) told APP that the festival regularly held each year from July 7 to 9th but this year firstly due to Eid ul Fitr and then monsoons the event was delayed till July end.
The polo which is played between the polo teams of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is experienced as a free- style polo match.
The festival also includes Folk music, Folk dance, traditional sports.
Polo was introduced in South Asia, by the Muslim conquerors in the 13th century. English word `Polo" is in fact a Balti word meaning, "ball".
In ancient times, there was no limit to the number of players and no time limit. Which team scored nine goals first, became the winner.
Today, there are six players to each side, but this is by no means a rule in local polo games. The game lasts for one hour with a ten-minute break.