Exhibiting Heritage Treasures | Chitral Museum Established

PESHAWAR: A heritage museum showcasing the 11th century artifacts, weaponry and other objects of artistic, cultural and historical importance was established in Harichan area in Laspurvalley of Chitral district.

Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Sustainable Tourism Foundation with the financial support of Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation under its WES projectestablished the museum to promote eco-tourism in the district.

The items put on display at the heritage museum include household utensils, polo gears, traditional apparel and dresses, woodwork, ancient agricultural tools, weapons used in wars in the past, domestic tools, traditional Chitraliposhak, music instruments and other objects dated back to the 11th century.

The museum is located in Harichan area in Laspur valley and the tourists and visitors from entire Chitral and Gilgit-Baltistan can easily reach the venue via Shandur Pass to have a glimpse of these unique jewels of Chitrali tradition of the historical artifacts.

Polo is the historic game of the people of Chitral and the gears used in this game of the kings have been beautifully displayed at the museum.

A camping site is also under construction to accommodate at least 30 tourists while visiting the museum. The local community is taking part in the construction activities.

Besides these, some houses having historical and cultural importance will be renovated and refurbished to reset them in the original shape and design to attract tourists.

Eight youth from the local community would also be trained to guide the tourists during their stay in the area.

The museum is fully decorated and it is expected that the tourists and history loving people would visit it in a large number to see these relics from the ancient times.

The museum would be opened to public in the coming days.

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