The Broghal valley, 250km from Chitral city is one of the wonders of the nature, Pakistan has been blessed with.
Bordering Wakhan Corridor of Afghanistan, It’s extended glaciers, incredible wildlife, scattered wetlands, rich wilderness, green meadows and mighty mountains are the main tourism potential of the area.
To facilitated the tourists, the provincial Tourism Department has established Broghal National Park in Upper Chitral District in 2010, housed by wild indigenous & migratory fauna especially of Pamirian and Siberian bird species.
The valley has about 30 freshwater lakes of various sizes, which present breathtaking sights.
Broghil is the scenic homeland of Chiantar ice glacier surrounded by many other series of glaciers, which nourish the Chitral River. Karambar Lake, which is among the 31 highest lakes in the world, is not very far from Karambar which connects Broghal valley and Ghizer district.
In the wake of Covid 19 outbreak, cultural festivals were postponed which had affected the tourism in northern areas. Broghal festival is the first event held during the calendar year. The two-day event held on September 12-13 highlighted different aspects of the ancient and unique Wakhi culture.
Organised by the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Tourism Department and the administration of Upper Chitral district, the festival showcased various traditional games, including horse and yak polo, cricket, football, Buzkashi, marathon race, tug-of-war, wrestling, music etc.
Buzkashi as well as Yak polio was the unique feature of Broghal festival.
The festivals like Borghal not only bring pleasure to the lives of people but also flourish tourism and the local economy.
There is need to take measures for facilitating such events more often facilities at tourist points, proper affordable traveling and accommodation as well as the cleanliness and disposal of the garbage.