Rumbur Valley-Natural Heritage Minus The Modern Amenities

Rumbur Valley

Rumbur is one of the three Kalasha valleys situated in Chitral District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. It is home to an indigenous group of people who live without electricity, phones or newspapers and is a place famous for the harvest celebrations that draws both foreign and domestic tourists.

The Kalash worship their own gods and are a far cry from the ordinary Pakistani life, where a number of people adhere to Islamic code and shun drinking and dancing. As such, you may be forgiven for assuming that you are no longer in Pakistan when you visit this region.

A visit to this beautiful region will present you with annual festivals, sparkling streams, magnificent mountain ridges, wild rivers, groves of apricots, mulberry, and walnut trees plus shady meadows, all working together to make this a picturesque location to visit. A region with a group of people determined to maintain their culture even with the change in the social climate, especially a change in social norms. There is no electricity in the area, phones, or newspapers. And, even through the violence and militancy that surrounds its people, the valley remains a bewitching place to visit, where its close-knit valley communities do celebrate in dance and music and set amidst its rather remote location, it provides for a surreal atmosphere.

To the locals, festivals are the culmination of religious life and are supposed to unite the valley people. The Joshi (Spring) festival, which lasts for four days takes place in the middle of May and is done in honor of the fairies. It is done as a gesture to protect the shepherds and goats before they go to the pastures and it entails sacrificing goats to the gods, sharing wine and milk products, dancing, and graceful canting to the beat of the drum. The women who dance in a circle come dressed up in countless strands of colored necklaces, ornate cowries shell head-dresses and their traditional black robes. Elders on the other hand come adorned in colorful dresses and spend their time narrating stories of days gone by.

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