Before the tunnel was constructed, people of Chitral had to make detours into Afghanistan while travelling to or from Peshawar because Lowari Top remained closed for six months in winter. The Shandur Pass, elevation 12,200 feet (3,719 m), is located in District Chitral in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province. The Shandur Polo Ground, the highest in the world at 3,700 meters, is a venue for a traditional polo tournament which since 1936 has been held annually in the first week of July between the teams of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral. The 4-day long Qaqlasht Festival is organized every year in mid April at the sprawling ground of Qaqlasht, 80 Km from Chitral town.The Shandur Polo Ground is about 168 Km from Chitral city and accessible by jeep. According to local legend, Qaqlasht Festival is being celebrated for the last 500 years.The Lowari Tunnel is currently being constructed beneath Lowari Pass by a South Korean company, SAMBU JV. It’s the first time that Lowari Tunnel remained open throughout the harsh winter of 2011-12.The 8.75 km long tunnel, which is still under construction, was built to reduce the distance between Dir and Chitral districts and ease movement of traffic throughout the year. Snow clearing machinery of FWO (Frontier Works Organization) works 24 hours to ensure smooth flow of traffic.In 1895, the British negotiated a treaty with Chitral’s ruler, the Mehtar, and it was declared as a semi autonomous princely state within the Indian Empire.
Chitral is a district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) Province of Pakistan.
The Lowari Top is one of the four major mountain passes to enter Chitral.
The others are the Dorah Pass from Badakshan in Afghanistan, Shandur Top from Gilgit, and Broghol Pass from the Wakhan Corridor in Afghanista.
The route is closed during winter and the town is cut off by snow from the rest of the country for six months in a year.
Regular PIA flights from Peshawar and Islamabad operate on daily basis subject to weather conditions.Finally the princely state was abolished in 1969 and Chitral was made a district of NWFP..