This status was maintained after its accession to Pakistan in 1947.Finally the princely state was abolished in 1969 and Chitral was made a district of NWFP..
Chitral is a district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) Province of Pakistan.The city of Chitral is the capital of the district.It is situated on the western bank of the Chitral River (also called Kunarl River) and at the foot of Tirich Mir, the highest peak (25,289 feet) of the Hindu Kush Mountain Range.The district is administratively divided into two tehsils (subdivisions); Chitral and Mastuj.Chitral city is 365 km from Peshawar and connected through Lowari Pass.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.
Beautiful Kalash people, having blond hair, fair skin, and green eyes, also live in Chitral District in three remote mountain valleys: Bumburet, Rumbur, and Birir.
Some photos of Kalash people have been included in this page but for knowing further details about their culture and more photos, go to an exclusive page in this website: Kalash Valleys of Chitral.
Brief History: In the 3rd century AD, Chitral was occupied by Kanishka, the Buddhist ruler of the Kushan Empire. Then it was under Raees rule from 1320 to the 15th century.
From 1571 onward Chitral was the capital of the princely state of Chitral under the rule of the Katur Dynasty.
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.