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Shandur Festival Polo

Shandur is situated at an altitude of 12,500 feet (38000 meters) above sea level is famous for having the highest polo ground of world. It is sometimes called Roof of the World. Polo is the most favorite game in Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan. Shandur Polo Ground is naturally designed to be a polo ground. Small hills are on all four sides of rectangular ground, where spectators can sit and enjoy the match. The surrounding landscape and Shandur Lake makes it even more beautiful.The beautiful polo ground of Shandur turns into a city of tents each year between 7 and 9 July due to Shandur Polo Festival. A match of polo is held between teams of Gilgit and Chitral. A great number of tourists and spectators from different areas of country especially from Hunza, Skardu and Chitral come to attend this event. Shandur Polo Ground is located at an altitude of 12,200 feet (3,700 meters) and it is very hard to play here due to reduced amount of oxygen.


Lahore Polo Club

The Lahore Polo Club provides all the facilities to enjoy the aristocratic game of polo. It is among the oldest polo clubs of the world. Sultan Qutub-uddin Aibak, who died reportedly after his fatal fall from a horse while playing polo is credited with having popularized the game with rulers and public alike. Lahore has been considered the hub for polo for centuries. Lahore Polo Club's beginnings were made in 1886 when 62 acres of land were acquired. It is situated in the middle of a park in the choicest part of Lahore and is a popular venue for local and foreign players alike. The polo sessions begin in October and culminate in early April. The oldest Polo Trophy is the Punjab Cup instituted in 1886. The Club has hosted teams from Argentine, USA, England, Australia, Brazil, India, Iran, Jordan, Nigeria, Ireland, Singapore and China. The Club has been honored by the presence of many heads of state and royals such as Prince Philip of the U.K. and Prince Hasan bin Talal of Jordan.