GET TO KNOW THE PEOPLE OF KALASH

The Kalash Valley is located in Chitral District Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) in the northern areas of Pakistan. There are three valleys located here (Bumboret, Birir and Rumbur) by the Afghan border in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The people of Kalash live here. Their rich culture and history always attracts me to explore them more.

The people of Kalash themselves are very kind and hospitable. Their unique and colorful dresses play a big role in their culture especially in the women and young children. But the population of the Kalash people has decreased as their religion and culture struggle to survive. Poverty has become a great issue and their main way of income is tourism and farming. The Kalash people are divided equally between the adherents of Islam, and those that practice the traditional Kalash religion, which some observers label as animism, but others as “a form of ancient Hinduism”.


 The people of Kalash who accepted Islam have changed their ways of dressing and rule of daily life, the women wear head scarves as in Islam and continue to live in the Kalash valley. The language of the Kalash people is Kalasha (locally: Kalashamondr) is an Indo-European language in the Indo-Aryan branch spoken by the Kalash people, and is further classified as a Dardic language in the Chitral group.

Each year tourists come and visit the Kalash valley which is some way of income for the people of Kalash. A few hotels have opened near this area for the tourists to come and stay, from tour guides to busses available today, the Kalash valley has its own beauty with the Kalash people, their culture and their values. The people have their own beauty, blue and beautiful brown eyes and their unique personalities make them more special. They have braided hair and unique cultural dances, many festivals each year.

The people of Kalash and the beauty of its valley itself always makes you feel home, alive and see the beauty of the nature. The colors and their rich way of always making you feel fresh has its own special place.   There is more to Kalash, more than what words cannot describe. For now this is Kalash.

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