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Kalasha Museum attracts tourists, archaeology lovers in droves

CHITRAL – Nestled in the breathtaking Bam­borait Valley here, Kalasha Dur Museum attracted tourists and archaeology lovers in droves, ex­ploring the rare artefacts and stat­ues of the Gandhara Civilisation.

Located in the heart of Bambo­rait Valley in the lap of Trich Mir mountain peak, the museum’s unique architecture, sculptures, antiquities and Gandhara art mas­terpieces was a great source of at­traction for tourists, adventurers and Buddha art lovers.

The museum where every stat­ute speaks of its glorious civili­sation becomes even more cap­tivating against the backdrop of snow-capped mountains by offer­ing visitors a truly magical experi­ence in the Hindukash mountains range.

“Chitral is my favourite tourist place due to its diverse culture es­pecially Kalash, archaeological sig­nificance and adventure sports. The Kalasha Museum is a good edition in Chitral that impress me the most,” said former Conservator of Forest Gulzar Rehman while talking to APP.

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He said such unique treasures needs to be promoted through digital technology to attract ar­chaeology lovers from world be­sides bolstering economy of the Chitral, Dir and other districts of Malakand division.

He said that Madaklast and Bomborait were a beautiful valleys of Chitral, awaiting KP government patronage to build its infrastruc­ture imperative to promote ar­chaeology, ecotourism and adven­ture sports in Chitral district.

“Kalasha Museum and Madaklast Valley carried a unique tourism, archaeological and cultural signifi­cance that always remained centre of attraction for tourists due to its nearby three famous historic val­leys and famous Kalash culture,” said Bakhtzada Khan, senior re­search officer of Archaeology De­partment while talking to APP.

He said the foundation of Kala­sha Museum commonly known as Bamborate Museum was laid in 2001 and completed in 2005. He said there are about 1300 objects exhibited which are of Ethnologi­cal interest from the Kalasha tra­dition and from the traditions of the wider Hindukush area.

The building was composed of two floors; the ground floor has the Ethnological collection of the Kalasha culture and the wid­er Hindukush area and the oth­er floor houses a school of Kala­sha culture with a library of books written on the valley, and also a hall for professional training of local crafts. The experts said the proposed Kumrat-Madaklasht ca­ble car if constructed would turn Chitral a hub of tourism besides bring direct foreign investment.