AYUN: With all the COVID-19 related restrictions lifted, a large number of tourists from different parts of the country, especially Punjab, have started arriving in Chitral.
Most of the tourists are seen heading towards the scenic Kalash valleys of Bumburate, Rumbur and Birir.
With the tourism activity revived, local people, who mostly depend on tourism for their livelihood, have also taken a sign of relief.
Since March this year, entry of tourists in Chitral was banned which badly affected the local hotels, restaurants as well as markets.
Now rush of tourists is seen in all hotels, restaurants, bazaars and tourist spots, providing business opportunities to the owners as well as transporters.
Ikram Hussain, the incharge of Kalasha Dur Museum in Bumburate, told ChitralToday correspondent that after the lifting of the lockdown 300 to 400 people were visiting the museum daily.
He said the visitors were evincing keen interest in the culture and history of the Kalash community.
Some of the tourists also complained that security personnel unnecessarily stopped them for over an hour at the Dir side of the Lowari tunnel.
They also complained about the poor condition of the roads in Chitral. They said without providing proper facilities to the tourists, the government would never be able to promote tourism.–Muhkam Uddin Ayuni