The Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) government will hold the Rama Polo Festival from September 10 to 12 in Rama, Astore valley. According to reports, 8-10 polo teams from all over G-B will participate in the festival. A special donkey polo match will also be played between two local teams in order to entertain the spectators, Stalls will also be installed to display local traditional handicrafts and other local products.
The tourism department of GB has been holding the Rama Festival every year since 2011. The aim of the festival is to promote tourism in Astore valley and all over GB. Astore is situated at an altitude of 2500m and comprises of 6 sub-valleys: Rama, Tarishing/Rupal, Rattu/Dirley, Minimerg, Gudai and Kamari. In addition, a Meena Bazaar will also be set up in Rama, allowing local women to display and exhibit traditional handicraft. Danish believes the turnout will be high and that tourists from G-B and other parts of Pakistan will be attending.
All arrangements are being finalized to organize a five-day Rama event in the heart of Astore district at Rama Valley. According to schedule, chalked out by Tourism Department of Gilgit-Baltistan in collaboration with district administration of Astore the festival will start from September 10 and would continue till Sept 12. A number of colorful recreational activities have been arranged for the event as district administration and Tourism Department are doing hectic efforts to make the event a successful.
A large number of tourist come to the region to attend the festival which depicts the culture, customs, and heritage of Gilgit-Baltistan before the world. And number of local as well as national games would be played in the festival including volleyball, football, cricket and hockey. All the expenditures of the event would be bourn by the tourism department of Gilgit-Baltistan, he added. He appealed the masses to cooperate with the tourism department to make the event successful.