By Nazia Jabeen
Rama festival 2013 is scheduled to be held from Sep. 10 to Sep. 12, 2013, in Astore valley, a prominent and picturesque tourism spot in Gilgit-Baltistan that has in the past been used as a passageway between the state of Jammu and Kashmir and chiefdom of Gilgit.
Reports say that the Chief Secretary of Gilgit-Baltistan, Yunus Dhaga, will inaugurate the festival on Sep. 10 and Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan will attend the closing ceremony on Sep. 12, 2013.
“Hopefully it will be a success,” said Adviser to Chief Minister on Tourism Sadia Danish on Saturday. “We have to work particularly hard to make it a success especially in the wake of Shandur Polo Festival’s cancellation.”
Wide assortments of frivolous activities have reportedly been planned for the event. According to reports, 8 to 10 polo teams from across GB will take part in the festival. Moreover, donkey polo match will also be played between two local teams.
A Meena bazaar has also been planned to be set up in the festival, where local women will display and sell traditional handicraft, cultural items 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, Perishing, Tarishing/Rupal, Rattu/Dirley, Minimerg, Gudai and Kamari.