Perched on the eastern hill of Chitral town, a historic tree that is believed to be over 140 years old and has a diameter of 7 feet collapsed.
There are different stories about the origins of this Chinar. One story says a saint stuck his walking stick into the ground, out of which point the tree grew. Another story says it was planted by Asaqal Fateh Ali Shah who had gone to Chitral for hunting. At a height of 5,000 feet, the tree was prominently visible to all in Chitral town.
The majestic Chinar had a spring under it, which provided it the water to survive so long. Hunters and high altitude log poachers used the Chinar as a shelter. Visitors burnt up most of the hollow part of the trunk by igniting fire inside it for heating or cooking purposes. The breakdown of this gigantic Chinar is due to such fires.
Saturday, June 02, 2007