On 16 June 1890, during his World Trip, in the village he called Perkhotee (Parkutta), on the Indus River, the local band turned out to play for Percy Cotton

The instruments included drums, pipes and a very long horn. The band played for a performance by a sword dancer who is seen standing in front of the crowd in the photograph. Afterwards, Percy was provided with a pony to ride in procession with the band to the Polo ground where he watched the game. 

Polo has a long history in the area and is the most popular sport in Gilgit-Baltistan, today. There are many contests, the most famous being the Shandur Polo Festival held every July.