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Glimpses of Pakistani Heritage

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14 Days / 13 Nights
Availability : October - March
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An insightful journey across Pakistan along its best kept secrets is an unforgettable experience. The tour right from the beginning in Karachi, Pakistan’s financial capital till end in Islamabad, capital of Pakistan will give you an understanding of how the magnificent ancient civilizations – Indus and Gandhara flourished along the Indus River, what made the invaders invade it, why Sufis made it their home, how the emperors established their huge empires right from Moghals of Persia to British in Europe. Throughout the tour you will be mesmerized with its magnificent archeological sites like MohenjoDaro, an impressive and well preserved archeological sites of Indus Valley Civilization which was worlds’ well developed ancient culture. The findings suggest a well developed agriculture system, where trade was conducted in real financial sophistications with other civilizations, beautiful art tells of their way of life, baked bricked buildings provide an impressive vista of urban architecture; drains and wells speak of their height of engineering, overall an impressive society that had developed a complete living system of their own. Harappa another important archeological site of Indus civilization stands witness to the 5000-year-old cultural continuity of civilization in Pakistan.

The high intense spirituality at Sufi Shrines like ShawanSahrif, Uch Sahrif and other elaborately decorated shrines of Sheikh Bahad-ud-din Zakriya, Shah Shams Tabriz and Shah Rukn-e-Alam in Multan are worth visiting. The rich stunning cultures in Lahore to feast our eyes with Badshahi Mosque, Badshahi Fort, Lahore Museum, Shahlimar Gardens, Shahi Humam etc, imposing Derawar Fort, the deserts of Cholistan, Makli Hills world’s largest necropolis with over a million graves, toms and mausoleums will make your trip worthwhile.

The other important archeological site of Gandhara is Buddhist monastic complex of Takht-i-Bahi (Throne of Origins) was founded in the early 1st century AD, and was successively occupied and expanded from that time until it fell into disuse through the discontinuation of charitable endowments in modern times. Owing to its location on the crest of a hill, it escaped the invasions of the Huns and other antagonistic peoples, leaving it today with much of its original character intact. In short every city, town and village throughout the tour that we will visit has a thrilling story of its own. With a history of over thousands of years, the land has witnessed rise and fall of dynasties and it made invaders fought for the control of the land, our Pakistan Heritage is an absolutely spectacular journey along the history with breathtaking landscape.

Group Dates for 12 Persons: 

22 March 2019 – 5 April 2019

* Private tours can also be arranged and adapted for your needs and budget.

Itinerary

Day 1: Departure from home country

Day 2: Arrival in Islamabad

Meeting on arrival with our guide & transfer to hotel for early morning check- in.

Breakfast at hotel. Some Rest at the hotel. Lunch at hotel.

Afternoon we will visit modern city at Islamabad. Visit Folk Heritage Museum, Shakarparian (sweet hills) Garden, which gives you a panoramic view of Islamabad before driving past various modern streets and buildings – graceful with a touch of Islamic architecture. Your tour culminates at one of the world’s largest mosque – Shah Faisal Mosque, which also houses a University specializing in Islamic Philosophy and Law. During the tour we will also drive past various Buildings, which are a blend of modern and traditional Islamic architecture.

Day 3: Islamabad/Taxila/Islamabad – Full day Taxila   40 Kms one way (Total 150 Kms)

Breakfast at hotel

Full day excursion of Taxila archaeological site dating from 6th BC to 6th AD –

we shall visit archaeological sites of First City Bhir mound, later proceed to Sirkap – the second city in typical Greek planning – see the shrine of the Double Headed Eagle.

Afterwards we will proceed to Jaulian Buddhist monastery ruins dating from 2nd to 5th AD – see the well preserved stupas and the monastery in best of stone architecture. Later we will return to see Taxila Archaeological Museum – worth seeing is the sculpture in stucco and stone. Taxila had more stucco and mud sculpture.

Lunch at PTDC Motel.

Later We shall also visit Dharmarajika Stupa built in Ashoka Period.

This day will be full historic day in Gandhara region

Day 4: Islamabad/Khewra Salt Mine/Katas Temple/Lahore 525Kms – 09/10 hours

Breakfast at hotel.

Drive to M2 (Motor way) enroute visit of Khewra Salt mines,which is the 2nd largest Salt mines in the world and which were discovered way back in 326 B.C. when Alexander the great had a battle with Raja of Porus on the bank of river Jhelum.

However, Dr. Warth introduced the scientific mining at Khewra in the year 1872 during the British Empire in this region. On arrival meet with the management of the Khewara mine and start your tour with the local guide. The most interesting part of the visit is to see the models of Badshahi Mosque, Mall Road and Lake Saif-ul-Muluk. Moreover it would be a scintillating experience to come across a small pound of the crystal water in the mine.

Lunch Boxes or Lunch at local restaurant at Khwera .

Later we shall visit The Katas Raj Hindu Temples form a complex surrounding a pond named Katas which is regarded as sacred by Hindus. The complex is located in the Potohar Plateau region of Pakistan’s Punjab province. The temples are located near the town of Kallar Kahar. The temples’ pond is said in the Puranas to have been created from the teardrops of Shiva, after he wandered the Earth inconsolable after the death of his wife Sati. The pond occupies an area of two kanals and 15 marlas, with a maximum depth of 20 feet.

Later we shall drive further to Lahore. On arrival at Lahore transfer to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 5: Lahore

Breakfast at hotel.

Later we will have full day tour of Lahore – In just one corner of Lahore is a heterogeneous example of Mogul, Sikh, Colonial and Contemporary architecture. The historic Lahore Fort, built in the 11th century A.D., is the only place where one can see different phases of Mogul architecture, as a long line of rulers made additions. Inside the Fort you visit many of the rooms, including Shish Mahal, the Palace of Mirrors. Overlooking the Fort is the Badshahi or Royal Mosque, beside the tomb of the philosopher and poet Iqbal, who infused the idea of Pakistan among the Moslems of British India. Another interesting complex of nearby buildings are the Samadh of Maharaja Ranjit Singh and Guru Arjun Dev, both solid gold tombs dating back to the Sikh era.

In the afternoon continue the city tour of Lahore. Lahore Museum houses a rich and varied collection of historical objects. This is the oldest museum in Pakistan and has many galleries displaying artifacts from the Gandhara, Buddhist, Jain, Mogul and Colonial periods. The famous statue of the fasting Siddhartha (Buddha) is also on display here. Next to visit he walled city of narrow, dimly lit alleys leading from Sarafa Bazaar (Jewelers Bazaar) to Kashmiri Bazaar, you’ll find bargains in the local handicrafts, including brass inlay work. You will also visit the Golden Mosque and Wazir Khan’s Mosque, which reflect the nobility of Persian design with floral designs, superb calligraphy and lofty minarets.

Day 6: Lahore

Breakfast at hotel.

Sightseeing tour of Lahore , visit  to Shalimar garden  , Emperor Jehangir’s mausoleum that was built in the 1630’s and is another example of the talented Mogul architecture. Nearby is the tomb of Empress Nur Jehan, wife of Emperor Jahangir.

Later drive to see the flag ceremony at Wagha border. (Here we have to walk around 700 meters to reach up to the point).

Day 7: Lahore/Harappa/Multan – 350 Kms/07-08 hours

Breakfast at hotel.

Today we drive to Multan via Harappa (7-8hours drive). Harappa is the site of an ancient and important settlement of the prehistoric Indus Valley Civilization (3rd to 2nd millennium B.C.) and stands witness to the 5000 years old cultural continuity of civilization in Pakistan. Harappa was the cradle of one of the earliest civilizations known to man and conjures up images of fifty centuries ago, a period about which very little is known. An interesting and well maintained museum at the Harappa site houses artifacts found in the area. Harappa is located about 175 km from Multan.

Lunch at Usmania restaurant

Later continue drive to Multan, On arrival at Multan transfer to hotel

Dinner and overnight at the hotel

Day 8: Multan/Bahawalpur 100 Kms /2.5 hours (Plus Sightseeing hours)

Breakfast at hotel.

Sightseeing tour of Multan which commences with visit to Old Fort, which is an eloquent example of the proud history of this city. Among the attractions inside the fort are the elaborately decorated shrines of Sheikh Bahad-ud-din Zakriya, Shah Shams Tabriz and Shah Rukn-e-Alam. Damdama, the highest point in the fort, provides a bird’s-eye panoramic view of the city, which has survived the destructions of invaders since Alexander

the Great in the 4th century B.C. Among the other places to visit and Hussain Agahi Bazaar.

Lunch at Bundu Khan Restaurant.

Later continue drive to Bahawalpur. On arrival at Bhawalpur transfer to hotel.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 9: Bahawalpur/Uch Sharif/Bahawalpur- 275 Kms/ 08-09 hrs

Breakfast at hotel.

Day trip to Derawar Fort  (2.5 hours drive ) and Uch Sharif. A visit to Derawar Fort which is situated in the Cholistan Desert. Derawar Fort is an impressive 08th century structure built by a Hindu ruler names Raja Dahir. This excursion provides plenty of opportunities to meet the friendly local people who are of Aryan descent. The women wear brightly colored, long gathered skirts and the man are particularly tall and handsome.

Lunch at local restaurant at Food Club.

Later visit to Uch Sharif, a very ancient and historical place which still has some beautiful mosques and tombs. The architecture of the mausoleums and mosques still standing in Uch is refreshing and attractive, reflecting a central Asian influence, with superb blue and white glazed tiles not similar to those in Multan and Bahawalpur.

The tomb of Bibi Jawindi is the most complete, octagonal in shape and with every inch decorated with faience blue and white tiles. Drive back to Bahawalpur, overnight in hotel.

Later drive back to Bahawalpur for dinner and overnight.

Day 10: Bahawalpur/ Sukkur-400Kms /08-10hrs

Breakfast at hotel.

Later drive to Sukkur is a sprawling town, Muslim Shrines and a river island having a Hindu temple are of particular interest for locals and visitors alike. Shooting of birds is possible in the nearby lakes, canals and green spots around Sukkur. Nearby historical cities of Rohri and Shikarpur are famous for narrow streets and wood carving.

Lunch at local a restaurant.

On arrival transfer to hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 11: Sukkur/Mohenjo-Daro/Larkana -85 Kms/ 06-07 hrs

Breakfast at hotel.

Morning drive from Sukkur with a visit to Mohenjo-Daro, enroute. Mohenjo-Daro is the archaeological site of Indus Civilization, which flourished here some 5000 years ago. This is third oldest civilization in the world, being preceded only by those of Egypt and Mesopotamia. Mohenjo-Daro excelled in practically every conceivable facet of town planning. From the articles discovered here it is believed that the Iron Age had not yet dawned on the Indus Valley civilization. The vessels discovered are of lead, silver, copper or bronze, whereas the weapons are made only of bronze. The museum displays interesting relics found during excavation, such as engraved seals, utensils, ornaments, weapons, sculpture, and pottery. Once the tour is finished in Mohenjo-Daro,

Lunch at Mohenjo-Daro then we will resume our journey to Larkana.

On arrival at Larkana transfer to hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 12: Larkana/Hyderabad -315 Kms/06 -07 hrs

Breakfast at hotel.

Morning drive to Hyderabad enroute visit of Sehwan. (We have to walk around 700 to 800 meters as big bus cannot go up to the shrine). At Sehwan we will visit the shrine of great Hazrat Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, a famous Muslim Sufi Saint of 10th century. The main attraction of shrine is Dhamal (sufi’s dance) with folk music and colorful dress and this dhamal is at its full swing during the annual urs (death ceremony), when his devotees from all around Pakistan get gather here. After visit to Sehwan, we will continue to Hyderabad enroute visit of the Shrine of Shah Abdul Latif (We have to walk around 700 to 800 meters as big bus cannot go up to the shrine)is the hub of devotional activities including the singing, folk music and dancing by his devotees from all the corners of Sindh.Enroute we shall also stop at Hala to see some nice craft works of clay and wood carving.

Lunch at local restaurant.

On arrival transfer to hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 13: Hyderabad/Karachi -200 Kms 4-5 hrs

Breakfast at hotel.

Departure for Karachi via ancient town of Thatta( 4 hours’ drive ) and Makli Hills.Thatta is an ancient town with an interesting history dating back to the time of the Macedonian, Alexander the Great, who used the port to rest his weary troops. The present Thatta was founded in the 15th century. Under the Mughals it was a provincial capital and during this period there were as many as 400 institutions of learning in the city. Some outstanding architecture left from the Mughal period remains in the religious and historical monuments. Makli Hill is a large necropolis of mausoleums, made up of stone tombs with geometric and floral carvings, which retain their indigenous beauty of the coloured brick enamel and glazed tiles used in their construction. The great Mosque of Emperor Shah Jehan, built in the mid-17th century A.D., has 99 domes with incredible acoustic quality. Later resume your drive to Karachi. Lunch at local restaurant. OR Lunch boxes; guides and TL will decide at the Hyderabad.

On arrival transfer to hotel. Dinner at Kolachi restaurant) Overnight at hotel.

Day 14: Karachi

Breakfast at hotel.

The tour commences with a visit to the modern Defense Mosque of Masjid-i- Toba to see the world’s largest concrete shell dome. It then continues to New Clifton Beach followed by visit to the Quaid-e-Azam Mausoleum where the Father of the Nation, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, lies buried. Built entirely of white marble, the Mausoleum has an impressive dome housing a huge crystal chandelier of Chinese origin. Next stop is the National Museum with its fascinating display of ancient relics of the Indus Valley Civilization and an excellent collection of Gandhara art, before ending with a visit to a handicraft gallery. We shall also visit Mohata Palace and Saddar bazaar.

Lunch at BBQ to night restaurant. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 15: Departure 

Early morning transfer to airport for home bound flight

 

Price Includes
  • Hotel Accommodation based on sharing double/twin rooms
  • Meals (Breakfasts, lunches & dinner in the restaurant mentioned in the list)
  • English speaking guide
  • Air-conditioned transportation (bus for all group sizes) throughout the trip
  • Entrance Fee to the Archaeological sites and museums
  • ONE Tour Leader is free of cost when there are 10 pax or more
  • Porterage at the airport & in hotels
  • Mineral water (2 bottles of 500 milliliters per pax per day)
  • Tips at hotels/restaurant
Price Excludes
  • All items of personal nature such as telephone calls, mini bar and other Beverages
  • Other than above mentioned
  • Day use rooms if incase of flight delayed or cancellation
  • International Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for Guide & Drivers