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Embarking on a tour covering Lahore, Peshawar, Multan, Mohenjo-Daro, Thatta, and Karachi promises an enriching and diverse experience, spanning historical landmarks. 


Gandhara Heritage Tour

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Pakistan's historical tapestry is indeed adorned with the echoes of ancient civilizations, with the Gandhara region standing out as a remarkable treasure trove within the Peshawar valley. This region is steeped in antiquity, and its historical narrative can be traced back to ancient texts like the Rig-Veda and the Achaemenian Empire. Between the 6th century BC and the 1st century AD, Gandhara was witness to a mosaic of empires, including the Mauryans, Indo-Greeks, Scythians, Parthians, and Kushans, all of whom left their indelible marks on the region. Peshawar, known as Pushkalavati in ancient times, later became the hub of the Shahi dynasty, while the region of Hund also held historical significance during this period. The invasion by the Ghaznavids in 998 AD marked a turning point in the region's history. Noteworthy archaeological sites like Takht-i-bahi, Shari Bahlol, and museums across Taxila, Swat, and Peshawar serve as windows into the splendor of Gandharan art. The stone sculptures and Buddhist motifs from this region are revered globally and can be found in museums around the world, offering a captivating glimpse into Pakistan's rich cultural legacy and its profound impact on the broader world of art and history.

Days: 6Age: 05- 90 YearsBest Time to Visit: AnyCost: 950 Euro /person
Included:
  • Accommodation in 3-4 star hotels with breakfast
  • Air-conditioned transportation
  • English-speaking guide
  • Sightseeing tickets
  • Local lunch
  • Pick-up and drop-off services
Not Included:
  • Dinner
  • Tips for driver and guide
  • Services not specifically stated in the itinerary
Cost (More than one person)
  • Price for 2 persons:  650 Euro per person
  • Price for 3 persons:  600 Euro per person
  • Price for 4 persons:  550 Euro per person
  • Price for 5 persons:  500 Euro per person
  • Price for 6 persons:  500 Euro per person
  • Price for 8 persons:  450 Euro per person
  • Price for 10 persons: 400 Euro per person

Prices for more than 10 persons are available on request.

Day 01

Arrival - Islamabad Sightseeing

Your guests will indeed receive a warm welcome at Islamabad Airport, marking the beginning of their enriching journey through the heart of the Gandhara kingdom's historical legacy. Your journey today takes you to the archaeological treasure of Taxila, where the echoes of antiquity come to life. The Taxila Museum serves as a gateway to the past, offering a glimpse into Gandhara's rich cultural heritage through its sculptures, coins, and pottery. The Julian Monastery, an ancient Buddhist sanctuary, awaits your exploration. Within its walls, the whispers of centuries past can almost be heard. Sirkap follows, with remnants of an ancient city that narrate stories of days long gone. The Dharmarjika Stupa stands as a powerful testament to Emperor Ashoka's devotion, its grandeur and spirituality inspiring a profound sense of awe. Your last stop at Mohra Morado reveals yet more Buddhist wonders, providing a fitting finale to your exploration. As you return to Islamabad, the echoes of Taxila linger in your memory, a testament to the enduring allure of the Gandhara civilization and the profound history you've encountered. Overnight Islamabad.

Day 02

Islamabad - Peshawar Sightseeing

Your journey leads you to Peshawar, a city steeped in history and alive with tales of the past. Your exploration begins at the Peshawar Museum, a true treasure trove of Gandhara's splendors. Here, you witness the incredible craftsmanship of sculptors, the glint of ancient coins, and the faint whispers of a bygone era. A visit to Kissa Khawani Bazaar is a sensory delight, where the very name of the street encapsulates its allure a place where vendors weave stories through their goods and wares. The Mohabbat Khan Mosque, with its opulent architecture and intricate details, stands as a testament to the city's rich artistic heritage. As you meander through Sethi Streets, it feels like stepping into a time capsule. The traditional houses and shops here paint a vivid and authentic portrait of Peshawar's soul. As you bid farewell to this remarkable city, you carry with you the vibrant history and warm hospitality that have left a lasting impression in your heart. Overnight Peshawar.

Day 03

Peshawar - Takht Bhai - Mingora Swat

Your picturesque journey to Swat Valley is a captivating adventure. Along the way, you pause at the Takht Bhai Monastery, a majestic Buddhist haven perched atop a hill. This ancient sanctuary, dating back to the 1st century BCE, reveals intricate carvings and grand architecture that speak volumes about the tales of the past. Continuing your path, you arrive at the Shingardara Stupa, an ancient sentinel of Buddhism that stands gracefully amidst the allure of the Swat Valley. The valley itself is a true masterpiece, adorned with emerald greenery, meandering rivers, and snow-kissed peaks, creating a panoramic vista that takes your breath away. As you step into Swat, you step into tranquility, immersing yourself in the charm of the towns, engaging with the warm-hearted locals, and uncovering archaeological gems that paint stories of ages past. Swat's museums and historical sites add depth to your journey, and as the day concludes, you carry the magic of the valley within your heart. Overnight Peshawar.

Day 04

Swat Valley Sightseeing

Your journey of historical immersion takes you to Saidu Sharif and Mangora in the captivating Swat Valley. Your odyssey commences at the Swat Archaeological Museum, where you are enveloped by a rich collection of Buddhist relics and artifacts. Each piece serves as a portal to the past, revealing the intricate tapestry of Buddhism's enduring legacy. Butkara 1 beckons next, an archaeological site adorned with the remnants of an ancient Buddhist complex, including a stupa and monastic structures that echo across time. In Jahanabad, you stand before a colossal rock-carved Buddha, a testament to the artisans of old and their awe-inspiring craftsmanship. Amid Swat's embrace, the beauty of nature envelops verdant valleys, snow-draped peaks, and rivers that narrate stories of their own. This day's journey is a profound discovery, a voyage into the heart of Swat's cultural heritage, leaving you humbled and enriched by the depth of history and the breathtaking surroundings. Overnight Swat valley.

Day 05

Swat Valley – Lahore

Continuing our enchanting journey through Lahore, our day unfolds with a visit to the Lahore Museum. Within its hallowed halls, artifacts from ages past tell tales of civilizations gone by, including the famed fasting Buddha. We proceed to the Shalimar Gardens, a symphony of Mughal aesthetics and natural beauty, where flowing water and vibrant flora transport us to another era. The nearby Jahangir's Tomb stands as a testament to the Mughal legacy, adorned with intricate marble and surrounded by serene gardens. These architectural wonders echo with Islamic and Persian influences, a fusion of artistic brilliance. Amidst Lahore's vibrant streets, we relish the flavors of Lahori cuisine, a culinary delight that awakens the senses. Engaging with the city's vivacity, we navigate bustling markets and mingle with locals, absorbing Lahore's pulsating rhythm. Lahore's artistic soul shines through its galleries, revealing the creativity of its people. As twilight approaches, we cherish the memories of a day steeped in history, art, and culture, grateful for the privilege of immersing ourselves in Lahore's extraordinary heritage. The blend of history, art, cuisine, and vibrant local life creates a memorable tapestry that we'll carry with us on our journey. Overnight Lahore.

Day 06

Lahore Sightseeing

Continuing our enchanting journey through Lahore, our day unfolds with a visit to the Lahore Museum. Within its hallowed halls, artifacts from ages past tell tales of civilizations gone by, including the famed fasting Buddha. We proceed to the Shalimar Gardens, a symphony of Mughal aesthetics and natural beauty, where flowing water and vibrant flora transport us to another era. The nearby Jahangir's Tomb stands as a testament to the Mughal legacy, adorned with intricate marble and surrounded by serene gardens. These architectural wonders echo with Islamic and Persian influences, a fusion of artistic brilliance. Amidst Lahore's vibrant streets, we relish the flavors of Lahori cuisine, a culinary delight that awakens the senses. Engaging with the city's vivacity, we navigate bustling markets and mingle with locals, absorbing Lahore's pulsating rhythm. Lahore's artistic soul shines through its galleries, revealing the creativity of its people. As twilight approaches, we cherish the memories of a day steeped in history, art, and culture, grateful for the privilege of immersing ourselves in Lahore's extraordinary heritage. Transfer to airport for onward journey.

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