Mystic Sufism Tour
The infusion of Sufis and mystics from regions such as Persia, Afghanistan, and Central Asia during the eighth century left an enduring imprint on the Indian subcontinent. Beyond their architectural influences, the Sufis' distinctive Islamic approach paved the way for meaningful connections with the Hindu population. This cross-cultural exchange gave rise to musical forms like Qawwali, which served as a medium for expressing the profound emotional bonds between the worshiper and the divine. Sufi dervishes played a pivotal role in introducing unique acts of devotion, such as the ecstatic dance known as Dhamal. Their vibrant performances at shrines are unforgettable experiences. Bedecked in flowing robes and vibrant adornments, they chant verses, engage in ecstatic dances, and reach trance-like states that showcase the intense spiritual connection they have with the divine.
One of the most vivid expressions of this festive Islam in Pakistan can be witnessed during Urs, the annual death anniversary of revered saints. Devotees from all corners of Pakistan embark on journeys using diverse modes of transport to converge at these shrines. This collective gathering is a jubilant affirmation of faith, reinforcing the profound spiritual legacy of Sufism in Pakistan and celebrating the spiritual connection between diverse communities.
|Age: 05- 90 Years
|Best Time: October - March
|Cost: 2050 Euro /person
- Accommodation in 3-4 star hotels with breakfast
- Air-conditioned transportation
- English-speaking guide
- Sightseeing tickets
- Local lunch
- Pick-up and drop-off services
- Tips for driver and guide
- Services not specifically stated in the itinerary
Cost (More than one person)
- for 2 persons: 1150 Euro per person
- for 3 persons: 1050 Euro per person
- for 4 persons: 950 Euro per person
- for 5 persons: 900 Euro per person
- for 6 persons: 850 Euro per person
- for 8 persons: 800 Euro per person
- for 10 persons: 750 Euro per person
Prices for more than 10 persons are available on request.
Arrival - Lahore Sightseeing
The traditional practice of welcoming visitors with garlands made from fresh flowers is a beautiful and meaningful gesture deeply rooted in local culture. As you set foot in your destination, these garlands serve as a symbol of genuine hospitality and a warm embrace extended to you. Crafted with care and precision, these floral garlands convey a message of respect and honor to the guests. The warm smiles and sincere hospitality of the locals go hand in hand with this welcoming tradition. Their aim is to make you feel valued and appreciated, ensuring that your visit is a memorable and immersive experience. This heartfelt reception offers you the opportunity to connect with the local culture and traditions, forging a bridge between visitors and the community. Beyond the initial greeting, these garlands serve as a reminder of the region's rich cultural heritage and the profound significance of welcoming guests with open hearts. They symbolize the harmonious relationship between visitors and the locals, fostering a sense of belonging and creating a lasting impression of the warm and genuine hospitality you will encounter throughout your stay. It's a meaningful and beautiful way to initiate your journey and build connections with the local community. Overnight Lahore.
Your tour of Lahore is a rich and immersive experience that takes you through a tapestry of spirituality, architecture, and cultural traditions. Beginning at the revered shrine of Data Ganj Bakhsh, you pay homage to the beloved patron saint of the city by offering garlands of fresh flowers, symbolizing respect and admiration. Partaking in the Langar, the act of distributing free food, embodies the spirit of generosity and inclusivity that defines the city. As you delve into the architectural wonders of Lahore, the majestic Lahore Fort showcases the artistic brilliance of the Mughal era with its intricate craftsmanship in sandstone and marble. The iconic Badshahi Mosque stands as a symbol of grandeur and serenity, while the visually stunning Wazir Khan Mosque, renowned for its exquisite frescoes and glazed tile-work, is a testament to Lahore's artistic heritage. In the evening, you immerse yourselves in the mystical atmosphere of the shrine of Baba Shah Jamal, the patron saint of folk musicians. Here, the rhythmic beats of the Dhole drums enchant you with a mesmerizing musical performance that echoes the rich cultural heritage of Lahore. Throughout this journey, you experience deep spirituality, architectural splendor, and vibrant cultural traditions that collectively make Lahore a city of wonders. It's an exploration of history, art, and devotion that leaves a profound and lasting impression on your hearts, a true celebration of Lahore's unique heritage and traditions. Overnight Lahore.
Your day in Lahore is a profound exploration of spiritual heritage, architectural beauty, and cultural richness. Beginning at the shrine of Hazrat Mian Mir, a Sufi saint who played a key role in the construction of the Golden Temple in Amritsar, you delve into the interfaith harmony and unity that Lahore represents, bridging religious traditions. Continuing the journey, you're captivated by the enchanting beauty of the Shalimar Gardens. These meticulously designed Persian-style gardens, spanning over 42 acres, with their water channels, fountains, and lush greenery, provide a tranquil oasis amid the bustling city, a testament to the Mughal aesthetic.
Adjacent to the gardens, the shrine of Madho Lal Hussain, a revered Sufi saint, offers a place of devotion and reverence for people of all faiths. You learn about the annual "Mela Chiraghan" festival, a vibrant celebration that illuminates the surroundings with the mesmerizing glow of thousands of oil lamps, creating a magical atmosphere of lights, music, and devotion. This day allows you to deeply immerse yourselves in the spiritual heritage, architectural splendor, and cultural wealth that define Lahore. It's a journey of enlightenment and immersion into the mystical traditions that have profoundly shaped the city's identity throughout history, leaving you with a profound sense of the city's unique character. Overnight Lahore.
Lahore - Kasur - Pak Pattan
Your journey to Kasur and Pak Pattan is a profound spiritual exploration, immersing you in the rich traditions and teachings of revered Sufi saints. Beginning at the sacred shrine of Baba Bullhey Shah in Kasur, you are enveloped in the mystical atmosphere, fostering tranquility and devotion. Baba Bullhey Shah's verses continue to inspire and touch the hearts of many, leaving a deep impression on your soul. Continuing your spiritual journey, you proceed to Pak Pattan, home to the renowned 13th-century mystic, Baba Farid Shakkar Gunj. Baba Farid's wisdom and spiritual teachings, along with his legacy as a scholar and poet, have left an enduring impact. The "Bahishti Derwaza" or Heaven's Gate symbolizes a divine connection, and your offering of a beautifully adorned "Chaddar" signifies respect and gratitude.
Accompanied by the rhythmic beats of local Dhole drummers, festivity and celebration infuse the spiritual atmosphere. However, it is the soul-stirring melodies of Qawali, a devotional form of music, that take you to a realm of spiritual ecstasy and connection. The powerful voices of the Qawwals transport you on a profound journey of devotion, reflection, and celebration of the rich Sufi heritage, which continues to inspire and guide people on their spiritual path. This day is an unforgettable experience that connects you with the mystical traditions of these revered saints, leaving you deeply enriched and spiritually uplifted. Overnight Multan.
Your journey to Multan is a captivating immersion into the city's history and mysticism, where you embrace its traditional charm through a unique experience. Riding a Tonga, a horse-drawn carriage, you traverse the city's streets, connecting with its ambiance and heritage. Multan's past is replete with tales of conquests and the struggles of various invaders, reflecting its historical significance. Today, it exudes a peaceful and serene atmosphere, drawing pilgrims seeking solace and spirituality at the magnificent shrines dedicated to renowned Sufi saints. Among these is the Shah Rukn-e-Alam shrine, an architectural marvel adorned with beautiful blue glazed tiles. At the shrine, you engage in a sacred ritual, lighting an oil lamp and humbly rubbing your head against the holy spot on the shrine's northern wall. This act is believed to bestow wisdom and blessings, connecting you with the spiritual energy and teachings of the revered saint. Your visit to Multan offers a deep dive into the mystical traditions and allows you to experience the profound spirituality that saturates the city. It's a journey of reverence, introspection, and seeking blessings, enabling you to connect with the divine and fully embrace the rich cultural and religious heritage of Multan. Overnight Multan.
Your exploration of Multan takes you to the outskirts of the city, where you visit enchanting shrines that hold deep spiritual significance, providing a profound connection with the divine and an immersion in the region's mystical heritage. After this spiritual journey, you make your way to the lively Hussain Agahi Bazaar, a vibrant open-air market that offers a feast for the senses. The market showcases the rich traditional craftsmanship of Multan, captivating you with its colorful displays of glazed pottery, intricate camel-skin products, beautifully woven textiles, and embroidered shawls. Here, you have the unique opportunity to engage with local artisans, learning about their traditional techniques and gaining an appreciation for the skill and artistry that goes into their creations. The bazaar not only provides a chance to acquire one-of-a-kind souvenirs but also allows you to support local artisans and take a piece of Multan's rich cultural heritage home with you. The combination of spirituality and vibrant craftsmanship in Multan offers a well-rounded experience, enabling you to delve into the city's cultural tapestry and create lasting memories of your time in this mystical and enchanting city. Overnight Multan.
Multan - Uch Sharif - Bahawalpur
As you journey to the old city of Uch, you step into a living testament of history, immersing yourself in the echoes of a bygone era. Uch's significance as a renowned center of Sufi learning is palpable, as you encounter the teachings and wisdom that have shaped this spiritual hub over the centuries. Meeting a descendant of these revered Sufi leaders offers a unique opportunity to delve deeper into their profound legacy. Exploring the two-mile-long covered bazaar of Uch takes you on a sensory journey, where vibrant colors, enticing aromas, and the lively ambiance of everyday life surround you. Here, you encounter skilled artisans and tradespeople, each contributing their expertise to the tapestry of Uch's cultural heritage. From cobblers and sweet-meat sellers to iron smiths, hakeems (herb doctors), footpath dentists, and fortune-tellers, the bazaar embodies the diversity and vibrancy of the local community. Wandering through the narrow lanes of the bazaar, you absorb the sights, sounds, and flavors of Uch, connecting with its rich history and the daily lives of its inhabitants. It's a journey that offers a unique glimpse into the traditions, craftsmanship, and local customs that continue to thrive in this ancient city. Your time in Uch allows you to appreciate the resilience and continuity of its cultural fabric, providing an enriching experience that connects you to the essence of this remarkable place. Overnight Bahawalpur.
Day Excursion Derawar Fort
Your journey leads you to the magnificent Derawar Fort, an architectural marvel that evokes a sense of awe and grandeur. As you approach the fort, its towering walls and imposing structure leave you mesmerized, capturing the essence of its historical significance. Surrounding the fort, you encounter a nomad encampment, offering a glimpse into the nomadic way of life and the resilience of the people who call this arid region home. The Toba, a rain-filled water hole, serves as a lifeline, providing sustenance and a source of water in the harsh desert landscape. As you explore the ancient "Street of Silence," you can almost hear the echoes of the past, imagining the vibrant trade and cultural exchange that once took place in this historic thoroughfare. The onion-domed structures, adorned with white marble, stand as testaments to the region's architectural heritage, bearing the marks of the sandstorms that have swept through the area. Your visit to the mosque of the former nawabs of Bahawalpur and their ancestral graveyard offers insights into the illustrious history and the legacy of the ruling families of this land. It is a journey that transports you through time, allowing you to appreciate the rich tapestry of Bahawalpur's past and the enduring spirit of its people. Overnight Bahawalpur.
Bahawalpur - Bhong - Sukkur
Continuing our journey towards Sukkur, we encounter the magnificent Bhong Mosque, a masterpiece of architectural beauty that captivates the senses. The mosque's intricate tile work, vibrant colors, and meticulous detailing showcase the rich artistic heritage of Pakistan. Every corner of the mosque is adorned with breathtaking calligraphy, geometric patterns, and exquisite floral motifs, reflecting the skill and dedication of its builders. The Bhong Mosque stands as a testament to religious devotion and artistic excellence, leaving us in awe of its grandeur. Its harmonious blend of traditional and contemporary elements creates a unique and captivating ambiance. Our visit to this architectural gem fills us with a sense of wonder and appreciation for the artistic treasures that lie within Pakistan. With our hearts filled with admiration, we continue our journey towards Sukkur, eagerly anticipating the exploration of more wonders that await us in this remarkable region. Overnight Sukkur.
Our enchanting excursion takes us on board a beautifully adorned houseboat, gracefully gliding along the majestic Indus River. Our destination is to meet the Mohanas, a unique community of boat people who have built their lives around the river. As we navigate upstream, we eagerly keep a watchful eye for the elusive Blind Dolphins, a rare species endemic to the Indus, leaping with grace and beauty. Our boat briefly docks at Rohri, allowing us to explore the historical town and its medieval charm on foot. Continuing our journey, we visit the shrines of the seven sisters, where we witness the spiritual significance and reverence bestowed upon these sacred sites. We also encounter an island that houses a Hindu temple, adding to the cultural diversity of the region. In the afternoon, we immerse ourselves in the rich cultural heritage of Sukkur, visiting the towering minaret of the revered Sufi Saint Masoom Shah and absorbing the vibrant atmosphere of the local bazaar, filled with bustling activity and colorful displays. This day promises a blend of natural wonders, cultural exploration, and memorable encounters, leaving us with a deeper appreciation for the enchanting landscapes and diverse traditions of the region. Overnight Sukkur.
Sukkur - Mohenjo-Daro - Sehwan
Our journey takes us to the mesmerizing archaeological site of Mohenjo-Daro, where we step back in time to witness the remains of the ancient Indus Valley Civilization. Exploring the well-preserved structures and intricate urban planning, we gain insights into the advanced society that once flourished here. After a satisfying lunch at our camp, we continue our drive towards Sehwan, the mystical capital of Sindh. Here, we pay our respects at the revered shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, a celebrated Sufi saint and poet. The shrine's vibrant atmosphere and the spiritual energy of the devotees create a captivating ambiance. We are privileged to witness the enchanting Dhamal, a dynamic and ecstatic dance performed by the dervishes, as the sun sets, casting a golden glow over the surroundings. This day offers a unique blend of history, spirituality, and cultural immersion, leaving us with profound memories of the ancient Indus Valley and the mystical traditions of Sindh. Overnight Sehwan Sharif.
Excursion Manchar Lake
Our day begins with a serene excursion to Manchar Lake, where we witness the Mohana boat people and their harmonious relationship with the water. Their way of life offers a unique insight into the connection between humans and nature. Returning to Sehwan, we embark on a captivating walking tour, exploring the ancient town's historical sites and immersing ourselves in its rich cultural heritage. As the sun sets, we are drawn to the revered shrine, where we are captivated by the mesmerizing Dhamal performance by the dervishes. Their rhythmic movements and spiritual devotion create an atmosphere filled with energy and reverence, transporting us into the mystical realm of Sufi traditions. This day offers a blend of natural beauty, cultural exploration, and spiritual experiences, leaving us with a deep appreciation for the traditions and heritage of Sehwan. Overnight Sehwan Sharif.
Sehwan - Bhit Shah - Hyderabad
Our journey through Halla exposes us to its unique character and cultural heritage, as we delve into its bustling covered bazaar. The vibrant marketplace showcases traditional Sindhi handicrafts, lacquer-work, pottery, and intricately crafted textiles, including the renowned "ajrak" and embroidered fabrics. Continuing our path, we reach the sacred city of Bhit Shah, home to the shrine of Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai. The shrine exudes an atmosphere of devotion and love, with the mesmerizing "Dhamal" performed by young men each evening, seeking a connection with their beloved saint. Finally, we arrive in the culturally vibrant city of Hyderabad, where we can immerse ourselves in its rich history and experience the vibrant local culture. Hyderabad offers a treasure trove of tales and treasures, waiting to be explored and discovered. This journey promises a blend of cultural immersion, artistic exploration, and spiritual experiences, leaving us with lasting memories. Overnight Hyderabad.
Hyderabad - Thatta - Chaukundi - Karachi
As we arrive in the historic city of Thatta, we are greeted by the awe-inspiring sight of the Shah Jehan Mosque, a testament to the architectural brilliance of the Mughal era. Its 99 domes and intricate artwork leave us in awe of its grandeur. Moving forward, we venture to the enchanting Makli Hills, where the vast necropolis unfolds before us. The countless intricately carved stone and glazed-tile tombs spanning centuries tell the stories of those who once walked this land. Each tomb is a masterpiece of craftsmanship, showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the region. Lastly, we visit Chaukundi, a small but captivating necropolis known for its intricately carved sandstone tombs, adding to the historical tapestry of our journey. This exploration of Thatta, Makli Hills, and Chaukundi offers a glimpse into the rich history and architectural marvels of the region, leaving a lasting impression on our hearts and minds. Overnight Karachi.
Karachi Sightseeing - Departure
Our day in Karachi begins with a visit to the iconic Abdullah Shah Ghazi Shrine, where we pay our respects to the revered Sufi saint and soak in the spiritual ambiance of the place. We then proceed to the magnificent Mohatta Palace, a cultural gem that showcases the city's architectural grandeur and artistic heritage. Its impressive design and well-preserved exhibits transport us back in time to the colonial era. As our tour comes to an end, we make our way to Karachi Airport, bidding farewell to this vibrant city that never sleeps. Karachi's vibrant energy, diverse attractions, and historical wonders have left an indelible mark on us, and we carry with us the memories of this enriching experience.