Indus Valley Civilization-Gandhara
Starting from the port city of Pakistan in the south, this tour will let you discover all the heritage sites of Indus Valley Civilization, ending at Taxila in the north.
• All domestic transportation and transfers, domestic flights mentioned in the itinerary.
• Single room at hotel mentioned above with private facilities
• Meals Half board (Kyrgyzstan only full board) For included meals please see ke Breakfast (B) Lunches (L) Dinners (D)
• All the sightseeing tours as described in the itinerary and entrance fees
• Fully escorted by our experienced English speaking local guides in each country
• Visa support letter if required
• Visa Fees.
• Expenses in hotels such as laundry, telephone and room service, etc.
• Optional activities
• Meals Lunches except Kyrgyzstan
• Personal expanses
• Personal travel insurance
• Tips for Guides and drivers
*** Please note that all above hotels are subject to availability or we will arrange
alternative hotels of a similar standard
Upon arrival at Karachi airport you will be met by our guide and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free at leisure.
Overnight in Cosy inn Guest house (D)
Karachi city tour
City tour of Karachi includes visit of Jinnah Mausoleum, Defence Mosque, Clifton Beach, Dhobi Ghat and Bohri Bazaar. Overnight in Cosy inn Guest house. (BD)
Chukundi – Thata – Hyderabad
Today we drive to Thatta and visit Makli Graveyard. Makli is perhaps the largest necropolis in the world. Those lying buried in their graves have left their style and splendor behind even after their death. Most of the graves in this large necropolis date back to the time of Muhammad Bin Qasim. Also a visit to Shah Jehani Masjid in Thatta. Overnight at City gate hotel Hyderabad. (BD)
Haydarabad –Bhit Shah – Sehwan Sharif -Larkana
In the morning visit the Kings of Talpur’s tombs, later drive to Bit Shah where you will be visiting the shrine of Sufi Saint, Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai. Continue driving to Sehwan Sharif visit the Shrine of Saint Shahbaz Qalander, a religious place where millions of devotees come to visit and pay homage to the Saint. Later drive to Larkana. Overnight in Sapna, Greens Palace or Paris Hotel. (BD)
Larkana – Mohenjodaro – Sukkur
In the morning drive to Sukkur en-route visit Mohenjo-Daro, Moenjodaro is the archaeological site of Indus valley civilization, which flourished here some 5000 years ago. Later visit Kot Diji, which is a magnificent early 19th century fort built by Talpurs, the former rulers of Sindh from 1789 to 1843. It is a well preserved fort perched on the ridge of a steep narrow hill and is an interesting place to visit. Continue driving to Sukkur.
Overnight in Serena or Carlton Guest house Sukkur. (BD)
Sukkur - Bahawalpur
Today we will drive to Bahawalpur via National Highway, which runs through irrigated farmlands and rich cultural countryside of Lower Punjab. On the way we will stop at Bhong, which boasts an extraordinary modern mosque started in the 1960s and winner of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Later drive to Uch Sharif visit Bi Bi Jiwindi tomb built by an Iranian princes during 1493.
Continue driving to Bahawalpur, check in at hotel, Afternoon visit the local market. Overnight at PTDC Motel. (BD)
Bahawulpur – Derawar Fort - Multan
Today, we drive to Derawar and Cholistan desert. Standing proudly in the midst of the Cholistan desert, the Derawar Fort is a famed hallmark of Bahawalpur. From Bahawalpur city, it takes couple of hours to get to the fort, with the journey being long, tiring and dust laden. But it’s worth the trouble. With the vast Cholistan desert serving as a backdrop, the majestic fort is a sight to behold. The Derawar fort has around 40 bastions that stand 30 feet high. The walls have a circumference of 1.5 km. It stands in the middle of the Cholistan desert.
Rai Jajja Bhati, a Hindu Rajput from Jaisalmir, was the first to build a fort on the site. However, the Nawab of Bahawalpur, Sadeq Mohammad Khan I, captured the fort in 1733 and had it rebuilt to how it looks today. The fort was taken away from the Nawab in 1747 but in 1804, Nawab Mubarak Khan reclaimed the fort. Infront of the fort is the Derawar mosque, which was constructed in 1844 AD, has three domes and two minarets built exactly like the Moti Masjid at the Red Fort in Delhi,. The entire structure is made up on white marble.
We also visit the tombs of Nawabs of Bahawalpur, the royal graveyard of the Abbasi family. The Abbasi family was the ruling Nawab family of Bahawalpur and all of the previous Nawabs are buried here. The graveyard is still owned and controlled by the Nawabs, surviving family members. There is also an option to do short camel ride around Derawer fort. After visiting Cholistan desert we drive to Multan.
Overnight in City Suites or Similar hotel. (BD)
Multan, which is a historical city and is known as city of Saints, Afternoon city tour of Multan that 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. Afternoon visit the local market. Overnight in City Suites or Similar hotel. (BD)
Multan - Lahore
Today we drive to Lahore via Harrappa.
Harrappa 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, later we drive to Lahore. Overnight in Chancery Guest House (BD)
Lahore has been the capital of Punjab for nearly 1,000 years. Besides being the Mughal show-window, Lahore is the cultural, academic and intellectual Centre of Pakistan. For 200 years, beginning from about 1525 AD, Lahore remained a thriving cultural centre of the great Mughal Empire, when the city was beautified with palaces, gardens, monuments and mosques. During the British regime, many monuments sprang up in Lahore which blended beautifully with the Mughal, Gothic and Victorian styles of architecture. Later in the afternoon we will depart for Wagah border to witness the extraordinary Wagah Border Closing ceremony, which has been taking place since 1959. Every day of the year, just before sunset, a flag lowering ceremony takes place at the Wagah Border between India and Pakistan. It is an action packed experience that needs to be seen to be believed!. Overnight in Chancery Guest House (BD)
Lahore City Tour
2 Full day to explore the Mughal city of Lahore.
Today we will visit the different sites of Lahore which include the Badshahi Mosque which was built by Emperor Aurangzeb in 1674, represents the very best of Mughal architecture. The Lahore Fort is next to the mosque which was built by Emperor Akbar in 1560. It is a rectangular in shape which is 380 by 330 meters filled with buildings from a variety of periods which include Maktab Khana, Dican E Khas and Diwan Am, the Palace of Mirrors (Shish Mahal) Red Tower. Lahore Museum is especially famous for the stone caved fasting Buddha apart from other artefacts. Shalimar Garden was built by Shah Jahan in 1642. As a pleasure garden for the royal household, it follows the Mughal concept of the perfect walled garden with three terraces of straight, shaded walks, geometrically arranged ponds fountains and marble pavilions, surrounded by flowers and fruit trees.
Later we visit Wazir Khan Mosque, famous for its extensive tile work and frescos. It was built in seven years starting around 1634–1635 AD during the reign of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan. Overnight in Chancery Guest House (BD)
Lahore – Salt Mine – Islamabad
In the morning we drive to Islamabad, en-route we stop at Khewra Salt Mines which is the largest in Pakistan and second largest in the world, the mines are now a popular tourist attraction. The discovery of rock salt dates back to the days of Alexander the Great, with initial mining properly starting in 1500 AD with salt production crossing 50,000 tonnes at the turn of the last century. We will have a tour of the chambers and caves as these beautiful salt crystals sparkle overhead and all around. This is where your Himalayan Salt comes from.
Later continue driving to Islamabad.
Overnight at hotel in Islamabad. (BD)
Taxila – Islamabad
In the morning we drive to visit Taxila.
Taxila Takṣaśilā, meaning ”City of Cut Stone” it is a significant archaeological hub in the modern city of the same name in the lap of foothills of Himalaya in Punjab, It lies about 40km north-west of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, just off the famous GT road. Taxila was an important city of Ancient India, situated at the pivotal junction of the Indian subcontinent and Central Asia. The origin of Taxila as a city goes back to c. 1000 BCE. Some ruins at Taxila date to the time of the Achaemenid Empire in the 6th century BCE, followed successively by Mauryan Empire, Indo-Greek, Indo-Scythian, and Kushan Empire periods. Owing to its strategic location, Taxila has changed hands many times over the centuries, with many empires vying for its control. When the great ancient trade routes connecting these regions ceased to be important, the city sank into insignificance and was finally destroyed by the nomadic Hunas in the 5th century.
The human heritage spread throughout Taxila It is wise worth to see this human treasure
* Taxila Museum
* Julian Buddhist Monastery
* Dharma Rajika stupa
* Sirkap Ancient City of Taxila
* Jandial Temple
* Mohra Muradhu
* Visit stone cutters handi craft shops / workshop
Later return to Islamabad. Overnight at hotel in Islamabad (BD)
Islamabad – Rawalpindi visit
Islamabad is the capital city of Pakistan and is federally administered as part of the Islamabad Capital Territory. Islamabad is built on a modern plan in the 1960s to replace Karachi as Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad is noted for its high standards of living, safety and abundant greenery.
Morning drive to Rawalpindi to see hustling and bustling of people in Raja Bazars old bazar of Rawalpindi. Later on, visit Truck Paintings workshop to see painters at work to decorate trucks.
After lunch visit Lok Virsa Museum, Pakistan Monument, Shakar Parrian Garden,
Faisal Mosque, Said Por village Dinner at Melody Food Street
Overnight at hotel in Islamabad. (BD)
r service will end with airport transfer (B)
Accommodation will be arranged as per client request.