TOUCHING THE HISTORY OF SUFISIM, HINUDSUM, BUDHIMS, MUGHAL DYNASTIY AND THE LAST BRIITISH
Crown Hotel Karachi Upon arrival in Karachi Airport met and transfer to your hotel. All meals included. Proceed for sightseeing of Karachi including visits to the White Marble Mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam (the founder of Pakistan); Bustling Bohri Bazaar - crowded with yelling hawkers; National Museum - housing a rich collection of Gandhara art; Zaibunnissa Street - a cosmopolitan shopping center; after lunch resume the sightseeing. Visit DHA and Do Darya Restaurant and Clifton beach. Return to hotel for overnight.
AM: Drive to Hyderabad via Makli Hill & Thatta. Hyderabad, Pakistan's fifth-largest city after Karachi, Lahore, Faisalabad and Islamabad-Rawalpindi, is a bustling industrial metropolis on the Indus River. Makli Hills, or Little Mecca, is the site of a million graves, tombs and mausoleums, and is reputedly the largest necropolis in the world. Visiting it is an eerie, impressive experience. For over 1,000 year the Sindhi people have felt that there was something sacred about Makli, and a spiritual atmosphere still pervades the site today. Thatta, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) from Karachi, is well worth a visit for the Shah Jahan Mosque and its bazaar. The mosque is a reminder of Thatta's past as a thriving port and the capital of lower Sind before the Indus abandoned it for new channels to the east. Subject to available time, visit the Hyderabad Fort, Tomb of Talpur Mirs, Shah Makai Fort, Kalhora Tombs all located within Hyderabad. PM: Return to Hotel for overnight.
AM: Drive to Sukker enroute options visit to Mohenjodaro, Sehwan, Fort Ranikot, Kot Diji. Sehwan Sharif is the oldest occupied town in Sind. Mud houses huddle on top of a mound of mud debris that has accumulated over thousands of years. The ruins of a massive fort dominate the town at the northern end and command the route from the upper to the lower Indus, through which all invaders from either north or south had to pass. Possession of the fort was essential to the success of every campaign, so Sehwan figures constantly in Sind's history According to a Sindhi proverb, if you are a rich man you should go to Larkana, where you can easily spend your money; apparently the red-light district is very expensive. Mohenjo-Daro (Mound of the Dead) is the ruins of a 4,000-year-old Indus Civilization city. It is one of the most important archaeological sites in the subcontinent, and a must for anyone interested in ancient history. Enthusiasts should allow a whole day there to tour the ruins and see the excellent museum; Sukkar is strategically situated on the Indus and is the most important town in upper Sind. It is connected by air, rail and road to the rest of the country.. Visit the Sukkar Barrage - the biggest Barrage in the world with its biggest network of canal system in the world. Bhakkar Island - 300 X 800 meters is the largest of the three Islands in the river and domains two 12th century ruined forts, a Muslim Shrine, a step well, an execution. Visit Kot Diji.
Hotel One / The Grand Regency Hotel Today we drive you to Bahwapur via Uch . Uch is domains the Muslim tombs of the 13th and 14th centuries. Located near the confluence of the Chenab and Sutlej rivers, Uchch has been largely bypassed by the 20th century, and is now just a small country bazaar surrounded by mud houses, but in the 13th and 14th centuries it was the capital of a rich kingdom and, with its sister city Multan, a center of political, cultural and literary activity. The independent Kingdom of Uch was short-lived, as the river changed course and the town declined, but it still continued to attract the pious and saintly. Today it is always referred to as Uch Sharif (Holy Uch). The Tomb of Jalaluddin Surkh Bukhari is right beside the tomb of Bibi Jawindi, but is easily missed as it is a low, square building with a flat roof and a plain brick outside wall. After sightseeing Uchch, proceed to Bahawalpur. Packed lunch en route. Bahawalpur was rebuilt in 1748 by the Nawab (Lord) on an old site, Bahawalpur's wide tree-lined streets and large houses with arched verandas give it an air of calm spaciousness. Most public transport is by bicycle rickshaw, so life here seems graciously unhurried. Bahawalpur is a small but prosperous town, and is an ideal starting-point for safaris into the Cholistan Desert, or for day trips to the Lal Suhanra National Game Park or Derawar Fort. On arrival transfer to Hotel. After a brief rest proceed for sightseeing of Bahawalpure Bazaar, Library & Museum. Proceed for sightseeing excursion of Lal Suhanra Park. Overnight hotel for overnight.
AM: Drive to Multan. Multan is the most important city in the lower Punjab. Strategically placed at the crossroads of the main trade route through Pakistan, and at what was once the confluence of the Ravi and Chenab rivers (today the Ravi joins the Chenab 40 kilometers, or 25 miles, to the north), Multan has been a rich, well-defended city for more than 2,000 years. Today it is a flourishing industrial city, and can be reached by daily air and rail services from the rest of the country. Sightseeing excursion of Multan. Visit to the Shrines of Shah Rukan-e-Alam, Bahauddin Zikirya Temple of Pra Halad (temple and Phulhattan Mosque. All presenting intricate designing and incomparable workmanship. Visit the city bazaars of Multan including Lahori Gate, Hussain Agahi Bazaar, Town Hall, Saddar Bazaar, Overnight at your hotel.
AM: Drive to Lahore via Harrapa, Carlton Tower / Hotel One OR Pak Heritage Hotel. The turning to the Indus Civilization city of Harappa is about 150 kilometers (93 miles) from Multan. A tour of the site itself takes about an hour. Leave the museum and follow the path past the cemetery. Jars containing human bones were found here, and are thought to be of a later date than the Indus Civilization. Some jars and skeletons are on display in the museum. Harappa was discovered in the mid - 19th century by railway engineers building the Lahore - Multan track. David Ross, in The Land of Five Rivers (1882), wrote: 'the ruins were extensive enough to provide brick ballast for about 100 miles (160 kilometers) of the railway: in this way several of the large mounds have been entirely cleared away. After sightseeing Harrapa, continue drive to Lahore.
Best Museum with a rich collection of Buddhist stone sculpture from Gandharan Period, a fine Islamic collection of illustrated manuscripts, miniatures, rugs and carvings, a good ethnographic display and a gallery on an excellent prehistoric display. Visit Chuburji Gate Lahore. Proceed to Wagha Border Flag down ceremony. In the afternoon we drive you to historical route Wagha border to attend flag down ceremony of Pakistan and India rangers. It is a daily practice since 1960, It is an hostile show mean that it show the power of both countries. Back to hotel.
Full day sightseeing excursion of Lahore. The visit to the Walled City of Lahore includes Wazir Khan's Mosque - built in 1634 by Hakim Ali-ud-Din; Shrine of Data Ganj Bakhsh - a great scholar from Ghazni 1039-1072. has millions of pilgrims and his Urs (death festival) is a national event; Anarkali Bazaar - named after Prince Salim's (Jehangir) lover, is a cluster of street bazaars exclusively for ladies. After lunch resume sightseeing. Visit the Lahore Fort - a marvel of Moghal Architecture begun in the 11th Century and completed in the end of 16th Century. Among the emperors who contributed to its splendors are Akbar, Jahangir and Shah Jehan; the Badshahi Mosque .Overnight stay at Hotel.
In the morning breakfast will drive on the famous and comfortable road Motorway. En route we drive you to Katas Temple.. The temples are located near the town of Kallar Kahar and near the M2 Motorway Visit to Qila Katas on the way. Katas temple is several Hindu temples connected to one another by walkways the temples form a complex surrounding a pond named Katas which is regarded as sacred by Hindus.The temples' pond is said in the Puransas to have been created from the teardrops of Shive after he wandered the Earth inconsolable after the death of his wife Sati. The pond with a maximum depth of 20 feet. The temples play a role in the Hindu epic poem, Khiwa Salt Mine also located here but we skipped it and get back to Motorway after a brief tour in the Katas Temple and transfer by Motorway for Islamabad.. The motorway 375 long upon arrival to Islamabad we will transfer to the Hotel Activities: Explore the town and visit Royal Mosque and old fort. City sightseeing tour to Rawalpindi and Islamabad. See Raja Bazaar, Murree Road, Lok Virsa Museum and Shah Faisal Mosque in the tour. Islamabad and Rawalpindi are both twin city. Islamabad is located on the Photohar plateau. Approximate population in Islamabad 2.05 million and Rawalpindi exceeded 4 million. For more details our guide explain during the visiting of each places. Grace Crow Hotel Rawalpindi.
Today after breakfast we drive to a tour of Pakistan capital of Islamabad and busting Bazzars of Rawalpindi. Islamabad is the planned city of Pakistan because it serves as the capital of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Ranked in the beautiful capital of the World after London and Berlin. The 10 th largest city and population of almost 2 million. Islamabad was built in 1960 under the direction of President Ayub Khan to replace Karachi as Pakistan’s capital. The city’s master plan divides the city into eight areas, including administrative, diplomatic, residential, educational, industrial, commercial, rural and green areasA tour to Islamabad that covers all the major and minor attraction of the capital features. Visit Pakistan movement, lok Versa Heritage here displaying/depicted all Pakistan culture, visit Damane Koh a beautiful picnic point for Pakistani holiday’s makers where you have a panoramic view of Capital Islamabad worth looking Faisal Mosque and Gov. official building Parliament House, Prime Minister house, High court and some major business towers top looking from this location visit Fisal Mosque see modern Muslim feature of architecture. Visit saidpur Village. Lunch at Afghan Restaurant.
It is 35 km drive from Rawalpindi Taxila is an important city for archaeological factors. Let us introduce ancient Taxila was center of Gandhara civilization. Taxila is located nearby Grand Trunk Road and Sikh Pilgrimage of Hussan Abad and Mughal era garden of Wah. In 316, King Chandragupta of the Mauryan dynasty (321-297) could conquer the Indus valley. Taxila lost its independence and became a provincial of capital.Chanragupta was succeeded by Bindusara. His son Ashoka was governor of Taxila until 269, when he succeeded his father. Taxila was a hub of Buddhism, a center of learning, an urban metropolis and a meeting point of various cultures, namely the Achaemenids, Greeks, Mauryans, Scythians, Parthians, Kushans, Huns and eventually the Muslims. Jorn Marshall, the first director of the Archaeological Survey of India in the early 1900s CE, a time when archaeology worldwide had become a much more disciplined field and new discoveries were coming to light from all over the world. Along with discovering the Indus valley civilization, Marshall also did major work in Taxila which bring to light this ancient and mysterious culture.Taxila still 90% excavation. Taxila and the region of Gandhara witnessed the rule of several major powers of antiquity as listed here. Lunch at Taxila. After lunch resume sightseeing here. For dinner reach to Islamabad. After dinner transfer to ‘Airport with a lot of good memories from Diversiful culture land
01 - Transport for Pick & Drop from/to airport AND domestic Flight ticket Skardu to Islamabad.
02 - Transport throughout tour itinerary, including fuel and all taxes/tolls
03 - All camping gear and Kitchen equipment’s.
04 - Hotels Meals and all Trekking foods.
05 - Tourist Class Hotel accommodation through tour program.
06 - Guide, cook and porters, Insurance policy and their daily allowance.
07 - Tents and mattress all for all members on sharing basis.
08 - Sites Entrance Fees.
09 - Daily Mineral Waters.
10 - English speaking and license Mountains guide
01 - Insurance policy of trekkers.
02 - Other services which are not mentioned above.
03 - Airfare (international)
As per this tour program best time to travel is from July to October