This itinerary is designed for the travelers who want to step back in time and admire the glorious history of the Indus valley and Gandhara Civilization. On this tour we will travel across the country, from Karachi in south and Swat valley to the north, we will all 6 UNESCO heritage sites, 12 UNESCO tentative sites and many more archaeological sites. On this cultural heritage tour we will have many chances to interact with local community and know more about modern Pakistan life. Come and join us in this marvelous trip!
The Indus Valley Civilization was an ancient civilization located in what is Pakistan and northwest India today, on the fertile flood plain of the Indus River and its vicinity. Evidence of religious practices in this area date back approximately to 5500 BCE. Farming settlements began around 4000 BCE and around 3000 BCE there appeared the first signs of urbanization. By 2600 BCE, dozens of towns and cities had been established, and between 2500 and 2000 BCE the Indus Valley Civilization was at its peak.
The Gandhara Civilization existed in what is now Northern Pakistan and Afghanistan from the middle of the 1st millennium BCE to the beginning of the 2nd millennium CE. Although multiple major powers ruled over this area during that time, they all had in common great reverence for Buddhism and the adoption of the Indo Greek artistic tradition which had developed in the region following Alexander’s invasions into India.
Day 01: Karachi
Arrival at the airport in Karachi,our guide and driver will meet you here and take you to your hotel. Depending on your flight time, if it is early in the morning then today will be for city exploration. Visit the nearby heritage sites
Day 02: Karachi – Hyderabad
Drive to Hyderabad. Before traveling to Hyderabad, we will visit Chaukundi (UNESCO tentative list), Banbhore (UNESCO tentative list) and Makli Necropolis (UNESO heritage list) and later drive to the hotel in Hyderabad to overnight stay.
Day 03: Hyderabad – Larkana
Drive to Larkana. Enroute we will visit Ranikot Fort (UNESCO tentative list), Sehwan, tomb of Shah Baharo and some other sites.
Day 04: Larkana – Sukkur
Drive to Sukkur, today we will visit Kot Diji Fort and Mohenjo-daro (UNESO heritage list), arrive and transfer to the hotel
Day 05: Sukkur – Bhawalpur
Drive to Bhawalpur, today we will visit Bhong mosque and Derawar Fort (UNESCO tentative list)m arrive and transfer to the hotel
Day 06: Bhawalpur – Multan
Drive to Multan before reaching Multan we will visit Uch Sharif, The Tomb of Bibi Jawindi (UNESCO tentative list) and other sites at Uch Sharif, later drive to Multan, arrive and explore the Old Fort, which houses the elaborately decorated shrines of Sheikh Bahad-ud-din Zakriya and Shah Shams Tabriz, as well as the Tomb of Shah Rukn-e-Alam (UNESCO tentative list).
Day 07: Multan – Lahore
Drive to Lahore. Enroute we will visit Harappa (UNESCO tentative list). The archaeological site of Harappa consists of a series of low archaeological mounds and cemeteries to the south of a dry bed of the Ravi river.
Day 08: Explore Lahore City
Day to explore Lahore. We start our visit in the Lahore Fort (UNESCO heritage list), Tombs of Jahangir (UNESCO tentative list) , Diwan-e-Kas, Lal Burj, Khwabgah-e-Jahangiri, the majestic Shish Mahal, Badshahi Mosque (UNESCO tentative list), Wazir Khan’s Mosque (UNESCO tentative list), Samadhi of Ranjit Singh, the mausoleum of the Sikh ruler Maharaja Ranjit Singh and Guru Arjun Dev, and the Shalimar Gardens (UNESCO heritage list).
Day 09: Lahore – Islamabad
Drive to Islamabad. Enroute we will visit Hiran Minar (UNESCO tentative list), Khewra Salt Mines (UNESCO tentative list) and Rohtas Fort (UNESCO heritage list).
Day 10: Islamabad – Peshawar
Drive to Peshawar, today we will explore Taxila (UNESCO heritage list) before driving to Peshawar.
Day 11: Peshawar – Swat Valley
Drive to Swat Valley. Enroute we will visit Takht-i-Bahi (UNESCO heritage list) and the nearby ruins of Sahr-i-Bahlol
Day 12: Explore Swat Valley
Day to explore Swat valley. Today we will explore the beautiful Swat valley (commonly called Switzerland in Pakistan) with many Buddhist heritage sites, including Butkara stupa (2nd century BCE), Shingardar Stupa, Nemogram (2nd–3rd century A.D), Amluk Dara Stupa (2nd–3rd century A.D), Najigram Stupa & Monastery and if time allows we will visit more Heritage sites.
Day 13: Swat Valley – Islamabad – Fly to your destination
Drive back to the capital of Pakistan, depending on your flight time, if time allows then we will explore the twin city “Rawalpindi and Islamabad” later drive to the airport and fly to your destination.