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Gandhara Civilization Tour | Cultural Tours in Pakistan

Duration: 14 Days
Best Season June - September  
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Introduction

This tour is designed to discover the hidden treasures of ancient history and the marvels of nature of the northern valleys of Pakistan. Over centuries, the land we now call Pakistan has been the cradle of many civilizations. Whilst Indus Valley civilizations (Harappa 7th millennium BC and Moejodaro 4th millennium BC) are the landmarks of human civilizations in the southern plains of Pakistan, the Gandhara Civilization (500 BC to 10th Century AD), an era devoted mainly to Buddhism, has been the centre of spiritual influence as well as art and architecture.

It was from here that Buddhism spread towards east as far as Japan and Korea. Despite the vagaries of centuries, Taxila and Swat Valley have preserved these heritages in art and craft. In addition to the museums of London, Delhi, Karachi, Srinager, etc, those at Taxila, Peshawar and Swat host the finest remains of the civilization. But the more intriguing is the visit of the archaeological sites spread all over Taxila, Swat and other parts of North West Frontier Province of Pakistan and the Gilgit-Baltistan that have been discovered in the twentieth century.

Driving on the Karakoram Highway, we can recapitulate the history by visiting petroglyphs that are found along the Indus, Gilgit and Hunza Rivers. These carvings bear not only the "guest books" of passing by traders and pilgrims but also depict the natural beliefs of fairy worshippers.

Itinerary

Day 01 Arrival Islamabad Reception and transfer to hotel, PM Sightseeing.
Day 02 Islamabad-Peshawar Enroute Visit Taxila Museum and transfer to Peshawar.
Day 03 Peshawar Sightseeing of Peshawar.
Day 04 Peshawar-Swat Transfer to Swat. Enroute visit Takht Bhai site.
Day 05 Swat Sightseeing of Swat.
Day 06 Swat-Besham Drive to Besham over Shangla Pass.
Day 07 Besham-Gilgit Continue drive to Gilgit. Enroute visit rock carvings at Shatial, Chilas and Alam Bridge. 
Day 08 Gilgit Sightseeing of Gilgit and visit rock inscriptions Danyore Village and Konodas and Buddha image at Kargah. 
Day 09 Gilgit-Hunza Drive to Hunza and visit Altit and Baltit Forts.
Day 10 Hunza Reserved for optional exploration or rest.
Day 11 Hunza-Gulmit Full day excursion of Khunjerab Pass and back to Gulmit.
Day 12 Gulmit-Gilgit Return back to Gilgit.
Day 13 Gilgit-Islamabad Fly or drive back to Islamabad.
Day 14 Islamabad Fly home.