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World Heritage Tour South of Pakistan

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12 Days
Min Age : 9+
Max People : 34
Overview

In ancient times, Pakistan was a major cultural hub. Many cultural practices and great monuments have been inherited from the time of the ancient rulers of the region. One of the greatest cultural influences was that of the Persian Empire, of which Pakistan was a part. In fact, the Pakistani satraps were at one time the richest and most productive of the massive Persian Empire. Other key influences include the Afghan Empire, Mughal Empire and later, the short lived but influential, the British Empire.

Pakistan has a cultural and ethnic background going back to the Indus Valley Civilization, which existed from 2800–1800 B.C., and was remarkable for its ordered cities, advanced sanitation, excellent roads, and uniquely structured society. Pakistan has been invaded many times in the past, and has been occupied and settled by many different peoples, each of whom have left their imprint on the current inhabitants of the country. Some of the largest groups were the ‘Aryans’, Greeks, Scythians, Persians, White Huns, Arabs, Turks, Mongols, Afghans, Buddhists and other Eurasian groups, up to and including the British, who left in the late 1940s.

Departure Time

Oct – Mar

Region

South

Type

Cultural Tour

Period

Winter, Spring

Level

Easy

Comfort

Normal

Itinerary

Day 1ARR KARACHI

Upon arrival welcome guest & transfer to hotel.

Day 2KARACHI, LV KARACHI, VISIT THATTA, ARR HYDERABAD

After an early breakfast, visit Mazar-e-Quaid and then drive to visit National MuseumKarachi.
National Museum Karachi: Karachi National Museum of Pakistan is located at Dr. Ziauddin Ahmed Road, Karachi. The National Museum of Pakistan was established in Frere Hall on 17 April 1950, replacing the defunct Victoria Museum. Frere Hall itself was built in 1865 as a tribute to Sir Bartle Frere, a Commissioner of Sind during the 19th century.
Visit and continue drive to Thatta. On the way to Thatta, visit Chaukhandi tombs and Makli hills at Thatta.
Shah Jahan Mosque: The mosque was built in 1647, as a gift to the people of Sindh against their support to Mughal King Humayun to reestablish Mughal Empire in Indian Subcontinent. It has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Lunch Box will be served.
Hyderabad: In 711 C, Muhammad bin Qasim conquered the town. By the mid-712, Muslim armies had conquered much of the Sindh. However, later in an agreement with local authorities of the Sindh, the Arab forces halted their advances and ceased military activities in Sindh in return for peaceful conduct of affairs. After a brief rule of Arabs and local leaders, Sindh came under the rule of local Somroos, who were local Sindhis converted to Islam. Somroo rule was followed by the great Samma dynasty rule. By the end of Samma dynasty rule, Sindh was occupied by invading Afghan warlords who lost the empire to Mughal Empire after a brief period of rule.
Photo stop at clock tower Hyderabad

Upon arrival at Hyderabad, transfer to hotel for dinner & overnight.

Day 3LV HYDERABAD, KOT DIJI, ARR SUKKUR

After breakfast, drive from Hyderabad to Sukkur via KotDiji visit.
KotDiji is situated between Ranipur and Khairpur on the highway from Hyderabad, at the east bank of the Indus close to Rohri. The discovery of KotDiji provides the evidence that there is a civilization before Mohenjo-Daro. Archaeologists say that the discovery of this pre-historic site has furnished information of high significance since it pushed back the pre-historic of Pakistan by at least another 300 years from about 2,500 B.C. to 2,800 B.C.
Near to the Kotdigi site, there is a fort from 17th Century.
The front door of KotdigiQilla has huge protective iron nails from elephant attack. The door is situated in a 45 degree turn to avoid a straight army attack.

Hot lunch at local restaurant.
After visit, continue drive to Sukkur.
Sukkur is in Southeastern Pakistan in Sindh Province, on the Indus River. It is the third biggest city of Sindh and has a glorious past. In Sindhi language Sukkur means “superior”. Sukkur was built by the British General Sir Charles Napier in 1840.

Upon arrival, transfer to hotel for dinner & overnight.

Day 4SUKKUR, MOHENJODARO

After breakfast, drive from Sukkur to Mohenjo-daro.
Mohenjo-Daro: “Mound of the Dead” is an ancient Indus Valley Civilization city that flourished between 2600 and 1900 BC. The site was discovered in the 1920s and lies in Pakistan’s Sindh province. Mohenjodaro is one of the world’s first cities and in ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian civilizations has been sometimes referred to as “An Ancient Indus Valley Metropolis.”
Significant excavation has since been conducted at the site of the city, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Hot Lunch will be served at local restaurant.
After visit, drive back to Sukkur, transfer tohotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 5LV SUKKUR, ARR BAHAWALPUR

After an early breakfast, drive to Bahawalpur, enroute visit the Tomb of Bibi Jawindi at Uch.

Lunch at local Quetta restaurant on the way to Uch.
After lunch continue drive to Uch and upon arrival proceed to the site for visit.
UCH Sharif -which is an insignificant town today but during the 13th century it was an important center for religious, cultural and literary pursuits and attracted scholars, saints, and poets and from several parts of Asia.
After the visit of Tomb Bibi Jawindi, continue drive to Bahawalpur.
Upon arrival, transfer to Hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 6LV DERAWAR, ARR MULTAN

After an early breakfast, drive to Derawar, visit the fort and also take the camel ride.
Lunch at local restaurant on the way back to Bahawalpur.
After lunch continue drive to Multan, upon arrival proceed to the sightseeing of Multan, including Tomb of Shah Rukn-e-Alam and BahudinZakria.
Later transfer tohotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 7LV. MULTAN, ARR HARAPPA, LV. HARAPPA, ARR LAHORE

After breakfast drive to Harappa and up to Lahore. Harappa- is about 180Km and about 3 & half hour drive from Multan.
Upon arrival, visit the Harappa Museum & site.
Lunch at local restaurant around Sahiwal.
HARAPPA: Harappa is Indus valley civilization site dating 3000BC. It is an archaeological site in Punjab. The site takes its name from a modern village located near the former course of the Ravi River.
After site visit continue drive to Lahore.
Upon arrival transfer to hotelfor dinner and overnight.

Day 8LAHORE

Breakfast at hotel and sightseeing of Lahore.

Lahore was a thriving culture centre of the great Mughal Empire. Mughal Emperors beautified Lahore with palaces, Gardens and Mosques. Visit Lahore Fort, constructed around 1516 A.D by the Mughal Emperor Akbar the great. There is evidence that a mud fort was in existence here in 1021AD as well, when Muhammad Ghazan invaded this area. Akbar demolished the old mud fort and constructed most of the modern fort.

Badshahi Mosque. The Mosque made up entirely of red sandstones, was built by Aurangzeb the last of great Mughal Emperors in record time of two and-a-half years. It was completed in 1674. Lahore Museum has some of fine specimens of Mughal, Sikh, British and also Fasting Buddha.

Shalimar Garden laid out by Mughal Emperor Shah-Jehan in 1642 A.D, Later proceed to Wagah Border for Flag ceremony. Dinner at Local restaurant.

Day 9LV LAHORE, Salt Mine, ARR ISLAMABAD

Breakfast at hotel restaurant.

Drive to Islamabad, enroute visit Khewra salt mines Largest mine in Pakistan and world 2nd largest mine.
Lunch at local restaurant.
After lunch continue drive to Islamabad.
Arrive Islamabad and transfer tohotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 10LV ISLAMABAD, TAXILA, ARR PESHAWAR

Breakfast at hotel restaurant.

Drive to Peshawar, enroute visitTaxila, known as melting pot of culture -1000 year history.
Arrive Taxila and visit Museum- best collection of Gandharan art, Sirkap city ruins from 2nd century BC to 2nd century AD.Jaulian monastery from 2nd century AD to 5th century AD and Dharmarajika.

Lunch at local restaurant.
Later proceed to Peshawar, on arrival at Peshawar visit Qissa-Khawani Bazaar. Dinner in local restaurant.

Continue drive to Peshawar and upon arrival, transfer to the hotel.
Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 11LV PESHAWAR, TAKHT-I-BHAI, ARR SWAT

Breakfast at hotel restaurant.

Visit Peshawar museum, was founded in 1907 in memory of Queen Victoria – has best collection of almost 14,000 items based on Gandharan,Greco Buddhist, Kushan, Parthian, and Indo-Scythian life. Examples include art, sculptures, coins, manuscripts, statues, ancient book.

Drive to Swat, enroute visitTakht-i-Bahi monastery -the best and largest Buddhist monastery in Pakistan (world heritage).

Lunch at local restaurant.
Continue drive to Swat and visit Shanngardar Stupa & carving of Buddha. On arrival transfer to hotel.
Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 12LV SWAT, ARR ISMABAD, LV ISLAMABAD

Breakfast at hotel restaurant.
Morning visit ButKarah Site and Swat Museum.

Drive back to Islamabad.
Lunch at local restaurant.

Arrive Islamabad and visit Shah Faisal Mosque, Damn-e-Koh etc.
After dinner transfer to BBI airport for return flight.

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