Gandhara Tour : Peshawar region
Gandhara is the name of an ancient kingdom (Mahajanapada), located in northern Pakistan and eastern Afghanistan. Gandhara was situated mostly in Peshawar region, the Potohar plateau (Taxila) & on the Kabul River and attained its height from 1st century to 5th century under Buddhist Kushan Kings & lasted from 6th century to 11th century. Its main cities were Peshawar (ancient Purushapura), Taxila (ancient Takshashila). Gandhara region was conquered by Mehmood Ghazanvi in 1021 CE. During the Muslim period this area was under management and monitored from Kabul and Lahore. Gandhara was part of Kabul province during the Mughal era. Later the Gandhara crossed the Indus and included parts of north-west Punjab of Pakistan. Gandhara was located on the grand northern region and important channel for communication with central Asia and Iran, center for international business activities as well.
Lahore Tour : Punjab Pakistan
lahore fort pakistan cultural heritage tour
Lahore was the cultural hub of the northern part of the subcontinent which widens from the eastern banks of the Indus River to New Delhi. Mughal structures such as the Badshahi Mosque, Mausoleum of Allama Iqbal, the Lahore Fort, Shalimar Gardens, and the mausoleum of Jehangir and Noor Jahan are popular tourist attractions for the city. Lahore is also home to many British colonial structures built in the Mughal-Gothic style, such as the Lahore High Court, the General Post Office, Lahore Museum and many older universities including the University of the Punjab. The Lahore Zoo, thought to be the fourth oldest zoo in the world is also situated here.
Taxila Tour : Islamabad Capital territory
texila culture site pakistan, cultural heritage visit to taxila museum Taxila is 40 kms away from Islamabad the capital city of Pakistan, was once the seat of Oriental civilization. In 6th century B.C, It was first talked about as a satrapy of the Archemenian Empire. It was attacked by Alexander the Great (Sikandar-e-Azam) & passed along to other monarch until finally he reached the hands of Ashoka, who give the shape of the city into a learning and cultural centre. The original Gandhara era pursued in a while. After that Taxila remained the centre of learning, thinking and sculptures. It came to a devastating and pitiable closing stage when sacked by White Huns. Today, here is a well-maintained museum & eight sites sprinkled in the region of a very short radius. Amongst the best conserved are Sirkap, Jaulian (the University) and Mohra Moradu. Arrive and transfer to the hotel.
Baltit fort Hunza- a Heritage in Karimabad Hunza-Nagar
Baltit fort karimabad hunza nagar, cultural historical
Baltit Fort was the old palace of the Mirs of Hunza.It is an ancient fort was built 750 years ago,It is situated in Karimabad, Hunza Northern Area of Pakistan.The story goes that a Princess from Baltistan married the local prince and she brought in Balti masons, carpenters and craftsmen to build it and it. According to local legends, 300 laborers for the construction of the Fort were also part of the royal dowry of the Princess from Baltistan.Stone, mud and timber only were used for the construction of the Fort, because these materials were locally available, cheap, earthquake resistant, sustainable, long lasting and adequate for thermal comfort. The window frames doors and columns are elaborately carved, Timber is used for all the openings. The carving style originate from Kashmiri and Ladakh style.Baltit Fort can be seen from all sides of the Hunza Valley as it is centrally located on the top of a small hill.
Swat Museum, Butkara, sites & Mingora Bazaar.
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Butkara ruins are one of the most significant Buddhist places of pilgrimage in the valley. Site is consists of a main stupa around which pushed around 215 votive stupas, in it seems that magnificent disarray. The main stupa was supposed to have some ashes of Lord Buddha built by the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka. One can see still there are statues of lions bend down on their side. They may be fell off the ends of the tall columns which once located close to the stupa.
Mingora Bazaar is the business centre which is important to visit, one can locate emeralds, for which Swat Valley is famous in this region. Then carry on to Murghazar where you will visit the old white palace constructed from white marble and ornamented with elaborated carvings.
Swat-Takht-e-Bhai : Peshawar
takht bai peshawar pakistan historical heritage cultural tour
Takht-e-Bhai is a Buddhist site which is situated in Northwest of Mardan on the road to Swat. It is the most inspiring and complete site in Pakistan. The main construction of the Takht-e-Bhai compound is the monastery and stupas founded in the 1st century AD & left un-used in the 6th century. Surrounding the monastery on the point on top of it are the remains of private houses, some of them are the three storeys high. The name of Takht-e-Bhai means the hill of springs. There is considerable proof to prove that during the Buddhist period there were lots of springs on the hill here which have now dried up around 200 AD. When Raja Varata was the King of Gandhara, Takht-e-Bhai was the capital of the Kingdom of the era. The stupas on the site were found to contain square court bounded by a series of cells which accommodates the images.
We are offering Cultural Heritage Historical tours in Pakistan and below sites as well, Cultural tour to Gandhara Texila, Historical heritage tour to Gandhara Trails, Cultural tour to Lahore city, Heritage Historical tour trip to Lahore Punjab, Cultural tour to Taxila Museum, Heritage tour to Taxila Civilization, Historical tour to Taxila ancient site, Cultural tour to Baltit Fort Hunza, Heritage tour to Baltit Fort Hunza, Historical Tour trip to Baltit Fort Karim abad Hunza,Heritage historical tour trip to Swat museum Takht-e-bhai..
Detailed Trip Itinerary
Day 1: Islamabad
Arrive at Benazir Bhutto Airport (Islamabad), meet and transfer to hotel for overnight.
Day 2: Islamabad – Peshawar (165KM-3-4hrs)
Drive to Peshawar en route visit ancient city of Taxila, melting pot of culture, has history of 1000 years. Visit Taxila Museum, its collection mainly focus on Gandharan art, there are some 4000 objects displayed , including stone, stucco, terracotta, gold, iron, silver and semi-precious stones. Mainly the display consists of objects from the period of 600BC to 500 AD. Buddhist, Hindus and Jain are well- presented. Sikap city Ruins from 2nd century BC to 5th century AD. Dharmarajika, the largest Buddha stupa in the area of Taxila. It is thought to be established by the Maurya Emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century BC and Jaulian Buddhist Monestary from 1st century AD to 5th century AD, later proceed to Peshawar. On arrival at Peshawar transfer to Hotel for overnight.
Taxila Museum will be closed every month 1st Monday ( Winter time opens 9 am and closes 4pm)
Day 3: Peshawar – Swat ( 172KM 4-6hrs)
Morning visit Peshawar Museum, the collection has almost 14,000 items based on Gandharan, later drive to Swat en route visit Takht-i-Bahi Buddhist Monastery. It was 1st Zoroastrian complex, was listed UNESCO world heritage, Shingardar stupa and carving BuddhaGhalegay. On arrival at Swat transfer to hotel for overnight. Peshawar Museum will be closed every Friday (time opens 9am and closes 4pm)
Day 4: Swat Valley Sightseeing
Morning Visit Butakara Stupa- is important stupa in Swat valley, was built by Muryan Emperor,Ashoka 2nd century BC, Swat Museum has best collection of Gandhara. Take an excursion to Malajaba to see the panoramic view of valley and also ski resort at Malajaba and back to Swat for dinner and overnight.Swat Museum will be closed every Friday (Winter time open 9 am and closed 4PM)
Day 5: Swat – Islamabad – (280Km)
Breakfast at hotel and drive to Islamabad via Malkand pass, on arrival at Islamabad city, tour of Capital of Pakistan- Islamabad, including Faisal Mosque, Daman-e-Koh, supermarket. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 6: Islamabad – Lahore (400KM)
Breakfast at hotel and drive to Lahore, en route visit salt mines, later proceed to Lahore. On arrival at Lahore transfer to hotel for overnight.
Day 7: Lahore – departure
Morning visit Lahore fort, Mosque, Museum, Anarkali Bazaar. Afternoon visit Wagah border to see the flag ceremony between India and Pakistan, then back to Lahore. After Dinner, transfer to Lahore Airport for flight back home.