Day 1. Arrive Islamabad
Arrive Islamabad airport and transfer to hotel in Islamabad. Today we visit Taxila, an ancient Ghandaran city and an important Hindu and Buddhist centre of learning from the 6th century B.C to the 5th cent A.D. We visit the the remains of the Jaulian Monastery, ancient Sirkap, a city known to Alexander The Great and the Ghandhara Museum. For sometimes, Taxila it has been the centre of Buddhism, the world famous Gandhara sculpture and the center of learning and culture. For over one thousand years, Taxila remained famous as a centre of learning Gandhara art of sculpture, architecture, education and Buddhism in the days of Buddhist glory. There are over 50 archaeological sites scattered in a radius of 30 kms around Taxila. After visit Taxila return to Islamabad, overnight Hotel.
Day 2. Morning Islamabad/Rawalpindi, afternoon drive to Lahore
In the morning sightseeing of ‘Twin City’ of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Rawalpindi a town from the days of the British Raj. The two cities are very different in character; the older settlement is rather sprawling with enormous and complicated bazaars where you can easily get fascinatingly lost. After visiting Islamabad/Rawalpindi drive to Lahore, enroute visit Rohtas Fort, also known as Qila Rohtas and it is located about 110 kilometres from Rawalpindi. Built by Sher Shah Suri after his defeat against Humayun in 1541, Rohtas Fort has survived the attack of centuries of storms and rains. The walls of the fort stretch to more than four kilometres. The Fort is an exceptional example of Muslim military architecture in Central and South Asia, blending architectural and artistic traditions from Turkey and the Indian sub-continent to create the model for Mughal architecture. A symbol of power and determination of its builder, Rohtas Fort is an excellent example of the military astuteness of Sher Shah Suri, who ruled India between 1540-45 AD. About six kilometres in perimeter, the fort is surrounded by a massive wall, which has 12 gates. The highlight of the fort is its 69 bastions. The bastions served twin purpose as they strengthened the wall and also lent a touch of elegance to the fort.
Finally arrive to Lahore – overnight Lahore.
Day 3. Lahore
Today is our journey into the cultural center of the Sub Continent. In just one corner of Lahore is a heterogeneous example of Mogul, Sikh, Colonial and Contemporary architecture. Sightseeing tour of Lahore starts with a visit to the Imperial and magnificent Badshahi Mosque. Built in 1674, it is an example of some of the most aesthetic Moghul architecture. Next is the Lahore Fort where we also see several pavilions, including Shish Mahal, the the Palace of Mirrors, which was built by Shah Jahan in 1631 as private apartments for his empress. Beside the mosque is the tomb of the philosopher and poet Iqbal, who infused the idea of Pakistan among the Muslims of British India. Another interesting complex of nearby buildings are the Samadh of Maharaja Ranajit Singh and Guru Arjun Dev, both solid gold tombs dating back to the Sikh era. In Old Lahore, the walled city of narrow, dimly lit alleys leading from Sarafa Bazaar (Jewelers Bazaar) to Kashmiri Bazaar, you’ll find bargains in the local handicrafts, including brass inlay work. You will also visit Shahi Hamam, Golden Mosque and Wazir Khan Mosque, which reflect the nobility of Persian design with floral designs, superb calligraphy and lofty minarets. Overnight Hotel in Lahore.
Day 4. Lahore
In the morning continue the city tour of Lahore. Today we visit Lahore Museum houses a rich and varied collection of historical objects. This is the oldest museum in Pakistan and has many galleries displaying artifacts from the Gadara, Buddhist, Jain, Mogul and Colonial periods. The famous statue of the fasting Siddhartha (Buddha) is also on display here. Next, you will visit Emperor Jahangir’s mausoleum that was built in the 1630’s and is another example of the talented Mogul architecture. Nearby is the tomb of Empress Nur Jeehan, wife of Emperor Jahangir. In the afternoon visit to Shalimar Gardens, which were laid out during the reign of Shah Jehan in the early`s and are a tribute to the aesthetic and artistic sense of the Moguls. From Shalimar Garden we proceed to watch the flag down ceremony at Wagah border between Pak/Indian soldier in the evening. Overnight Hotel in Lahore.
Day 5. Lahore – Multan
Drive from Lahore to Multan en route visit Harappa. Harappa, The archaeological site of Harappa is 200 Kms. south of Lahore. The town flourished as a center of Indus Valley Civilization, about 4500 years ago. The ancient remains give a walk through history. After visiting Harappa drive to Multan. (330 km, 7 hrs) Overnight in Hotel Multan.
Day 6. Multan –- Bahawalpur (90 Km)
Morning tour of Multan. Multan: The city of saints and Sufis, this city is famous because of its Fort, famous shrines including shrine of Baha – ud – Din Zakaria, Shah Rukn – e – Alam and shrine of Shams Tabrez. This city has the distinction of being the birthplace of three distinguished men in history – Mohammad Tuglaq, Emperor Behlol Lodhi & Ahmed Shah Abdali. We also visit bustling bazzar of Aga Shahi bazaar. After visiting Multan drive to Bahawalpur and lunch enroute. Overnight Hotel in Bahawalpur.
Day 7. Bahawalpur Derawar/Cholistan-Uch- Bahawalpur
Today, we drive to Derawar and Cholistan derert. Standing proudly in the midst of the Cholistan desert, the Derawar Fort is a famed hallmark of Bahawalpur. From Bahawalpur city, it takes couple of hours to get to the fort, with the journey being long, tiring and dust laden. But it’s worth the trouble. With the vast Cholistan desert serving as a backdrop, the majestic fort is a sight to behold. The Derawar fort has around 40 bastions that stand 30 feet high. The walls have a circumference of 1.5 km. It stands in the middle of the Cholistan desert.
Rai Jajja Bhati, a Hindu Rajput from Jaisalmir, was the first to build a fort on the site. However, the Nawab of Bahawalpur, Sadeq Mohammad Khan I, captured the fort in 1733 and had it rebuilt to how it looks today. The fort was taken away from the Nawab in 1747 but in 1804, Nawab Mubarak Khan reclaimed the fort. Infront of the fort is the Derawar mosque, which was constructed in 1844 AD, has three domes and two minarets built exactly like the Moti Masjid at the Red Fort in Delhi,. The entire structure is made up on white marble.
We also visit the tombs of Nawabs of Bahawalpur, the royal graveyard of the Abbasi family. The Abbasi family was the ruling Nawab family of Bahawalpur and all of the previous Nawabs are buried here. The graveyard is still owned and controlled by the Nawabs, surviving family members. There is also an option to do camel safari in the Cholistan dersert around Derawar fort.
After visiting Cholistan desert we drive to Uch Sharif, to visit tomb of Bibi Jawindi. Located at the confluence of Sutlej and Chenab rivers. Uch sharif was under Hindu ruler before Alexander’s invasion.
The Tomb of Bibi Jawindi is one of the five monuments in Uch Sharif, Pakistan which are on the tentative list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The shrine dates back to 15th century and was built in 1493 by an Iranian prince, Dilshad, for Bibi Jawindi who was the great granddaughter of Jahaniyan Jahangasht, a famous Sufi saint
In the evening return to Bahawalpur for overnight. Overnight Hotel in Bahawalpur.
Day 8. Bahawalpur – Bhong – Gambat (10 hours, 450 Km)
Today we travel from Bahwalpur to Gambat. Enroute we visit Bhong Mosque, a remarkable structure located 20 km southwest of Sadiqabad (a convenient jumping-off point to Bhong). The elaborate Bhong mosque was started by the late Sardar Rais Ghazi Mohammad in the early 1930s but took about half a century to complete. It incorporates a stunning melange of Islamic design elements – the end result is unique and positively sublime. There are some striking decorative embellishments such as gold foil and exquisite calligraphy, among other eye-catching features. Overnight at Royal Inn Hotel Gambat.
Day 9. Gambat – Mohenjodaro – Kot Diji – Gambat (7/8 hours, 180 km)
Today we will have excursions to Mohenjo Daro and Kot Diji .
The ruins of the huge city of Moenjodaro, built entirely of unbaked bricks in the 3rd century BC situatedin the Indus valley. The acropolis set on high embankments, the ramparts, and the lower town, which is laid out according to strict rules, provide evidence of an early system of town planning.
Mohenjodaro (Mound of dead), is the most ancient and best preserved urban ruin on the Indian subcontinent, daring back to the beginning of the 3rd century BC, and exercised a considerable influence on the subsequent development of urbanization on the Indian peninsula. We visit the Moenjodaro museum well, proportioned white Brahmani Bull rendered in bas-relief engrosses the attention of every on looker to the magnanimous museum building carried adroitly on few pillars and walls. Antiquities un-earthed from various parts of Mohenjo Daro are displayed at the museum. Few reliefs of some important objects and pictorial illustrations and maps on walls and curatorial staff offices occur on the ground floor. A beautiful conjectural view of the city of Mohenjo Daro with river Indus on its background drawn on the wall. After visit Moenjodar site and museum we return back to National highway and proceed to Kot Diji.
Kot Diji, is an important Harappan civilization site located in the Rohri Hills of Khairpur province of Pakistan. The name means “Fort of the Daughter” and it refers to the 18th century AD Talpur Dynasty fortress, located on the top of an imposing massif. Kot Diji is also the type site for the Kot Diji culture, the earliest phase of the Harappa civilization
The Kot Diji Fort, formally known as Fort Ahmadabad, dominates the town of Kot Diji in Khairpur, Pakistan about 25 miles east of the Indus River at the edge of the. The fort was built between 1785 to 1795 by Mir Sohrab Khan Talpur, founder of the Kingdom of Upper Sindh in 1783. In addition to the fort, a 5 kilometer, 12 feet wide mud wall was built around the city. This defensive wall had bastions througout its length and a huge iron gate served as the city’s only entrance. Overnight in Royal Inn Gambat.
Day 10. Gambat – Hala –Bhitshah – Hyderabad (8/10 hours, 300 km hours)
Today we drive to Hyderabad. Enroute visit first, Hala which is famous for its arts and crafts, particularly its pottery, wood work, cloth printing and weaving, known as Sussi in various beautiful designs and khaddar made of handmade khaddi. We also visit the the Makhdum Nuh of Hala mausoleum which attracts pilgrims. Hala is also a birthplace of Shah abdul Latif Bhittai (1689-1752), a saint, sufi, scholar and one of the greatest Sindhi poets.. Then we travel to nearby city of Bhit Shah, where Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai died in 1752 and was buried at the same place where a shrine now stands. In 1866, 114 years after the poet’s death, a German scholar Ernest Trump compiled Risalo, a complete collection of Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai’s poetry.
Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai was born in 1689 at Hala. Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai was the direct descendent of the Prophet Muhammad through Imam Zain-ul-Abideen, son of Imam Hussain. Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai s father, Syed Habib Shah had migrated from Matyaru, Afghanistan to Sindh.
The best time to visit the Bhit Shah is before sunset to watch the Qawwali (taboori playing) and Dhamaal. We then continue drive and another 40 minutes to Hyderabad for overnight. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 11. Hyderabad – Thatta and Makli – Chaukundi – Karachi (9/10 Hours, 200 Km)
Today we travel drive to Karachi. Enroute first visit Keenjhar lake commonly called Kalri. It is the second largest fresh water lake in Pakistan. It is an important source that provides drinking water to Thatta
It provides a favorable habitat of winter migratory birds. The Sindhi legend of Noor Jam Tamachi took place around the lake, and to this day there is a shrine in the middle of the lake marking Noori’s grave. Everyday hundreds of devotees visit the shrine.
We arrive to Thatta and visit Shah jahan Mosque, which is famous for its beautiful architecture. This Mosque was built in the reign of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. The foundation of the mosque were laid in 1644 A.D and mosque was completed in 1647 A.D. The mosque is a excellent example of crafty tile work. The mosque is built with red bricks with blue coloured glaze tiles. The domes have been exquisitely laid in a mosaic of radiating blue and white tiles. Its blue tiles and mosaic work are very appealing. The mosque is combination of Turkish and local artwork, which is profusely used on tile work in the ceiling decoration of semi domed and domed chambers; as well as in the fillings of interlaced arches. This new concept reveals Mughal influence in the types of of geometric lines that enclose these stars to make different patterns.
After the mosque visit the nearby Makli Graveyard. Makli is perhaps the largest necropolis in the world. Those lying buried in their graves have left their style and splendor behind even after their death. Most of the graves in this large necropolis date back to the time of Muhammad Bin Qasim. The most attractive grave is of Jam Nizamuddin II far in the east side with the wonderful display of architecture from both Muslims and Hindu on a single tomb.
Before reaching Karachi, we visit tombs at Chaukundi. The Chaukhandi tombs are remarkable for the elaborate and exquisite stone carving. The style of architecture is typical only to the region of Sindh, and unique in that it is found nowhere else in the Islamic world. Generally, the elements are attributed to Jokhio (also spelt Jokhiya) also known as the family graveyard of Jokhio tribe, some people of Baluch tribe also buried were built between the 15th and 18th centuries. On arrival to Karachi, transfer to Hotel.
Day 12. Karachi
Sightseeing tour of Karachi with a visit to Masjid e Tooba, largest single dome mosque in the world, Mohatta Palace built in 1927 by a Hindu businessman in the tradition of stone palaces in Rajasthan, using pink Jodhpur stone in combination with the local yellow stone from Gizri. Mereweather Tower, built to honor Merewether, who served as Commissioner of Sindh from 1867 to 1877. We aso visit National Museum, represents a complete vista of Pakistan cultural Heritage from Stone Age down to the birth of Pakistan. We will complete the tour of Pakistan with a visit to the Mausoleum of the founder of Pakistan Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Overnight at hotel.
Day 13. Fly to onward
Morning transfer to the airport for flight to onward destination.
Our services conclude.
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- Breakfast included
- Hi-roof coach (a/c),
- English speaking guide
- All sightseeing, city tour and airport transfers.
- Main meals lunch and dinner
- International air ticket
- Extras like drinks, laundry, phone call and room service
- Entrance fees
- Insurance liability and other under force majeure conditions, medical aid etc.
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