Pakistan is renowned for its majestic peaks, including K2, the second highest mountain in the world, and the breathtaking Karakoram Range. These snow-capped giants attract adventurers and mountaineers from around the globe. The country is also home to ancient historical sites, such as the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Mohenjo-Daro and Taxila, showcasing the rich heritage of the Indus Valley Civilization and Gandhara civilization, respectively. Pakistan’s architectural wonders include the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore, a masterpiece of Mughal design, and the Shah Jahan Mosque in Thatta, an impressive example of Sindhi-Islamic architecture. The Karakoram Highway (KKH), often referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the World, is a marvel of engineering, winding through stunning mountain landscapes, connecting Pakistan with China. From the ancient ruins of Harappa to the grand forts of Lahore and the vibrant bazaars of Peshawar, Pakistan offers a captivating blend of history, culture, and architectural splendor. Whether exploring the ancient Silk Road or admiring the intricate woodwork and tile artistry of Havelis, Pakistan’s architectural gems leave a lasting impression.
Arrival – Karachi Sightseeing
Upon arrival at Karachi’s Quaid-e-Azam Airport, we will be transferred to a carefully chosen hotel. After settling in, we embark on a short panoramic tour of the city, taking in its vibrant atmosphere. Our first stop is the iconic Mausoleum of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, a tribute to the founder of Pakistan. We then visit the Masjid-i Toba Mosque, Empress Market, The Mohatta Palace, and the National Museum, immersing ourselves in Karachi’s rich history and culture. Exploring the Bohri Bazaar, reminiscent of renowned covered markets, we indulge in the local shopping experience. To complete the day, we unwind at the popular Clifton Beach, enjoying the sight of colorful camels. A comfortable stay awaits us at Hotel Mehran. Overnight Karachi.
Karachi – Thatta – Hyderabad
After breakfast, we set out from the hotel to explore the fascinating Chaukundi Necropolis, renowned for its intricately carved sandstone tombs. This ancient burial ground offers a glimpse into the rich craftsmanship of the region. Next, we visit the historical Makli Necropolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its vast expanse is adorned with ornate tombs and mausoleums, reflecting the architectural splendor of the past. Continuing our journey, we arrive at Thatta Mosque, an impressive masterpiece commissioned by Emperor Shah Jahan. The mosque’s remarkable blue glazed tile work is a sight to behold and a testament to its preservation over the years. We conclude the day’s adventures with a comfortable stay at Hotel Indus in Hyderabad. Overnight Hyderabad.
Hyderabad – Sehwan – Larkana
Departing from Hyderabad, our journey takes us to Bhit Shah, where we encounter the awe-inspiring shrine of the renowned Sufi saint, Shah Abdul Latif Bhattai. This architectural marvel pays homage to the beloved poet and musician, drawing visitors from far and wide. Continuing our expedition, we proceed to Sehwan to witness the captivating shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar. The mausoleum of this revered saint is a sight to behold, bustling with devotees from various backgrounds, creating a vibrant and spiritually charged atmosphere. We settle in for the night at Hotel Sambara, immersed in the rich cultural heritage and mysticism of the region. Overnight Larkana.
Larkana – Mohenjo-daro – Sukkur
Our journey takes us to the ancient city of Mohenjo-Daro, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a significant center of the Indus Civilization. We delve into the mysteries of this historical marvel, uncovering the remains of a once-thriving civilization. Continuing our exploration, we make our way to Sukkur, stopping en route to visit the magnificent Kot Diji fort. This grand fortress, built by the Talpurs in the 18th century, stands proudly atop a hill, commanding panoramic views of the surrounding area. Immerse yourself in the rich history and architectural splendor as we settle in for the night at Hotel One Sukkur, ready for further adventures in this culturally significant region. Overnight Sukkur.
Sukkur – Uch Sharif – Bahawalpur
Our journey takes us to the historic city of Bahawalpur, formerly a princely state renowned for its rich cultural heritage. En route, we visit Uch Sharif, an ancient city believed to have been established by Alexander the Great. Over the centuries, Uch Sharif flourished as an Islamic center, attracting Muslim scholars seeking refuge and becoming a hub of spirituality and mysticism. Today, we can witness the remnants of its glorious past. As we reach Bahawalpur, we settle into Hotel One, ready to explore the captivating attractions and delve deeper into the city’s intriguing history and cultural significance. Overnight Bahawalpur.
Excursion Derawar Fort
Today, we embark on an excursion to Derawar Fort, an awe-inspiring square fortress constructed in the 9th century. The fort’s grandeur leaves a lasting impression as we explore its massive structure. We then proceed to visit the Tomb of Nawabs and Shahi Mosque, witnessing the architectural marvels of Bahawalpur. Our journey continues to Sadiq Garh Palace, a magnificent palace showcasing the regal heritage of the region. In Bahawalpur, we are enchanted by the elegance of Noor Mahal, a remarkable Italian-style building adorned with picturesque lawns and driveways. Our stay at Hotel One Bahawalpur ensures a comfortable and memorable experience as we immerse ourselves in the cultural richness of the city. Overnight Bahawalpur.
Bahawalpur – Multan Sightseeing
Today, we embark on a journey to Multan, the land of mystics and one of the oldest surviving cities in Southwest Asia. Multan’s history is intertwined with the sub-continent, as it has witnessed invasions from Alexander the Great, the Mughals, and the British, all vying for control of this strategic city. Multan is home to a remarkable concentration of tombs of saints and Sufis, making it a spiritual center unlike any other. The city’s allure grew in the 11th and 12th centuries when it attracted numerous Sufi mystics, earning the title “City of Saints.” Magnificent mausoleums dot the city, showcasing its rich heritage. Our stay at Hotel Avari Multan ensures a comfortable and enjoyable experience as we delve into the cultural tapestry of Multan. Overnight Multan.
Multan – Nankana Sahib – Lahore
As we drive towards Lahore, we make a significant stop at the birthplace of Baba Guru Nanak Dev Sahib in Nankana Sahib, Pakistan. This sacred place holds immense religious and historical importance, as it is associated with the glorious Sikh empire of Maharaja Ranjit Singh and serves as a spiritual hub with various Gurdwaras. These Gurdwaras stand as symbols of peace and harmony, spreading the teachings of all Ten Gurus who advocated against the tyrant rulers of their time. Pilgrims flock to these holy sites to seek spiritual enlightenment and engage in religious meditation. Our overnight stay in Lahore offers a chance to rest and prepare for further exploration of this vibrant city. Overnight Lahore.
Our exploration of Lahore begins with a visit to the magnificent Lahore Fort, a splendid example of Mughal architecture, featuring the enchanting Shish Mahal. We then proceed to the iconic Badshahi Mosque, a grand historical mosque that has held the title of the world’s largest since the 17th century. The old city of Lahore, with its vibrant streets and cultural treasures, becomes our next destination, offering a captivating glimpse into the city’s rich heritage. In the evening, we head to the Wagah Border to witness the impressive and exhilarating Wagah Border Ceremony. The ceremony commences with a handshake between the captains of both countries, followed by a martial and warlike drill, creating an unforgettable experience. Overnight Lahore.
We begin our day by visiting the enchanting Shalimar Garden, a symbol of love and joy. These triple terraced gardens adorned with marble pavilions showcase the exquisite Persian-style architecture and are considered one of the world’s finest gardens. Our next stop is Emperor Jahangir’s Tomb, a magnificent mausoleum adorned with stunning mosaics and intricate inlay work. Surrounded by serene symmetrical gardens, it offers a serene and captivating atmosphere. We then proceed to Lahore Museum, a treasure trove of cultural and historical artifacts, featuring rare manuscript miniatures and Islamic calligraphy, providing a comprehensive glimpse into the region’s rich heritage. Overnight Lahore.
Lahore – Rohtas Fort – Islamabad
Our journey continues as we drive towards Islamabad, making a stop at the magnificent Rohtas Fort en route. Built in 1548 during the reign of Sher Shah Suri, this UNESCO World Heritage site stands as a testament to the exceptional Muslim military architecture of Central and South Asia. The fort’s imposing defensive walls, monumental gateways, and well-preserved structure showcase its historical significance. With its rich history and remarkable resilience, Rohtas Fort has never been conquered by force. As the day comes to an end, we retreat to Islamabad for an overnight stay, reflecting on the grandeur and resilience witnessed throughout our trip. Overnight Islamabad.
Islamabad – Peshawar – Islamabad
Today, we embark on a journey to Peshawar, where we explore the rich cultural heritage of the city. Our first stop is the magnificent Mahabat Khan Mosque, a beautiful Mughal-era mosque dating back to the 17th century. As we wander through the vibrant streets of Peshawar, such as the famous Qissa Khawani Bazaar (Street of Storytellers), we immerse ourselves in the bustling atmosphere filled with sights of donkeys, goats, sheep, and camels. We observe the local customs and traditions, noticing the limited presence of women who are often accompanied by male companions and dressed in ankle-length burkas. Our journey continues to the enchanting Sethi Streets, known for their unique houses that blend the art and architecture of Gandhara and Central Asia. Finally, we return to Islamabad for a well-deserved overnight stay, cherishing the cultural diversity experienced in Peshawar. Overnight Islamabad.
Islamabad – Taxila – Islamabad
We begin the day exploring the charming city of Islamabad, nestled amidst the picturesque Margalla hills. With its wide, tree-lined streets, spacious houses, and elegant public buildings, Islamabad offers a modern and well-planned environment. We take in the beauty of the city’s architecture and visit its well-organized shopping malls. Later, we embark on a drive to Taxila, an archaeological treasure and once an important city of the Gandhara kingdom. The ruins of Taxila hold great significance as one of Pakistan’s most important archaeological sites. Spanning over a thousand years, from 500 BC to 500 AD, Taxila’s history reflects the influences of various conquering empires. Overnight Islamabad.
Islamabad – Naran
Departing from Islamabad, our destination is Naran. Along the way, we will pass through towns like Hassan Abdal, Haripur, and Abbottabad, immersing ourselves in the scenic beauty of the journey. Our next stop is Mansehra, where we will pause briefly before continuing towards Balakot, the gateway to the enchanting Kaghan Valley. The drive to Naran continues as we soak in the breathtaking views. Finally, we will reach Naran, where we will spend the night, surrounded by tranquility and natural splendor. This day offers a perfect blend of exploration and relaxation, setting the stage for more exciting adventures that lie ahead in the Kaghan Valley. Overnight Naran.
Naran – Babusar – Gilgit
Continuing our ascent, we trace the Kunhar River’s course through captivating locales like Batakundi, Jalkhad, and Burwai. Our journey unveils the stunning Lulusar Lake, renowned for its iridescent waters, inviting us to pause for photographs that will etch this beauty into memory. As we resume our drive, Gitidas’ summer settlement embraces us briefly before we approach the grandeur of Babusar Pass, marking our entry into Gilgit Baltistan at an elevation of 4173 meters. Here, time halts, granting us moments to absorb the breathtaking panorama. Our route to Gilgit weaves through captivating landscapes, and en route, we pause at the Nanga Parbat View Point to behold its splendor. The confluence of the Karakoram, Himalaya, and Hindu Kush ranges welcomes us to a spectacle. We witness the majestic Gilgit River merging with the formidable Indus River. Our night in Gilgit prepares us for further enchantment in the days to come. Overnight Gilgit.
Gilgit – Hunza Karimabad
In the morning, we will explore Gilgit city, taking in its sights and experiencing the local culture. Afterward, we will continue our journey along the Hunza River. We will make a stop at the Rakaposhi viewpoint to admire the majestic Rakaposhi peak. From there, we will move forward and reach Karimabad, the capital of the enchanting Hunza Valley. In Karimabad, we will visit the Baltit Fort Museum and the Altit Fort, where we can learn about the rich history and heritage of the region. In the afternoon, we will drive back to Gilgit and make a short trip to the local bazaar, where you can explore and experience the vibrant atmosphere. We will spend the night in Karimabad, surrounded by the stunning beauty of the Hunza Valley. Overnight Hunza Karimabad.
Day Excursion Khunjrab Pass
Experience the thrilling excursion to Khunjrab Pass, the highest point on the Karakoram Highway at 4,734 meters. Traverse through the charming villages of Gulmit, Passu, and Sost, immersing yourself in their captivating charm and cultural richness. Marvel at the awe-inspiring landscapes and breathtaking vistas that unfold before your eyes. Witness the mesmerizing Attabad Lake with its sparkling blue waters, leaving a lasting impression. Cross the iconic Hussiani Bridge, an exhilarating feat over the mighty Hunza River. Return to Karimabad, carrying cherished memories of Khunjerab Pass, Passu, Attabad Lake, and the Hussiani Bridge. Reflect upon the profound beauty and significance of this remarkable journey, leaving you with a sense of awe and wonder. Overnight Hunza Karimabad.
Hunza Karimabad – Naran
Today, we will leave the enchanting Hunza Valley and embark on a scenic drive towards Naran. As we travel along the Karakoram Highway, be prepared to witness the spectacular landscapes surrounded by towering mountains from the Himalayan and Karakoram ranges. Along the way, we will make stops at various scenic spots and local villages, allowing you to soak in the natural beauty and immerse yourself in the local culture. While the majesty and tranquility of the Hunza Valley may be hard to leave behind, the journey towards Naran promises new adventures and discoveries. We will spend the night in Naran, reminiscing about the wonderful memories created in Hunza and anticipating the wonders that await us in Naran and beyond. Overnight Naran.
In the early morning, we will embark on a scenic drive along the picturesque River Kunhar. As we pass through the charming village of Kaghan, we will continue our journey towards Kawai and then to the beautiful high plateau of Shogran. From Shogran, we will make an excursion to Paya, a vast plateau located at the base of Makra Peak, offering breathtaking panoramic views. After soaking in the stunning scenery, we will return to Islamabad. Upon reaching Islamabad, we will transfer you to the airport for your onward journey. This day will be filled with scenic beauty, exploration, and fond memories of the journey through Kaghan Valley and the captivating views from Paya.