Day 1: Islamabad – Murree
Pick up from a designated place in Islamabad and drive to Patriata, known for its Chair lift & cable car facility. Located at a height of 7500 feet, the place offers cool weather and also makes it the highest place in Punjab. There is a facility of cable car, which offers superb views of pine covered hills and surrounds, making several photos stops en route. On arrival, we will transfer to exclusively selected hotel, away from the bustling bazaar.
Day 2: Murree – Ayubia- Nathiagali
we will drive further to Nathiagali, we will visit Ayubia, famous for its chiar lift, which was first in Pakistan. At Ayubia, optional activities include, Chiar Lift ride or one can make a picturesque and easy hike at Pipeline track of Dunga Gali. In the evening, return to. On arrival transfer to hotel and evening is free to visit local bazaar.
Day 3: Nathiagali – Abbottabad – Khanpur – Islamabad
After breakfast, we will start our return journey towards Islamabad, driving through Abbottabad and Havelian. We will make a de tour to enjoy optional water sports at Khanpur Lake. We enjoy a boat ride at Khanpur Lake and after free time for photography, drive back to Islamabad. On arrival, drop at one designated place.
Day 1: We will depart from Islamabad for Naran. Passing through Hassan Abdal, Haripur and Abbottabad we will reach Mansehra. After a brief stop for lunch in Mansehra, we will resume our drive and reach Balakot, the gateway to Kaghan Valley.
Day 2: Today, we will make a visit to the legendary lake, Saif-ul-Muluk at 3200m where Malika Parbat (5271m), the highest peak of the valley, towers over the lake and offers great venues for superb photography. Lake can be approached by jeeps, on foot or riding a pony. After a packed picnic lunch at lake, we will return to Naran. In afternoon, we will do the thrilling activity of Rafting in River Kunhar.
Day 3: After breakfast we will move upwards along River Kunhar passing through Batakundi, Jalkhad and Burwai, we will reach Lulusar Lake, famous for its sparkling waters. After a brief stop for photography, we will resume our drive upwards and passing through the summer settlement of Gitidas, we will reach Babusar Top. At 4173 meters, Babusar Top is the gateway to Gilgit Baltistan. After spending some time at the top, we will return to Naran.
Day 4: We will leave early morning and enjoy the drive along River Kunhar and crossing the village of Kaghan, we will drive to Kawai and further on to Shogran, a high plateau with superb panorama around. On arrival we will transfer to hotel and in afternoon, we will make an excursion to Paya, a vast plateau at the foot of Makra Peak, bordering Kaghan with Azad Kashmir. After enjoying a superb panorama around, we will return to Shogran.
Day 5: After early breakfast, we will drive down the road and passing through Balakot, Mansehra and Abbottabad, we will reach Haripur and take the road to Khanpur Lake, a picturesque lake offering panoramic views and various water sports. After a lunch break at Khanpur, we will depart for Islamabad and drop participants at the designated spot.
Day 1: morning depart for Islamabad via the traditional Grand Trunk Road – the old road which was reinforced and developed during the British rule starting from Calcutta and passing through Agra and Delhi to Lahore onwards via Khyber Pass to Kabul. During the Mughal ruler Akbar, the Great it was regulated while Sher Sha Suri who wrested power from the Mughals reconstructed many parts in 16th century. Mughals planted huge tamarisk trees all along the highway whose traces could still be seen at some places. Today the road is lost in oblivion as now there is a modern highway running parallel to it but the significance of Grand Trunk Road is still there. Enroute we shall make a stop at to visit the huge and most impressive Rohtas Fort. After visit of the fort, we shall have our picnic Lunch inside the fort Later continue to Islamabad.
Day 2: Morning, Visit Lahore fort, which built in 16th century, marvel of Mughal architecture with its fabulous Shish Mahal and superbly Preserved halls of special and common audience. Badshahi mosque, considered the world’s largest historical mosque from 17th century. Afternoon explore the Walled city of Lahore, which is certainly the highlight of Lahore. This fascinating area is a maze of interconnecting alleys and multistory old houses. Drive to Wahga border which is 27 km from Lahore, for an impressive and exciting ceremony, the ceremony begins with the handshake of captains of the two countries followed by a martial and war like drill. Watch the unique ceremony which will thrill and excite you, you will never forget it. overnight Lahore.
Day 3: Morning we will visit Shalimar Garden the place of love and happiness with its triple terraced gardens decorated with marble Pavilions, this is one of the world’s finest Persian style gardens, laid out by Emperor Shah Jehan. Later visit Lahore Museum, displaying a complete cross section of the culture and history of the region with rare manuscripts miniatures, Islamic calligraphy, and contemporary arts and crafts. Pakistan’s finest museum also contains one of the best collections of Buddhist art from the Gandhara Period. After lunch break drive to Emperor Jahangir’s Tomb, presenting a matchless display of mosaics an inlay, the tomb of the fourth Mughal emperor is set magnificently in the clam surrounding of symmetrical gardens. overnight Lahore.
Day 4: Drive to Islamabad en-route visit khewra salt mines. Khewra Salt Mines are situated in the foothills of the Salt Range Jhelum District, at about 260 kilometers from Lahore. It catches the attention of up to 40,000 visitors per annul and is the second largest salt mine in the world. Khewra Salt Mines are the oldest in the South Asia. According to historians, Salt has been mined at Khewra since 320 BC following the discovery by Alexander’s troops. Dr. Warth in 1872 had developed the main tunnel at ground level and that main tunnel has since been transformed into a tourist resort.
Day 1: Islamabad – Taxila – Peshawar
Morning departs for Peshawar enroute we shall visit Taxila – dating 5th BC to 6th AD, Taxila was situated on the crossroads to western Asia and Eastern Asia with Kashmir in the north. It was part of the Great Achaemenid Empire in 5th BC, it was invaded by the Macedonian armies under Alexander the Great in 326 BC. It was part of the Mauryan Empire when Ashoka the Great was appointed as Governor of Taxila during his father’s rule in 2nd BC. Then successive rulers of Taxila were Bactrian Greeks, the Scythians, Parthians but the best period of Taxila was under Kushan rule when massive construction of Buddhist monasteries and stupas took place. We shall visit the site of the first city of Taxila and later see the huge stupa court of Dharmarajika. Later, visit Sirkap, the second city of Taxila planned by the Bactrian Greeks in 1st BC – we can see a well laid out city plan with some interesting buildings. Later we shall visit Jaulian Buddhist monastery ruins situated on a high hill with a very well-preserved stupa court and parts of the monastery. Afterwards we shall visit the Archaeological Museum of Taxila – see the well-preserved articles and statues from all around the famous site of our history. Later proceed to Peshawar – with some interesting stops at the Indus River crossing with views of Attock Fort built by Akbar the Great in the 16th century. We shall continue to Peshawar. Overnight Peshawar
Day 2: Peshawar City Tour
Full day sightseeing tour of Peshawar – In the morning we shall start our sightseeing tour with visit to traditional bazaars of Peshawar – we shall start our walking tour with Qissa Khawani bazaar (storytellers street), Copper bazaar, the spice street, cloth market, later walk to local shoe bazaar, the colorful vegetable market. Later we shall walk through the busy street to the gold market – see the Jewelry stores with wonderful designs. We shall visit Mohabat Kha’s mosque constructed by the Mughal governor in 1630 AD. Afternoon we shall visit the beautiful Peshawar Museum housing one of the best collections of Gandharan Art – the Buddhist Art in the best Greco-Roman style of art with admixture of Indian decorative art. Overnight Peshawar
Day 3: Peshawar- Takht Bhai – Islamabad
Drive to Islamabad enroute Takht Bhai, is a Parthian archaeological site in Mardan. It was first a Zoroastrian complex which, after the later arrival of Buddhism, was then converted into a Buddhist monastic complex. It is dated to the 1st century BCE. The complex is regarded by archaeologists as being particularly representative of the architecture of Buddhist monastic centers from its era. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980.
Day 1: Islamabad – Abbottabad – Besham
We depart early and drive to Besham via Haripur, Abbottabad and Mansehra enrote visit Taxila which is one of UNESCO heritage of Pakistan. After a short break at Besham, we resume our drive on Karakoram Highway, along River Indus. We will make photo stops at Batagram. We reach besham and transfer to hotel for night stay.
Day 2: Besham – Chilas – Gilgit
From Besham we travel on towards Gilgit and on the way sightseeing at Nanga Parbat View Point and confluence of 3 mountain ranges (Karakorum, Himalaya and Hindukush) including the confluence of Gilgit River into the Indus. From here we reach Gilgit. there for night.
Day 3: Gilgit – Hunza Valley
We shall continue drive towards Hunza valley following Hunza River. We will have stopover at Rakaposhi viewpoint and then will move on to reach Karimabad, the capital of Hunza valley. We will check in to hotel in Karimabad and stay
Day 4: Karimabad City Tour
Morning Drive to hoper glacier, Ultar, Hunza Dome, Bublimating, Spantik and Diran are famous peaks surrounds us at Karimabad, while Rakaposhi at 7788m dominates the whole panorama. At Karimabad, we will visit Baltit Fort Museum and Altit Fort.
Day 5: Karimabad – Khunjerab Pass
Today we will make an excursion to the Sino-Pak border at Khunjerab, crossing the villages of Gulmit, Passu and Sost en route. Khunjerab is the highest point on KKH at 4734 meters and considered as the highest trade route in the world. In the evening we will return to Karimabad and stay there for night.
Day 6: Karimabad – Chilas
Day 7: Chilas – shatial – Besham (210km/08hrs)
After breakfast, we will drive to Besham enroute visit Shatial Rocks with ancient graffiti on it and move to Besham hotel for night stay.
Day 8: Besham – Islamabad
From Besham we will resume our journey towards Islamabad passing through Mansehra, Abbottabad and Havelian we will reach Islamabad. Overnight Islamabad
Day 1: Islamabad – Lahore
Morning departs for Lahore via the traditional Grand Trunk Road – the old road which was reinforced and developed during the British rule starting from Calcutta and passing through Agra and Delhi to Lahore onwards via Khyber Pass to Kabul. During the Mughal ruler Akbar, the Great it was regulated while Sher Sha Suri who wrested power from the Mughals reconstructed many parts in 16th century. Mughals planted huge tamarisk trees all along the highway whose traces could still be seen at some places. Enroute we shall make a stop at to visit the huge and most impressive Rohtas Fort. After visit of the fort, we shall have our picnic Lunch inside the fort Later continue to Lahore.
Day 2: Lahore City Tour
Morning, Visit Lahore fort, which built in 16th century, marvel of Mughal architecture with its fabulous Shish Mahal and superbly Preserved halls of special and common audience. Badshahi mosque, considered the world’s largest historical mosque from 17th century. Afternoon explore the Walled city of Lahore, which is certainly the highlight of Lahore. This fascinating area is a maze of interconnecting alleys and multistory old houses. Drive to Wahga border which is 27 km from Lahore, for an impressive and exciting ceremony, the ceremony begins with the handshake of captains of the two countries followed by a martial and war like drill. Watch the unique ceremony which will thrill and excite you, you will never forget it. overnight Lahore.
Day 3: Lahore – Multan
After breakfast, we leave for Multan, Multan is in such a strategic point of trade ways. It’s an important industry city dating back 2000 years ago. City is famous with its shrines. The most famous of these are the shrines of Bahaddin Zakariya, Shems Tebriz and Sheikh Rukneddin. We will visit these 3 shrines and then we will have free time in Hussein Agahi Bazaar.
Day 4: Multan – Bahawalpur
We will drive to Bahawalpur city (city of Nawabs). En-route visit Uch sharif, Uch is an ancient city with reference to it having been built by Alexander the great during his quest in the region. Later in the 12th to 17th century, it thrived as an Islamic Centre by the Muslim scholars fleeing persecution in their own lands. It became a city of mystics and saints and we can still see remains of their grandeur. Later on, we will visit the Abbasi Mosque, Noor Mahal and the old city of Bahawalpur. Overnight Bahawalpur.
Day 5: Bahawalpur – Derawar Fort
After breakfast we go for excursion of Derawar Fort, a massive and visually stunning square structure, built in 9th Century.
Day 6: Bahawalpur – Islamabad
Drive back to Islamabad.
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