GANDHARA HERITAGE TOUR
Gandhara region had once been the hallowed centre of Buddhism, the cradle of the world famous Gandhara sculpture, culture, art and learning.
The archaeological remains found in Taxila, Peshawar, Charsada, Takht-e-Bhai, Swat and rock carving along the ancient Silk Road (KKH) have well recorded the history of Gandhara. Lying in Haro River Valley, near Islamabad.
Taxila, the main center of Gandhara, is over 3000 years old. Taxila, attracted the attention of the great conqueror Alexander in 327 B.C., when it was a province of the powerful Achaemenian Empire. It later came under the Maurian dynasty and reached a remarkable matured level of development under The Great Ashoka. Then appeared the Indo-Greek descendants of the Alexander’s warriors and finally came the most creative period of Gandhara. The Kushan dynasty was established in about 50 A.D. During the next 2000 years, Taxila, Peshawar & Swat became a renowned center of the learning philosophy, art and trade. Pilgrim and travelers were attracted to Gndhara from as far as China and Greece. In 5th century AD, the white Huns sniffed out the last of the successive civilization that held unbroken sway in this region for several centuries.
Islamabad: Arrive at Islamabad and transfer to hotel.
Islamabad – Taxila – Peshawar: Drive to Peshawar en route visit Taxila.
Peshawar: Morning visit of Khyber Pass and PM city sightseeing of PeshawarCity.
Peshawar – Swat: Drive to Swat en route visit Takht-e-Bhai, Shinger Dar Stupa and Galachi Buddha.
Swat: Local visit, includes swat museum, Butkara I and II & Bazaar.
Swat – Shangla Pass – Besham: Drive to Besham over Shangla Pass
Besham – Chilas – Gilgit: Drive to Gilgit, en route visit Shatial rock carving.
Gilgit – Kargah Buddha – Hunza: Morning tour of Kargha Buddha, visit of Gilgit Bazaar and evening drive to Hunza.
Karimabad, Hunza: visit of central Hunza, includes, Altit & Baltit forts, local bazaar and water channel walk.
Karimabad, Hunza – Gilgit – Skardu: Drive to Skardu, en route stop for lunch and photography.
Skardu – Satpara – Skardu: Skardu local visits, include Menthal Buddha,Satpara Lake & evening sand dunes of Skardu.
Skardu – Kachura Lake – Chilas: Morning visit of Shangri la resort (KachuraLake) and afternoon drive to Chilas.
Chilas – Islamabad: Drive to Islamabad, Transfer to hotel.
ISLAMABAD : Transfer to Islamabad International Airport. From peace and serenity of Southern Pakistan to the hustle and bustles of “modern” trends, you say Khuda Hafiz, the typical farewell, as you depart after a tour.
End Of The Tour.