Buddhist Archaeological Tour
Pakistan is a country which has preserved 9000 years of known history. We domesticated animals and plants in circa 7000 B.C. From then on it is a showcase of continuous human social development, spread over thousands of years. You itinerary takes you to different cultural centers of Pakistan.
Receive at the airport and transfer to hotel
Full day exploring the architectural relics of Lahore a legacy of Mughal rule Visit Badshahi mosque, completed in 1674 AD. The courtyard can accommodate hundred thousand people. Lahore Fort spread over many square miles, built in 1566 AD. Also visit Lahore museum, displayed artifacts include the original statue of fasting Buddha. Also visit colorful bazaars of Lahore
Drive to Islamabad via expressway 350 kms 4/5 hours drive.
Afternoon city sightseeing tour
Islamabad is the capital of Pakistan built in 1960’s. Drive pass official buildings, parliament and president house. Visit Shah Faisal mosque and Islamabad view point high on the hills.
Islamabad – Swat
Drive to Swat valley via Taxila 270 kms 5/6 hours drive
Taxila is a renounced seat of learning for thousands of years. Alexander visited hear in 328 B.C. Greeks ruled this area for about a century and left behind rich legacy in the form of Hellenistic influence on the Buddhist art of statue making. You will visit archaeological sites and museum of Taxila
Continue on to Saidu Sharif Swat valley
Arrive and transfer to hotel
Swat valley was called Udhyana – The Garden, by the earlier Buddhists and was a centre of learning for Mahayana Buddhists, for centuries. Saidu Sharif is a small town in Swat valley surrounded by high mountains from all the sides. Ice cold water of Swat River is used to irrigate orchards producing most delicious fruits one can imagine. You will visit upper Swat valley for its scenery and bazaars known for the local handi-crafts
Drive to Peshawar 180 kms 3 hours drive
Afternoon walking tour of Peshawar city. Peshawar is the last of the oriental town, on the caravan route, preserved in its original color. One can see people from so many different ethnic groups doing barter trade on the streets of Peshawar. It is also known for its tribal cuisine including roasted lamb.
Peshawar – Khyber Pass – Peshawar – Islamabad
Visit Khyber Pass, the gate way to India and the passage used by the migratory tribes, explorers, traders, pilgrims and invaders for thousands of years of known history. Also visit Pakistan – Afghanistan border.
Afternoon drive to Islamabad 170 kms 3 hours drive
Islamabad – Lahore – Fly Out
Visit hill station of Murree 60 km from Islamabad. Pine forested hills are cool in summer and receive many feet of snow in winter.
Afternoon drive to Lahore
After dinner transfer to airport