Culture Tours

TAXILA MUSEUM (DharmaRajika Stupa-Taxila)
The modern town of Taxila is 35 km from Islamabad. Most of the archaeological sites of Taxila (600 BC to 500 AD) are located
around Taxila Museum. 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 km around Taxila- Some of the most important sites are: Dhamarajika Stupa and Monastery (300 BC – 200 AD). Bhir
Mound (600-200 BC), Sirkap (200 BC – 600 AD). Jandial Temple and Jaulian Monastery (200 – 600 AD)
The Lush-green valley of Swat District—with its rushing torrents, icy-cold lakes, fruit-laden orchards and flower-decked slopes
—is ideal for holiday-makers intent on relaxation. It also has a rich historical past: “Udayana” (the “Garden”) of the ancient Hindu
epics: “the land of enthralling beauty’. where Alexander of Macedonia fought and won some of his major battles before
crossing over to the plains of Pakistan. and “the valley of the hanging chains” described by the famous Chinese pilgrim-
chroniclers. Faxian and Xuanzang in the fifth and seventh centuries. Swat was once a cradle for major strands of Buddhism.
where 1.400 monasteries flourished: Little Vehicle. Great Vehicle and the Esoteric sects. It was the home of the famous
Gandhara School of Sculpture which was an expression of Graeco-Roman form in the local Buddhist tradition-However, the
ruins of great Buddhist stupas. monasteries and statues are found all over Swa
Takht-i-Bahi is a great source of information on Buddhism and the way of life people here used to follow. The village is built on
the ruins of the ancient town. the foundation walls of which are still in a tolerably good formation. As a proof that it was in the
past occupied by the Buddhists and Hindu races, coins of those periods are still found at the site. the monks constructed it for
their convenience.
The majority of people in Gandhara, present day Southern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. were Buddhist. Gandhara was largely
Mahayana Buddhist. but also a stronghold of Vajrayana Buddhism. The Swat Valley, known in antiquity as Uddiyana, was a
kingdom tributary to Gandhara. There are many archaeological sites from the Buddhist era in Swat.
KARTARPUR (Guru Nanak)
Guru Nanak was born 1469 in Nankana Sahib near Lahore and spent the later part of his life at Kartarpur in the Narowal district.
where his remains are buried and also kept in a Samadhi. These two religious sites are the most sacred to Sikhs all over the
world. Gurdawara Janam Asthan and Gurdawara Kartarpur to Sikhs are what Makkah and Madina are to Muslims!
Prime Minister Imran Khan inaugurated the historic Kartarpur Corridor on Saturday 9 November 2019. for the followers of Guru
Nanak. allowing them to visit the revered Sikh Guru’s final resting place .
The three-kilometre corridor provides visa-free access to Sikh pilgrims. allowing them to travel to Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in
Kartarpur. where Guru Nanak. the founder of Sikhism. spent the final years of his life.
The prime minister welcomed the Sikh community to Kartapur at the start of his address. T-irst of all. I congratulate the Sikh
community on the 550th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak and welcome you all.-


Arrive Islamabad International airport, meet and transfer to hotel. Afternoon explore the Islamabad the Modern capital of Pakistan, visit the worlds biggest Faisal Mosque with its modern architecture, Damn-e- Koh to have the panoramic view of Islamabad and Murree hills. Overnight hotel.
Drive to visit Taxila Museum and the excavated sites of the Buddhist Universities at Sirkap and Julian afternoon visit Rawalpindi/lslamabad.
Early morning drive to Peshawar to visit Museum for a glimpse at the largest collection of Graeco-Buddhist Gandhara sculpture and the casket that carried the remains of Lord Buddha .Overnight in at hotel.
Drive to Swat visit the magnificent monastery of Takht Bhai enroute. also visit Jamal Garhi inscriptions, Overnight in hotel at Swat.
Full day Buddhist history tour of Swat visit Butkara 1 & Butkara2 later visit the Museum of Swat and continue to Upper Swat Tour overnight at hotel.
Drive from Sawat to Islamabad. Swat motorway has been linked with Peshawar-Islamabad Motorway at Karnal Sher Khan Interchange near Swabi. It will boost tourism, trade and economic activities in Malakand and Mardan divisions. It will take maximum 5hrs to reach Islamabad overnight in Hotel.
Drive from Islamabad to Kartarpur -Lahore, Visit Kartarpur Baba Guru Nanak, and Drive to Lahore where we visit to Lahore Museum to see the fasting Buddha, the greatest masterpiece of Gandhara sculpture, along with some rare Mughal miniatures.
Visit the 3-terraced, walled Shalimar Gardens, laid out in a charmingly typical Persian style of his age by Emperor Shah Jahan in the year 1642 with royal pavilions, a white marble waterfall, 3 lakes, over 400 fountains and sunken tanks amid a variety of trees arid roses and trimmed lawns.
Visit Lahore Fort, built by the greatest of the Mughals, Emperor Akbar, with additional edifices by his three successors, Jahangir, Shah Jahan and Aurangzeb, specially the Shish Mahal the palace of Mirrors, whose walls and ceilings are adorned with intricate patterns of multi-colored concave mirror chips, the Badshahi Mosque one of the most majestic, and largest mosques of white marble domes and red-stone structure. Free for shopping.
Fly to Karachi, a bustling port city. Visit the white marble mausoleum of Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the Father of Pakistan, the National Museum which has an extensive collection from the 5000 years old Indus Valley Civilization, besides the Gandhara and Mughal periods, and Dhobi Ghatt the open air laundry or enjoy crabbing tour on the Arabian Sea Coast.
Early morning drive to Moenjodaro, the excavated sites of 5000 years old city once on the banks of the Indus River with its well planned roads and buildings that also had the world's first most "modern" sewerage system.

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