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Availability : April - November
Lahore
Skardu
Min Age : 12+
Tour Details
Mughal Heritage Highlights and Gilgit-Baltistan Tour

Unveiling Pakistan’s Majestic Heritage: A Journey Through Mughal Treasures and Scenic Splendors

Exploring the Cultural Riches of Lahore: Traces of the Mughal Empire

Pakistan, a land of ancient history and breathtaking mountain landscapes, boasts a rich historical heritage that has left an indelible mark on its culture and arts. Pakistan’s heritage tour is a harmonious blend of cultural treasures and natural wonders. The journey through time, from Lahore’s Mughal marvels to Swat’s Gandharan legacy and the northern mountain valleys, offers a holistic experience of Pakistan’s diverse allure. Embark on a captivating journey, starting from the cultural hub of the central region to the awe-inspiring scenic beauty of the northern mountain valleys, while uncovering the glorious remnants of the Mughal Empire in Lahore.

The Mughals, who reigned over the Indian subcontinent from the 16th to the 18th century, held an unparalleled magnificence in their architecture and cultural brilliance. Lahore, the heart of Punjab, stands as a living testament to their legacy. The grand forts, palaces, exquisite mosques, and mausoleums scattered throughout this vibrant city take us back in time to the illustrious era of the Mughals.

Reveling in the Magnificent Wonders of Punjab

Punjab, where architectural marvels abound, reflects the grandeur and richness of the Mughal Empire. Venture through the historical sites and enthralled by the majestic Badshahi Mosque, a masterpiece built by Emperor Aurangzeb in 1673, is an essence of Mughal craftsmanship and remains one of the largest mosques in the world. Lahore Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site that exudes regal charm with red sandstone walls, intricate marble pavilions, and lush gardens offers a glimpse into the opulent lifestyle of the Mughal rulers. Within the fort lies the Sheesh Mahal or the “Palace of Mirrors,” a spellbinding chamber adorned with intricate mirror work, creating a mesmerizing play of reflections. Explore the Shalimar Gardens, another UNESCO World Heritage site commissioned by Emperor Shah Jahan in the 17th century. These terraced gardens, adorned with fountains, water channels, and vibrant flowerbeds, evoke a sense of serenity and natural beauty. Wazir Khan Mosque, Jahangir’s tomb, Noor Jahan’s tomb, and other attractions are added cultural magnificence of the city to be explored.

Swat: Unraveling the Enchanting Gandhara Civilization

The picturesque Swat Valley, known for its captivating beauty and historical significance holds a prominent place in the ancient Gandhara Civilization, a center of art and learning between the 6th century BCE and the 11th century CE. Visit to Butkara Stupa, a remarkable Buddhist monument dating back to the 2nd century BCE. The stupa’s impressive structure and intricate carvings tell the tale of a rich Buddhist heritage that once thrived in the region. Mingora Museum, which houses an exceptional

collection of Gandharan art and artifacts provides valuable insights into the Gandhara Civilization’s artistic achievements, including exquisite sculptures and ancient coins.

Traversing the Northern Marvels: Majestic Mountain Valleys and Snow-Crowned Peaks

The northern region of Pakistan boasts awe-inspiring mountain valleys guarded by some of the highest peaks and longest glaciers in the world. Hunza Valley, a paradise on earth with panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, and terraced fields create an enchanting landscape. The Hunza River, flowing through the valley, adds to the serenity and charm of this mountainous haven. Visit the highest border crossing Khunjerab Pass and explore the magnificent forts of Hunza. Feast your eyes on the lush green valleys of Shigar and Khaplu while exploring the marvelous beauty of ancient forts and mosques with intricate architectural skills.

A Blend of Magnificence: The Intersection of Cultures and Landscapes

The grandeur of the Mughal Empire stands side by side with the tranquility of Buddhist heritage, showcasing the richness of Pakistan’s historical past. The landscapes, from fertile plains to majestic mountains, present a blend of breathtaking beauty that captivates travelers from around the globe.

Departure & Return Location

Lahore-Gilgit Baltistan

Price Includes

  • All ground transfers
  • Accommodation in twin bed sharing with all meals
  • English Speaking Guide
  • Airport Pick & Drop
  • Visa Supporting Documents
  • Sightseeing fee Baltit Fort, Altit Fort Pashawar Museum, Kewra salt mine. Lahore fort and Badshahi Mosque fee
  • Domestic flight ticket from Skardu to Islamabad( make sure the flights to Gilgit and Skardu are subject to weather
  • Two small size mineral water bottle per day per person

Price Excludes

  • International airfares
  • Personal Insurance
  • Anything which is not mentioned at above given programme
  • Soft drinks and personal phone calls in hotel
  • Visa Fee
Itinerary

Day 1Lahore - A Vibrant Beginning

Upon arriving at Lahore Alama Iqbal International Airport, you will be warmly welcomed by our company representative. We’ll transfer you to your hotel. If your group arrives during the day, get ready for some exciting sightseeing in Lahore. Explore the charming old city including Dehli Gate, Anaarkali bazaar, and savor some famous street food. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Later in the evening, return to the hotel for dinner and a comfortable overnight stay.

Day 2Discovering Lahore's Treasures

After a hearty breakfast, we’ll embark on a journey to explore Lahore’s iconic landmarks. Visit Lahore Fort, Badshahi Mosque, and Wazir Khan Mosque. Witness the historical significance of Mina-re-Pakistan and stroll through the beautiful Shalimar Garden. In the afternoon, head to Wagah Border to witness the mesmerizing Flag ceremony. Dinner will be at a renowned local restaurant, followed by an overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 3 Harappa Full Day Excursion

After breakfast, set out for Harappa, one of the oldest Indus Valley Civilization sites in Pakistan, located around 196 km from Lahore, roughly a 3-hour drive. Explore Harappa Museum and archaeological sites. Return to Lahore in the afternoon for an overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 4From Lahore to Islamabad

After breakfast, we’ll drive via the motorway to Islamabad. En route, we’ll visit Khewra Salt Mine or Rothas Fort. The journey will take around 4-5 hours. Upon arrival in Islamabad, transfer to the hotel for dinner and a comfortable overnight stay.

Day 5Exploring Islamabad and Moving to Peshawar

Begin the day with visits to Faisal Mosque, Lok Virsa Museum, and Pakistan Monument. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before driving to Peshawar, which will take approximately 2-3 hours. Upon arrival, transfer to a restaurant for dinner and an overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 6Peshawar's Rich Heritage

Following breakfast, we’ll visit Peshawar Museum and the vibrant Qissa Khwani bazaar. Explore the historical Muhabat Khan Mosque and take a stroll through the colorful old bazaar. Relish a delightful lunch at the famous Tikka Restaurant. In the afternoon, return to the hotel for dinner and a comfortable overnight stay.

Day 7From Peshawar to Swat

After breakfast, we’ll drive to Swat, stopping to visit the Takht Bhai Buddhist monastery en route. Proceed to Mingora Swat. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, visit Saidu Sharif bazaar before returning to the hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 8Swat's Splendors

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before exploring the Famous Swat Museum and the Buddhist site of Budkara. Visit the White Palace at Saidu Sharif and the Saidu Baba Shrine. Savor lunch at a local restaurant and return to the hotel for dinner and a comfortable overnight stay.

Day 9From Swat to Chilas

Early in the morning, have breakfast at the hotel and proceed to Chilas via Shangla Pass (3,440m). Drive via Karakoram Highway, passing Besham, Dassu, and Shatiyal until reaching Chilas. Enjoy several photo stops en route. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 10From Chilas to Gulmit

After breakfast, drive to Gulmit via Karakoram Highway, taking around 4-5 hours. Stop at Rakaposhi Viewpoint for lunch. Along the way, indulge in some photography at Nanga Parbat viewpoint, Chilas rock carvings, and Attabad Lake. Upon arrival in Gulmit, transfer to the hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 11Khunjerab Pass - The Ultimate Adventure

After breakfast, we’ll drive to Khunjerab Pass (4,737m) at the Pakistan-China border. On the way back, we’ll stop for lunch at Sost. After lunch, proceed to Karimabad, a 2-hour drive from Sost. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel.

Day 12Karimabad's Historical Gems

Following breakfast, visit the ancient Baltit Fort, which has stood for over 700 years. Then drive to Altit Village to explore the 900-year-old Altit Fort. Enjoy a traditional lunch at a local restaurant. In the evening, return to the hotel and relax while taking in the magnificent view of Rakaposhi Peak, Ultar Peak, Diran Peak, and Golden Peak. Drive to Duiker for a mesmerizing sunset view. Enjoy dinner at Duiker and return to Karimabad for an overnight stay.

Day 13From Karimabad to Skardu

After an early breakfast, proceed to Skardu, an 8-9 hours drive from Karimabad in the beautiful Skardu Valley. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, visit the local bazaar and return to the hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 14Khaplu Valley Excursion

Enjoy breakfast before embarking on a day excursion to Khaplu Valley. Interact with the local people and experience their rich culture. Visit Khaplu Fort, an old Mosque, and explore the village. After lunch, return to Skardu for dinner and an overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 15Return to Islamabad or Chilas

(a) Fly to Islamabad: Take a 45-minute flight to Islamabad. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel. The afternoon is free for relaxation or some sightseeing in Rawalpindi. All meals included. (b) If the flight is canceled due to bad weather, we’ll drive towards Chilas after breakfast. Enjoy short stops en route for lunch and photography. The journey will take approximately 7-8 hours. Upon arrival in Chilas, transfer to the hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 16Sightseeing in Rawalpindi and Islamabad

Explore the highlights of Rawalpindi and Islamabad during the day. The afternoon is free for shopping or relaxation at the hotel. Enjoy lunch at a famous local restaurant in Islamabad. In the case of by road drive from Chilas, transfer to hotel upon arrival. Dinner and an overnight stay at the hotel. 

Day 17Farewell and Departure

Transfer to Islamabad International Airport for your journey back home, marking the end of your remarkable adventure with “Hunza Adventure Leaders.”

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