11D9N SILK ROUTE OF PAKISTAN


Meal Plans:

100% Full Board Meal

• Hunza Traditional Cuisine
• Pakistani Cuisine
• Butt Karahi Curry
• Haleem Chicken

Remarks:

1. In the event of local religious festivals, unforeseen circumstances and/or bad weather condition, the sequence of the itinerary may be changed or substituted in by alternative sites without prior no tice and/or at short notice in order to ensure smoother journey and tour.

2. Excludes tipping for Guide & Driver/Porter at USD8/ pax/day (Adult & Child).

3. Excludes tipping for Tour Leader at USD3/pax/day (Adult & Child).

4. Excludes luggage porter service, USD2/pax/day (Adult & Child).

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Depart for Islamabad and on arrival meet assist and transfer to hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

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• After breakfast drive to visit Taxila Museum and Budhist Sites which includes Sirkap, Jaulian and Mohra Muradu.

• 35 kilometres west of Rawalpindi, Taxila has a well-planned museum and many historic sites of the Gandharan Buddhist civilization. The area flourished from the Sixth Century B.C until the Fifth Century A.D. It can be visited as a day excursion from 'Pindi'.

• Lunch at local restaurant. Continue drive to Besham via Abbottabad and Mansehra on Karakuram Highway.

• Upon arrival transfer to hotel.

• Dinner and Overnight at the hotel.

• After breakfast drive to Gilgit en route visiting Rock Carvings at Shatiyal and Chilas.

• CHILAS: Chilas was on the ancient caravan trail over the Babusar Pass into India and on the Indus trail of Besham, and many rock engravings were left by travelers in this area. Chilas is standing under the shadow of world famous Nanga Parbat.

• Lunch at Chilas.

• Continue drive to Gilgit en route photo stop at Nangapartbat view point at Thilichi.

• Upon arrival at Gilgit transfer to hotel.

• Dinner and Overnight at the hotel.

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• After breakfast proceed to visit Kargah Buddha at Kargah Nulla. On the way we shall also visit the hanging bridge of Daniyor over Hunza river. Continue you journey to Hunza en route photo stop at Old Silk Route view point at Chalat valley.

• Lunch at Rakaposhi View Point.

• After lunch drive to Hunza .

• Arrival and transfer to the hotel.

• Karimabad is the delightful old capital of the Hunza Kingdom. From Karimabad, with its souvenir shop, post office and tea shop, you can obtain a magnificent view of the valley laid out below you and of the peaks behind. The Aliabad / Karimabad area is sprinkled with wild flowers and blossoming fruit orchards. We will spend half our day in these two towns enjoying his greenery and delighting in the sound of babbling brooks.

• Overnight at the hotel. (Breakfast only)

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• After breakfast proceed to visit Nagar, the valley across from Karimabad, to visit Hoper, where we can walk on the glacier and listen to the water flowing underneath us. Enjoy the soft colors of the fruit blossom in Spring, the lavish green in summer, or the robust colors of Autumn.

• After Lunch proceed for city sightseeing of Baltit fort and Altit fort.

• BALTIT: Baltit fort was the old palace of the Mirs of Hunza and was inhabited until 1960. It is about 400 years old. Baltit is a curious rambling old place, four stories high, sturdily built of stones, sun - dried mud and timber. Baltit is built on a cliff edge; behind it is a ravine and then the Ultar glacier glinting in the sunshine. The architecture here, as at Altit Fort, reflects a Tibetan influence. The local people say that a Princess of Baltistan married a reigning Mirand brought with her Balti masons, carpenters and craftsmen to build Baltit and Altit as part of her dowry. In the 'museum room' are coats of mail, weapons and the warning drums that sounded the alarm in an attack. The view from the top of the fort is well worth the climb.

• Cultural Dance at the hotel with live music.

• Overnight at the hotel. (Breakfast only)

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• After breakfast proceed for Khunjerab Pass excursion with overnight at Gulmit.

• This pass at 4,800 meters is the true border between Pakistan and China although the customs posts are at Sost and Tashkurgan. Fortunately, traffic is light as one change from right to left hand driving at the top. It is worth stopping to enjoy the rarified air and look around the wide open valley, with yaks and dzhu.

• Arrival at Gulmit transfer to Hotel.

• Overnight at the hotel. (Breakfast Only)

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• After breakfast visit Gulmit and Gulkin villages and hanging bridge.

• Beyond Passu the Karakoram Highway crosses the snout of the Batura Glacier, and ever-present threat to the road. A bridge crosses the Hunza river here, and a new jeep track proceeds a short distance to the difficult gorge of the Shimshal valley, beyond Jamalabad the KKH continues through the other ‘Abgerch’ village of Gircha.

• After lunch drive to Chilas.

• Arrive at Chilas and transfer to the hotel.

• Dinner and Overnight at Chilas.

• Overnight at the hotel.

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• After breakfast drive to Swat via Shangla Pass with Majestic view of Hindu Kush and the Himalayas.

• Dinner and Overnight at the hotel.

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• Breakfast at the hotel.

• Proceed to Swat Valley tour. The Valley is full of historical and geographical interest. There were up to 1,400 Buddhist monasteries in Lower Swat alone. Worth visiting is the site at Takht-i-Bhai. Crossing the Malakand Pass one comes to many sites such as Nimogram, Barikot and Udegram, and then to the town of Saidu Sharif with a museum and many ruins, south of Mingora, which is the hub of the area.

• After lunch, Visit Swat Buddhist sites and museum.

• Butkara - the remains of one of the most important Buddhist shrines in the valley. This site consists of a main stupa around which 215 votive stupas are scattered. The main stupa was believed to contain some ashes of Lord Buddha and to have been built by the Mauryan Emperor, Ashoka.

• The museum in Saidu Sharif has a large collection of Gandhara sculptures collected from some of the Buddhist sites in Swat. In the ethnographic section there is some local embroidery, carved wood, and tribal jewellery and some coins on display.

• You can visit Mingor Bazaar, which is the commercial center and has a many tourist shops with shawls, jewellery and artifacts.

• Jahanabad Buddha -A huge image of a seated Buddha, has been carved on the vertical face of a large rock. To reach the carving cross the river by the next bridge atJahanabad village and walk back. Return to hotel. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

• Overnight at the hotel.

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• Breakfast at the hotel.

• Morning drive to Islamabad en route visiting Takht-I- Bhai.

• Takht-I-Bhai is 14 kms north of Mardan and has the best example of Gandharan architecture in Pakistan. It was founded around 40 A.D. and flourished until the sixth century. The monastery was built on many levels, cut into the cliff face.

• After lunch continue drive to Islamabad. Upon arrival visit Faisal mosque and Daman-e-Koh if time permits.

• Shah Faisal Mosque is one of the biggest mosques in the world. The mosque was planned in 1966 when Late Shah Faisal bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia paid an official visit to Pakistan and the construction began in 1978. The mosque is located against the Margallah Hills. Its prayer Hall is a concrete pyramid 228 feet square. The main Prayer Hall can accommodate about 10,000 namazis. Also there is a women’s' gallery which has a praying space for 1500 ladies. The mosque with its courtyards has been designed to accommodate 200,000 people.

• After dinner at Chinese Restaurant transfer to airport for your onward flight to Singapore via Bangkok.

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Arrive in Singapore with wonderful memories of your trip to Pakistan.

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