We use soft top 4x4 jeeps to explore the remote valleys
of the three highest mountain ranges of the world, the Hindu Kush, Karakoram & Himalayas.
After our jeeps take us deep into the valleys, we can leave them to walk through the mountains to experience their grandeur.
Day 01 -03 Arrive Islamabad /Rawalpindi.
Arrive Islamabad the federal capital of Pakistan, transfer to the hotel for rest. Afternoon city tour of the twin cities Pindi & Islamabad. An evening stroll down the narrow streets of Raja bazaar Twin city. Overnight at the hotel.
TWO DAY IN ISLAMABAD AND RAWALPINDI.
These are the top sights and things to do during your two days in Islamabad.
Visit the Pakistan Monument, First stop is a visit to the Pakistan Monument on the edge of Shakarparian National Park, an interesting piece of architecture dedicated to national unity and designed to resemble a lotus flower. The petals represent the five states of Pakistan and the central black triangle represents Islamabad as the capital. Outside the monument, there are stalls selling snacks, candyfloss, and even camel rides. There are also some strange clowns wandering around! It’s a good people-watching spot, especially in the evening.
Discover Rawalpindi is Islamabad’s older twin city. Despite being only 20km down the Kashmiri Highway, if traffic is bad, it can take over an hour to reach from Islamabad’s Blue Area. Famous for its historical bazaars, there is also evidence of some ancient Buddhist settlements here. Rawalpindi has some beautiful old wooden buildings: those from the Sikh era have distinctive Indian looking cupolas and latticed windows. Rawalpindi’s streets are narrow and crowded, with stalls selling everything from copper kitchenware and decorated furniture to henna, rose petals, pomegranates, rugs, and Kashmiri textiles.
Come here in the middle of Rajah Bazaar (you’ll need a guide) is an amazing mosque (Jamia Masjid) with a beautifully patterned archway. Stop by the entrance as it’s great for photographs.
Visit the Shah Faisal Mosque
To the right is the magnificent landmark Shah Faisal Mosque. Make sure you visit the mosque in person to appreciate the unique architecture – it’s particularly captivating at sunset against the backdrop of the dusky mountains. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 04 Islamabad -Taxila – Peshawar
Drive to Taxila, the capital of Gandhara Buddhist civilization. We visit the ruins of a former city (Sirkup), a former monastery (Julian)built on top of a hill and the splendid site museum that contains the artifacts recovered from the excavation sites. Here one could also see the gold and silver coins of Alexander The Great (326 BC)and local kings. After Taxila, we will drive towards Peshawar along the Grand Trunk Road which was created by the Pathan Emperor of the United Indian Empire: Sher Shah Suri. Crossing Indus River at Attock, we may stop for a photo at the meeting point of Indus & Kabul rivers just beyond Attock Bridge. Dinner & overnight at hotel in Peshawar. (170 km, 2-3 Hours)
DAY-05 Explore Peshawar
Morning excursion to Khyber Pass, the most important and strategic land route leading to the Indian sub-continent. Historic invaders, including the armies of Alexander the Great of Macedonia, have used this route to explore the wonders of fertile land that lies south of this pass. We may be allowed to visit Michni Post from where we have a panoramic view of the Pak-Afghan border. (45 km one way) Afternoon city tour. Peshawar has always been important in the history of the sub-continent because of its location near the Khyber Pass & Gandhara civilization. The city is now known more for its special feel of being a frontier town than for its monuments. Visit the street of story-tellers, Kissa Khawani bazaar, the street of gold (Kasera bazaar), Karavan Serai and Mahabat Khan Mosque. The museum of Peshawar, known for its collection of Gandhara artifacts, should also be visited. Overnight at hotel
Day 06 Peshawar – Islamabad
In the morning we will visit the street of story-tellers: Kissa Khawani bazaar, the street of Gold (Kasera bazaar), Karavan Serai, Mahabat Khan Mosque & Museum of Peshawar, known for its collection of Gandhara artifacts. Drive to Islamabad while traveling on the Grand Trunk Road laid down by the Pathan Emperor of the United Indian Empire: Sher Shah Suri. You may stop for a photo at the meeting point of Indus & Kabul Rivers just beyond Attock Bridge. Overnight Hotel. (170 km, 670 meters)
Day 07 – 10 Lahore- Islamabad
Lahore - the cultural heart of Pakistan, the capital of Punjab and the premier Moghul city. Above all, in Pakistan, the city is known for its lively atmosphere. To see Lahore is to be born again,
04 Night Lahore Culture & Sightseeing.
Lahore is the magical city of Punjab. It has been the capital of Punjab for near 1000 years and has a rich history, art and culture. It is a Centre of activities throughout the year. The city of Lahore is city of monuments, palaces, mosques, and Shrines. Furthermore, Lahore has been the capital of Punjab for nearly 1000 years. Besides being the Mughal Show Window. It is a cultural, academic and intellectual center of Pakistan. City Lahore tours essential for both domestic and foreign customers. Furthermore, Lahore tours cover mainly all parts of Lahore and various cultural and ancient places. For 200 years, beginning from about 1525 AD, Lahore remained a thriving cultural center of the great Mughal Empire, when it was beautified with Palaces, gardens, monuments, and Mosques. During the British regime, many monuments sprang up in Lahore, which blended beautifully with the Mughal, Gothic and Victorian styles of architecture.
Walled City Places of Interest: The Walled City of Lahore, the historic city Centre, contains many buildings, bazaars, public spaces, and monuments of high cultural, architectural and historic value. Despite recent developments and over-commercialization of the area, it retains much of its intangible and tangible heritage including a high concentration of pre-colonial architecture.
Wazir Khan Mosque: The Wazir Khan Mosque is a 17th-century mosque located in the city of Lahore, capital of the Pakistani province of Punjab. The mosque was commissioned during the reign of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as part of an ensemble of buildings that also included the nearby Shahi Hammam baths. Construction of Wazir Khan Mosque began in 1631 C.E., and was completed in 1635. Considered to be the most ornately decorated Mughal-era mosque, Wazir Khan Mosque is renowned for its intricate faience tile work known as kashi-kari, as well as its interior surfaces that are almost entirely embellished with elaborate Mughal-era frescoes.
The Sunehri Masjid (The Golden Mosque) (1753) Shahi Hammam (Royal Bath: The Shahi Hammam, also known as the Wazir Khan Hammam, is a Persian-style bath which was built in Lahore, Pakistan, in 1635 C.E. during the reign of Emperor Shah Jahan. It was built by chief physician to the Mughal Court, Ilam-ud-din Ansari, who was widely known as Wazir Khan. The baths were built to serve as a waqf, or endowment, for the maintenance of the Wazir Khan Mosque.
The Sunehri Masjid (The Golden Mosque) (1753): In the hustle and bustle of the dazzling Kashmiri Bazaar one cannot ignore the majestic, glittering monument the Sunehri Masjid or the Golden Mosque standing on the masonry platform, about one storey above street level. It is a small mosque but a remarkably handsome building, and combines perfect symmetry of form.
Fakir Khana Museum Fakir Khana Museum: the largest antiques collection in south Asia” is the honor, processions and pride of the well-known Fakir Family whose vibrant history can be amazingly traced back hundreds of years
Naunihal Singh Haveli: Naunihal Singh haveli is inside the walled city of Lahore and is housed in a nineteenth century Sikh period haveli of Naunihal Singh, the son of Maharajah Ranjeet Singh.
The Wagah Border Flag ceremony:
Every day of the year, just before sunset, a flag lowering ceremony takes place at the Wagah Border between India and Pakistan. The Wagah Border ceremony, formally known as beating the Retreat, is a popular tourist attraction and side trip from Lahore and Amritsar in Punjab state. The flags are lowered at the same time.
Other Landmarks to visit.
Begum Shahi Mosque
Mubarak Begum Haveli
Chuna Mandi Havelis
Haveli Barood Khana
Salman Sirhindi Ki Haveli
Dina Nath Ki Haveli
Tomb of Malik Ayaz
Mughal Haveli (Residence Of Maharaja Ranjeet Singh)
Haveli Sir Wajid Ali Shah (Near Nisar Haveli)
Haveli Mian Khan (Rang Mehal)
Haveli Shergharian (Near Lal Khou)