Gandhara Civilization Tour

14 Days
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Gandhara Civilization Tour

Explore the hometown of Buddhism

From the plains of Taxila to the beautiful valleys and rugged mountains of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and from the footsteps of the Hindu Kush  into the heart of the Karakorum mountains, the Gandhara Civilization has lured tourists from across the world for decades now.

The 3,000 years old Gandhara Civilization covers a vast territory, including Peshawar, Taxila, Swat, Malakand Agency, Bajur Agency, Mardan and the Hindush Kush and Karakorum mountain areas. These areas have remained the center of Buddhism for centuries. Buddhism is considered to have spread as far as Japan and Korea from these regions that fall in today’s Pakistan. Arechlogists have found and preserved a range of fascinating items and structures that build a great record of the Gandhara Civilization.

The rock carving on rocks along the Karakorum Highway (KKH) also give a sneak peek into the history of Gandhara. Historical accounts suggest that Alexander the great travelled to Taxila from Macedonia in 326 BC. Swat Valley is the land of splendor and romance. It has remained the holy land of Buddhism, and it became popular as the center of pilgrimage for Buddhists.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Benazir Bhutto International Airport
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.

Transportation from Islamabad to Islamabad
Food Professional high/low altitude guide
Entrance fees
Guide gratuity

Experience the Gandhara Civilization tour with Karakorum Expeditions

We have 14 days itinerary for the Gandhara Civilization tour. The itinerary has been designed with your needs, requirements and expectations in mind. You will be fascinated by the secret paragons of thousands of years old history and the prodigies of nature in the plains and mountains of Pakistan.

During the tour, you will visit Taxila Museum, Peshawar, Swat, and then travel to Gilgit via Besham. Along the KKH, we will recount history by stopping by rock carvings and petroglyphs that are located around the Indus, Gilgit and Hunza Rivers. On day 9, you will find yourself in the beautiful and scenic Hunza Valley. You will spend the next three days exploring Hunza, including Upper Hunza and the Pakistan-China border of Khunjerab.

On day 13, we’ll fly you back to Islamabad from Gilgit, so you can fly to your destination to share amazing stories and memories with your loved ones.

Have love for history and want to see the remains of Gandhara Civilizations? Contact us now and join us on our next tour to the Gandhara Civilization.

Day 01

Arrival Islamabad Reception and transfer to hotel, PM Sightseeing.

Day 02

Islamabad-Peshawar Enroute Visit Taxila Museum and transfer to Peshawar.

Day 03

Peshawar Sightseeing of Peshawar.

Day 04

Peshawar-Swat Transfer to Swat. Enroute visit Takht Bhai site.

Day 05

Swat Sightseeing of Swat.

Day 06

Swat-Besham Drive to Besham over Shangla Pass.

Day 07

Besham-Gilgit Continue drive to Gilgit. Enroute visit rock carvings at Shatial, Chilas and Alam Bridge.

Day 08

Gilgit Sightseeing of Gilgit and visit rock inscriptions Danyore Village and Konodas and Buddha image at Kargah.

Day 09

Gilgit-Hunza Drive to Hunza and visit Altit and Baltit Forts.

Day 10

Hunza Reserved for optional exploration or rest.

Day 11

Hunza-Gulmit Full day excursion of Khunjerab Pass and back to Gulmit.

Day 12

Gulmit-Gilgit Return back to Gilgit.

Day 13

Gilgit-Islamabad Fly or drive back to Islamabad.

Day 14

Islamabad Fly home.


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