KINGDOM OF GANDHARA TOUR

KINGDOM OF GANDHARA TOUR
07 Nights / 08 Days

Lahore-Taxila-Swat-Takht-e-Bhai-Peshawar-Lahore

Gandhara is the name of an ancient kingdom (Mahajanapada), located in northern Pakistan and eastern Afghanistan. Gandhara was situated mostly in Peshawar region, the Potohar plateau (Taxila) & on the Kabul River and attained its height from 1st century to 5th century under Buddhist Kushan Kings & lasted from 6th century to 11th century. Its main cities were Peshawar (ancient Purushapura), Taxila (ancient Takshashila). Gandhara region was conquered by Mehmood Ghazanvi in 1021 CE. During the Muslim period this area was under management and monitored from Kabul and Lahore. Gandhara was part of Kabul province during the Mughal era. Later the Gandhara crossed the Indus and included parts of north-west Punjab of Pakistan. Gandhara was located on the grand northern region and important channel for communication with central Asia and Iran, center for international business activities as well.

TOUR ITINERARY:

Day 01: Lahore  

Arrival at Alama Iqbal International Airport Lahore. Meet, assist and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Lahore. (No meals).

Day 02: Lahore-Rawalpindi/Islamabad

Breakfast at the hotel. AM. Sightseeing of Lahore.

Morning proceed for short sightseeing of Lahore Fort, Badshahi Mosque, Tomb of Alama Iqbal.

Lahore was the cultural hub of the northern part of the subcontinent which widens from the eastern banks of the Indus River to New Delhi. Mughal structures such as the Badshahi Mosque, Mausoleum of Allama Iqbal, the Lahore Fort, Shalimar Gardens, and the mausoleum of Jehangir and Noor Jahan are popular tourist attractions for the city. Lahore is also home to many British colonial structures built in the Mughal-Gothic style, such as the Lahore High Court, the General Post Office, Lahore Museum and many older universities including the University of the Punjab. The Lahore Zoo, thought to be the fourth oldest zoo in the world is also situated here.

Lunch in a local restaurant.

After lunch continue drive to Rawalpindi. Short city tour of Rawalpindi Bazaar.

Dinner & overnight in Rawalpindi/Islamabad. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

Day 03: Rawalpindi/Islamabad-Taxila-Swat

After breakfast proceed for city tour of Islamabad.

Our sightseeing tour will start from, Faisal Mosque, Shakar Parian & National monument.

AM. Drive to swat en-route visiting Taxila and sights.

Taxila is 40 kms away from Islamabad the capital city of Pakistan, was once the seat of Oriental civilization. In 6th century B.C, It was first talked about as a satrapy of the Archemenian Empire. It was attacked by Alexander the Great (Sikandar-e-Azam) & passed along to other monarch until finally he reached the hands of Ashoka, who give the shape of the city into a learning and cultural centre. The original Gandhara era pursued in a while. After that Taxila remained the centre of learning, thinking and sculptures. It came to a devastating and pitiable closing stage when sacked by White Huns. Today, here is a well-maintained museum & eight sites sprinkled in the region of a very short radius. Amongst the best conserved are Sirkap, Jaulian (the University) and Mohra Moradu. Arrive and transfer to the hotel.

Dinner & overnight at the hotel in Swat. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

Day 04: Swat full day tour

Breakfast at the hotel. Proceed to visit Swat Museum, Butkara, sites & Mingora Bazaar.

The museum in Saidu Sharif has a huge compilation of Gandhara sculptures collected from some of the Buddhist sites in Swat Valley. There are some local embroidery, carved wood, rare coins & tribal jewelery displayed.

Lunch at the hotel.

Butkara ruins are one of the most significant Buddhist places of pilgrimage in the valley. Site is consists of a main stupa around which pushed around 215 votive stupas, in it seems that magnificent disarray. The main stupa was supposed to have some ashes of Lord Buddha built by the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka. One can see still there are statues of lions bend down on their side. They may be fell off the ends of the tall columns which once located close to the stupa.

Mingora Bazaar is the business centre which is important to visit, one can locate emeralds, for which Swat Valley is famous in this region. Then carry on to Murghazar where you will visit the old white palace constructed from white marble and ornamented with elaborated carvings.

Dinner & overnight in Swat. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

Day 05: Swat-Takht-e-Bhai-Peshawar

After breakfast drive to Peshawar en-route visiting Takht-e-Bhai. On the way lunch in a local restaurant.

Takht-e-Bhai is a Buddhist site which is situated in Northwest of Mardan on the road to Swat. It is the most inspiring and complete site in Pakistan. The main construction of the Takht-e-Bhai compound is the monastery and stupas founded in the 1st century AD & left un-used in the 6th century. Surrounding the monastery on the point on top of it are the remains of private houses, some of them are the three storeys high. The name of Takht-e-Bhai means the hill of springs. There is considerable proof to prove that during the Buddhist period there were lots of springs on the hill here which have now dried up around 200 AD. When Raja Varata was the King of Gandhara, Takht-e-Bhai was the capital of the Kingdom of the era. The stupas on the site were found to contain square court bounded by a series of cells which accommodates the images.

Dinner & overnight in Peshawar. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

Day 06: Peshawar full day tour

Breakfast at the hotel.

Full day sightseeing of Peshawar Museum, Qissa Khawani Bazaar, Mohabat Khan Mosque.

Peshawar is located in a big valley near the eastern part of the historical Khyber Pass, and the Indus Valley. Peshawar is also known as (City on the Frontier). In Persian Peshawar’s strategic location on the intersection of Central Asia and South Asia has made it one of the majority ethnically vibrant and vigorous cities in the greater region. Peshawar is the capital of Khyber-Pukhtunkhwa and the business & administrative center and central economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar has changed into one of Pakistan’s most ethnically, linguistically, and religiously diverse cities. In the last three decades, there has been a major increase in urban inhabitants, in part due to internal resettlement of the people to seek better employment opportunities, education & services and in part because of the entry of Afghan refugees and other people displaced by military operations and civil unrest in adjacent regions. Peshawar is the major educational, political center of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa.

Lunch in a local restaurant.

PM. Proceed for excursion to Khyber Pass. (Subject to permission).

(To visit Khyber Pass a permission letter is required from the Political agent)

Dinner & overnight at the hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

Day 07: Peshawar-Lahore

After breakfast drive to Lahore en-route visiting Jalalpur Jattan.

Jalalpur Jattan is located in District Gujrat in Punjab, Pakistan. The city was established by a JATT named Jalal and Kula Chor a place in Jalalpur Jattan, was constructed by an Indian rule in 300 BC Chandra Gupta Maurya. After excavations in the area explored that Kula Chor was the cast of the Maurya Dynasty. A local historian, Mansoor Behzad believed that Chandra Gupta had constructed a fort in Islam Garh, an inhabited village of Jalalpur Jattan.

Arrive and transfer to the hotel.

Dinner & overnight in Lahore. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

Day 08: Lahore

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning city tour of Lahore.

Morning proceed for full day sightseeing of Lahore Museum & Anarkali Bazaar.

Lahore was the cultural hub of the northern part of the subcontinent which widens from the eastern banks of the Indus River to New Delhi. Mughal structures such as the Badshahi Mosque, Mausoleum of Allama Iqbal, the Lahore Fort, Shalimar Gardens, and the mausoleum of Jehangir and Noor Jahan are popular tourist attractions for the city. Lahore is also home to many British colonial structures built in the Mughal-Gothic style, such as the Lahore High Court, the General Post Office, Lahore Museum and many older universities including the University of the Punjab. The Lahore Zoo, thought to be the fourth oldest zoo in the world is also situated here.

Lunch in a local restaurant.

After lunch continue to visit Shalimar Gardens, Jahangir’s Tomb.

After dinner transfer to Allama Iqbal International airport for homebound flight.

(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

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