RELIGIOUS SITES TOUR

RELIGIOUS SITES TOUR
05 Nights / 06 Days

Lahore-Katasraj Temples-Islamabad-Punja Sahib-Lahore

This package tour attracts the visitors to Katasraj Temples the 2nd religious place of Hindus in the district of Jhelum in Pakistan. The temples at Ketas are supposed to be built even before Christ BC. The temples of Shev Jee, Kali Mata and Hanuman Jee overlook the lake which was supposed to be formed from the tear of Lard Shiva. In addition you visit the busy cities of Lahore and Rawalpindi. Government of Pakistan considered & nominated the temple complex for World Heritage Site status. Most of the temples, located some 40 kms from Chakwal city in the Potohar region of northern Punjab, were built during the rule of Hindu kings. These temples were built around 900 years ago or more, although the first of Katasraj temples dates back to the later half of the 6th century A.D The Mandir was forsaken by local Hindus when they migrated to East Punjab in India during partition in 1947.

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-Islamabad

After breakfast drive to Islamabad. En-route visit Katasraj Hindu Temples.

Katasraj Mandir is a Hindu Mandir located in Katas village in the district Chakwal in Punjab province of Pakistan. Devoted to Shiva, the holy place has existed from the time when the days of Mahabharata and the Pandava brothers spent an ample part of their exile at the site. Government of Pakistan considered & nominated the temple complex for World Heritage Site status. Most of the temples, located some 40 kms from Chakwal city in the Potohar region of northern Punjab, were built during the rule of Hindu kings. These temples were built around 900 years ago or more, although the first of Katasraj temples dates back to the later half of the 6th century A.D The Mandir was forsaken by local Hindus when they migrated to East Punjab in India during partition in 1947. Government of Pakistan has spent millions of Pak rupees to restore the temple complex in three phases.

Arrive and transfer to the hotel.

Overnight in Rawalpindi/Islamabad. (Breakfast only).

Day 03: Islamabad-Hassanabdal Excursion

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning trip to Gurdwara Punja Sahib.

Gurdwara Punja Sahib is located at Hassanabdal at a distance of 48 km from Rawalpindi one of the most holy places of Sikhism as of the existence of a rock assumed to have the hand print of Guru Nanak embossed on it. Twice a year, Sikhs visit this Gurdwara from around the world. Guru Nanak Dev Ji along with Bhai Mardana Ji reached Hassanabdal in Baisakh Samwat 1578 B.K. In the shade of a cool tree, Guru Nanak and Bhai Mardana started reciting Kirtan and their followers gathered around. This irritated Wali Qandhari but he was helpless. This holy and venerated place was named Punja Sahib by Hari Singh Nalwa, the most renowned general of the Kingdom of the Sikhs. He is credited with having built the first Gurdwara at this place. During the British Raj in the Punjab management of Punja Sahib went in to the custody of Hindu hands, and later In 1920 Sardar Kartar Singh Virk of Jhabbar Village in Sheikhupura District along with Sikhs traveled to Punja Sahib and took the command of Punja Sahib from Hindu Mahant Mitha.

Overnight at the hotel in Rawalpindi/Islamabad. (Breakfast only).

Day 04: Islamabad-Lahore          

After breakfast city sightseeing in Islamabad.

City tour will start from, Faisal Mosque, Shakar Parian & National monument with a trip to Damn-e-Koh, to catch an eye bird view of the twin cities and Saidpur Village.

Afternoon drive to Lahore via Grand Trunk Road.

Arrive and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Lahore. (Breakfast only).

Day 05: Lahore full day tour       

Breakfast at the hotel. Proceed for full day sightseeing of Lahore Fort, Museum, Badshahi Mosque and Shalimar Gardens.

Lahore is the capital of Punjab Province of Pakistan and 2nd largest city in the country was the seat of power in northern subcontinent for almost 1000 years. With a rich and marvelous history dating back to over a thousand years ago, Lahore is no doubt Pakistan’s cultural capital. One of the most compactly inhabited cities in the world, Lahore remains a vivacious economic, political, transportation, amusement, and educational hub. Lahore preserves its historical rank as one of the world’s most multinational and vigorous of cities. Lahore has been a center of cultural heritage for many civilizations. It witnessed the rise and fall of different invaded reign and absorbed the cultural festivities of all invaders into its own and assumed the role of the cultural capital of Pakistan.

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

Overnight at the hotel. (Breakfast only).

Day 06: Lahore

After breakfast transfer to Allama Iqbal International Airport for return flight. (Breakfast only).

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