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Gandhara was the name given to the land and its associated civilization that existed in what is now northern Pakistan and Afghanistan from the mid-1st millennium BC to the beginning of the 2nd millennium CE and consisted of multiple dynasties which ruled over the same area but which were linked by their adoption of Buddhism as a religion for the most part and also of the Indo-Greek artistic tradition as its cultural identity.

Although Gandhara has been historically known since the Achaemenian Empire and more specifically during the reign of Cyrus the Great (558-28 BC), it wasn't until the pilgrimage of XuanXang in the 7th century CE, at the tail end of the Gandhara civilization, that we first see a descriptive account of the region down to the extent of the area itself as well as the various places and sites which can be identified today.

Day - 01:               Arrive Islamabad, local site seeing, Shakar Parian, Lok Virsa Museum, Faisal Mosque

Day - 02:               Drive to Peshawar after visiting taxila museum and surroundings

Day - 03:               Free day for site seeing Gorkhatri, Pashto Academy, and historical places

Day - 04:               Drive to Swat via Takht-i-Bahi – Sehri Bahlol

Day - 05:              Free day at swat local site seeing, Swat Museum, Ranigat, white palace etc.

Day – 06:              Drive to Chilas through shangla pass and besham

Day - 07:               Drive to Gilgit via Alam Bridge Buddhist rock carvings,  Nanga Parbat viewpoint

Day - 08:               Free day for local site seeing Bazaar, Danyor Buddhist rock carvings, Kargah Buddha

Day - 09:               Drive to Hunza,  local site seeing Rakaposhi viewpoint,  Baltit Fort

Day - 10:               Tour to Ganish Village & Sacred Rocks,  Altit Fort.  Duikar

Day - 11:               Drive to Khunjarab pass and back to gulmit

Day – 12:               Gulmit local site seeing Old House, Gulmit Museum, Polo Field then drive to Gilgit

Day – 13:              Drive to Besham or flight to Islamabad

Day – 14:               Drive to Islamabad or visiting Bari-Imam shrine, Golra Sharif and Margalla Hills -  Hotel

Day - 15:               Departure to home.

Services included:

  • Arrival & Departure:Airport – Hotel – Airport transfers (Pick Up and Drop off).
  • Accommodation: Neat, clean and best hotels, during the whole tour on Twin sharing basis.
  • Transportation: Air conditioned land transportation from Karachi to all the sites till Islamabad.
  • Food and Lodging: 3 times meals a day (Breakfast, Dinner and Lunch; including tea and coffee) along with accessible accommodation at Hotel/Lodge during the whole period of tour.
  • Guide: A well-educated, multilingual and Experienced guide will be provided who will be well aware of the local history and could elaborate the history and its impact to the visitors.

 Service Exclusions: 

  • Pakistan Entry Visa fee:Pakistani Visa fee.
  • International Flight: Members international flight tickets. 
  • Custom Charges: Any customs clearance charges on arrival of climbing gears.
  • Room Services: Room service, gratuities for personal services or items of a purely personal nature.
  • Extra night in Islamabad: Extra nights accommodation in Islamabad. In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from Trekking / Expedition (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Insurance: Travel insurance, accident, medical & emergency evacuation.
  • Cancellation: Trip cancellation Insurance and charges.
  • Rescue Evacuation:Medical Insurance and emergency rescue evacuation cost if required. (Rescue, Repatriation, Medication, Medical Tests and Hospitalization costs.)
  • Personal Expenses:Telephone, Internet, battery recharge, shower, Laundry, any Alcoholic beverages (during the trek and in Islamabad but we will serve all kinds of beverages for members in basecamp), and also Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking /Climbing Gears.
  • Any Unforeseen Expenses: Any unforeseen expenses (just like road blockage extra hotel stay or if members stay more days at Base Camp) then members will be pay according to the numbers of days basses. 
  • Late or Early Arrival: climbing member will arrive together. If any/some member split during the arrival time/period then there extra expenses will be charged according to normal price.
  • Personal Purchasing: Personal purchasing during the tour, from anywhere or anything.
  • Filming:Special Filming, Camera and Drone permit and its fee (if required).
  • Tips: Calculate some tips for Basecamp staffs. (minimum 300USD)
  • Extra:Any other services or activities, which are not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Any other item not listed in Cost Includes section.

Tour Summary
Tour Name
Gandhara Civilization Tour
Nature of tour
Cultural & heritage
Accomodation
Hotel
Transportation
Air-conditioned
Minimum Age
3 years onward
Multilingual Guide
Available on Demand
Best Season
Round the year
Total Duration
15 Days
Group Size
7 +
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