The modern town of Taxila is 35 km from Islamabad. Most of the archaeological sites of Taxila (600 BC to 500 AD) are located around Taxila Museum. For over one thousand years, Taxila remained famous as a centre of learning Gandhara art of sculpture, architecture, education and Buddhism in the days of Buddhist glory.There are over 50 archaeological sites scattered in a radius of 30 km around Taxila. Some of the most important sites are: Dhamarajika Stupa and Monastery (300 BC - 200 AD), Bhir Mound (600-200 BC), Sirkap (200 BC - 600 AD), Jandial Temple and Jaulian Monastery (200 - 600 AD)
The Lush-green valley of Swat District—with its rushing torrents, icy-cold lakes, fruit-laden orchards and flower-decked slopes—is ideal for holiday-makers intent on relaxation. It also has a rich historical past: "Udayana" (the "Garden") of the ancient Hindu epics; "the land of enthralling beauty", where Alexander of Macedonia fought and won some of his major battles before crossing over to the plains of Pakistan, and "the valley of the hanging chains" described by the famous Chinese pilgrim-chroniclers, Faxian and Xuanzang in the fifth and seventh centuries. Swat was once a cradle for major strands of Buddhism, where 1,400 monasteries flourished: Little Vehicle, Great Vehicle and the Esoteric sects. It was the home of the famous Gandhara School of Sculpture which was an expression of Graeco-Roman form in the local Buddhist tradition.However, the ruins of great Buddhist stupas, monasteries and statues are found all over Swa
Takht-i-Bahi is a great source of information on Buddhism and the way of life people here used to follow. The village is built on the ruins of the ancient town, the foundation walls of which are still in a tolerably good formation. As a proof that it was in the past occupied by the Buddhists and Hindu races, coins of those periods are still found at the site. the monks constructed it for their convenience.
The majority of people in Gandhara, present day Southern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, were Buddhist. Gandhara was largely Mahayana Buddhist, but also a stronghold of Vajrayana Buddhism. The Swat Valley, known in antiquity as Uddiyana, was a kingdom tributary to Gandhara. There are many archaeological sites from the Buddhist era in Swat.
|1||Arrival at Benazir International Airport and transfer to hotel overnight at hotel.||HOTEL|
|2||Drive to visit Taxila Museum and the excavated sites of the Buddhist Universities at Sirkap and Julian afternoon visit Rawalpindi/Islamabad.||HOTEL|
|3||Early morning drive to Peshawar to visit Museum for a glimpse at the largest collection of Graeco-Buddhist Gandhara sculpture and the casket that carried the remains of Lord Buddha .Overnight in at hotel.||HOTEL|
|4||Drive to Swat visit the magnificent monastery of Takht Bhai enroute. also visit Jamal Garhi inscriptions, Overnight in hotel at Swat.||HOTEL|
|5||Full day Buddhist history tour of Swat visit Butkara 1 & Butkara2 later visit the Museum of Swat and continue to Upper Swat Tour overnight at hotel.||HOTEL|
|6||Drive to Lahore via GT road. Overnight at hotel.||HOTEL|
|7||Lahore Visit Lahore Museum to see the fasting Buddha, the greatest masterpiece of Gandhara sculpture, along with some rare Mughal miniatures.||HOTEL|
|8||Visit the 3-terraced, walled Shalimar Gardens, laid out in a charmingly typical Persian style of his age by Emperor Shah Jahan in the year 1642 with royal pavilions, a white marble waterfall, 3 lakes, over 400 fountains and sunken tanks amid a variety of trees arid roses and trimmed lawns.||HOTEL|
|9|| Visit Lahore Fort, built by the greatest of the Mughals, Emperor Akbar, with additional edifices by his three successors, Jahangir, Shah Jahan and Aurangzeb, specially the Shish Mahal -- the palace of Mirrors, whose walls and ceilings are adorned with intricate patterns of multi-colored concave mirror chips, the Badshahi Mosque one of the most majestic, and largest mosques of white marble domes and red-stone structure. Free for shopping.||HOTEL|
|10|| Fly to Karachi, a bustling port city. Visit the white marble mausoleum of Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the Father of Pakistan, the National Museum which has an extensive collection from the 5000 years old Indus Valley Civilization, besides the Gandhara and Mughal periods, and Dhobi Ghat, the open air laundry or enjoy crabbing tour on the Arabian Sea Coast.||HOTEL|
|11||Early morning drive to Moenjodaro, the excavated sites of 5000 years old city once on the banks of the Indus River with its well planned roads and buildings that also had the world's first most "modern" sewerage system.||HOTEL|
|12||FLY OUT TO YOUR OWN DESTINATION ( END OF OUR SERVICES).||FLY OUT|
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4. Warm sweaters
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