Buddhist Sites Tours

Duration:

10 Days

Base City:

Islamabad

Traveling Mode:

By Road

Traveling Audience:

Family

Tour Category:

Religious & Archaeological

Description

Pakistan is home to the ancient kingdom of Gandhara and historically it had four capitals, stretching from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to Punjab. These capitals include Bagram, Charsadda, Taxila, and Peshwar. Gandhara means “Land of Perfume” and is the central meeting point of South Asia, West Asia, and Central Asia. These four capitals have produced many Buddhist philosophers and together they have become centers of Buddhist learning. The emperors and kings of this great empire took many steps to ensure that the sanctity of the region was preserved. King Ashoka chose the stupa in Taxila as one of the main sites of his empire to protect the remains of the Buddha. Later, the role of Kanishka, the ruler of Kushan, was crucial as he worked to promote Gandharan sculpture, a fusion of classical Buddhist and Greek themes.

A Little History

Despite being an Islamic republic, Pakistan respects the historic legacy of pre-Islamic civilizations. One of the most famous centers of Buddhist civilization in Pakistan is called Gandhara, which literally means “the land of fragrance”. It is located in the present day Peshawar Valley that included Swat and Taxila in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Punjab province. Over the centuries, the kingdom of Gandhara was ruled from its four different capitals, which include, Kapisa (Bagram), Pushkalavati (Charsadda), Takshashila (Taxila), and Purusapura (Peshawar). The history of Gandhara is the stuff that legends are made of. From the composition and recitation of Mahabharata – the greatest Hindu epic at Gandhara in the early historic period to the preeminence of the ancient centers of Buddhist learning – the Takshashila University, the legends of Gandhara have always inspired the imagination of people from diverse lands and from time immemorial. Once strategically located at the junction of caravan routes that linked Southern, Western and Central Asia regions to the West, Gandhara was a melting point of various civilizations, which include Achaemenids, Hellenistic, Mauryans, Greco-Bactrian, Kushan, Gupta, Huns and eventually the Muslims.

Gandhara entered in the annals of recorded history as the eastern province of Achaemenid Empire of Persia in the 6-5th centuries B.C.E. Gandhara was invaded by Alexander of Macedonia in 327 B.C.E., which led to a brief period of Greek rule. Thereafter, it was ruled by Chandragupta Maurya and his successors for over 150 years. From 300-200 centuries B.C.E., Greek dynasties took over Gandhara. In the early first century B.C.E., the victorious Sakas or Scythians, were followed after yet another century by the Parthians, and the Kushans. Finally, the deathblow to its prosperity was given by the Hephthalites or White Huns, who swept over the country in about 465 C.E., carrying fire and sword wherever they went and destroying the Buddhist monasteries. Mahmud Ghaznavi conquered Gandhara and made it part of Ghaznavid Empire in 998 C.E. Under the influence of Central Asian sufis, slowly and gradually, the Buddhists of Gandhara embraced Islam. Politically and culturally, the 12th century C.E. marked the end of Buddhism in Gandhara region.

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Lahore
(City Tour)

Day 2 Lahore to Isamabad
(Lahore Museum, Mankyala Stupa)

Day 3 Day trip to Taxila
(Julian, Mohra Moradu , Dharma Rajika Stupa, Taxila Museum )

Day 4 Islamabad to Peshwar
(Hund Museum, Rani Gut  Buddhist Sites, Ashoka Rock, Jamal Gahri Buddhist Site)

Day 5 Peshawar to Mingora
(Peshawar Museum, Takhat Bahi)

Day 6 Full day in Swat
(Swat Museum, Butkara I & Butkara II, Jehanabad Village Buddah Rock Carvings, Saidu Sharif Stupa & Monastery)

Day 7 Day trip to Dir
(Andan Dheri,Nimogram Buddhist Site)

Day 8 Mingora to Islamabad
(Shingerdar Stupa, Amluk Dara Stupa, Stupa of Amlukdara)

Day 9 Islamabad to Lahore
(Katas Raj Temple, Khewra Salt Mines)

Day 10 Departure

Places to see

Lahore | Islamabad | Peshawar | Mingora 

Lahore City, Lahore Museum, Mankyala Stupa, Taxila,Julian, Mohra Moradu, Dharma Rajika Stupa, Taxila Museum, Peshawar, Hund Museum
Rani Gut, Buddhist Sites, Ashoka Rock, Jamal Gahri Buddhist Site, Mingora, Peshawar Museum, Takhat Bahi, Swat, Swat Museum, Butkara I & Butkara II, Jehanabad Village, Buddah Rock, Carvings, Saidu Sharif Stupa & Monastery,  Dir,  Andan Dheri, Nimogram Buddhist Site, Singerdar Stupa, Amluk Dara Stupa, Stupa of Amlukdara, Katas Raj Temple ,Khewra Salt Mines

Activities

Sight Seeing

Packages

Gold

Starting From
PKR 734000
For 2 persons

Our Gold package includes our signature luxury services and can be customized as per requirement anytime.
 

Bronze

Starting From
PKR 624000
For 2 persons


Hotels: Felattis, Roomy Signature, Shelton Rezidor Peshawar, Shelton Rezidor

Vehicle: Included with fuel & driver

Not Included: Meals, Guide, and Passes can be added upon request

Standard

Starting From
PKR 588000
For 2 persons


Hotels: Smart Hotel, Shelton Rezidor Peshawar, Shelton Rezidor

Vehicle: Included with fuel & driver

Not Included: Meals, Guide, and Passes can be added upon request

Economy

Starting From
PKR 246000
For 2 persons

Hotels: Hotel 12J, Comfort Residency Guest House, Fort Continential, Swat Continential, 

Vehicle: Included with fuel & driver

Not Included: Meals, Guide, and Passes can be added upon request

Services Included

Hotels & Breakfast for 1 to 10 Persons. Full Tour includes vehicle(s), fuel and driver(s) with our 24/7 helpline and travel account manager. 

Note

Prices may vary depending upon travel dates and will be finalized upon confirmation. If air tickets are included, travel dates will be dependent on air ticket availability.

For more than 10 persons or any queries, please send a WhatsApp message or call on our helpline number:

03 111 483 222

Request Tour Package


Gold

For 2 persons

Our Gold package includes our signature luxury services and can be customized as per requirement anytime.
 

Bronze

Starting From 624000 For 2 persons


Hotels: Felattis, Roomy Signature, Shelton Rezidor Peshawar, Shelton Rezidor

Vehicle: Included with fuel & driver

Not Included: Meals, Guide, and Passes can be added upon request

Standard

Starting From 588000 For 2 persons


Hotels: Smart Hotel, Shelton Rezidor Peshawar, Shelton Rezidor

Vehicle: Included with fuel & driver

Not Included: Meals, Guide, and Passes can be added upon request

Economy

Starting From 246000 For 2 persons

Hotels: Hotel 12J, Comfort Residency Guest House, Fort Continential, Swat Continential, 

Vehicle: Included with fuel & driver

Not Included: Meals, Guide, and Passes can be added upon request