National Mausoleum, is the final resting place of Quaid-e-Azam (Great Leader) Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, completed in the 1960s, is an iconic symbol of Karachi throughout the world. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations among foreign visitors to Karachi.
The location is usually calm and tranquil which is significant considering that it is in the heart of one of the largest global megalopolises. The glowing tomb can be seen for miles at night. Official and military ceremonies take place here on special occasions, such as on 23 March (Pakistan Day), 14 August (Independence Day), 11 September (the anniversary of Jinnah’s death) and 25 December (Jinnah’s birthday). Dignitaries and officials from foreign countries also visit the mausoleum during official tours.
Mound of the Dead; is an archeological site in the province of Sindh, Pakistan. Built around 2500 BC, it was one of the largest settlements of the ancient Indus Valley Civilization, and one of the world’s earliest major urban settlements, contemporaneous with the civilizations of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Crete, and Norte Chico. Mohenjo-daro was abandoned in the 19th century BC as the Indus Valley Civilization declined, and the site was not rediscovered until the 1920s. Significant excavation has since been conducted at the site of the city, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980. The site is currently threatened by erosion and improper restoration.
Lahore Museum, established in 1894, is located in The Mall, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.Rudyard Kipling’s father John Lockwood Kipling, was one of the famous curators of the museum. The museum is set in a Mughal-Gothic styled building, reflecting on the architectural heritage and modern history of Lahore. The Museum contains some fine specimens of Mughal and Sikh door-ways and wood-work and contains a large collection of paintings dating back to the Mughal, Sikh and British eras. The Museum has also a collection of musical instruments, ancient jewellery, textiles, pottery and armory. There are relics from the Graeco-Bactrian times as well as well as some Tibetan and Nepalese work. The museum has a number of objects of Greco-Buddhist sculptures, Mughal and Pahari paintings on display. The Fasting Buddha is one of the unique collections of the museum — in 2004 Nobuaki Tanaka, the Japanese ambassador,
agreed to provide technical know how as the Buddha is popular with Japanese tourists.
The Lahore Fort, locally referred to as Shahi Qila is citadel of the city of Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. It is located in the northwestern corner of the Walled City of Lahore. The trapezoidal composition is spread over 20 hectares. Origins of the fort go as far back as antiquity, however, the existing base structure was built during the reign of
Mughal emperor Akbar (1556–1605), and was regularly upgraded by subsequent rulers, having thirteen gates in all. However, it is said to be built first in 800B.C. Thus the fort manifests the rich traditions of Mughal architecture. Some of the famous sites inside the fort include: Sheesh Mahal, Alamgiri Gate, Naulakha pavilion, and Moti Masjid.
In 1981, the fort was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with the Shalimar Gardens (Lahore).
The Badshahi Mosque or the ‘King’s Mosque’ in Lahore, commissioned by the sixth Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in 1671 and completed in 1673, is the second largest mosque in Pakistan and South Asia and the fifth largest mosque in the world. Epitomising the beauty, passion and grandeur of the Mughal era, it is Lahore’s most famous landmark and a major tourist attraction.
Capable of accommodating 5,000 worshippers in its main prayer hall and a further 95,000 in its courtyard and porticoes, it remained the largest mosque in the world from 1673 to 1986 (a period of 313 years), when overtaken in size by the completion of the Faisal Mosque in Islamabad. Today, it remains the second largest mosque in Pakistan and South Asia and the fifth largest mosque in the world after the Masjid al-Haram (Grand Mosque) of Mecca, the Al-Masjid al-Nabawi (Prophet’s Mosque) in Medina, the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca and the Faisal Mosque in Islamabad. To appreciate its large size, the four minarets of the Badshahi Mosque are 13.9 ft (4.2 m) taller than those of the Taj Mahal and the main platform of the Taj Mahal can fit inside the 278,784 sq ft (25,899.9 m2) courtyard of the Badshahi Mosque, which is the largest mosque courtyard in the world.
In 1993, the Government of Pakistan recommended the inclusion of the Badshahi Mosque as a World Heritage Site in UNESCO’s World Heritage List, where it has been included in Pakistan’s Tentative List for possible nomination to the World Heritage List by UNESCO.
Tomb of Jahangir:
Tomb of Jahangir,is the mausoleum built for the Mughal Emperor Jahangir who ruled from 1605 to 1627. The mausoleum is located near the town of Shahdara Bagh in Lahore, Pakistan. His son Shah Jahan built the mausoleum 10 years after his father’s death. It is sited in an attractive walled garden. It has four 30 meter high minarets.
The interior is embellished with frescoes and pietra dura inlay and coloured marble. The mausoleum features prominently on the Pakistan Rupees 1,000 denomination bank note. The entrance to the mausoleum is through two massive gateways of stone and masonry opposite each other (to the north and south) which lead to a square enclosure known as the Akbari Serai. This enclosure leads to another one, on the western side, giving full view of the garden in front of the mausoleum, which is traversed by four-bricked canals proceeding from the centre, and in which many fountains were placed which are now in ruins. The corridor around the mausoleum is adorned with a most elegant mosaic, representing flowers and Quranic verses. The interior of the mausoleum is an elevated sarcophagus of white marble, the sides of which are wrought with flowers of mosaic in the same elegant style as the tombs in the Taj Mahal at Agra, India. On two sides of the sarcophagus the ninety-nine attributes of God are inlaid in black. Beautiful ‘jalis’ admit light in various patterns.
Wazir Khan Mosque:
The Wazir Khan Mosque in Lahore, Pakistan, is famous for its extensive faience tile work. It has been described as ‘ a mole on the cheek of Lahore’. It was built in seven years, starting around 1634-1635 AD, during the reign of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan. It was built by Shaikh Ilm-ud-din Ansari, a native of Chiniot, who rose to be the court physician to Shah Jahan and later, the Governor of Lahore. He was commonly known as Wazir Khan. (The word wazir means ‘minister’ in Urdu language.) The mosque is located inside the Inner City and is easiest accessed from Delhi Gate.
The Shalimar Gardens, sometimes written Shalamar Gardens, is a Persian garden and it was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in Lahore, modern day Pakistan. Construction began in 1641 CE (1051 AH) and was completed the following year. The project management was carried out under the superintendence of Khalilullah Khan, a noble of Shah Jahan’s court, in cooperation with Ali Mardan Khan and Mulla Alaul Maulk Tuni. The Shalimar Gardens are located near Baghbanpura along the Grand Trunk Road some 5 kilometers northeast of the main Lahore city. There are five geographical sources of inspiration for Shalimar Gardens: Central Asia, Kashmir, West Punjab, Persia, and the Delhi Sultanate.
Border closing ‘lowering of the flags’ ceremony is a daily military practice that the security forces of India (Border Security Force) and Pakistan (Pakistan Rangers) have followed since 1959. This ceremony takes place every evening before sunset at the Wagah border, which as part of the Grand Trunk Road was the only road link between these two countries before the opening of the Aman Setu in Kashmir in 1999. The ceremony starts with a blustering parade by the soldiers from both the sides and ends up in the perfectly coordinated lowering of the two nations flags. One infantryman (Jawan) stands at attention on each side of the gate. As the sun sets, the iron gate at the border is opened and the flags are lowered. The flags are folded and the ceremony ends with a retreat that involves a brusque handshake between soldiers from either side. The spectacle of the ceremony attracts many visitors from both sides of the border, as well as international tourists.
Tour Price includes
- Accommodation for 11 nights as mentioned or similar, including hotel taxes
- Meals as mentioned FB (B=Breakfast, L= Lunch, D=Dinner)
- All sightseeing and transfers included
- Services of local English speaking guide
- Entrance fees to museums and sites included in the itinerary
Day 01 : Arrive Karachi – TK708 IST/KHI at 0745 hrs
Welcome! Arrive at Karachi airport and transferred to hotel. Rest till afternoon. Half day city tour of Karachi which includes Quaid-e-Azam Mausoleum where the Father of the Nation, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, lies buried. Built entirely of white marble, the Mausoleum has an impressive dome housing a huge crystal chandelier of Chinese origin. Defense Mosque of Masjid-i-Toba to see the world’s largest concrete shell dome. Return back to hotel.
Overnight: Pearl Continental Hotel/Similar 5 *, Karachi (2 nights) – (L, D)
Day 02: Karachi
A morning city tour of Karachi, the National Museum with its fascinating display of ancient relics of the Indus Valley Civilization and an excellent collection of Gandhara art. Later drive to Thatta. Situated 100 Kms east of Karachi, Thatta is an ancient town with an interesting history dating back to the time of the Macedonian, Alexander the Great, who used the port to rest his weary troops. The present Thatta was founded in the 15th century. Under the Mughals it was a provincial capital and during this period there were as many as 400 institutions of learning in the city. Some outstanding architecture left from the Mughal period remains in the religious and historical monuments. Makli Hill is a large necropolis of mausoleums, made up of stone tombs with geometric and floral carvings, which retain their indigenous beauty of the coloured brick enamel and glazed tile used in their construction. The great Mosque of Emperor Shah Jehan, built in the mid 17th century A.D., has 99 domes with incredible acoustic quality. Return back to Karachi for dinner and overnight. (B, L, D)
Day 03 : Karachi/Sukkur By flight
Transfer to Karachi airport for flight to Sukkur, from airport drive to Mohenjo-Daro; it is the archaeological site of Indus Civilization, which flourished here some 5000 years ago. This is third oldest civilization in the world, being preceded only by those of Egypt and Mesopotamia. Mohenjo-Daro excelled in practically every conceivable facet of town planning. From the articles discovered here it is believed that the Iron Age had not yet dawned on the Indus Valley civilization. The vessels discovered are of lead, silver, copper or bronze, whereas the weapons are made only of bronze. The museum displays interesting relics found during excavation, such as engraved seals, utensils, ornaments, weapons, sculpture, and pottery. Once the tour is finished in Mohenjo-Daro, then we will resume our journey to Sukkur and on arrival transfer to hotel.
Overnight:Inter Pak Inn 3*, Sukkur (1 nights) (B, L, D)
Day 04 : Sukkur/Bahawalpur (Drive) – 550 Kms
A Short tour of Sukkur later we drive to Bahawalpur via National Highway, which runs through irrigated farmlands and rich cultural countryside of Lower Punjab. On the way we stop at Bhong, which boasts an extraordinary modern mosque started in the 1960s and winner of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. It is built in traditional style with extravagant use of gold leaf, mirror work and onyx; it is particularly famous for its stylized Arabic calligraphy. A rich merchant Rais Ghazi sponsors the mosque. After our visit of Bhong, we again take our way to Bahawalpur and on arrival transfer to hotel.
Overnight: Hotel One 3*, Bahawalpur (2 night) (B, Lunch box, D)
Day 05 : Bahawalpur
Full day tour to Derawar Fort later visit of Noor Mehal (only from out side) and Bhawalpur museum.
Overnight at hotel.(B L D).
Day 06 : Bahawalpur/Multan – 100 Kms
Drive to Multan, which is a historical city and is known as city of Saints. On arrival at Multan, transfer to hotel. Afternoon city tour of Multan that commences with visit to Old Fort, which is an eloquent example of the proud history of this city. Among the attractions inside the fort are the elaborately decorated shrines of Sheikh Bahad-ud-din Zakriya, Shah Shams Tabriz and Shah Rukn-e-Alam. Damdama, the highest point in the fort, provides a bird’s-eye panoramic view of the city, which has survived the destructions of invaders since Alexander the Great in the 4th century B.C. Among the other places to visit are Eidgah Mosque and Hussain Agahi Bazaar.
Overnight:Ramada Inn Hotel 4* (Former Holiday Inn), Multan (1 night) – (B, L, D)
Day 07 : Multan/Harappa/Lahore (Drive) – 350 Kms
Today is our drive to Lahore via Harappa. Harappa is the site of an ancient and important settlement of the prehistoric Indus Valley Civilization (3rd to 2nd millennium B.C.) and stands witness to the 5000 years old cultural continuity of civilization in Pakistan. Harappa was the cradle of one of the earliest civilizations known to man and conjures up images of fifty centuries ago, a period about which very little is known. An interesting and well maintained museum at the Harappa site houses artifacts found in the area. Harappa is located about 175 km from Multan and about 30 km (19 miles) from Sahiwal. At the end of the visit to Harappa we drive to Lahore.
Overnight:Pearl Continental Lahore 5 * (2 nights) – (B, Lunch box, D)
Day 08 : Lahore
Today is our journey into the cultural center of the Sub Continent. In just one corner of Lahore is a heterogeneous example of Mogul, Sikh, Colonial and Contemporary architecture. The historic Lahore Fort, built in the 11th century A.D., is the only place where one can see different phases of Mogul architecture, as a long line of rulers made additions. Inside the Fort you visit many of the rooms, including Shish Mahal, the Palace of Mirrors. Overlooking the Fort is the Badshahi or Royal Mosque, beside the tomb of the philosopher and poet Iqbal, who infused the idea of Pakistan among the Moslems of British India. Another interesting complex of nearby buildings are the Samadh of Maharaja Ranajit Singh and Guru Arjun Dev, both solid gold tombs dating back to the Sikh era. The tour concludes with a visit to Shalimar Gardens, which were laid out during the reign of Shah Jehan in the early 1640’s and are a tribute to the aesthetic and artistic sense of the Moguls. In the afternoon continue the city tour of Lahore. Lahore Museum houses a rich and varied collection of historical objects. This is the oldest museum in Pakistan and has many galleries displaying artifacts from the Gandhara, Buddhist, Jain, Mogul and Colonial periods. The famous statue of the fasting Siddhartha (Buddha) is also on display here. Next, you will visit Emperor Jehangir’s mausoleum that was built in the 1630’s and is another example of the talented Mogul architecture. Nearby is the tomb of Empress Nur Jehan, wife of Emperor Jehangir. In Old Lahore, the walled city of narrow, dimly lit alleys leading from Sarafa Bazaar (Jewelers Bazaar) to Kashmiri Bazaar, you’ll find bargains in the local handicrafts, including brass inlay work. You will also visit the Golden Mosque and Wazir Khan’s Mosque, which reflect the nobility of Persian design with floral designs, superb calligraphy and lofty minarets. (B, L, D)
Day 09 : Lahore/Peshawar – 450 Kms
Morning we drive to Peshawar via G.T. Road enroute visit of Rohtas Fort; it is a garrison fort built by the great Afghan King Sher Shah Suri. This fort is about 4 km in circumference and the first example of the successful amalgamation of Pashtun and Hindu architecture in the Indian Subcontinent. Sher Shah constructed Qila Rohtas to block Emperor Humayun’s return to India after defeating him in the Battle of Kanauj. This fort lies on the old GT road between the North (Afghanistan) to the Plains of Punjab.It blocked the way from Peshawar to Lahore. The other reason was to suppress the local tribe of this region Potohar called Gakhars who were allies of Humayun and refused their allegiance to Sher Shah Suri. The Emperor instructed the local Janjua Rajput tribe to help construct the fort to crush the Gakhars when the latter became openly defiant and persecuting labourers who attended the construction. Later resume your drive to Peshawar and on arrival transfer to hotel.
Overnight:Pearl Continental Hotel 5* (1 night) – (B, L, D)
Day 10 : Peshawar/Islamabad
Half day city tour of Peshawar which includes Old Qassa Khawani bazaar, Mahabat Khan mosque, famous Gandhara Museum of Peshawar. Later drive to Islamabad enroute visit of Takht-i-Bhai; it is a Buddhist monastic complex dating to the 1st century BC. The complex is regarded by archaeologists as being particularly representative of the architecture of Buddhist monastic centers from its era. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980.Takht means “throne” and bahi, “water” or “spring” in Pashto. The monastic complex was called Takht-i-Bahi because it was built atop a hill watered by a spring. It is located about 40 kilometers from Peshawar- Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province. Resume drive to Islamabad. On arrival at Islamabad transfer to hotel.
Overnight:Serena Hotel, Islamabad (2 nights) – (B, L, D)
Day 11 : Islamabad
Half day excursion of Taxila the old city of Gandhara civilization. The History of Taxila expands over a thousand years – from 500 BC to 500 AD. Today the Museum of Taxila reflects the pure religion, culture and tradition of the old Gandhara Civilization. After visiting Taxila Museum and archaeological sites, return back to Islamabad for sight seeing tour of Islamabad ; visit Shakarparian (sweet hills) Garden, which gives you a panoramic view of Islamabad before driving past various modern streets and buildings – graceful with a touch of Islamic architecture. Your tour culminates at one of the world’s largest mosque – Shah Faisal Mosque. During the tour we will also drive past various Government Buildings, which are blend of modern and traditional Islamic architecture.
Day 12 : Depart Islamabad
Transfer to airport for your departure flight. (B)
Does not include
- International airfares & Airport taxes
- Personal expenses & any other services not mentioned above