SOUTH PAKISTAN’S CULTURAL HERITAGE
14 DAYS ITINERARY
Day 1. Karachi
Arrival in Karachi.
Transfer to hotel and brieﬁng about the trip.
After rest, we will take you on a short trip and you’ll be able to visit the local market and bazaar in Karachi.
In the morning, we will take you to see Manghopirwith, a Suﬁ shrine, Mohatta Palace Museum and Quaid-e-Azam house. There is also time to visit the Chaukundi tombs, the remains of Bhanbore, the old port where Islam ﬁrst came to the region.
Overnight in Karachi
Day 2. Karachi – Thatta – Hyderabad
Early morning, we will drive to visit Thatta and there you will see the Necropolis of Makli hills and Shah Jahan Mosque.
Then we will drive to Hyderabad for overnight stay. After dropping luggage at hotel, we will visit local bazaar and streets of Hyderabad.
Day 3. Hyderabad – Sehwan
Drive from Hyderabad to Sehwan Sharif. Sehwan is one of the oldest towns of the province of Sindh, in Pakistan. It’s a highly respected place in Sindh, well known as the resting place of the great mystic poet, saint and scholar, Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, who lived here in the 13th century. The famous and beautiful shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar attracts thousands of faithful devotees throughout the year, especially during the annual Urs, making it an important pilgrimage site both for Muslims and Hindus. At evening you will be able to enjoy the Sufi dance in the shrine.
For sunset view we will take you to Manchar lake, the greatest lake in Pakistan and where you will be able to see the living style of the fishermen and will enjoy the sunset view there.
Overnight in Sehwan
Day 4. Sehwan Sharif – Mohenjo-daro & Larkana – Sukkur
Drive from Sehwan to Mohenjo-daro.
Spend a day visiting the UNESCO world heritage site of Mohenjo-daro, as well as the nearby Larkana Bhutto shrine.
At Mohenjo-daro, we’ll allow you to fully explore the best preserved city of the Indus Valley people who lived here between 2,500 and 1,500 B.C. The site is divided into three main areas. One contains the main stupa, granary, ritual baths and other communal religious areas, another contains homes of wealthier residents, while a third contains homes of less wealthy residents. There is also a museum with further artefacts on display.
Overnight in Sukkur
Day 5. Sukkur
Early morning, we will start our day by visiting these historically important sites Masoom Shah Jo Minaro, Lansdowne Bridge, The Tomb of Seven Sister, Sadh Belo, Lab-e-Mehran. After lunch, we’ll take you to KOT DEJI Fort, a symbol of Talpur dynasty.
Overnight in Sukkur
Day 6. Sukkur – Uch Shreef-Bahawalpur
Early morning, we will depart to Bahawalpur and on the way we will stop at Uch Shareef.
Uch was founded by Alexander the Great and later came under the control of the Delhi Sultanate. Built near a place called Panjnad – where all of the Indus rivers meet – Uch used to be a centre of political and cultural activities and is home to myriad of mosques and shrines.
Some of the most popular shrines in Uch are those of Bibi Jawindi, Baha’al-Halim and Jalaluddin Bukhari – all of which are concentrated in a compound known as Uch Sharif and are listed as UNESCO world heritage sites. The compound itself is largely covered with cemented graves and has been preserved as it was in the desert it was once a part of. As a result of a massive network – artiﬁcial canals and man-made tributaries of rivers – the surrounded area is green with cultivation making visiting the shrines an almost surreal experience.
Overnight in Bahawalpur
Day 7. Bahawalpur- Darawar Fort-Multan
We will start our morning by visiting Darawar Fort. With its landmark architecture symbolizing centuries of grandeur, the Darawar Fort is a standout attraction in the Cholistan desert. We will visit Sadiq Palace, Bahawalpur Library (British architecture).
We will visit the city bazaar and markets and will drive to Multan for overnight stay.
Day 8. Multan
A full day in Multan visiting the fabulous selection of Suﬁ mosques and tombs as well as Eid Gah Mosque and Shah Rukn-e-Alam Mausoleum, Fort and Bird bazaar. We’ll visit the bazaars and markets in Multan. You’ll visit the narrow streets in old city of Multan and also will explore local culture. Overnight in Multan
Day 9. Multan – Harappa – Lahore
From Multan you will drive onwards to Lahore stopping at the Indus Valley site of Harrapa. The site itself offers much less to see compared to Mohenjo-daro. Much of the brick from Harappa was used by local villagers and by the British for the nearby railway line. We’ll have time to visit the museum and see what remains.
Overnight in Lahore
Days 10 – 11 – Lahore
You have two full days in and around Lahore. You’ll be able to spend time in the narrow alleyways of the old city including the largest medieval mosque in the world – the awesome Badshahi Mosque. You’ll also have the option to visit the Shalimar Gardens, the Lahore museum, Wazir Khan Mosque, Shahi Hamam, Lahore Fort and Jahangir Tomb.
Another day will be spent outside of Lahore getting a taste of Punjabi rural life.
We will also head out of Lahore in the afternoon to the Indian border at Wagah to witness the daily ﬂag ceremony. Huge crowds gather to watch the Indian and Pakistani border guards lower their ﬂags. Overnight in Lahore
Day 12. Lahore – Rohtas Fort – Islamabad
A drive from Lahore to Islamabad.
En route, visit the UNESCO world heritage site of Rohtas Fort. Overnight in Islamabad.
Day 13 – Day trip to Peshawar and Takht-e-Bhai
A day trip to Peshawar. Time can be spent visiting the old city and visiting a workshop that makes Pakistan’s famous decorated trucks. Plus there will be time to explore further afield to Takht-e-Bhai, a UNESCO World Heritage Site from the Greco-Buddhist Gandharan past.
Overnight in Islamabad
Day 14 Islamabad – Taxila – Fly out
A trip to the Greco-Buddhist sites at Taxila. A UNESCO world heritage site. This will include the Taxila Museum, and the Daramjika Stupa, Sirkap, Mohra Murado and Julian.
Note: Today’s plan will determine by your homebound flight time, we’ll drop you at Airport 3
hours prior to your homebound flight’s departure.
11 DAYS ITINERARY
Central and South Pakistan Tour
Day 1 – Arrival at Islamabad Airport
Islamabad-Taxila (40 km) one hour drive, full-day tour.
Transfer to hotel for breakfast and then out again to visit Taxila city.
It’s a significant archaeological hub that lies about 40km north-west of Islamabad, just off the famous GT road. Taxila was an important city of Ancient India, situated at the pivotal junction of the Indian subcontinent and Central Asia. The origin of Taxila as a city goes back to circa 1,000 BCE. Some ruins at Taxila date to the time of the Achaemenid Empire in the 6th century BCE, followed successively by the Mauryan empire, Indo-Greek, Indo-Scythian, and Kushan empire periods. Owing to its strategic location, Taxila has changed hands many times over the centuries, with many empires vying for its control. When the great ancient trade routes connecting these regions ceased to be important, the city sank into insignificance and was finally destroyed by the nomadic Hunas in the 5th century.
Cultural heritage is spread throughout Taxila. It’s worth to see this human treasure.
* Taxila Museum
* Julian Buddhist Monastery
* Dharma Rajika stupa
* Sirkap Ancient City of Taxila
* Jandial Temple
* Mohra Muradhu
* Visit stone cutters handicraft shops/ workshops
Afternoon drive back to Islamabad overnight Islamabad
Day 2 – Full-Day Islamabad City Tour
Morning drive to Rawalpindi to see the hustling and bustling of people in Raja bazaar, the old bazaar of Rawalpindi.
Later on visit Truck painting workshop to see painters at work to decorate trucks.
After lunch visit Lok Virsa Museum, Pakistan Monument, Shakar Parrian garden,
Faisal Mosque, Said Por village.
Dinner at Melody Food street.
Overnight in Islamabad
Day 3 – Islamabad-Lahore
Lahore is the capital of the Punjab and is the country’s 2nd largest city, as well as the 18th largest city in the world. Lahore is a cultural, commercial, and industrial city of Pakistan. It has richest historical and cultural heritage.
Morning drive to Lahore through the motorway, passing through the villages and green crop fields, en route we visit the Katas temple complex, Khewra salt mines, the second largest salt mines in the world. Arrival in Lahore and transfer to hotel.
Day 4 – Full-Day in Lahore
Full day excursion to Lahore city. We visit:
* Lahore Museum
* Badshahi Mosque built in 16th century
* Lahore fort dating to the 16th to 17th century
* Shalimar Garden built by Emperor Shah Jahan and the old walled city. In the evening, we enjoy the traditional local cuisine in Food street.
Overnight in hotel
Day 5 – Lahore-Multan
Multan is the second most ancient city of South Asia. It has over 2,500 years of history and is located on the bank of the Chenab river. Multan is Pakistan’s 7th largest city and is a major cultural and economic centre of southern Punjab. The ancient city was site of the renowned Multan Sun temple, and was besieged by Alexander the Great during the Mallian campaign. Multan was one of the most important trading centers of medieval Islamic India and attracted a multitude of Sufi mystics in the 11th and 12th centuries, earning the city the nickname ‘City of Saints’.
Drive to Multan in the morning. En route, we visit the Harappa archaelogical site. We have lunch at a local restaurant and continue the drive to Multan. In the afternoon, we visit Hussain Aghahi bazaar and overnight in Multan.
Day 6 – Multan-Bahawalpur-Rahim Yar Khan (263 km) 3:30 hrs
In the morning, we visit Multan, the city of Sufi shrines. We visit the tombs of Bahaudin Zakria and Shah Rukn Alam of 13th and 14th century.
Later on, we drive to Derawar Fort, with a packed lunch box, and Uch Sharif. Later on, we drive to Rahim Yar Khan for overnight.
Day 7 – Rahim Yar Khan-Mohenjo-daro (316 km) 4:30 hrs
In the morning, we drive to Mohenjo-daro via the national highway.
After lunch, we visit Mohenjo-daro museum and site.
Mohenjo-daro, in the Sindhi language is a word meaning ‘Mound of the Dead men’. It’s an archaeological site of Sindh province. Built around 2,500 BCE, it was one of the largest settlements of the ancient Indus Valley Civilization, and one of the world’s earliest major cities, contemporaneous with the civilizations of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Norte Chico. Mohenjo-daro was abandoned in the 19th century BCE 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.
Overnight in Larkana or Mohenjo-daro guest house.
Day 8 – Larkana, Ranikot Fort (235 km) 4 hrs
Ranikot Fort is a historical Talpur fort near Sann, Jamshoro district, Sindh, Pakistan. Ranikot Fort is also known as The Great Wall of Sindh and is believed to be the world’s largest fort, with a circumference of approximately 32 kilometers. The fort’s ramparts have been compared to the Great Wall of China.
After completing the tour, we will drive to Hyderabad.
Day 9 – Hyderabad-Sehwan Sharif-Hyderabad
In the morning, we visit the Hyderabad Fort and tombs of Kalhora and Talpur Mirs. We visite the museum. After that, we drive to the famous Sufi shrine of Lal Shabaz Qalander at Sehwan.
Overnight in Hyderabad
Day 10 – Hyderabad-Karachi
Drive to Karachi. En route, we visit the Shah Jahani Mosque and the Makli Hill cemetery.
After lunch, we proceed to Bhanbore museum site and Chaukandi tombs.
Upon arrival, we transfer to the hotel in Karachi for overnight.
Karachi is the capital of the Sindh province. It’s the largest city in Pakistan and the seventh largest city in the world. The city is Pakistan’s premier industrial and financial centre. Karachi is Pakistan’s most cosmopolitan city, it’s the most linguistically, ethnically, and religiously diverse city, as well as one of Pakistan’s most secular and liberal cities.
Day 11 – Full-Day Sight Seeing in Karachi
* Quaid-i-Azam mausoleum
Mazar-e-Quaid, also known as Jinnah mausoleum or the National mausoleum, is the final resting place of Quaid-e-Azam (“Great Leader”) Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan. Designed in a 1960s modernist style, it was completed in 1971, and is an iconic symbol of Karachi as well as one of the most popular tourist sites in the city. The mausoleum complex also contains the tomb of Jinnah’s sister Fatima Jinnah.
* National Museum of Pakistan
The National Museum of Pakistan was established on 17 April 1950. The museum was inaugurated by the government of Pakistan.
The Museum has a collection of 58,000 old coins and hundreds of well-preserved sculptures. Some 70,000 publications, books, and other reading material of the archeology and museums department were also shifted to the National Museum so that the general public could see them.
* Empress market (Saddar)
The Empress market is a marketplace situated in the Saddar Town locality of Karachi. The market traces its origins to the British Raj era when it was first constructed. It’s among the most popular and busy places for shopping in Karachi. Commodities sold in the Empress market range from condiments, fruits, vegetables, and meat.
After lunch, we visit Clifton Beach shrine of Abdullah Shah Ghazi
Abdullah Shah Ghazi (circa 720) was an 8th century Muslim mystic and Sufi whose shrine is located in Clifton in Karachi. His real name was Abdullah al-Ashtar. His father, Muhammad al-Nafs al-Zakiyya, was a descendant of Muhammad through his daughter Fatimah.
The tomb is built on a high platform, though the body is kept in a subterranean crypt. The shrine is made of a high, square chamber, and a green-and-white striped dome, decorated with Sindhi tilework. Devotees to the shrine caress the silver railing around the burial place and drape it with garlands of flowers. The shrine is highly regarded and respected by people of all ethnicities and religions. The iconic building of the shrine, its stairs, mosque, Langar Khana, Qawwali Hall and pilgrim lodge were built under his supervision. The shrine became a centre of attraction for people belonging to different sects, ethnicities and sections of society. Free meals and devotional poetry such as Qawwali became the essential features of the shrine.
Overnight in Karachi
Day 12 – Transfer to Airport for Homebound Flight
Tour Cost: Ask (depends on number of people)
- All accommodations
- Visa support
The trip does not include:
- Any necessary visas
- Entrance fees
- Lunch & dinner