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Karakorum Highway

 
 
14 Days
 

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14 Days
Khyber Pass, Taxila, Takht-I-Bahi,  Udyana, Karakorum Highway, Hunza and Murree

April to October

   
 

Pakistan is the traditional and historic gateway to India, and succeeding waves of invaders came down from Asia to conquer the rich plains of the subcontinent. Aryan, Scythian, Greek, Turkic, Mongol, Afghan and Persian armies came this way, but the narrow mountain passes also acted as conduits for movements of peoples, ideas and wealth, with several branches of the Silk Road meeting here. This immensely rich cultural interchange has left a diverse range of cultural remains ・carefully laid out Hellenistic cities, the astonishing combination of Greek and Hindu influences that is Gandharan art, a Mogul royal capital and the cantonments of the British.  

A particular highlight is a visit to the Baltit Fort in the Hunza Valley, now restored as part of a project supported by the Aga Khan Foundation. The project included the restoration and in many places the reconstruction of this 700-year old fort, as well as the building of a new sanitation system. The fort re-opened in 1996 as a cultural centre, and the project has regenerated the local economy, revitalising the traditional skills of local craftsmen, and generating economic opportunities through the production and sale of traditional local goods. Journeying along the famous Karakorum Highway, through truly awe-inspiring scenery, you shall discover not only great ancient sites, but also experience something of the lives of contemporary peoples in this remote frontier region.

 
 
 
ITINERARY

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Arrival Islamabad, transfer to hotel.
Sightseeing of the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad, hotel
Depart after breakfast towards Peshawar, stopping en route at Taxila, the most important city of the Gandharan civilization, Hotel.
Day excursion to the famous Khyber Pass, Hotel.
Drive towards Swat, stopping en route at Takht-I-Bahi. Continue to the fertile Swat Valley, formerly known as Udyana (gardens). Hotel.
Drive to Karakorum Highway via Shangla Pass and onward to Chilas Hotel.
Drive to Hunza via Gilgit. Hotel.
Travel by road to the Swat Valley.
Full day sightseeing and excursion to Hoper glacier.
Morning free in Karimabad, afternoon drive to Gilgit, Hotel.
Drive southwards past Nanga Parbat and along the Indus Valley towards Besham, Hotel.
Drive towards Ayubia, via Abbottabad and Nathia Gali. Hotel.
Drive to Islamabad via Murree founded as a hill station in 1851, and still with a quaintly English air. Hotel.
Transfer to the airport for the onward flight.




 
     

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