History Tour – 5 days

History

Pakistan Buddhism and Gandhara Art tour

Buddha attained “nirvana” by meditating and practicing the selflessness. After his death  however the Budhism could not flourish but in 275BC a King of Taxila known as Ashoka The Great was inspired by the teachings of Buddha and started promoting Buddhism. Ashoka’s inscriptions are spread all over Pakistan in Different areas. While the Buddhist monks created the rules of the new religion the master-craftsmen immortalized their homage to Buddha the man of peace in exquisitely-carved statues and figures, which were decorates on “stupas” and monasteries.

These relics remain preserved in their original form to this day. And they are fascinating, both to scholars of Buddhism and casual students of history. On this tour, you will visit:

The great centre of Buddhist learning at Taxila with its unique combination of Hellenistic and Oriental religious art… innumerable specimens of Buddhist art and sculpture including the famed Dharmarajika stupa which contained a relic of Buddha; and Gandhara, the ancient site in Peshawar Valley where Buddhism flourished for 900 years.

The Peshawar museum also contains the famous gold vessel with the holy relics of Buddha. Not faraway, at Swabi, we will visit Swabi Museum lies upon Indus River where Alexander the Great crossed Indus River from Central Asia to enter South Asia.

The peace and serenity associated with Buddhist monks still pervades Takht-e-Bahi, an amazingly well-preserved Buddhist monastery, dating back to the 2nd-5th century AD, which is situated atop a 500-foot-high hill.

 

Please note:

  1. Minimum group size is 4 pax
  2. Price will come down, if group size is more than 4 pax
  3. This tour is recommended throughout the year.
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Services Included

  • Meet and assist upon arrival
  • Accommodation on twin sharing or double room
  • Meal plan on bed and breakfast basis
  • Transportation throughout the trip will be with an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Local guide in Taxila and in Takht bhai tour
  • Entrance fees to all visiting sites.

Services Excluded

  • Visa Fee
  • Air Fare
  • Travel Insurance
  • Any expenses of personal nature
  • porter service
  • any expense not mentioned above.

Day 01  Islamabad
Meet and assist at Islamabad Airport upon arrival. Transfer to hotel and city tour in the afternoon. return to hotel for dinner and overnight stay in hotel at Islamabad.

 

Day 02  Islamabad - Taxila - Peshawar
In the morning, we will depart for Peshawar, enroute visit Taxila Ruins, Museum, GurdwaraPanja Sahib and then proceed to Peshawar, en-route also see truck making workshop (truck painting). Overnight stay in hotel at Peshawar.

 

Day 03  Peshawar Museum - Swabi Museum
We will consume half day to explore the city of Peshawar, visiting Peshawar Museum, tour of old city (QissaKhawani Bazar), also visit Mohabbat Khan Mosque. After lunch we will go to visit Swabi Museum and over night stay at Hill View Hotel, Swabi.

 

Day 04  Peshawar - Islamabad
Today, we will leave for Takht-Bhai, will visit Takht Bhai Monastery (the largest Buddhist monastery in Pakistan), also visit Faisal Mosque at Islamabad before check in. Overnight stay in hotel at Islamabad.

 

Day 05  Islamabad - Flight Out
After breakfast, Our operation team will transfer the group to airport for see off and departure.
 **end of tour**

Hotel Category 3* star 4* star 5* star
Basic Rates 70 120 200
Dinner (X4) 40 60 70
Lunch (X3) 40 60 70
With Guide (03 days full days) 100 150 200