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Pakistan. Main sights and the Indus Valley civilizations

Price
$1497
Days
13 +2 to transfer
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Tour description

Pakistan can astonish you with its stunning ethnic and religious diversity and unique historical heritage. And with local hospitality as well. We will travel from the Arabian Sea coast to the Hindu Kush foothills to understand this country, its turbulent past, and fascinating present. 

  • Know the traditions of Sufis and Sikhs 
  • See ancient Buddhist monuments of the pre-Islamic era 
  • Explore the ruins of Mohenjo-daro, a contemporary of the Egyptian pyramids 
  • Admire the Mughal and the British architecture
  • Learn about Pakistani truck art 
  • Taste Sindhi, Punjabi, and Pashtun cuisine

Tour departures

24 October 2022 - 05 November 2022
$1497

The price of the tour includes

Accommodation All the transportations Entrance fees and services of local guides Travel insurance that covers costs in case of COVID-19 symptoms during the journey Guiding service

What is NOT included

Flight to Karachi and back from Islamabad (we will help you find the best tickets) Tips for local guides (optional) Meals (about $20–30 per day)

Tour itinerary

Day 1-2

Karachi, Clifton Beach

We arrive in Karachi and check into a hotel. This is where our journey begins. Being one of the world’s biggest cities, this metropolis has become the main port and economic center of Pakistan. People of various ethnicities from all over the country flock here. A monstrous system of bustling streets filled with cars, rickshaws, wheeled carts and buses adorned with stickers, paintings and metal decorations.

In the morning we cross this gigantic city to see its main sights. We take a look at Masjid-e Tuba, one of Pakistan's unordinary mosques. This building is covered with a single huge dome. Inside it is decorated with thousands of small mirrors sparkling like stars. We visit marble Mazar-e-Qaid — the mausoleum of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the father of the Pakistani state. We explore the colonial buildings of the Victorian era. They are distinguished by the so-called Indo-Saracenic style, which incorporates elements of British, Mughal and Hindu architectures.

We taste the cuisine of the Sindh region. It has a lot in common with the Indian one, but people here eat beef, lamb, chicken and fish. However, fans of Indian food will find their favorite dishes: palak paneer, biryani, dal, bhaji.

Overnight in Karachi.

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Day 3

Chaukhandi tombs, Bhanbhore Port ruins, Makli Necropolis

In the morning we drive east to Hyderabad (about 4 hours in total). We make our first stop on the outskirts of Karachi near the Chaukhandi tombs, which appeared here in the XV-XVIII centuries. Each tomb has a pyramid-shaped monument lined with sandstone tiles and decorated with carved patterns.

The next point of our route is the ruins of the Bhanbhore Port founded in the 1st century AD. Then we will head to Thatta town. It hosts the UNESCO-listed Makli Necropolis, one of the world’s largest cemeteries. The heyday of the Thatta lasted from the 14th to the 18th century. During this time hundreds of thousands of people were buried here. The tombs of monarchs, saints, scientists are decorated with exquisite stone carvings and ceramic tiles.

In the evening we arrive in Hyderabad, where we check into a hotel and spend the night.

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Day 4

Manchar Lake, Mohenjo-daro

In the morning we set off for the Manchar Lake (about 3 hours). It is one of the largest freshwater lakes in Pakistan. We see local floating villages — huge boat houses where local fishermen live. Some of them are so large that they are divided into rooms inside.

After lunch we head to Mohenjo-daro (about 3 hours), the ruins of a huge city built in the third millennium BC. It is one of the most important monuments of the Harappan civilization, included in the UNESCO heritage list. Now, after excavations, you can observe specific parts of the city: residential areas for people of different classes, a Buddhist stupa, public baths, granaries, a drainage system, wells.

From Mohenjo-daro we leave for Sukkur (2 hours), where we stop for the night.

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Is this trip for you?

This trip is of light physical grade. It includes long walks around the cities and long drives in a comfortable minibus.

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