Archaeological discovery tour

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Pakistan is a country which has preserved 9000 years of known history. We domesticated animals and plants in circa 7000 B.C. From then on it is a showcase of continuous human social development, spread over thousands of years. You itinerary takes you to different cultural centers of Pakistan.

Taxila 30 km northwest of Rawalpindi lies Taxila, one of the most important archaeological sites in Asia.  Historians date Taxila between the 1st and 5th centuries AD and believe the city flourished economically and culturally.  Taxila includes numerous buildings, fortifications, monasteries, and settlements.  Taxila was the capital of the Buddhist kingdom of Gandhara and an educational center.  Visitors will be struck by the massive Buddha and enjoy seeing other Buddhist monuments throughout the valley.

More than 50 archaeological sites are scattered in a radius of 30 kms around Taxila, including Bhir Mound, Sirkap, JandialTemple, and Dhamarajika Stupa and Monastery.  The sites in and around Taxila are nicely preserved, making it easy for visitors to imagine crowds on the streets, priests in the towering stupas, and worshippers in the monasteries. katasraj temple in Pakistan

Pakistan has many other sites of historical importance, such as Takhti-i-Bahi, a Buddhist monastic complex; and the Tomb of Jahangir, a mausoleum built for the Mughal Emperor Jahangir.  Each of the historical sites of Pakistan tell fascinating stories about the peoples who lived thousands of years ago.  Archaeologists continue finding new discoveries every day, helping us to learn about these ancient civilizations and the impact their culture has on our modern world.


Tour Itinerary

Day 01 - Arrive in Lahore

Receive at airport and transfer to hotel

Day 02 - Lahore

Full day exploring the architectural relics of Lahore a legacy of Mughal rule Visit Badshahi mosque, completed in 1674 AD. The courtyard can accommodate hundred thousand people. Lahore Fort spread over many square miles, built in 1566 AD. Also visit Lahore museum, displayed artifacts include the original statue of fasting Buddha. Also visit colorful bazaars of Lahore

Day 03 – Lahore - Islamabad

Drive to Islamabad via expressway 350 kms 4/5 hours drive Afternoon city sightseeing tour Islamabad is the capital of Pakistan built in 1960’s. Drive pass official buildings, parliament and president house. Visit Shah Faisal mosque and Islamabad view point high on the hills.

Day 04 – Islamabad - Swat

Drive to Swat valley via Taxila 270 kms 5/6 hours drive Taxila is a renounced seat of learning for thousands of years. Alexander visited hear in 328 B.C. Greeks ruled this area for about a century and left behind rich legacy in the form of Hellenistic influence on the Buddhist art of statue making. You will visit archaeological sites and museum of Taxila Continue on to Saidu Sharif Swat valley Arrive and transfer to hotel

Day 05 - Swat

Swat valley was called Udhyana – The Garden, by the earlier Buddhists and was a centre of learning for Mahayana Buddhists, for centuries. Saidu Sharif is a small town in Swat valley surrounded by high mountains from all the sides. Ice cold water of Swat River is used to irrigate orchards producing most delicious fruits one can imagine. You will visit upper Swat valley for its scenery and bazaars known for the local handi-crafts

Day 06 – Swat - Peshawar

Drive to Peshawar 180 kms 3 hours drive Afternoon walking tour of Peshawar city. Peshawar is the last of the oriental town, on the caravan route, preserved in its original color. One can see people from so many different ethnic groups doing barter trade on the streets of Peshawar. It is also known for its tribal cuisine including roasted lamb.

Day 07 – Peshawar – Khyber Pass – Peshawar - Islamabad

Visit Khyber Pass, the gate way to India and the passage used by the migratory tribes, explorers, traders, pilgrims and invaders for thousands of years of known history. Also visit Pakistan – Afghanistan border. Afternoon drive to Islamabad 170 kms 3 hours drive

Day 08 – Islamabad – Lahore – Fly Out

Visit hill station of Murree 60 kms from Islamabad. Pine forested hills are cool in summer and receive many feet of snow in winter. Afternoon drive to Lahore After dinner transfer to airport

SERVICES ARE INCLUDED:

       Transportation:

1.         Airports pick/drop and Sightseeing
2.         All transportations for each city, town and back to Lahore (Check the itinerary)

Accommodation: 
Twin bed room with bed & breakfast only (Twin Sharing) in each hotel.

Check the itinerary for overnight places, We will provide hotel room according to the itinerary.

1.  Documentation and visa invitation letter
 2. Local tour Guide


•           SERVICES ARE NOT INCLUDED:

1.            Member international flight ticket 

2.            Member personal insurance 

3.            Any kind of personal equipments and expenses such as telephone calls, fax, email and soft drinks etc

4.            Room service and laundry etc

5.            Custom clearing charges (import and export of equipment

6.            Any unforeseen expenses (just like road block extra hotel stay or if member want to stay more days somewhere

Note: Members has to travel together in one group and no one can split the group. If anyone will split the group then all cost/expenses he/she has to pay directly, we (Mashabrum Expeditions) are not responsible and we will charge you each and everything.

BOOKING TERMS WITH MASHABRUM EXPEDITIONS TREKS & TOURS (METT)

We are delighted that you’ve decided to book your trip with Mashabrum Expeditions Treks & Tours. Before making your booking please ensure that you first read the relevant Terms & Condition. It is important that you choose a trip appropriate to your level of fitness and experience. If you’re not sure about anything please Contact us All our staff has first-hand experience of a range of treks and trips and will be happy to talk with you and help you decide which is the right one for you. You should also read our Booking Conditions. 

You can book by email or telephone. You will need to complete a booking form and send this to us with the appropriate deposit. for the booking form click on BOOK A TRIP on our website, fill out and send us.

EASY STEPS TO BOOK:

Contact Us to check availability.

Complete and send booking form and NON REFUNDABLE deposit. 

Receive booking confirmation by emailed.M

Make final payment and receive final travel instructions.

STEP 1: CALL OR EMAIL US TO CHECK AVAILABILITY.

We will provisionally hold a place on an available trip for 7 days to allow time for your booking form and deposit payment to reach us and for you to check personal arrangements such as time off work before making your final decision.

STEP 2: COMPLETE AND SEND YOUR BOOKING FORM AND NON REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT.

Please complete all sections clearly and carefully. It is very important that your details on your booking form (name, date of birth etc) exactly match the details on your passport. This includes where the first name on your passport is not the name you prefer to use.

If you sending a group booking. Then please mention all names with their passport details in the Email. Completed booking forms should be sent by Email to Mashabrum Expeditions Treks & Tours. Please note we cannot confirm your booking until we receive your 50 % advance deposit.

Delays in transferring the advance amount you may put at risk your place on a selected trip.

STEP 3: RECEIVE CONFIRMATION OF YOUR BOOKING

After receiving your deposit (or for late bookings, full payment), we will make the necessary arrangements including (if requested) flight reservations and any additional services or activities requested. We will send confirmation of your booking, receipt of payment and (if applicable) flight tickets by email.

Please note unless specifically requested no paper documents will be sent. In order to minimize the impact on the environment we send all travel documents by email as pdf or word documents as much as possible in order to minimize unnecessary printing and use of paper and so that you can choose if you wish to print your documents or not.

If you specifically ask for a printed copy of your travel documents or brochure we'll be happy to send that but otherwise we ask you to help us do our bit for the environment and using the online versions where possible.

Thank you and we will include a detailed day to day itinerary, advice on visas, permits (if applicable), health, suggested clothing and equipment list, responsible travel guidelines, information on discounts available to The Mashabrum Expeditions clients and a final invoice.                                                                                                                                                                 

INSURANCE:

Before confirming your booking we require evidence of adequate travel insurance. All our clients are required to have appropriate insurance and to provide us with a copy of the policy as a condition of booking. It is extremely important that your insurance provider is aware of the type of trip and activities you will undertake.

Final documents and booking can only be issued once we receive these details. It is recommended that you strongly consider taking out insurance at the time of booking so that not only are you covered whilst on holiday but you will also be able to make a claim for any money paid to us should you have to cancel your trip.

BEFORE DEPARTURE:                                                                                                                                                                   

Final payment for your booking is due 20 days prior to departure. No reminder will be sent. On receipt of the final balance we will email your final confirmation including instructions on how you will be met on arrival at your start point in Islamabad or elsewhere. Also included will be a statement of any additional services, flights or activities you have requested.

STEP 4: MAKING YOUR DEPOSIT AND FINAL PAYMENT

Your Booking Form must be accompanied by your non refundable 150 $ deposit per person for trekers and for climbing expeditions and rail travel a higher refundable 500 $ deposit is The easiest way to do this is to pay by bank account transfer and we don’t accept any debit cards.

Please ensure before you confirm your booking that you have read and accept our Booking Conditions and that you are clear on the details and activities of the trip that you have selected and that it is appropriate for you.

If you are not sure or have any queries contact us and we will be happy to answer any questions and provide more details to help with your decision. Please be aware that deposits are non refundable as is standard practice in the travel industry and therefore it is important you are clear about and happy with the nature of your trip before you confirm your booking with us.

HAPPY TRAVELLING!

Once your final payment has been received we will issue a receipt and letter confirming your joining instructions, any other final information and wishing you a wonderful holiday adventure in the Pakistan with us.

CHANGES TO YOUR BOOKING

Should any of the information provided to us on your booking form change. Your contact details, passport number, name, you must advise us immediately. Failure to do this may result in your being liable for charges applied by airlines or government authorities related to the change in details. If you wish to change your booking after it has been confirmed within 20 days prior to departure, the cost of these charges will be passed on to you.

If you wish to transfer from one trip or trek to another, a fixed that you can freely. We are happy to accept transfers only providing this does not cause us to cancel the trip or trek you are already booked on to and provided we do not suffer costs incurred from suppliers and airlines relating to your decision. Once we have issued the final invoice for your holiday we are unable to transfer your booking to an alternative. Please read carefully our Booking Conditions for further information relating to your booking including standard cancellation.

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