Buddhist Archaeological Study Tour

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The rich historical and cultural past of Pakistan will take you through some of the most interesting historical cities of the world, enabling you to see and understand the diversity of their rich cultural and archeological heritage. Tracking history itself, we scrutinize the ruins of the excavated city of Taxila, one of the most important Buddhist sites in Indo-Pak subcontinent dating back from 6th century BC to 7th century Ad. Then we travel onwards to the frontier town of Peshawar, which was founded 2000 years ago at the mouth of the ancient Khyber pass, explore its ancient bazaars, visit the impressive archeological Museums, old walled cities and Buddhist Monasteries.
Moving north to the beautiful Swat valley, an important seat of Buddhism and a cross road of invaders and Buddhist pilgrims we travel through the Ancient Silk Road to China and Central Asia. In 4th and 6th century Ad famous Chinese historians and Buddhist pilgrims Huan Tsang and Fa-Hian had visited Buddhist holy Shrines of Swat and Taxila and found these cities in ruins as the white Huns had cause absolute havoc and destroyed most parts of these cities. Alexander the Great Invaded the Gandhara region in 327 BC. He then marched forward to Taxila, crossed the salt range in south of Islamabad, defeated the King Porus across the Jehlum River, followed the Indus river and finally headed west wards marching across the Makran Desert in Baluchistan. In 321 BC Chandar Gupta founded the Mouryan empire. Emperor Ashoka promoted Buddhism and Buddhist missionaries under his royal patronage had traveled all over the Gandhara region to preach the noble Teaching of the Lord Buddha.

ITINERARY

DAYS
ITINERARY
1ARRIVE ISLAMABAD
2ISLAMABAD-TAXILA
3TAXILA SIGHTSEEING
4TAXILA - ISLAMABAD
5DEPARTURE

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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