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Indus Valley Civilization

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Duration

10 days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

16 people

Languages

English

About this tour

Step back in time and embark on an incredible journey through the fascinating story of the Indus Valley Civilization. This tour is your ticket to explore the ancient wonders that once thrived in what we now call Pakistan and northwest India. Nestled along the fertile banks of the mighty Indus River, this civilization holds secrets that go back as far as 5500 BCE.

As we delve into this captivating history, we’ll discover traces of early religious practices that offer a glimpse into the spiritual lives of our ancestors. From the emergence of farming communities around 4000 BCE to the birth of bustling cities by 3000 BCE, each step unveils a new chapter in human evolution.

The peak of the Indus Valley Civilization, between 2500 and 2000 BCE, showcases vibrant cities, exquisite craftsmanship, and cultural milestones. This tour invites you to walk in the footsteps of ancient civilizations, to understand their daily routines, and to marvel at their innovations that paved the way for our modern world.

Join us on this immersive journey as we unravel the mysteries of the past and connect with the extraordinary legacy of the Indus Valley Civilization. Experience firsthand the archaeological sites that breathe life into this ancient world, all while enjoying a seamless and enriching adventure.

Highlights

  • Karachi city tour, Hyderabad city tour, Sukkur city tour, Visit Mohenjodaro heritage site
  • Visit Makli tombs, Multan city tour, Taxila city tour, Visit Harappa Heritage Site
  • Explore Lahore cty, visit Lahore fort, Badshahi mosque, Shahlimar gardens, Wazir Khan mosque
  • Tomb of Jahangir and Noor Jahan, Wagah border for flag lowring ceremony

Included/Excluded

  • Experienced tour guide
  • Private Transport
  • Rooms on twin sharing
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Airport transfers
  • Visa supporting documents
  • Additional Services
  • Insurance
  • Drinks
  • Entrance Tickets
  • International/domestic air ticket
  • Visa fee

Itinerary

Upon your arrival in Karachi, our dedicated guide and driver will warmly welcome you at the international/domestic arrival of Jinnah International Airport or your preferred location. From there, we'll whisk you away to your hotel in Karachi, ensuring a smooth transition into the vibrant city. Your journey with us begins with comfort and convenience.

Today offers a full day of exploration in "Karachi," the largest city in Pakistan and the twelfth-largest globally. This dynamic region boasts a history of human habitation spanning millennia. The Mulri Hills along Karachi's northern periphery have revealed Upper Paleolithic and Mesolithic sites, where ancient flint tools offer a glimpse into the lives of early hunter-gatherers.

The legacy of Karachi's history extends to the ancient Greeks, who may have known of its expansive region. Barbarikon, a historic seaport near the mouth of the Indus River, could have been situated here. References in ancient Greek texts suggest that Karachi might have been recognized as Ramya.

During your exploration, you'll have the opportunity to visit iconic sites, including the Mohatta Palace Museum, Frere Hall, Mazar-e-Quaid, Jinnah's Mausoleum, Quaid-e-Azam House Museum, Empress Market, and the magnificent St. Patrick's Cathedral. This day promises a deep dive into Karachi's rich tapestry, where history, culture, and modernity converge to create a vibrant mosaic.

Our journey continues as we set off for Hyderabad today. But before we reach our destination, a tapestry of historical treasures awaits us. We'll begin by visiting Chaukundi, a site on UNESCO's tentative list. Then, we'll venture to Banbhore, another UNESCO tentative site, where history's whispers resonate in the air.

The day's exploration reaches its zenith at the Makli Necropolis, a UNESCO heritage-listed marvel. As we immerse ourselves in its ancient grandeur, the stories of past civilizations come alive.

Finally, we'll conclude our day's journey by reaching our hotel in Hyderabad for a well-deserved overnight stay. Each step on this voyage unveils the rich layers of Pakistan's history and cultural heritage.

Our expedition continues as we embark on a drive to Larkana today. Along the way, we'll be treated to a treasure trove of historical wonders. Our first stop is the Ranikot Fort, a site of immense significance on UNESCO's tentative list.

Continuing our journey, we'll arrive at Sehwan, a place steeped in history and culture. Here, the tomb of Shah Baharo beckons, a testament to the past's enduring legacy. As we explore, other intriguing sites will also unfold before us, adding more layers to our journey.

With each step we take, we're uncovering the hidden gems that enrich Pakistan's heritage. This day's adventure is a blend of discovery and exploration, a continuation of our quest to connect with the past.

Our voyage leads us to Sukkur today, a destination brimming with historical marvels. Our first stop on this leg of the journey is the Kot Diji Fort, an architectural gem that whispers tales of the past.

However, the highlight of the day is our visit to Mohenjo-daro, a UNESCO heritage-listed site that transports us back in time to the Indus Valley Civilization. The echoes of this ancient civilization resonate as we explore its remnants.

As the day unfolds, we'll arrive in Sukkur and settle into our hotel, savoring the moments and memories that this day has gifted us. This journey continues to unveil the rich tapestry of Pakistan's heritage, connecting us with the ancient stories etched in its landscapes.

Our expedition takes us to Bahawalpur today, a day filled with exploration and discovery. Our first destination is the Bhong Mosque, a masterpiece that reflects the region's rich architectural heritage.

The journey continues to the awe-inspiring Derawar Fort, a site of immense historical importance and a UNESCO tentative-listed marvel. As we immerse ourselves in its grandeur, we're transported to a bygone era.

Upon reaching Bahawalpur, we'll settle into our hotel, reflecting on the remarkable experiences and sights of the day. Each moment on this journey deepens our connection with the past, enriching our understanding of Pakistan's cultural legacy.

Our onward journey brings us to Multan, a city steeped in history and culture. But before we arrive, a tapestry of historical wonders awaits us. Our first stop is Uch Sharif, where the iconic Tomb of Bibi Jawindi, on UNESCO's tentative list, stands as a testament to the past.

Continuing our exploration, we'll uncover the riches of Uch Sharif's other sites before resuming our journey to Multan. Upon arrival, we'll delve into the heart of the city by exploring the Old Fort. Within its walls, the elaborately adorned shrines of Sheikh Bahad-ud-din Zakriya and Shah Shams Tabriz await, along with the revered Tomb of Shah Rukn-e-Alam, also on UNESCO's tentative list.

This day is a convergence of history, architecture, and spirituality, offering us a deeper connection with the cultural heritage of Pakistan. As we explore, we breathe life into the stories and legacies of those who came before us.

Our journey unfolds as we head towards Lahore today, with a fascinating stop en route. Our destination is Harappa, an archaeological site of immense significance and a UNESCO tentative-listed treasure.

At Harappa, the landscape is adorned with a series of low archaeological mounds and cemeteries. These vestiges of the past are nestled to the south of the dry bed of the Ravi River, carrying echoes of ancient civilizations.

As we continue on our path to Lahore, we carry with us the insights gained from exploring Harappa's archaeological marvels. This journey is a bridge connecting us with the rich history and heritage that lies embedded in Pakistan's landscapes.

Today is dedicated to exploring the vibrant city of Lahore, a treasure trove of historical and cultural wonders. Our journey commences at the awe-inspiring Lahore Fort, a UNESCO heritage-listed marvel that stands as a testament to the city's grandeur.

The day's exploration continues as we visit the Tombs of Jahangir, a UNESCO tentative-listed site, followed by the enchanting Diwan-e-Khas, Lal Burj, and Khwabgah-e-Jahangiri. The majestic Shish Mahal and the revered Badshahi Mosque, also on UNESCO's tentative list, are next on our itinerary. The intricately designed Wazir Khan’s Mosque, another UNESCO tentative-listed gem, awaits our discovery.

We'll pay homage to history at the Samadhi of Ranjit Singh and the mausoleum of the Sikh ruler Maharaja Ranjit Singh and Guru Arjun Dev. Our journey culminates at the exquisite Shalimar Gardens, a UNESCO heritage-listed haven of tranquility.

Today's exploration is a tapestry of Lahore's rich cultural heritage, where each site we visit unveils stories of empires, artistry, and devotion. It's a journey that transports us through time and connects us with the living history of Pakistan.

As our journey together comes to an end, we want to extend our heartfelt gratitude for choosing to explore Pakistan with Hunza Explorers. Today marks your departure, and we'll ensure your seamless transfer to the Lahore airport well in advance of your flight, allowing you ample time for all necessary formalities before your departure to your chosen destination.

Alternatively, if you wish to embark on another adventure, we offer the option to drive to the iconic Wagah border and cross into India, creating a memorable way to conclude your time with us.

We sincerely hope that your trip with us has been a fulfilling and enriching experience, as you've explored the wonders of Pakistan. Our doors are always open, and we eagerly await the opportunity to welcome you back to this beautiful land in the future. Safe travels, and until we meet again!

Durations

Multi day

Languages

English

Destination

Pakistan
Punjab
Sindh

Frequently asked questions

The Indus Valley Civilization Tour is a captivating journey that takes you through the historical remnants of one of the world's earliest urban civilizations, the Indus Valley Civilization. It explores ancient sites, artifacts, and culture that flourished in present-day Pakistan and northwest India.

The Indus Valley Civilization, dating back to around 3300 BCE, was one of the world's first major urban civilizations. It is renowned for its advanced urban planning, sophisticated drainage systems, and distinct pottery.

The tour covers significant archaeological sites such as Mohenjo-daro, Harappa, Taxila, Kot Diji, and Mehrgarh, providing participants with insights into the ancient Indus Valley Civilization. Additionally, participants will visit iconic landmarks such as Derawar Fort, the shrines in Multan, Lahore Fort, Shalimar Garden, and Ranikot Fort, showcasing Pakistan's rich cultural and historical heritage.

Depending on the itinerary, participants may have the option to engage in additional activities such as museum visits, cultural performances, or shopping at local markets.

Yes, the tour is suitable for a wide range of ages. It offers a fascinating educational experience for history enthusiasts, students, and curious travelers looking to delve into the past.

The duration of the tour can vary, but it usually spans around 10 to 14 days, allowing ample time to explore the major sites and immerse yourself in the historical narratives.

The climate varies depending on the time of year and the region visited. Generally, Pakistan experiences hot summers and mild winters. Participants are advised to check the weather forecast and pack accordingly.

Yes, knowledgeable English-speaking guides accompany participants throughout the tour, providing detailed insights into the historical significance of each site.

While visiting archaeological sites, participants are expected to adhere to the rules and regulations set by local authorities. Additionally, it is essential to stay hydrated, wear sunscreen, and be cautious while exploring uneven terrain.

Yes, it can be done by the office staff of Hunza Explorers. Before you start the tour, you can request customization. If you are on a group tour, customization may not be possible. However, if it is a private tour, you can contact our office, and we will assess what can be done to accommodate your preferences.

The tour is typically offered during seasons with favorable weather conditions, often between October and March, to ensure comfortable travel and exploration.

The tour involves moderate levels of physical activity, including walking and exploring archaeological sites. Participants should be prepared for some walking on uneven terrain and stairs. If you have mobility concerns, please inform our tour operators in advance to make suitable arrangements.

Yes, there are designated times for free exploration in certain areas. This allows you to soak in the local ambiance, interact with locals, and explore at your own pace.

To book the Indus Valley Civilization Tour, you can conveniently make arrangements through Hunza Explorers. You have the option to book directly through our website or reach out to us via email. Our dedicated expert team is here to assist you throughout the booking process, ensuring all your queries are addressed and your journey is tailored to your preferences. Feel free to connect with us to embark on this remarkable exploration of the Indus Valley's rich history and heritage.

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Sindh & Punjab

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