Heritage Tour Of Pakistan 2021
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Sites are places of outstanding cultural or natural importance to the common heritage of humanity. The programme was founded with the Convention Concerning the Protection of World Cultural and Natural Heritage which was adopted by the General Conference of UNESCO on 16 November 1972 in Paris. Pakistan ratified the convention on 23 July 1976, making its historical sites eligible for inclusion on the list. Since then, UNESCO has designated six sites in Pakistan as World Heritage Sites and twenty-six sites are on the tentative list.
The first sites to be inducted in the list were Archaeological Ruins at Moenjodaro, Buddhist Ruins of Takht-i-Bahi and Neighbouring City Remains at Sahr-i-Bahlol, and Taxila, all three of which were inscribed as places of cultural significance in 1980. In 1981 two other sites, Fort and Shalamar Gardens in Lahore and Historical Monuments at Makli, were inscribed. The last site to be designated as a World Heritage Site was Rohtas Fort in 1997. All the six inscribed and twenty-six tentative sites are listed under the cultural category.
In this tour we will take you to all six world heritage sites and some tentative sites that have been highlighted by UNESCO, including palaces, religious sites, and historical settlements. All of these sites are incredible remnants of Pakistan’s diverse and extensive past, and visiting them will harbor a rich and cultural journey through the history of Pakistan.
Day 01: Karachi
Arrival at the airport in Karachi, our guide and driver will meet you here, after meeting our staff they will take you to your hotel. Depending on your flight time, if it is early in the morning, we will explore Karachi city.
Day 02: Karachi – Hyderabad
Drive to Hyderabad. Before traveling to Hyderabad, we will visit Chaukundi (UNESCO tentative list), Banbhore (UNESCO tentative list) and Makli Necropolis (UNESO heritage list) and later drive to the hotel in Hyderabad for overnight stay.
Day 03: Hyderabad – Larkana
Drive to Larkana. En-route we will visit Ranikot Fort (UNESCO tentative list), Sehwan Shareef and if time allows we will visit tomb of Shah Baharo.
Day04: Larkana – Sukkur
Drive to Sukkur, today we will visit Kot Diji Fort and Mohenjo-daro (UNESO heritage list), arrive and transfer to the hotel
Day 05: Larkana – Bhawalpur
Drive to Bhawalpur, today we will visit Bhong Mosque and Derawar Fort (UNESCO tentative list), later drive to Bhawalpur.
Day 06: Bhawalpur – Multan
Drive to Multan. Today we will visit Uch Sharif, The Tomb of Bibi Jawindi (UNESCO tentative list) and other sites at Uch Shari, the Old Fort, which houses the elaborately decorated shrines of Sheikh Bahad-ud-din Zakriya and Shah Shams Tabriz, as well as the Tomb of Shah Rukn-e-Alam (UNESCO tentative list).
Day 07: Multan – Lahore
Drive to Lahore. En-route we will visit Harappa (UNESCO tentative list). The archaeological site of Harappa consists of a series of low archaeological mounds and cemeteries to the south of a dry bed of the Ravi river.
Day 08/09: Lahore
Day to explore Lahore city. We start our day with visiting Lahore Fort (UNESCO heritage list), Tombs of Jahangir (UNESCO tentative list) , Diwan-e-Kas, Lal Burj, Khwabgah-e-Jahangiri, the majestic Shish Mahal, Badshahi Mosque (UNESCO tentative list), Wazir Khan’s Mosque (UNESCO tentative list), Samadhi of Ranjit Singh, the mausoleum of the Sikh ruler Maharaja Ranjit Singh and Guru Arjun Dev, and the Shalimar Gardens (UNESCO heritage list).
Day 10: Lahore – Islamabad
Drive to Islamabad. En-route we will visit Hiran Minar (UNESCO tentative list), Khewra Salt Mines (UNESCO tentative list) and Rohtas Fort (UNESCO heritage list).
Day 11: Islamabad – Peshawar
Drive to Peshawar, today we will explore Taxila (UNESCO heritage list) before driving to Peshawar.
Day 12: Peshwar – Swat valley
Drive to Swat Valley. En-route we will visit Takht-i-Bahi (UNESCO heritage list) and the nearby ruins of Sahr-i-Bahlol.
Day 13: Swat valley
Day to explore Swat valley. Today we will explore the beautiful Swat valley (commonly called Switzerland in Pakistan) with many Buddhist heritage sites, including Butkara stupa (2nd century BCE), Shingardar Stupa, Nemogram (2nd–3rd century A.D), Amluk Dara Stupa (2nd–3rd century A.D), Najigram Stupa & Monastery and if time allows we will visit more Heritage sites.
Day 14: Swat – Islamabad – Fly to destination
Drive back to the capital of Pakistan, depending on your flight schedule, if time allows then we will explore the twin city “Rawalpindi and Islamabad” later drive to the airport and fly to your destination. .
15 March 2021
28 March 2021
Karachi – Islamabad