Along the KKH

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The grand Karakoram Highway acknowledged as the eight wonder of the world is a living legend and the marvellous feat of modern engineering. The builders of this incredibly developed Highway System in terms of geography of the terrain had endured constant threats of land-slides brittle rock structures, strong winds and extreme temperatures of 30 degrees centigrade below zero to cut their way penetrating through sheer rocks by blasting and bulldozing across the towering walls of solid granite and mighty glaciers appeared as posing to apprehend the challengers determined to accomplish their task. This is the odyssey of the valiant accounts of the 810 Pakistanis and 82 Chinese who laid down their lives forcing a road through Karakoram Range with 12 out of 30 highest mountains of the world. Thus    it has opened anew chapter in the history of Silk Road that linked Orient with the Oxidant through remote antiquity. The Road runs along the Indus, Gilgit and Hunza rivers, passing by the mighty Nanga Parbat (8126 mtr) the world's 9th highest mountain. From Hawaiian the official beginning of the KKH to the Chinese border it is 795 Kms where the KKH crosses the highest paved metalled road of the world at the culmination of the project the task force numbered 30000 Pakistanis and 15000 Chinese. This Sino-Pakistani project took 20 years to build the road which was completed in 1978.

Itinerary

Itinerary
Day 01    Islamabad
Upon arrival at Islamabad Airport meet your guide and transfer to your hotel. Afternoon sight-seeing of the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. We drive on the Mall by an ancient basilica in gothic architecture and other buildings. Visit Raja Bazar the ancient city center in the old Rawalpindi city. Raja Bazar retains the hoary fervor with its lively oriental  markets in bright tinge, simmering with folks from different walks of life. Amidst the market festooned with garland shops, and stalls -of fortune tellers, chewing tobacco and snuff Sellers, money changers, we might come across the astonishing sight of a snake charmer with his cobras (a gypsy people of Dravidian ethnic origin). Proceed to Islamabad the modern capital of Pakistan drive past by Government buildings, the Presidency 'planned an American architect Eward Durrel Stone, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and secretariat blocks planned by a group Italian  architects Femorali, Rosili and Geo ponti. We arrive at Shah Faisal 's Mosque the largest in the world. Proceed to Damin-a-Koh an elevated photogenic point for a panoramic view of    entire Islamabad. , Islamabad has developed as arendezvous of various cultures and ultimately a cosmopolitan metropolis. We drive back to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.


Day 02   Islamabad-Besham
Depart for Besham en route witness the rock  edicts of Asoka at Mansehra. Besham is a junction town where a road from Swat joins the Karakoram Highway. On arrival at Besham transfer to Motel. Overnight at Motel.


Day 03   Besahm-Gilgit
Depart for Gilgit on the Karakoram Highway along the Indus River. Near Shatial we will study the Petroglyphs (rock drawings). Proceed to Gilgit, on arrival transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.


Day 04  Gilgit
leave for Gilgit. visit to Naltar. Overnight at hotel.
Morning leave for sight-seeing of Gilgit town, visit Kargah to see the colossal rock carved Buddha dating hack to 7th century A.D. visit Gilgit Bazar and Chinar Bagh (garden). Return to your hotel. Overnight at the hotel.


Day 05  Gilgit-Karimabad
Drive to Karimabad the capital of Hunza, en route we see magnificent glimpse of mount Rakaposhi 7788 meter. Photostops at Rakaposhi view point and other interesting places. Visit of Altit, Baltit Forts, Karimabad bazaar. On arrival at Karimabad transfer to hotel. Overnight ah hotel.


Day  06  Karimabad-Khunjerab Pass-Sust
Depart for Khunjerab pass excursion. Over night in Gulmit at hotel. Excursion to Khunjerab Pass and overnight in Gulmit. Free day for Gulkin Glacier, village, and lake walk.


Day 07  Sust-Gilgit
Drive to Gilgit. Over night at hotel.


Day 08  Gilgit-Islamabad
After breakfast drive back to  Islamabad either KKH or via Babuser Pass and Kaghan valley.
Transfer to airport for flight to Islamabad. On arrival at Islamabad airport disperse. In case flight dose not operate drive to Besham. and transfer to hotel for overnight.


Day 09   Besaham-Islamabad
In case we are travelling by road due to canceled flight., today we shell drive from ‘Besham to Islamabad.


Day 10 Islamabad-Onward
Transfer to airport in transit for your onward destination.. Assistance at the airport.

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