Journey along the Indus River

Islamabad View Over Margala
Lahore,Shalimar Garden
Swat
Skardu

 

We say, to know Indus is to Know Pakistan as both reflect mother and child relationship. The Indus is the life line and runs axis of the country. The Northern hilly part of Indus Including Baltistan, Gilgit and Kohistan and its side valleys of Swat, Chitral, Kaghan and Hunza not only have the prettiest natural spots on earth but also contain some unique memorabilia of ancient culture. The ancient Silk Route relives in the guise of Karakoram Highway along the Indus, offering an incredible mountain journey. The southern half of the Indus’s Pakistan also equally has magnificent wonders of a different kind. The legacies of the Indus Valley Civilization and Gandhara to the treasures of the early Muslim and Mogul rule, sites and cities are strewn with historical and cultural monuments in the southern part of Indus.

The Indus River dominates many aspects of life in Pakistan from agriculture and settlement, history and folklore, to art, poetry, music and architecture. The 3200 km long Indus having already traveled nearly 1,000 km from its source in Tibet, passing through Ladakh, it enters into Baltistan, twisting within the world’s deepest gorges of Northern mountains, supporting the largest irrigation system in the world, giving life to the fertile plains of Punjab and Sindh, finally, it vanishes into the Arabian Sea over a giant delta. The Indus existed before the mountains formed and the mighty river was able to maintain its course as the mountain rose. Let we quote G.T. Vigne explorations in this part of the world.

One glance of the Indus we cease to be surprised at the volume of the Indus  to form which ten thousand streams have leaped their waters downwards from some of the most elevated and most interesting regions on the face of the earth  a river that, looking to the northward and southward, owns no horizon but that of a sea, and yet moves forward in a course so well defined The poems of the Maha-Barat and the Purana Bhagavat, or Life of Krishna, treat of the Indus, or SinduNudi (the river of Sind), as a holy river, and one of the largest in Hindustan. I asked an old Hindu, who was praying on its banks, whether he believed in the existence of gods and demigods beneath its waves. His answer was replete with the same spirit of idolatry in which the Gueber worshipped the sun. “I don’t know, I have never seen them, but I can see the Nudi, or river, and therefore I worship it". (Travels in Kashmir Ladakh, Iskardu by G.T.Vigne, Volume H Published in 1844.)

The Indus valley civilization developed and was at its peak during the period from 3000 BC to 1500 AD, about the same time as the Mesopotamian and Egyptian empires. Its planned cities flourished and the people were conscious about civilized life when the rest of the world was in darkness.

Relying chiefly on agriculture, this civilization was culturally one of the most advanced in the region. Many human groups put their hands into Indus to test their fortune. Among them were the Aryans, Persians, Turks, Greeks, Scythians, Kushans and several others, entering through passes in North West Pakistan and flowing into the subcontinent. They left their imprints in this region. Although the best known excavated sites pertaining to the Indus valley Civilization are at Harapa and Mohenj -o-Daro, archaeological remains and relics are evident in various other locations too. The Indus Valley Civilization is perhaps unique in its nature that it displays a strict cultural uniformity over its entire area of approximately 1.3 sq.km.

 The tour will start from Karachi, a port metropolis of Sindh province having a history of 5000 years of the Indus valley Civilization. It has been said that Sindh’s history is written on the waves of the Indus or is buried beneath its alluvium”. Having visited historical cities of Thatta, Hyderabad, Sehwan Sharif, Sukker and sites of Chukandi Tombs, Mohenjo-Daro, KotDiji and many others, we enter into Punjab bearing stone age history with historical and majestic cities of Multan, Lahore and Rawalpindi. En route we will visit Harappa, the contemporary city of Mohenjo-Daro and one of the two major cities of the Indus Valley Civilization along the banks of Indus.

Our next destination will be the Frontier province the birth place of Gandhara Civilization, once been the cradle of the world famous Gandhara sculpture, culture, art and learning. The archaeological remains found in Texila, Peshawar, Charsadda, Takht Bhai, Swat and rock carvings along the ancient Silk Road (KKH) have well recorded the history of Gandhara. Finally we will go to Northern Areas for stunning natural and man-made wonders.

This Trans Pakistan tour is specially tailored to give an ample opportunity to discover Pakistan in all aspects as it covers the axis of Pakistan.

Features of the Tour

3000 BC. 100 AD. 1400 AD

1.            Indus valley civilization

2.            Gandhara Civilization

3.            Mughal Architecture

4.            Silk Route

5.            Mountain Panorama

          

Itinerary

Day 01    Arrive Karachi

Day 02    Drive to Hyderabad

Day 03    Drive to Larkana

Day 04    Drive to Bahawalpur

Day 05    Drive to Multan

Day 06    Drive to Lahore

Day 07    Lahore

Day 08    Drive to Islamabad

Day 09    Drive to Peshawar

Day 10    Peshawar

Day 11    Drive to Swat

Day 12    Swat

Day 13    Drive to Komila

Day 14    Drive to Gilgit

Day 15    Drive to Hunza

Day 16    Hunza

Day 17    Drive to Skardu

Day 18    Skardu

Day 19    Fly to Islamabad

Day 20    Free Day

Day 21    Onward

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