This will be an exciting trip to Potohar Region blended with the magnificent Rohtas Fort, Hindu Temples of Ketas and Malot, the picturesque site of KallarKahar with the shining lake and beautiful garden of the Moghul, driving on Motor Way and visiting Salt Range, which no tourist can afford to miss.
Rohtas Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the remains of Sheer Shah Suri edifice along the GT road, the grand trunk road from Delhi to Kabul. This 16th century fort has its distinctive architectural style, massiveness and historical significance.
Katas Raj was Kataksha, which in classic Sanskrit means ìGodís Tearsî, devoted to Shiva, the holy place has existed from the time when the days of Mahabharata and the Pandava brothers spent an ample part of their exile at the site. There is a temple complex around a pond consisting seven ancient temples called Satgraha dates back to 6th century A.D. The pond in the center of temples is considered holy among Hindus because they believe it is filled by the tears of Shiva and taking bath in this pond provides forgiveness to sins. In the mountains of Potohar Plateau, these Hindu temples are famous worldwide. A visit to Kataj Raj Temple provides great knowledge about the history of culture, religions and Hinduism.
Day 01 Islamabad- Rohtas Fort-Kalar Kahar
Morning departure for Salt Mines enroute visit Rohtas fort of the medieval period of orient off the grand trunk road and near the town of Dina. The fort has remained a strong hold of Gukkurs in the past. This important fort was used to check the invaders storming the subcontinent from the north. Proceed to Khewra salt mines on a narrow road between the Jehlum canal and Jehlum river. Jehlum identified as (hadaspas country) in the Greek chronicles. We drive onward and witness the legendary site of the battle field of Alexander the great and King Porous. Arrive and visit the salt mines, the largest and oldest of the world. Proceed to Kalar Kahar a beautiful picnic spot with a lake flocked in winter with migrating birds and offering boating facility. Arrive and transfer to PTDC motel Kalar Kahar. Overnight at motel.
Day 02 Kalar Kahar-Katas-Malot-Islamabad
Drive back to Islamabad via Malot and Katas temples where we will study the building complex of ancient Hindu temples regarded and revered as a sacred place of pilgrimage by Hindus in the annals of history, we return to Islamabad joining the grand trunk road. On arrival at Islamabad transfer to your residence.
Day Trip Itinerary
Early morning drive from Islamabad to Katasraj Temples via Motorway & leave Motorway at Kalar Kahar interchange for Hindu temples. Lunch at Kalar Kahar Lake, ideal for boating and relax. Proceed to have a detailed visit of the temple complex. After detailed visits drive back to Islamabad.