Pakistan Buddhism and Gandhara Art tour
Buddha attained "nirvana" by meditating and practicing the selflessness. After his death however the Budhism could not flourish but in 275BC a King of Taxila known as Ashoka The Great was inspired by the teachings of Buddha and started promoting Buddhism. Ashoka's inscriptions are spread all over Pakistan in Different areas. While the Buddhist monks created the rules of the new religion the master-craftsmen immortalized their homage to Buddha the man of peace in exquisitely-carved statues and figures, which were decorates on "stupas" and monasteries.
These relics remain preserved in their original form to this day. And they are fascinating, both to scholars of Buddhism and casual students of history. On this tour, you will visit:
The great centre of Buddhist learning at Taxila with its unique combination of Hellenistic and Oriental religious art... innumerable specimens of Buddhist art and sculpture including the famed Dharmarajika stupa which contained a relic of Buddha; and Gandhara, the ancient site in Peshawar Valley where Buddhism flourished for 900 years.
The Peshawar museum also contains the famous gold vessel with the holy relics of Buddha. Not faraway, at Charsadda, you will visit the ancient city of Pushkalawati.
The peace and serenity associated with Buddhist monks still pervades Takht-e-Bahi, an amazingly well-preserved Buddhist monastery, dating back to the 2nd-5th century AD, which is situated atop a 500-foot-high hill.
Day 01 - Meet on arrival in Islamabad and transfer to your hotel in Islamabad. remainder of day Free at leisure. Overnight at hotel
Day 02 - Morning tour of Rawalpindi & Islamabad later drive to Peshawar via Taxila visit Taxila Museum and the excavated sites of the Buddhist Universities at Sirkap and Jaulian and the stupa of Dharmarajika. overnight at hotel.
Day 03 - Visit Peshawar Museum for a glimpse at the largest collection of Graeco-Buddhist Gandhara sculpture and the casket that carried the remains of ashes of Lord Buddha. Afternoon free at leisure overnight at hotel.
Day 04 Drive to Swat via Takht Bhai & Shahbaz Garhi both are the important sites of Buddhist period. Overnight at hotel.
Day 05 Morning visit Swat Museum Butkara and Mingora bazaar. Afternoon visit Butkara 2 and other sites overnight at hotel.
Day 06 Drive to Islamabad via Shingardar stupa and Charsaddha overnight at hotel.
Day 07 Transfer to airport for flight to next destination.
Cost US$ 561.00 Per person based on double occupancy bed & breakfast basis.
Departure : February to November every Sunday (private tour also available at no Extra cost for minimum 2 people) Contact us to book today.
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All our tours in Pakistan are conducted in A/C Car or coaches and are accompanied by professional English speaking guides.
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