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Pakistan: A Trip Beyond Time
Time seems to stand still here. Since ages, as it were. In the foothills, valleys and dales of the mighty Karakorams and the towering Hindu Kush mountains. Two of the highest ranges in the world. This tour takes you to Gilgit, linked with China by the fabled Silk Route. The worlds highest, oldest and toughest mountains road. Used for centuries by caravans from China. Traders of fabulous silk and exotic oriental ware. Theres the Nanga Parbat (26,660 ft.), one of the highest peaks in the world. Gilgit is the place where the game of polo was born ... centuries ago. Played at night with balls of fire. It is still played there. At pretty much the same site.
You also drive through the historic Khyber pass ... the route most foreign invaders took to conquer the subcontinent ... the mighty Mangols, the Trucks, the Huns, the Moghuls, and others.
And you visit Chitral. Through these parts rode the armies of Alexander the Great to the plains of Pakistan. Their descendants still live there. Kafir Kalash ... a pagan tribe, practising the ancient Greek rituals. Look at the Kafirs, and youll say this is the legendary land of health and beauty. They look ageless ... their unlined faces just as serene at seventeen as at seventy. The towering Trichmir peak (25,290 ft.) provides the breath-taking backdrop.
These regions in the north of Pakistan are known for their natural beauty and invigorating climate. They are snowbound for most part of the year, so modern life has not affected their original from. In fact, most inhabitants have not seen the outside world. Even the dialects they speak are all but extinct. To be their is to take a trip beyond time.
Day 01 - Islamabad Full day at leisure.
Day 02 - Chilas Road journey to Chilas via Besham. A short stopover enroute at Shatial Bridge to see rock drawings. (200-700 AD) depicting Buddhist influence.The Karakoram Highway (KKH) begins at Hawalian in the Himalayan Foot hills Reaching Chilass, you get the first awe-inspiring view of the majestic Nanga Parbat (8125 m).
Day 03 - Gilgit The KKH takes you to Gilgit near the roof of the world. Enroute a brief Stopover at Thaliche to have a magnificent view of the Nanga Parbat (naked mountain) and do Some photography. A sightseeing tour of the Gilgit town, then a trip to the nearby Kargh village to pay homage to an impressive image of Lord Buddha.
Day 04 - Karimabad & Gulmit Departure for Hunza valley. Enroute a spectacular view of Mount Rakaposhi (7788m) and a brief stay at Chilas to look for semi precious stones. On reaching Karimabad the capital of Hunza valley, visit the Baltit Fort, tucked high on a picturesque site in the backdrop of pine covered and snow topped mountains. Reaching Gulmit in the vicinity of high peaks and glaciers, you are all Set for a memorable trip on the highest highway of the world to Khunjerab (4594) near the Chinese border.
Day 05 - Khunjrab Top The road follows the route taken by the silk traders caravans in the ancient times.
Day 06 - Chials Return, the same way back as you came, to Chillas.
Day 07 - Saidu via Basham From Basham you turn westward across shangle Pass into the Karora Valley which has a rich variety of plant life.
Day 08 - Saidu An excursion to Saidu, Mingora Bazar, the Museum and the Gandhara Excavations at Butkara.
Day 09 - Chitral One way to Chitral you pass through the Chakdara plains, Dir and Lowari Pass (3088m) from where you descend into the Chitral valley.
Day 10 - Bombarat and Birir A full day excursion of Bombarat and Birir valleys of the Kalash tribes, the ravages of time have not been able to alter their dearly held, centuries old customs and way of life.
Day 11 - Peshawar Fly to Peshawar, Enroute you have an impressive view of the Lowari Pass and Hindukush mountain range. A visit to the Dera Trible gun factory where the rugh and robust pathan tribesmen have been manufacturing indigenous arms for centuries. One experiences a touch of romance and fascination on reading about the fierce and equally handsome race of these highlanders from what writers like Rudyard Kipling and Winston Churchil have written about them.
Day 12 - Sightseeing tour of Peshawar, the Gandhara Art, Museum, the Legendary Qussa Khawani Bazar, the jewelers Iane, the copper smiths bazar and Mohabat Khan Mosque.
Day 13 - Lahore Fly to Lahore, the cultural heart of Pakistan, once the royal seat of the mighty Mughal emperors. Here you se the finest specimens of the Mughal and Raj days architecture. Full day sightseeing. Lahore Fort, Badshahi Mosque, Wazir Khans Mosque, Jahangirs Tomb, Shalimar Garden, Lahore Museum, Anarkali Bazar.
Day 14 - Departure for homeward destinations
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