Taxila is an ancient capital city of Gandhara Civilization. Taxila’s origin goes back to as far as 1000 BCE. In 1980 Taxila was declared as the UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also known for its collection of Buddhist religious monuments, including the Dharmarajika stupa, the Julian monastery, and the Mohra Muradu monastery.
Will leave for Swat from Swat Motorway and stay the night there.
Explore Swat, as it was a major centre of early Buddhist thought as part of the Gandhara Kingdom, and today is littered with ruins from that era. Swat was home to the last isolated pockets of Gandharan Buddhism, which lasted until the 11th century.
List of sites to explore in Swat: Butkara, Swat Museum, Nemogram Stupa and Monastery, Elephant Paw, Statue of Buddha Ghaligay Swat, Gumbatuna Stupa, Amlok Darra Stupa, Tokar Darra (Najigram) Stupa and Monastery, Janabad Seated Buddha etc.
Will stay the night in Swat and explore the site further in Swat.
Will drive from Swat to Kalash Valleys. The valleys are surrounded by the Hindu Kush mountain range. The inhabitants of the valley are the Kalash people, who have a unique culture, language and follow a form of ancient Hinduism. Kalash people are the smallest religious as well as the ethnic minority of Pakistan.
Exploring the city of Chitral and short trekking around the city. Chitral is counted amongst the highest regions of the world, sweeping from 1,094 meters at Arandu to 7,726 meters at Tirichmir, and packing over 40 peaks more than 6,100 meters in height.
Will have the night stay under the stars and the milky way in Booni.
Will start our journey back to Islamabad. We will stay overnight at Takht-i-Bahi. is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Explore Takht-i-Bahi. The Buddhist monastery was founded in the 1st century CE and was in use until the 7th century. Takht-i-Bahi was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980. Drives back to Islamabad.
Please visit https://visa.nadra.gov.pk for complete information.
Jeans, long and short-sleeved T-shirts, riding shoes or boots, gloves. For summer weather, some long sleeve white T-Shirts are a great idea. Mornings and evenings can be brisk. Some windbreaker/gear is easy and great to have. Some cash for personal expenses like shopping, laundry, snacks, etc. We can change currencies for you, please make sure to let us know beforehand.
Some common items include:
– Base layers are must-have for our winter tours
– Windbreaker/gear as needed per tour/season
– Sense of adventure
– SPF 50 Sun Block
The Visa process sometimes takes up to 2 months for Pakistan so we suggest getting your visa as soon as possible. If you have a visa, you need to book a tour with us at least a month in advance so we can prepare properly for you.
We recommend you to arrive two days before the tour begins. We want you to wear off your jet lag, and be fresh for the adventurous journey ahead.
This answer actually does not vary from tour to tour, as we at ADA hope you are in excellent physical and mental condition anytime you plan on an adventure with us. As with other topics, let’s discuss what shape you’re in and the type of tour you’re planning on to make sure there’s a match. However, our “approval” of your condition does not take the place of a trusted doctor’s evaluation, which is something we strongly encourage you to seek before any tour or rental. Also, we recommend you to arrive two days earlier than tour date to avoid Jet Lag.
No. Your tour begins in Islamabad the day of the tour. We have found that this is really the best option for you. Arrangements can be made for extra hotel accommodations, upon request. The hotels we use on the first and last day of the tour are usually close to the airport. In most situations and tours, there will be a shuttle to shuttle you to or from the airport. We suggest arriving a couple of days early, and leaving a couple of days after the tour so you have time to rest before and after the tour. We can help you book these for you.