Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour to Pakistan

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Duration

12 Days 11 Nights

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

12 people

Languages

English, Thai

About this tour

About the Buddhist Tour to Pakistan 

Explore the ancient Buddhist heritage of Pakistan on a pilgrimage tour that takes you through the historical Gandhara region. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural tapestry of Taxila, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where stupas, monasteries, and universities once flourished. Marvel at the unique Gandharan school of Buddhist art, reflecting a fusion of Hellenistic and Persian influences. Discover remnants of a bygone era, including the Dharmarajika Stupa and the Jaulian monastery.

Join us as we trace the footsteps of Buddha and witness the enduring legacy of Buddhism in Pakistan, where efforts to preserve and promote this cultural heritage are underway. Embark on a spiritual journey through time, exploring the ancient sites that once thrived with the teachings of Buddha, and experience the diverse cultural heritage that defines Pakistan’s Buddhist past.

Taxila:

Importance: Taxila, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was a major center of Buddhist learning during ancient times.

Buddhist Sites: Dharmarajika Stupa, showcasing the grandeur of ancient Buddhist architecture, and visit the Jaulian monastery, an enduring testament to the intellectual and spiritual pursuits of monks.

Swat Valley:

Importance: Known as Udegram in ancient times, Swat Valley was a significant center for Buddhist monasticism and artistic expression.

Buddhist Sites: Butkara Stupa, a remarkable structure reflecting the Gandharan style, and trek to the Udegram Buddhist Monastery to witness the scenic beauty that once inspired Buddhist practitioners.

Peshawar and Takht-i-Bahi:

Importance: Peshawar, a historic city, and Takht-i-Bahi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, played pivotal roles in the spread of Buddhism in the region.

Buddhist Sites: Explore the remnants of Kanishka Stupa in Peshawar, a testament to the city’s Buddhist past. Journey to Takht-i-Bahi, an ancient monastic complex, to witness well-preserved stupas, monastic cells, and a unique mix of Greek and Buddhist architectural influences.

Northern Pakistan: You will find various Buddhist engravings and Stupas in the mountains of Karakoram and the Himalayas in the farthest North of Pakistan

Buddhist Sites: Shatial, Chilas, Hunza: Rock engravings
Stupas: Gilgit and Skardu 

More details about why Pakistan is one of the most significant countries to visit for Buddhist pilgrimage can be found in the following links.

The Buddhist Heritage of Pakistan (20 Minutes video by High Commission of Pakistan)

Remembering Pakistan’s Buddhist Past by a National Newspaper, Express Tribune https://tribune.com.pk/story/2361090/remembering-pakistans-buddhist-past


Buddhist Tourism in Pakistan by – Buddhaweekly
https://buddhaweekly.com/buddhist-tourism-in-pakistan-the-buddhas-gift-to-the-world-a-20-picture-tour-of-important-buddhist-sites/

Highlights

  • A pilgrimage through the ancient Buddhist sites in Pakistan
  • Visit Taxila Museum, a UNESCO Heritage site rich in Buddhist Stupas, Monastries, and universities
  • Visit Lok Virsa Museum, Peshawar Museum, Takht e Bhai, Swat Museum
  • Visit the rock carvings and engravings in the mountains of Karakoram in Northern Pakistan
  • Visit the rock Buddhist Stupas near the China Border in Gilgit and Skardu
  • Sightseeing to understand why Buddhism flourished in the mountains of Karakoram.
  • A journey through the majestic Karakoram Highway and experience some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the world
  • Cultural immersion and food experiences in Pakistan

Included/Excluded

  • Flight tickets from Skardu to Islamabad
  • Hotel Accommodation (Twin Sharing)
  • Breakfast at Hotels
  • All Dinners
  • An experienced local guide
  • Private vehicle transport throughout the tour with a driver
  • Fuel
  • Letter of invitation and complete visa application support.
  • Airport Transfers
  • Parking, Toll Taxes, Miscellaneous expenses
  • Tickets and Activities
  • Beverages, Laundry, Personal expenses
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips

Itinerary

Day 1 - Islamabad

Receive at Islamabad International Airport. Transfer to the hotel Overnight stay in Islamabad for rest 

Day 2 - Taxila and Peshawar

Explore the rich Buddhist history in Taxila Museum and Peshawar 
Visit Gorkhatri - Pashto Academy - Shahji ki Dheri in Peshawar 
Enjoy the tasty food in Qissa Khwani Bazar Peshawar 
Overnight stay in Peshawar 

Day 3 - Takht-i-Bahi Buddhist Monarchy

Visit Tahkt-i-Bahi Buddhist Monarchy in Mardan 
Visit Oddiana
Drive to Swat Transfer to the Hotel 
Overnight stay in Swat 

Day 4 - Swat

Visit the Swat Museum and Ranigat 
Overnight stay in Swat 

Day 5 - Road trip to Gilgit

Early morning departure to Gilgit from Swat 
Drive through Shangla Pass 
Stopovers on the way to see the Buddhist engravings on the rocks in Shatial and chilas 
Transfer to the hotel in Gilgit 
Overnight stay in Gilgit 

Day 6 - Hunza

Visit the Buddha Stupa at Kargah Nala in Gilgit 
An adventurous trip through Karakoram Highway 
Visit Kargah Buddha Stupa  
Transfer to the hotel in Hunza 
Explore the tourist street in the beautiful Hunza 

Day 7 - Hunza Day Tour

Explore the landmarks in Hunza 
Visit Baltit Fort, Altit Fort
Sunset view of Hunza from Duikar Valley 
Shopping and Local Interaction in Hunza 

Day 8  - Skardu

Road trip to Skardu from Hunza Valley 
Visit Manthal Buddha Stupa in Skardu 
Transfer to the hotel 
Overnight stay in Skardu 

Day 9 - Explore Skardu

Explore the major landmarks in Skardu 
Overnight stay in Skardu 

Day 10 - Fly to Islamabad

Transfer to the airport from Skardu
Fly to Islamabad
Transfer to the hotel in Islamabad
Visit Centaurs Mall for Shopping
Evening food tour to Islamabad
Overnight stay in Islamabad

Day 11 - Islamabad Tour

Islamabad is the capital city and one of the most beautiful cities in the world. We will explore the major landmarks in Islamabad on this day. A visit to the Lok Virsa Museum is also included in which some of the Buddhist Scriptures and Artifacts are preserved

Start the tour at 10:00 AM
Visit Faisal Mosque Islamabad
Visit Pakistan Monumnet, Lok Virsa Muesum
Visit Saidpur Village
Visit Monal for Dinner with breathtaking aerial views of Islamabad
Return to the Hotel
Overnight stay in Islamabad

Day 12 - Fly Abroad

Check out from the hotel after breakfast
Head to the airport from the Hotel
Return flight to Thailand
Fly abroad

Note: Pre and Post post-accommodation is not included.
Standard check-in time: 2:00 PM
Standard check-out time: 12:00 PM

Durations

Multi day

Languages

English
Thai

Availability

Throughout the year

Tour's Location

Bulk discount (by Percent)

Bulk discount adult
#Discount groupFrom adultTo adultValue
1Group discount612 10%

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