Pakistan Cultural Triangle

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Duration

7 days, 7 nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

16 people

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About this tour

Incredible Scenery

From the Karakoram, Hindukush & Himalayas to the lush waters of the South

Rich History

One of the world's oldest civilisations

Architecture

Marvel at the Royal Forts and grand palaces

Wildlife

Home to snow leopards, brown bears and more

Delicious Food

Enjoy the rich flavours and spices

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  • Explore the ancient city of Peshawar, with its rich cultural heritage and historical landmarks
  • Visit the bustling streets of Rawalpindi, with its vibrant culture and traditional markets
  • Discover the architectural marvels of Lahore, with its Mughal-era landmarks and cultural attractions
  • Experience the unique blend of cultures, traditions, and lifestyles of the Pakistani states
  • Customize your tour to suit your needs and requirements

Pakistan, a country with a rich cultural heritage, is a kaleidoscope of cultures, with a unique blend of traditions, architectures, and lifestyles. On our 7-day Pakistan Cultural Triangle tour, you’ll embark on a fascinating journey through the country’s three major cities: Peshawar, Rawalpindi, and Lahore.

Experience the Cultural Legacy of Pakistan

Our tour takes you on a roller coaster ride across some of Pakistan’s most popular cultural destinations, where you’ll experience the vibrant culture, charming people, and valued customs and traditions of the Pakistani states. From the ancient city of Peshawar to the bustling streets of Lahore, you’ll discover the unique, charming, and enriched culture of Pakistan.

Discover the Architectural Marvels of Pakistan

Pakistan’s cultural and architectural tradition has been influenced by various dynasties that ruled this great land. On our tour, you’ll admire the excellence achieved in the field of arts, crafts, and architecture, and ponder at the beauty of the country’s historical landmarks.

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Trip Information

Trip Information

Arrival and Departure Information
  • When you arrive in, a VE representative will be waiting for you outside the arrivals hall with either a VE sign or one bearing your name. If you don’t see them immediately, please be patient and stay in the arrivals area. They may be assisting another traveler and will be back shortly.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included. Travelers who purchase their own flights, and who’ll arrive and depart from the same airports on the same travel days as their fellow group members, may request transfers with VE Tours for an additional cost.
Tour Pacing

Tour pacing considers how often you’ll switch hotels, what you’ll do each day, and how you’ll get from place to place. You can expect:

  • Most days and evenings to be full of included activities.
  • Most transportation to be by private car, SUV or motor coach.
  • Daily bus time to vary and occasionally be lengthy.

 

Walking, Terrain & Physical Considerations
  • Travelers should be prepared to walk 1–2 kilometers each day on city streets, cobblestone roads, and uneven stone and dirt paths.
  • Stone pathways and archaeological sites can become slick when wet.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance.
Climate Considerations

Weather conditions can vary significantly throughout your journey. In the Northern mountains, where elevations exceed 3,000 meters, even during mid-summer, the weather can become harsh with occasional snow flurries. Islamabad and the plains generally experience higher temperatures compared to the mountains. During autumn, the weather is usually pleasant, featuring warm days and cooler nights as you ascend higher. However, early snowfall in autumn can bring chilly temperatures, particularly during the night, so it’s important to be prepared.

Meals  and Cuisine

  • This tour includes all lunches and  dinners for Gold and Diamond package. They may be set menus, buffets, or family-style meals, depending on the location. Meals also include  water, coffee, and tea.
  • A hotel breakfast is included each morning in all pacakges.
  • While meat-free options abound in the country, Pakistan’s known for flavorful meat dishes like Karahi, kebab (a mixture of meats and seasonings, skewered and grilled) and biryani (a hearty serving of rice, meat, and spices). 
  • Meals are usually served with rice or a variety of breads, such as unleavened roti and famous, flat naan.

Accommodations

  • We handpick every hotel you’ll stay at, striking a balance between comfort, location, and local charm.
  • Specific properties will vary based on your chosen package, departure date, but are typically guesthouses and two to five-star hotels, always include private bathrooms, and usually have in-room safes for valuables. Additionally, your hotels will have Wi-Fi, but access may be limited to common areas. Also, there may not be elevators.
  • Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee that your accommodations will have laundry services or facilities. 

Power cuts and internet outages are common in Gilgit Baltistan and you should be prepared for the possibility of this.

Solo Travel and Single Supplements

At our company, a significant portion, approximately 80%, of our clients are solo travelers, so the likelihood of you being alone on your journey is minimal.

Our pricing structure is typically based on twin-share accommodations. However, it’s important to note that single supplements are not mandatory for any of our tours. If you prefer not to pay for a single supplement, we will arrange for you to share accommodations with another solo traveler of the same gender throughout the duration of the trip.

If you choose to pay for a single supplement on this particular trip, please be aware that it will cover you for all nights of the tour except for accommodations at the local guest houses.

It’s worth mentioning that paying for a single supplement ensures you have sole occupancy of a single room. While these rooms are generally of similar size to double/twin rooms, there may be instances where they are slightly smaller.

We strive to accommodate all our travelers’ preferences and ensure a comfortable and enjoyable experience for everyone, whether traveling solo or with companions.

Transport

This tour utilizes various modes of transportation, including, planes, cars, rickshaws, and 4×4, jeeps or land cruisers.

All our group transfers between locations will be taken in a privatized well  maintained vehicle.

Key Considerations

Vertical Explorers emphasizes that this tour is suitable for individuals in good health, with an adventurous spirit and an open mindset, as many activities are optional. Please be aware of steep walks in valleys. Additionally, note that some driving days are extended due to road conditions rather than distance.

Please be informed that administrative and security requirements in Pakistan can change suddenly, impacting the itinerary. Visitors must remain flexible, understanding that overnight stops and itinerary details may change. Some journeys may be lengthy due to road conditions and security arrangements.

Guide & Supporting Team

For the full duration of your trip you will be accompanied by an experienced English speaking guide.

  • Your tour guide will lead your group. Their role is not only to provide information and context on the destinations you visit, but also to confirm services, coordinate inclusions, prepare each day’s activities, and support travelers while on tour. As such, they must focus on the success of the group, and can’t provide individualized assistance to any one traveler.
  • During the trek, your guide will be assisted by our local support team which will include an assistant guide, driver, cook and porters.

On-Tour Support

During your Tour in Pakistan, one of the invaluable benefits we offer is access to our 24/7 Emergency Support Team. With our extensive network of regional offices and comprehensive risk management guidelines, this dedicated team is equipped to anticipate and address on-tour challenges in a flexible and proactive manner.

Through rigorous training, incident response planning, and decades of experience, our On-Tour Support team is prepared to assist travelers and Tour Guides in various scenarios, ranging from personal health concerns and injuries to unforeseen events. Their expertise extends to coordinating with outside specialists and collaborating with local and international authorities as necessary, ensuring a comprehensive approach to handling emergencies.

Moreover, our team is committed to facilitating communication between travelers and their families in case of emergencies, whether they occur on the road or back home. You can rest assured that our On-Tour Support will be there to provide additional support and assistance throughout your Vertical Explorers Tour, prioritizing your safety and peace of mind at all times.

Time Zones

Pakistan is 5 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and 10 hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET). The country does not observe daylight saving time.

Getting There

You will need to arrive at Islamabad International Airport, Airport code (code ISB) on day 1 of your itinerary. If you would prefer to arrive a few days earlier, we would be happy to book additional hotel accommodation for you on request.

In order to reach Gilgit/Skardu, it is necessary to fly first to Islamabad and then take a domestic flight up to Gilgit/Skardu or travel on KKH /or Naran( only in summer months) to reach there.

 There are multiple routes for travelers from Europe, East Asia, Austraila and the USA to reach Pakistan.

The primary gateway is Islamabad International Airport. Numerous airlines operate flights to Islamabad via the Middle East, with Qatar Airways, Gulf Air, Turkish Airline, Batik, Thai and Emirates being prominent options. These carriers offer daily flights with layovers at their respective hubs. However, it’s essential to scrutinize layover durations, as some can be considerably lengthy. Qatar Airways typically offers the shortest layovers, particularly at Doha.

Those coming from China can fly to Kashgar and enter Pakistan by road via Khunjerab pass to Pakistan and from India via only Wagha border between Lahore and Amritsar.

In summary, travelers have several flight options to reach Islamabad from Europe and the USA, with layovers in the Middle East or via Bankok. Careful consideration of layover duration and airline reputations can contribute to a smoother travel experience, particularly for those embarking on this trip in Pakistan.

Domestic flights from Islamabad to Skardu/Gilgit depart in the mornings and take roughly 1 hour. Remember that if you book your international and domestic flight separately, you will need to collect your luggage and check in again for your domestic flight. Be sure to allow enough time for this in between flights!

There are only two domestic airlines providing flights to Skardu /Gilgit PIA and Air blue from Islamabad to Skardu.

Most flights depart between 6am and 11am daily.

On arrival at the airport, once you have collected your luggage, please look out for a member of our local team in the arrivals area. They will then travel with you via a car to our hotel. 

There are only two airports in Gilgit Baltistan.

But there is a daily flight from Islamabad whole year but subject to weather.

Almost all routes to Gilgit and Skardu require a layover in Islamabad, and often due to flight times, an overnight. Also flying in and out of this airport can be hair-raising, due to its geographical location high in the mountains.

Flights can only  depart  during the day when visibility is clear and the weather is favorable, so flight delays and cancellations are common.

Fly to Islamabad

Flights to Islamabad International Airport in Islamabad operate regularly from many around the world and it is easy to find direct flights. If you are coming from outside of Pakistan, you are definitely stopping in Islamabad before heading to Skardu/ Gilgit. You  will need to go through Immigration and Customs and will need to retrieve your luggage even if your flight to Skardu/Gilgit is  immediately afterwards.

If your flight lands in Islamabad after 9 AM , you will need to spend the evening in Islamabad. We recommend heading to the Islamabad city which takes about 35 minutes by taxi as there is no hotel close to airport.

From Islamabad to Skardu/Gilgit

From Islamabad, nonstop flights from Islamabad to Skardu or Gilgit Airport cost anywhere from $100 to $200 and run every day of the week. The flight is only 50 minutes long. We do recommend booking few weeks before departure as there is a high demand  and low supply. They seem to cancel flights less often and have more options if you need to move your flight.

Another way to get there from Islamabad is by the road.

Hop on a bus from Rawalpindi Pirwadah Bus station to Skardu or Gilgit. There are many buses leaving to Skardu and Gilgit each day on KKH.

Cross Border (Khunjerab Pass) From China

Crossing Khunjerab Pass from Tashkurgan, China to Pakistan (From April to November –

Monday -Friday  except Holidays)

To do this crossing from China, you have to have your visa for Pakistan  in advance by online or through the embassy consulate in your country. https://vepakistan.com/pakistan-visa-information/ you cannot get a Visa in Tashkurgan or Kashgar for Pakistan.

Also, there is no stop to purchase food/snacks/drinks along the way (Tashkurgan to Sost); so ensure that you take enough snacks /food/drink with you to last you this 4+hr drive You can to take a local bus to make this crossing. You can take a private car, higher in prices to bus but smoother  and quicker. The bus that goes from China to Pakistan is run by the Xinjiang Province Govt; whereas the bus from Pakistan to China is run by NATCO, a Pakistani govt service. The bus tickets cannot be bought in advance. You can only purchase them on the day of travel. The purchase of the  bus ticket and the start of the bus route for this border crossing bus is NOT at the bus stop in Tashkurgan town. Instead, go to the  Customs/ Immigration building on the outskirts of Tashkurgan (towards Pakistan, about 2km outside Tashkurgan downtown); and buy the tickets (RMB 225 each, cash) at the small building at the far end of the parking lot of the Customs/Immigration building. The Bus is supposed to leave at 11:30AM Beijing time (9:30AM Uyghur time). However, the departure time can be late as all travelers have to clear through Chinese Customs and Immigration.. you need to keep your luggage with you, as the bus is not allowed to be loaded until it is cleared by Chinese Customs.

Note, There is a bathroom on the edge of the parking lot of the Customs building. Once you are through Customs/Immigration formalities, you cannot go anywhere unescorted (since you have officially left China). So bathroom visit here once you have cleared Customs/Immigration has to be escorted to the bathroom at edge of the parking lot. No other restrooms are provided.

Once you board the bus and leave, there is one Chinese soldier will join the bus and escort it all the way to the Khunjerab Pass Police border post. Along the way, there are multiple Chinese police posts where your passport /visa will be checked. There are NO bathroom facilities on the way; jungle bathrooms are your only choice.

At the border, the bus simply crosses over into Pakistan without stopping on the Chinese side, crosses over from right hand drive to left hand drive, and stops on the Pakistani side for a jungle bathroom break, and to take pictures.

In Pakistan, the Pakistan Customs/Immigration is in Sost, which is another 60+kms away. Along the way, you have  to cross a Khunjerab National Park; for which foreigners are required to pay US$ 40 each (cash only, US$’s only). Pakistani and Chinese nationals don’t pay anything. So make sure you have the cash on hand.

In Sost you need get clear through Pakistani Customs and Immigration. Foreigners have a separate line, and takes much longer than Pakistanis and Chinese nationals. Make sure your Passport+ Visa are totally in order as they check everything very carefully. We can arranged your pick up from here for the rest of trip in Pakistan.

If you want to travel your own,  you can take a mini bus/van during the day time to Hunza Aliabad, (approximately takes 2 hours travel time) and from there another bus onward to Gilgit ((approximately takes 3 hours travel time)).

From Gilgit you can catch a van to reach Skardu during day time only which takes 5+ hours.

Cross Border From India
Cross Wahga Border to Lahore and travel Islamabad by Bus:-

Take a taxi, rickshaw from Amritsar to Wahga Border. The ride takes 45 minutes to 1 hour to reach Wahga Indian side. Cross the border by foot. (open from 10 am to 5 pm daily) Walk across the Border, After immigration at Pakistan side Take a bus or Rickshaw on to Lahore city which takes around 1 hour. From Lahore there are many buses leave for Islamabad after every 30 minutes. There is also train service from Lahore to Islamabad.

Pre-Trip Briefing

It is a requirement of joining any of our trips that you attend a pre-trip briefing the evening before the trip begins. This gives our guides the opportunity to speak to you about your adventure, and sort out any last-minute queries or concerns.

Luggage Allowance

  • Some airlines may impose additional charges if you exceed baggage size and weight restrictions, and you’ll be responsible for any fees incurred.
  • Your on-tour flights may have tighter capacity limits than the ones you’ll take to get to and from Pakistan, with weight restrictions as low as 33lbs for checked bags and 15lbs for carry-ons. Be sure to contact your airline(s) for the baggage size and weight restrictions on your specific flights.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
  • Travelers must be able to manage their luggage; porters aren’t guaranteed at airports.

During the trekking part (if any) your luggage along with all the group equipment will be carried by porters. You should bring two bags with you, a large 80-100 litre duffel bag and a smaller 30-50 litre daypack. Your duffel bag will be carried by the porters each day and made available for you at camp each afternoon. Your daypack will stay with you at all times and should be used to carry spare clothing, water etc.  At all other times your luggage will be transported by vehicle.

Please do not bring a rigid suitcase which is not suitable for carrying by the porters. A flexible duffel bag or backpack is best. Your main luggage must not exceed the luggage limit.

Wifi – Internet Connection!

  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels.
  • There is Wi-Fi on our vehicles but it may not work in few areas.
  • You can also get a local sim. The sim card and data costs about $10-20 and works intermittently, could be used for messaging and searching.

In order to pick up a signal in Gilgit Baltistan though, you will need SCOM SIM card, (a local cellular company) which you can easily buy in Skardu/Gilgit – by purchasing from their office.

Responsible Travel

Vertical Explorers is committed to responsible travel practices that benefit the places, people, and animals encountered during our tours in Pakistan. Our core commitments include environmental protection, supporting local communities, and promoting animal welfare.

To maximize your positive impact, we encourage travelers to dine at locally owned restaurants, support small businesses, and engage with the local culture by learning basic phrases in the local language and understanding local etiquette.

Responsible travel also involves minimizing waste, especially single-use plastics. We recommend packing reusable toiletries, using electronic documents, and carrying a reusable water bottle and shopping bag to reduce plastic consumption.

When encountering wildlife, we adhere to World Animal Protection guidelines, respecting their natural behavior and avoiding exploitative practices. Additionally, we discourage purchasing products derived from endangered species or engaging in activities harmful to wildlife.

Visit the Responsible Travel area of our website to read more, including our community empowerment and education projects.

If you have any concerns about our responsible travel commitments during your trip, please don’t hesitate to inform us. We value your feedback and strive to continuously improve our practices.

Budget & Change

In Pakistan, the currency used is the Pakistani Rupee (PKR). It’s important to note that the Pakistani Rupee is a closed currency, so you won’t be able to obtain it before your arrival. Therefore, it’s advisable to travel with US Dollars,Euro, Yuan, Pound Sterlingare any other major currency as they are widely accepted. Ensure that any US bills you carry are new (less than 10 years old), crisp,(no stamped, no writing on it) and untorn, as damaged bills may not be accepted.

If you require local currency, ATMs and banks are available, or you can exchange money at hotels in Islamabad. However, for the trip itself, it’s recommended to carry local currency and you may get a more favorable exchange rate in Islamabad.

For emergency funds, inform your credit or debit card issuer about your travel plans to avoid any issues with card usage abroad.

Souvenirs in Islamabad are generally affordable.

Tips

We understand that tipping customs vary across different countries, but in the context of Pakistan, tipping is prevalent. If you’re embarking on a trip in Pakistan with us, we adhere to the standard practice of tipping as recommended by the travel Agencies Association.

The decision on how much to tip should reflect the level of service provided by our team throughout your trip. Tipping is discretionary, and if you feel dissatisfied with the service, you are not obligated to tip. Tipping can be done in either US dollars or Pakistani Rupees. Please note that US bills should be new (less than 10 years old), crisp, and untorn.

As a guideline, we suggest budgeting $125-$175 per traveler for your tip contribution to guides and porters. It’s essential to remember that any tips for our porters should be carried with you during the trip.

Please note that the figures provided below are approximate and are intended solely as a guideline.

  • Guide: Approximately $5 per person per day
  • Drivers, Chef and assistants: Around $3 per person per day
  • Porters/Mule drivers: Roughly $2 per person per day

Formalities & Health

Embarking on the remarkable journey to this trip in Pakistan requires meticulous attention to formalities and health considerations to ensure a safe and fulfilling adventure. From passport and visa requirements to essential health precautions, thorough preparation is imperative.

Here we will explore the vital aspects of formalities and health that every traveler must address before venturing into the rugged terrain of the Hindukush, Karakoram and Himalayan Mountains of Pakistan. Covering essential topics such as obtaining visa, securing comprehensive insurance, and understanding altitude sickness, our guide aims to provide travelers with the necessary knowledge for a successful trip. Join us as we navigate the critical preparations needed for an unforgettable and safe trip to the scenic regions.

PASSPORT

Ensure that your passport remains valid for at least 6 months beyond your planned arrival date in Pakistan. We advise making a photocopy of your passport and storing it separately from the original; this precaution can be invaluable in case of loss during your travels. It’s imperative to carry your passport with you during the trip, as it is essential for internal flights and may be required for identification purposes.

VISA

you will need to apply for to obtain a Pakistani visa before you embark on your trip. Now online e-visa system makes the application process easier.

Letter of Invitation (LOI)

Foreigners will need to obtain a Letter of Invitation (LOI) before they can apply for a visa. You will be able to get the LOI from us (being a licensed tour operator), along with, company registration documents and any other documents you may need.

VACCINATIONS

Below we have set out what is the general guidance for travel to Pakistan. We strongly advise you to consult with your own GP or travel clinic near you before traveling. They will have the most up to date and medically accurate information relevant to you, and should be relied upon over these recommendations.

Strongly Advised Vaccinations

– Hepatitis A: This can be spread via contaminated food and water.
– Tetanus: Tetanus is often present in the soil, and can contaminate open wounds easily. Tetanus vaccine should be used every ten years if traveling.
– Typhoid: Typhoid can also be spread via contaminated food and water, and poor hygiene.
– Diphtheria: This potentially fatal disease is spread mainly via spit, but occasionally through contact with cuts on the skin.
– Yellow Fever: This can be contracted by being bitten by a contaminated mosquito. This vaccination is not essential if you are arriving directly in Pakistan. You do need it though if you plan to arrive through any country that is subject to yellow fever. Simply stopping over at an airport in an affected country should not require vaccination, but leaving the airport even briefly would make it necessary.

Malaria

In Pakistan, the risk of malaria is not prevalent in higher altitude regions like Skardu or most Himalaya Karkoram trips we organize. However, travelers should be aware of the risk of malaria in areas below 1,500m, particularly in regions like Islamabad, Naran, Chilas, Rawalpindi, it’s essential to take anti-malarial medication and follow preventive measures such as wearing long-sleeved clothing and using DEET-based mosquito repellent to avoid mosquito bites, especially during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are active.

INSURANCE

Trekking at high altitude does have dangers. You should ensure that you have good insurance to cover these risks.

How to Choose Travel Insurance for this Trip

We suggest to go with a plan that will cover you for damage to your personal effects and offers compensation for emergency helicopter rescues (just in case). Read the fine print and confirm that you are covered for adventure sports like trekking at altitude.

Some companies won’t cover you if an accident occurs over a certain altitude. Since the maximum altitude gained on the trip is around 4,800 m, you’ll need to be covered up to that elevation.

We recommend the global supplier of travel insurance,  World Nomads who specialise in covering digital nomads and backpackers.

Few others are;

  1. AXA Worldwide Travel Ins

  2. HCC Medical Insurance Services: LLC

  3. Ingle International

  4. Travelex Ins. Services

  5. True Traveller Ins

During the pre-trip briefing, please provide a copy of your insurance policy to your guide, who will collect your insurance details. We also advise keeping a copy of your policy summary, including the policy number and emergency contact information for your insurer, in your daypack at all times. This ensures accessibility should we need to contact your insurer on your behalf during your trip.

HEALTH

Covid Testing: No mandatory testing is currently required for vaccinated or unvaccinated travellers.

  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of your tour, as well as for any possible delays.
  • It’s important to take precautions against the strong sun exposure in various parts of Pakistan that you’ll be visiting.

  • Stick to bottled water and avoid consuming tap water, even when performing routine tasks like brushing your teeth.

  • Exercise caution when eating fresh fruits and vegetables, ensuring they have been thoroughly washed, peeled, or cooked in clean water before consumption.

  • Public restrooms in Pakistan may not always be well-equipped. It’s advisable to carry essentials like bathroom tissue and hand sanitizer with you.

  • Don’t forget to pack a small first aid kit in your carry-on bag, including items like antacids, antidiarrheals, motion sickness medication, and any prescribed medicines you regularly take.

PREPARING FOR YOUR TRIP

In anticipation of your adventure in Pakistan, it is essential to undertake adequate preparation to ensure a fulfilling and enjoyable experience. While the routes in Pakistan offer scenic beauty and relatively accessible paths, it is imperative to engage in physical training beforehand.

 

Equipment & Clothing

Preparing for your trip in Pakistan requires careful consideration of the clothing you’ll need to ensure a comfortable and safe journey.  Planning ahead and packing wisely are crucial steps to maximizing your traveling experience.

In this section, we provide detailed guidance on clothing essentials you’ll need to bring along. Additionally, we offer recommendations on other accessories and gear you may require for your trip. Whether you opt for personal gear or choose to rent, our goal is to support you in making the most of your adventure while prioritizing your comfort and enjoyment.

  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • It’s preferable not to visit Mosques or other holy places with bare  head, legs or shoulders; entrance may be denied on this basis. And remember: You must remove your shoes at all Muslim, Sikh and other religious sites.
  • Waterproof shoes or sandals, a swimsuit, sunscreen, and insect repellent are recommended for outdoor activities. Binoculars are also handy for taking a closer look at local wildlife, peaks  and scenery.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.
  • In case of emergencies, we also recommend packing your medical insurance card in your carry-on.

CLOTHING TO BRING

  • Warm beanie style hat – knitted or fleece
  • Neck gaiter or scarf. It can get dusty in Gilgit Baltistan and the air very cold. A scarf or balaclava comes in useful for keeping dust out and can double as a warm layer for your neck / face!
  • Sun hat – preferably wide-brimmed for protection
  • Sunglasses – high UV protection
UPPER BODY
  • Thermal or fleece base layer 
  • Long sleeve shirt/tshirt – light or medium weight, 
  • Lightweight water/windproof hard shell outer jacke
LEGS
  • Trekking trousers – light or medium weight (x2) – convertible trousers work well
  • Waterproof hard shell trousers
FEET
  • Training shoe or similar 
  • Mid-weight trekking socks 
  • Breathable, high-wicking liner socks 

OTHER ACCESSORIES  

  •           Sunscreen and lip balm – high SPF

·        Toiletries, including toilet paper, wet wipes and hand sanitiser

·        Camera and spare batteries

·        Plug adapter, for charging devices in hotels

·        Personal medication and first aid kit

EQUIPMENT TO BRING

·        Small Rucksack or Daypack (30-40 litres) to carry water and personal items

   

Departure Dates and Pricing

Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. VE also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private tour, guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves !

Or dream up a brand-new one with a Customized Tour—we’ll work with you to make it happen.

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Below are the tiered pricing and services tailored to three different types of travel experiences (budget, standard, luxury), catering to the diverse needs of travelers with varying budgets.

2024 Pricing

Below Price is in US$, depends on group size and Price is evenly
proportionate to all members in a departure.

Members Silver (Price in US$) Gold (Price in US$) Diamond (Price in US$)
2-3
999
1205
1769
4-5
825
1005
1489
6-7
815
985
1469
8-9
789
965
1445
10-11
745
919
1379
12-13
715
885
1269
14-16
679
865
1199

Note: above listed price is based on Islamabad to Islamabad basis.

For

  • Skardu to Skardu/Gilgit basis
  •  Islamabad – Skardu/Gilgit basis
  • Skardu/Gilgit – Islamabad  basis

prices, please contact us directly.

Additional Fees:

Silver Single supplement: US $ 300
Gold Single supplement: US $  400

Diamond Single supplement: US $ 850

Services Excluded
  • International airfare.
  • The domestic flight tickets are not included in the package cost. Once you tell us the dates of your travel, we will advise you the exact flight fare and care reserve for you.
  • Lunch & Dinner.
  • Excess weight.
  • Excess days beyond the itinerary
  • Sleeping bags and personal nature clothing/equipment.
  • Extras at hotels and during travel like bottled water, aerated and alcoholic drinks, laundry, phone calls.
  • Satellite phone with solar charger (can hire).
  • Insurance liability and other under force majeure conditions, medical aid and helicopter rescue coverage of members etc.
  • Airport and departure taxes.
  • Hotels- early check-in and late check-out.
  • Charges incurred due to delays beyond the control of VE
  • Cost incurred from early leaving the trip.
  • Travel Insurance of member.
  • Any other service not mentioned above.
  • Monuments entry fees
  • National Parks Entry Fee
  •  Any mandatory Gala Dinner on Christmas and New Year Eve
  • Tips
  • Optional activities/Excursions

Silver

Services Included
Meals
  • Locally sourced fresh breakfasts
Transport
  • Airport/road transfer in a private chartered Car
  • All road transfers by chartered private vehicles.
Accommodation
  • Best tourist class hotels /guest house accommodation with en suite bath (on twin sharing basis)
Tour Leader and Team
  • Services of experienced professional English speaking local guide
  • Professional experienced friendly chauffeur
Wi-fi
  • Portable wifi/hotspot throughout the trip(where it is available)
Visa Letter
  • Visa invitation letter and supporting documents
Taxes and Fees
  • Toll taxes and parking fee etc.
  • Fuel
  • Driver allowances
  • Road taxes 
Additional Services
  • Porterage at hotels
  • Insurance of crew; i.e. guide, diver, porters/staff.
  • First Aid Kit with necessary medicine
Services Excluded
  • International airfare
  • Excess weight.
  • Excess days beyond the itinerary
  • Sleeping bags and personal nature clothing/equipment.
  • Extras at hotels bottled water, aerated and alcoholic drinks, laundry, phone calls.
  • Insurance liability and other under force majeure conditions, medical aid and helicopter rescue coverage of member.
  • Hotels- early check-in and late check-out.
  • Charges incurred due to delays beyond the control of VE
  • Cost incurred from early leaving the trip.
  • Airport and departure taxes.
  • Travel Insurance of member.
  • Any other service not mentioned above.

Gold

Services Included
Meals
  • Locally sourced fresh breakfasts, lunches, dinners (of varied menu)
Transport
  • All Airport/road transfers in private well maintained chartered Air-conditioned coach and four-wheel sightseeing jeep /car drive.
  • All road transfers by chartered private vehicles.
Flights
  • Domestic flights
Accommodation
  • Best 3-4 star hotels accommodation with ensuite bath where is available
Tour Leader and Team
  • Services of experienced professional English speaking local guide
  • Professional experienced friendly chauffeur
Wi-fi
  • Portable wifi/hotspot throughout the trip(where it is available)
Visa Letter
  • Visa invitation letter and supporting documents
Taxes and Fees
  • National Parks entry fee
  • Monuments entry fee
  • Toll taxes and parking fee etc.
  • Fuel
  • Driver allowances
  • Road taxes 
Additional Services
    • One mineral water bottle per person per day
    • Porterage at airport and hotels
    • Insurance of crew; i.e. guide, diver, porters/staff.
    • First Aid Kit with necessary medicine
Services Excluded
  • International airfare.
  • Excess weight.
  • Excess days beyond the itinerary
  • Sleeping bags and personal nature clothing/equipment.
  • Extras at hotels like alcoholic drinks, laundry, phone calls.
  • Insurance liability and other under force majeure conditions, medical aid and helicopter rescue coverage of member.
  • Hotels- early check-in and late check-out.
  • Charges incurred due to delays beyond the control of VE
  • Cost incurred from early leaving the trip.
  • Airport and departure taxes.
  • Travel Insurance of member.
  • Any other service not mentioned above.

Diamond

Services Included
Meals
  • Locally sourced fresh (breakfasts, lunches, dinners) in the best restaurants of  choice with ample options to choose.
Transport
  • All Airport/road transfers in private well maintained chartered Air-conditioned coach and four-wheel sightseeing jeep /cars.
  • All road transfers by chartered Luxury private vehicles.
Flights
  • Domestic flights
Accommodation
  • Best 5 star hotels or Resorts of best kind ( where is available)
Tour Leader and Team
  • Services of experienced professional English speaking local guide
  • Professional experienced friendly chauffeur
Wi-fi
  • Portable wifi/hotspot throughout the trip with unlimited data plan(where service is available)
  • Satellite Phone with Solar charger (50 units included)
Visa Letter
  • Visa invitation letter and supporting documents
Taxes and Fees
  • National Parks entry fee
  • Monuments entry fee
  • Toll taxes and parking fee etc.
  • Fuel
  • Driver allowances
  • Road taxes 
Additional Services
    • One mineral water bottle per person per day
    • Porterage at airport and hotels
    • Insurance of crew; i.e. guide, diver, porters/staff.
    • First Aid Kit with necessary medicine
    • Seasonal surprises

Package and Pricing

Below Price is in US$, depends on group size and Price is evenly
proportionate to all members in a departure.

Members Silver (Price in US$) Gold (Price in US$) Diamond (Price in US$)
2-3
999
1205
1769
4-5
825
1005
1489
6-7
815
985
1469
8-9
789
965
1445
10-11
745
919
1379
12-13
715
885
1269
14-16
679
865
1199

Note: above listed price is based on Islamabad to Islamabad basis.

For

  • Skardu to Skardu/Gilgit basis
  •  Islamabad – Skardu/Gilgit basis
  • Skardu/Gilgit – Islamabad  basis

prices, please contact us directly.

Additional Fees:

 

Silver Single supplement: US $
Gold Single supplement: US $

Diamond Single supplement: US $

Services Excluded
  • International airfare.
  • The domestic flight tickets are not included in the package cost. Once you tell us the dates of your travel, we will advise you the exact flight fare and care reserve for you.
  • Lunch & Dinner.
  • Excess weight.
  • Excess days beyond the itinerary
  • Sleeping bags and personal nature clothing/equipment.
  • Extras at hotels and during travel like bottled water, aerated and alcoholic drinks, laundry, phone calls.
  • Satellite phone with solar charger (can hire).
  • Insurance liability and other under force majeure conditions, medical aid and helicopter rescue coverage of members etc.
  • Airport and departure taxes.
  • Hotels- early check-in and late check-out.
  • Charges incurred due to delays beyond the control of VE
  • Cost incurred from early leaving the trip.
  • Travel Insurance of member.
  • Any other service not mentioned above.
  • Monuments entry fees
  • National Parks Entry Fee
  •  Any mandatory Gala Dinner on Christmas and New Year Eve
  • Tips
  • Optional activities/Excursions

Silver

Services Included
Meals
  • Locally sourced fresh breakfasts
Transport
  • Airport/road transfer in a private chartered Car
  • All road transfers by chartered private vehicles.
Accommodation
  • Best tourist class hotels /guest house accommodation with en suite bath (on twin sharing basis)
Tour Leader and Team
  • Services of experienced professional English speaking local guide
  • Professional experienced friendly chauffeur
Wi-fi
  • Portable wifi/hotspot throughout the trip(where it is available)
Visa Letter
  • Visa invitation letter and supporting documents
Taxes and Fees
  • Toll taxes and parking fee etc.
  • Fuel
  • Driver allowances
  • Road taxes 
Additional Services
  • Porterage at hotels
  • Insurance of crew; i.e. guide, diver, porters/staff.
  • First Aid Kit with necessary medicine
Services Excluded
  • International airfare
  • Excess weight.
  • Excess days beyond the itinerary
  • Sleeping bags and personal nature clothing/equipment.
  • Extras at hotels bottled water, aerated and alcoholic drinks, laundry, phone calls.
  • Insurance liability and other under force majeure conditions, medical aid and helicopter rescue coverage of member.
  • Hotels- early check-in and late check-out.
  • Charges incurred due to delays beyond the control of VE
  • Cost incurred from early leaving the trip.
  • Airport and departure taxes.
  • Travel Insurance of member.
  • Any other service not mentioned above.

Gold

Services Included
Meals
  • Locally sourced fresh breakfasts, lunches, dinners (of varied menu)
Transport
  • All Airport/road transfers in private well maintained chartered Air-conditioned coach and four-wheel sightseeing jeep /car drive.
  • All road transfers by chartered private vehicles.
Flights
  • Domestic flights
Accommodation
  • Best 3-4 star hotels accommodation with ensuite bath where is available
Tour Leader and Team
  • Services of experienced professional English speaking local guide
  • Professional experienced friendly chauffeur
Wi-fi
  • Portable wifi/hotspot throughout the trip(where it is available)
Visa Letter
  • Visa invitation letter and supporting documents
Taxes and Fees
  • National Parks entry fee
  • Monuments entry fee
  • Toll taxes and parking fee etc.
  • Fuel
  • Driver allowances
  • Road taxes 
Additional Services
    • One mineral water bottle per person per day
    • Porterage at airport and hotels
    • Insurance of crew; i.e. guide, diver, porters/staff.
    • First Aid Kit with necessary medicine
Services Excluded
  • International airfare.
  • Excess weight.
  • Excess days beyond the itinerary
  • Sleeping bags and personal nature clothing/equipment.
  • Extras at hotels like alcoholic drinks, laundry, phone calls.
  • Insurance liability and other under force majeure conditions, medical aid and helicopter rescue coverage of member.
  • Hotels- early check-in and late check-out.
  • Charges incurred due to delays beyond the control of VE
  • Cost incurred from early leaving the trip.
  • Airport and departure taxes.
  • Travel Insurance of member.
  • Any other service not mentioned above.

Diamond

Services Included
Meals
  • Locally sourced fresh (breakfasts, lunches, dinners) in the best restaurants of  choice with ample options to choose.
Transport
  • All Airport/road transfers in private well maintained chartered Air-conditioned coach and four-wheel sightseeing jeep /cars.
  • All road transfers by chartered Luxury private vehicles.
Flights
  • Domestic flights
Accommodation
  • Best 5 star hotels or Resorts of best kind ( where is available)
Tour Leader and Team
  • Services of experienced professional English speaking local guide
  • Professional experienced friendly chauffeur
Wi-fi
  • Portable wifi/hotspot throughout the trip with unlimited data plan(where service is available)
  • Satellite Phone with Solar charger (50 units included)
Visa Letter
  • Visa invitation letter and supporting documents
Taxes and Fees
  • National Parks entry fee
  • Monuments entry fee
  • Toll taxes and parking fee etc.
  • Fuel
  • Driver allowances
  • Road taxes 
Additional Services
    • One mineral water bottle per person per day
    • Porterage at airport and hotels
    • Insurance of crew; i.e. guide, diver, porters/staff.
    • First Aid Kit with necessary medicine
    • Seasonal surprises

Package and Pricing

Below Price is in US$, depends on group size and Price is evenly
proportionate to all members in a departure.

Members Silver (Price in US$) Gold (Price in US$) Diamond (Price in US$)
2-3
999
1205
1769
4-5
825
1005
1489
6-7
815
985
1469
8-9
789
965
1445
10-11
745
919
1379
12-13
715
885
1269
14-16
679
865
1199

Note: above listed price is based on Islamabad to Islamabad basis.

For

  • Skardu to Skardu/Gilgit basis
  •  Islamabad – Skardu/Gilgit basis
  • Skardu/Gilgit – Islamabad  basis

prices, please contact us directly.

Additional Fees:

 

Silver Single supplement: US $
Gold Single supplement: US $

Diamond Single supplement: US $

Services Excluded
  • International airfare.
  • The domestic flight tickets are not included in the package cost. Once you tell us the dates of your travel, we will advise you the exact flight fare and care reserve for you.
  • Lunch & Dinner.
  • Excess weight.
  • Excess days beyond the itinerary
  • Sleeping bags and personal nature clothing/equipment.
  • Extras at hotels and during travel like bottled water, aerated and alcoholic drinks, laundry, phone calls.
  • Satellite phone with solar charger (can hire).
  • Insurance liability and other under force majeure conditions, medical aid and helicopter rescue coverage of members etc.
  • Airport and departure taxes.
  • Hotels- early check-in and late check-out.
  • Charges incurred due to delays beyond the control of VE
  • Cost incurred from early leaving the trip.
  • Travel Insurance of member.
  • Any other service not mentioned above.
  • Monuments entry fees
  • National Parks Entry Fee
  •  Any mandatory Gala Dinner on Christmas and New Year Eve
  • Tips
  • Optional activities/Excursions

Silver

Services Included
Meals
  • Locally sourced fresh breakfasts
Transport
  • Airport/road transfer in a private chartered Car
  • All road transfers by chartered private vehicles.
Accommodation
  • Best tourist class hotels /guest house accommodation with en suite bath (on twin sharing basis)
Tour Leader and Team
  • Services of experienced professional English speaking local guide
  • Professional experienced friendly chauffeur
Wi-fi
  • Portable wifi/hotspot throughout the trip(where it is available)
Visa Letter
  • Visa invitation letter and supporting documents
Taxes and Fees
  • Toll taxes and parking fee etc.
  • Fuel
  • Driver allowances
  • Road taxes 
Additional Services
  • Porterage at hotels
  • Insurance of crew; i.e. guide, diver, porters/staff.
  • First Aid Kit with necessary medicine
Services Excluded
  • International airfare
  • Excess weight.
  • Excess days beyond the itinerary
  • Sleeping bags and personal nature clothing/equipment.
  • Extras at hotels bottled water, aerated and alcoholic drinks, laundry, phone calls.
  • Insurance liability and other under force majeure conditions, medical aid and helicopter rescue coverage of member.
  • Hotels- early check-in and late check-out.
  • Charges incurred due to delays beyond the control of VE
  • Cost incurred from early leaving the trip.
  • Airport and departure taxes.
  • Travel Insurance of member.
  • Any other service not mentioned above.

Gold

Services Included
Meals
  • Locally sourced fresh breakfasts, lunches, dinners (of varied menu)
Transport
  • All Airport/road transfers in private well maintained chartered Air-conditioned coach and four-wheel sightseeing jeep /car drive.
  • All road transfers by chartered private vehicles.
Flights
  • Domestic flights
Accommodation
  • Best 3-4 star hotels accommodation with ensuite bath where is available
Tour Leader and Team
  • Services of experienced professional English speaking local guide
  • Professional experienced friendly chauffeur
Wi-fi
  • Portable wifi/hotspot throughout the trip(where it is available)
Visa Letter
  • Visa invitation letter and supporting documents
Taxes and Fees
  • National Parks entry fee
  • Monuments entry fee
  • Toll taxes and parking fee etc.
  • Fuel
  • Driver allowances
  • Road taxes 
Additional Services
    • One mineral water bottle per person per day
    • Porterage at airport and hotels
    • Insurance of crew; i.e. guide, diver, porters/staff.
    • First Aid Kit with necessary medicine
Services Excluded
  • International airfare.
  • Excess weight.
  • Excess days beyond the itinerary
  • Sleeping bags and personal nature clothing/equipment.
  • Extras at hotels like alcoholic drinks, laundry, phone calls.
  • Insurance liability and other under force majeure conditions, medical aid and helicopter rescue coverage of member.
  • Hotels- early check-in and late check-out.
  • Charges incurred due to delays beyond the control of VE
  • Cost incurred from early leaving the trip.
  • Airport and departure taxes.
  • Travel Insurance of member.
  • Any other service not mentioned above.

Diamond

Services Included
Meals
  • Locally sourced fresh (breakfasts, lunches, dinners) in the best restaurants of  choice with ample options to choose.
Transport
  • All Airport/road transfers in private well maintained chartered Air-conditioned coach and four-wheel sightseeing jeep /cars.
  • All road transfers by chartered Luxury private vehicles.
Flights
  • Domestic flights
Accommodation
  • Best 5 star hotels or Resorts of best kind ( where is available)
Tour Leader and Team
  • Services of experienced professional English speaking local guide
  • Professional experienced friendly chauffeur
Wi-fi
  • Portable wifi/hotspot throughout the trip with unlimited data plan(where service is available)
  • Satellite Phone with Solar charger (50 units included)
Visa Letter
  • Visa invitation letter and supporting documents
Taxes and Fees
  • National Parks entry fee
  • Monuments entry fee
  • Toll taxes and parking fee etc.
  • Fuel
  • Driver allowances
  • Road taxes 
Additional Services
    • One mineral water bottle per person per day
    • Porterage at airport and hotels
    • Insurance of crew; i.e. guide, diver, porters/staff.
    • First Aid Kit with necessary medicine
    • Seasonal surprises

Package and Pricing

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Turn any of our published itineraries into a private trip on any date you want.

From one to whatever, you choose your group. Travel solo, bring one or a few special companions or invite the whole family.

Or dream up a brand-new one with a Customized Tour—we’ll work with you to make it happen.

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Payment Policies

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Payment & Cancel Schedule

US $350-450 due at time of reservation
Before Tour Finalization Date: Balance

Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

Up to tour Finalization Date: No Charge!
30 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
20-15 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
10 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Add Ons

If you have more time available, why not arrive early to adjust to a new time zone or just to get a feel for the country before your tour starts? Or alternatively you might choose to allow a few extra days after the tour to relax or to undertake some further exploration.
The choice is completely yours and we can usually arrange anything from simply additional accommodation and transfers to full tailor-made itineraries.
 Please contact us for more details and to discuss your individual requirements.

Deosai Khunjerab

Extend your adventure in Pakistan and immerse yourself in the captivating beauty and wildlife of Deosai and Khunjerab National Parks. For more information, explore our Deosai and Khunjerab pages and discover the wonders awaiting you in these pristine wilderness areas.

Deosai National Park
Deosai National Park

Deosai National Park is among the prime attractions in Pakistan, offering a unique wilderness experience beyond the towering peaks of the Himalayas. Deosai National Park, known as the "Land of Giants," spans over 3,000 square kilometers and is renowned for its diverse wildlife. Visitors have the chance to spot the majestic Brown Bear, elusive Snow Leopard, and a variety of other fauna in their natural habitat.

khunjerab park
Khunjerab National Park

Khunjerab National Park, located in the breathtaking Karakoram Range, is Pakistan's highest national park and boasts a rich biodiversity. Here, you can encounter iconic species such as the Marco Polo sheep, Himalayan ibex, and the elusive Snow Leopard..

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Itinerary

One of our staff will meet you at the airport and escort you to the hotel. Today either you can relax or (depending upon your arrival time) you can enjoy an exploratory walk in he old part of Rawalpindi; wander past the vegetable and spice markets, beautifully carved old houses and trucks, cows pestering the vegetable vendors, catch traditional craftsmen at work in silver and gold bazaars .You will then continue on the main street linking the Twin cities – Murree Road – before arriving at the gleaming new capital, Islamabad. You pass shining new buildings and thousands of park areas – a full 50 percent of the 350 square mile site is set aside for parks. You will then stop at the Shakar Parian to catch a bird’s eye view of Islamabad. Our next stop will be Shah Faisal Mosque which is the landmark of Islamabad. Drive: 40 minutes Activities: Cultural exploration , Sightseeing Accommodation: Hotel

After breakfast drive to Peshawar. In Peshawar our first stop will be Peshawar Museum formerly Victoria Memorial Hall built in 1905. It has one of the best collection of Gandhara art and sculptures illustrating the life of the Buddha are laid out in chronological order. The ethnological section has a Mughal Gallery. Our next stop will be the massive Bala Hisar Fort built by Emperor Babur in 1530. Mughals really turned Peshawar into a city of flowers by planting trees and laying out gardens. In the evening we will go out for bazar tour which is the most exciting part of the tour as its elements date from Sikh, Mughal and even Buddhist time. The Qissa Khawani Bazaar was described by the British Commissioner in Peshawar, Sir Herbert Edwardes as the Piccadilly of Central Asia. You will see people sitting there, sipping green tea and gossiping for hours and hours. Quick visit of Peshawar university, a beautiful and imposing colonial architecture with vast grassy lawns recall us the gone days of British era. Other places we visit are Khyber Bazaar, Chowk Yadgar, Banjara Bazaar and Mohabat Khan Mosque built in the 1670s. A walk through Sarafa Bazaar (jewellers bazaar) will allow you to measure the degree of adoration that the Pakistani women have for the yellow metal, the gold Chappal kabab restaurants and small tea houses (Qehwa Khana) along the road sides could be an interesting experience. Note: If you like, your guide will take you to visit the carpet market located at hardly 5 minutes drive from your hotel. Here, you will find a very large variety of Pakistani, Iranian and Afghan carpets and rugs. Pakistan is known in the world for its top quality carpets and for such a purchase, Peshawar is certainly the ideal place where prices are reasonably low compared to the other parts of the country. Drive: 5-6 hrs Activities: History & Culture, Sightseeing, Interaction with locals Meals provided: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel

After breakfast we will start our journey towards Taxila. Peshawar is further 43 kilometers from Jehangira passing through Nowshera, a beautiful and well maintained cantonment by British in 18th century. Next we pass by a town Jahangira laid out by Emperor Jahangir in 16th century. Next we stop at 16th century hotel with four rows of small rooms set around a huge court yard on the junction of River Indus and River Kabul where ladies of Mughals families use to stay. Attock’s massive fort’s, built by Mughal Emperor Akber in 1581 AD. view can get from the new bridge on River Indus. Our next stop is Hasan Abdal a sacred place of Sikhs and Hindus. The seventh century Chinese Buddhist pilgrim Xuan Zang who stayed here recorded in his journal that a water tank dedicated to the Hindu serpent King Elapatra. On grand trunk road we will stop at Wah Moghul Garden which is a pale reflection of the Moghul Garden in Srinagar and being laid out by the Moghul emperor Akber in late 16th century. It was a favorite resort of Akber and Jahangir on their journeys to Kashmir. Afterward will start our journey towards Taxila,” The World Oldest Existing City”, 32 kilometers from Islamabad spanning a rich history from 516 B.C to 600 A.D. In the 6th century B.C, the Achaemenians of Persia made it the Gandharan capital. Alexander the Great paused here en route from Swat. Situated strategically on a branch of the Silk Road, Taxila linked China to the West, Taxila reached its apogee between the 1st and 5th centuries. It is now one of the most important archaeological sites in Asia. The ruins of the four settlement sites at Taxila reveal the pattern of urban evolution on the Indian subcontinent through more than five centuries. The Mauryan emperor Ashoka, a patron of Buddhism, built a university here in 2nd century B.C biggest of its time in the world, to which pilgrims and scholars came from all over Asia. It requires two days to explore this richest archaeological sites of Asia but we will spent one day to view its excellent museum houses one of the best collections of Gandharan Buddhist in the world. Most of the archaeological sites of Taxila (600 BC to 500 AD) are located around Taxila Museum. For over the thousand years, Taxila remained famous as a center of learning Gandhara art of Sculpture, architecture, education, and Buddhism in the days of Buddhist glory. There are over 50 archaeological sites scattered in a radius of 30 kms around Taxila. Some of the most important sites are: Dhamarajika Stupa and Monastery (300 BC 200 AD), Bhir Mound (600-200 BC), Sirkap (200 BC 600 AD), Jandial Temple (c.250 BC) and Julian Monastery (200- 600 AD). One of these sites, the Bihr mound, is associated with the historic event of the triumphant entry of Alexander the Great into Taxila. The archaeological sites of Saraikala, Bhir, Sirkap, and Sirsukh are collectively of unique importance in illustrating the evolution of urban settlement on the Indian subcontinent. The prehistoric mound of Saraikala represents the earliest settlement of Taxila, with evidence of Neolithic, Bronze Age, and Iron Age occupation. The Bhir mound is the earliest historic city of Taxila, and was probably founded in the 6th century BC by the Achaemenians. Its stone walls, house foundations, and winding streets represent the earliest forms of urbanization on the subcontinent. Bihr is also associated with Alexander the Great’s triumphant entry into Taxila in 326 BC. Sirkap was a fortified city founded during the mid-2nd century BC. The many private houses, stupas, and temples were laid out on the Hellenistic grid system and show the strong Western classical influence on local architecture. The city was destroyed in the 1st century by the Kushans, a Central Asian tribe. To the north, excavations of the ruins of the Kushan city of Sirsukh have brought to light an irregular rectangle of walls in ashlar masonry, with rounded bastions. These walls attest to the early influence of Central Asian architectural forms on those of the subcontinent. The Taxila serial site also includes Khanpur cave, which has produced stratified microlithic tools of the Mesolithic period, and a number of Buddhist monasteries and stupas of various periods. Buddhist monuments erected throughout the Taxila valley transformed it into a religious heartland and a destination for pilgrims from as far afield as Central Asia and China. Other Buddhist archaeological sites at Taxila include the Khader Mohra grouping, the Kalawan grouping, the Giri monasteries, the Kunala stupa and monastery, the Jandial complex, the Lalchack and the Badalpur stupa remains and monasteries, the Pipplian and the Bahalar stupa and remains. Evening drive back to Islamabad. Drive: 3-4 hrs Activities: History & Culture, Sightseeing, Interaction with locals Meals provided: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel

After breakfast, we will visit Rawalpindi, which is located on the Pothohar Plateau, known for the existence of a Buddhist community, particularly in neighboring town of Taxila, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city was destroyed during the invasion of Mahmud of Ghazni before being taken over by Gakhars who went on to name the city as “Rawalpind” in 1493. In 1765, the Gakhars were defeated as Rawalpindi became part of the Sikh Empire. The city became part of the British Raj in 1849 and in 1851 became the largest garrison town for the British Indian Army. After the partition of India in 1947, the city became home to the headquarters of Pakistan Army hence retaining its status as a major military city. We will visit famous Raja Bazar for sights and smell of Rawalpindi, followed by the visits of alleys of old Rawalpindi town including visits of Haveli Man singh and Lal Haveli. We will also visit the jewelers’ bazar, where the artisans are at work as well as embroidery workers to see their working. After this we will visit Truck Art painting site for an insight of this living art in Pakistan and meet the artist at work there. Pakistan’s ‘truck art’ is now quite a well-known ‘genre’ around the world. For long, it has been an homegrown art-form in South Asia, especially in Pakistan, where the whole idea of decorating trucks (also, lorries and even rickshaws) with complex floral patterns and poetic calligraphy, has evolved in the most radiant and innovative manner. Our next stop would be Heritage(folk lore) Museum. The Heritage Museum is the first state museum of ethnology in Pakistan which presents the history and living traditions of the people of Pakistan both from the mainstream and the remotest regions of the country. The Lok Virsa Folk Heritage Museum offers an enchanting journey spanning from the neolithic cultures of South Asia to the present day folk heritage and traditions of Pakistan. One can traverse through several thousand years of history in the space of a walk through the extensive corridors of the museum. The museum shows the evolution of culture and tradition through the ages, accounting for most of the cultural changes and influences along the way. Every gallery of the museum imparts the essence of a bygone era, replete with the traditions, costumes, jewelry and folklore, and ending with depictions of the present folk heritage of the four provinces of Pakistan. Passing through the gallery called ‘Pottery through the ages’ one sees ancient pottery from thousands of years ago, including artifacts such as cooking stoves and pots, pitchers, plates, and grain containers etc. After museum our next stop would be Shah Faisal Mosque, which is a major tourist attraction, and is referred as a contemporary and influential feature of Islamic architecture. Combined the structure cover an area of 54,000 square ft, the mosque dominates the landscape of Islamabad. It is located on an elevated area of land against a picturesque backdrop of the national park on the foothills of Margalla Hills, the westernmost foothills of the Himalayas. The largest mosque in Pakistan, the Faisal Mosque was the largest mosque in the world from 1986 until 1993. The mosque features a contemporary design consisting of eight sides of concrete shell and is inspired by a Bedouin tent. Construction of the mosque began in 1976 after a $120 million grant from Saudi King Faisal, whose name the mosque bears. The unconventional design by Turkish architect Vedat Dalokay was selected after an international competition. Without a typical dome, the mosque is shaped like a Bedouin tent, surrounded by four 260 feet (79 m) tall minarets. The design features eight-sided shell shaped sloping roofs forming a triangular worship hall which can hold 10,000 worshippers, while the surrounding porticoes and the courtyard up-to 200,000 more. After Faisal Mosque, our next stop would be Pir Sohawa view point Islamabad , where we would have to retreat our evening and dinner. Drive: 5-6 hrs Activities: History & Culture, Sightseeing, Interaction with locals Meals provided: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel

After break fast will drive toward Katasraj Temple, which is a Hindu temple complex situated in Katas village near Choa Asidan shah. Dedicated to Shiva, the temple has, according to Hindu legend, existed since the days of Mahābhārata and the Pandava brothers spent a substantial part of their exile at the site and later Krishna himself laid the foundation of this temple and established his hand made Shelving in it. Prehistoric tools and weapons such as axes and knives made of granite, and artifacts like terracotta bangles and pottery have been unearthed at the Katas Raj site. The latter have been found to be similar to those excavated in Harappa, but have not been dated for want of expert opinion. The fascinating Salt Ranges have a vast archaeological treasure still hidden underground. The Salt Ranges have also been yielding prehistoric finds. While some local experts place the fossils discovered in the period between 6000 and 7000 BC. The Katas site houses the Satgraha, a group of seven ancient temples, remains of a Buddhist stupa, a few medieval temples, havelis and some recently constructed temples, scattered around a pond considered holy by Hindus. The temples at Katas are mostly constructed on square platforms. The elevation of the sub shrines seems to form a series of cornices with small rows of pillars, crowned by a ribbed dome. From here we will visit to Khewra Salt mine. It is Pakistan’s largest and oldest salt mine and the world’s second largest and a major tourist attraction. Its history dates back to its discovery by Alexander’s troops in 320 BC, but it started trading in the Mughal era. The main tunnel at ground level was developed by Dr. H. Warth, a mining engineer, in 1872 during British rule. After independence, the Pakistan Mineral Development Corporation took over the mine, which still remains the largest source of salt in the country, producing more than 350,000 tons per annum of about 99% pure halite. The salt reserves at Khewra were discovered when Alexander the Great crossed the Jhelum and Mianwali region during his Indian campaign. The mine was discovered, however, not by Alexander, nor by his allies, but by his army’s horses, when they were found licking the stones. Ailing horses of his army also recovered after licking the rock salt stones. During the Mughal era the salt was traded in various markets, as far away as Central Asia. On the downfall of the Mughal empire, the mine was taken over by Sikhs. We will go into the mine on a train. There are numerous pools of salty water inside. The Badshahi Mosque was built in the mining tunnels with multi-colored salt bricks about fifty years ago. Other artistic carvings in the mine include a replica of Minar-e-Pakistan, a statue of Allama Iqbal, an accumulation of crystals that form the name of Muhammad in Urdu script, a model of the Great Wall of China and another of the Mall Road of Murree A clinical ward with 20 beds was established in 2007, costing 10 million rupees for the treatment of asthma and other respiratory diseases using salt therapy. We will also visit 75-meter-high (245 feet) Assembly Hall; Pul-Saraat, a salt bridge with no pillars over a 25-meters-deep (80-foot-deep) brine pond; Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors), where salt crystals are light pink. Then we will drive to Rohtas Fort,a historical garrison fort located near the city of Jhelum in Punjab, Pakistan. It was built under Afghan king Sher Shah Suri, to subdue the rebellious tribes of the northern Punjab region, in the 16th century. This fort is about 4 km in circumference. The Rohtas Fort was built to crush the local Ghakhar tribes of Potohar, who rebelled against the Sur dynasty after the Mughal emperor Humayun was ousted by the former.It took eight years to build the fort, it was captured by Mughal emperor Humayun in 1555. Nadir Shah, the Turkic ruler of Persia, Afghan ruler Ahmed Shah Abdali and the Maratha army also camped here during their respective campaigns in the Punjab region. Rohtas was also occasionally used for administrative purposes by the Sikh ruler Ranjit Singh after he captured it in 1825. Due to its location, massive walls, trap gates and 3 Baolis (stepped wells) it could withstand a major siege although it was never besieged.Most of the fort was built with ashlar stones collected from its surrounding villages such as Tarraki village. Some parts of the fort were built with bricks. The fort is irregular in shape and follows the contours of the hill it was constructed on. The fort is exactly 5.2 km in circumference. A 533 metre long wall divides the citadel (for the Chieftain) from other parts of the fort. The fortification has 68 bastions (towers) at irregular intervals. Out of the 3 Baolis, one of them is in the citadel and the rest are in the other parts of the fort. One of the Gates (Langar Khani) opens into the citadel and is a trap gate because it is in the direct line of fire of the bastions. The Khwas Khani gate is an example of double walling. A small enclave on the western side is a citadel within a citadel. It is accessible by only one gate and also had a very fine Baoli which suggests that it was meant for the Chief and his family. In this citadel there is a beautiful Mosque called the Shahi Mosque (Not to be confused with the one in Lahore). There are no palaces in the Fort except for a structure built by Raja Man Singh called the Haveli of Man Singh. It is built on the highest point of the citadel. After Rohtas Fort, we will go for lunch After Rohtas in the evening we will drive to Lahore. Drive: 5-6 hrs Activities: History & Culture, Sightseeing, Interaction with locals Meals provided: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel

After Breakfast we will go to Jahangir’s Tomb across the River Ravi ‘s bridge. The Tomb was built by his son Shah Jahan , of Taj Mahal fame in 1627. A 180 room hotel Akbari Serai was also built here by Shah Jahan in 1637 around spacious garden. The Tomb of Asif Khan father of Mumtaz Mahal is also here , the lady for whom the Taj Mahal was built in Agra. Lahore is considered the cultural capital of Pakistan because of its numerous colleges, places of learning, sports activities frequent stage plays etc. We will now move to impressive Shalimar Garden built by Shah Jahan in 1642 for the royal household, it follows the Moghul concept of the perfect walled garden with geometrically arranged ponds, fountains and marble pavilions, surrounded by flowers and fruit trees. Shalimar Garden ‘s Construction began in 1637 C.E. during the reign of Emperor Shah Jahan and was completed in 1641. The Shalimar Gardens were laid out as a Persian paradise garden. The gardens measure 658 metres by 258 metres, and cover an area of 16 hectares east of Lahore’s Walled City. The gardens are enclosed by a brick wall that is famous for its intricate fretwork. In 1981 the Shalimar Gardens were inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as they embody Mughal garden design at the apogee of its development. The gardens date from the period when the Mughal Empire was at its artistic and aesthetic zenith. The gardens have been laid out from south to north in three levels of terraces, with levels spaced by 4–5 metres (13-15 feet) above the other, descending from south to north. The respective names of the three terraces have been listed as follows: The middle level terrace of the garden, known as the Faiz Bakhsh terrace The upper level or the third terrace named Farah Baksh meaning Bestower of Pleasure The middle level or the second terrace named Faiz Baksh meaning Bestower of Goodness The lower level terrace named Hayat Baksh meaning Bestower of Life Architecture of Shalimar Garden Shalimar Gardens draws inspiration from Central Asia, Kashmir, Punjab, Persia and the Delhi Sultanate. The Shalimar Gardens are laid out in the form of an oblong parallelogram, surrounded by a high brick wall, which is famous for its intricate fretwork. This garden was made on the concept of a Persian paradise garden. The gardens measure 658 meters north to south and 258 meters east to west. Fountains From this basin, and from the canal, rise 410 fountains, which discharge into wide marble pools. It is a credit to the creativity of Mughal engineers that even today scientists are unable to fully comprehend the water systems and thermal engineering from architectural blueprints. The surrounding area is rendered cooler by the flowing of the fountains, which is a particular relief for visitors during Lahore’s blistering summers, with temperature sometimes exceeding 120 °F (49 °C). The distribution of the fountains is as follows: The upper level terrace has 105 fountains. The middle level terrace has 152 fountains. The lower level terrace has 153 fountains. All combined, the Gardens has 410 fountains. The Gardens have 5 water cascades including the great marble cascade and Sawan Bhadoon. Later afternoon we will go to watch the Wahgah border flag lowering ceremony. The lowering of the flags ceremony at the Wagah border is a military practice, every evening before sunset at the Wagah border, which as part of the Grand Trunk Road was the only road link between these two countries before the opening of the Aman Setu in Kashmir in 1999. The spectacle of the ceremony attracts many visitors from both sides of the border, as well as international tourists. The drill is characterized by elaborate and rapid dance-like maneuvers. It is alternatively a symbol of the two countries’ rivalry, as well as brotherhood and cooperation between the two nations. The ceremony starts with a blustering parade by the soldiers from both the sides, and ends up in the perfectly coordinated lowering of the two nations’ flags. It is called the “beating retreat” border ceremony on the international level. One infantryman stands at attention on each side of the gate. As the sun sets, the iron gates at the border are opened and the two flags are lowered simultaneously. The flags are folded and the ceremony ends with a retreat that involves a brusque handshake between soldiers from either side, followed by the closing of the gates again. The soldiers of this ceremony are specially appointed and trained for this auspicious ceremony. Also they have additional beard and moustache policy in which they are paid additionally for it. After the ceremony we will drive back to Lahore for dinner and back to hotel. Drive: 5-6 hrs Activities: History & Culture, Sightseeing, Interaction with locals Meals provided: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel

Today morning after breakfast at hotel we will move out on The Mall Road, which was a modern thoroughfare lined with exquisite buildings of great public and private utility during British time. We will stop over at Gymkhana Club or Little Britain opposite Lawrence Gardens to take a view of this symbol of prestige and a favorite haunt of men of diverse talents and fortune. The halls of club were built in memory of two Governors Sir John Lawrence and Sir Robert Montgomery. We will move to The Lahore Museum built by the British in Moghul Gothic style and opened in 1894.John Lockwood Kipling, Rudyard’s father was the museum’s first curator. It is the best museum in Pakistan with a superb collection of Moghal period includes illustrated manuscripts, miniatures, rugs and carvings. It also has excellent galleries of pre historic Pakistan and a superb collection of Buddhist stone sculpture. The famous Zam – Zama gun casted in 1760 stand in front of the Museum. From here we move to Royal Palace of Lahore Fort which rank in size and beauty with the Moghul forts at Delhi and Agra. Akbar began building it the 1560s on the site of an older fort. The fortress is located at the northern end of Lahore’s Walled City, and spreads over an area greater than 20 hectares. It contains 21 notable monuments, some of which date to the era of Emperor Akbar. The Lahore Fort is notable for having been almost entirely rebuilt in the 17th century, when the Mughal Empire was at the height of its splendour and opulence. Though the site of the Lahore Fort has been inhabited for millennia, the first record of a fortified structure at the site was in regard to an 11th-century mud-brick fort. The foundations of the modern Lahore Fort date to 1566 during the reign of Emperor Akbar, who bestowed the fort with an architectural style that featured Hindu motifs. Additions from the Shah Jahan period are characterized by luxurious marble with inlaid Persian floral designs, while the fort’s grand and iconic Alamgiri Gate was constructed by the last of the great Mughal Emperors, Aurangzeb, and faces the renowned Badshahi Mosque. After the fall of the Mughal Empire, the Lahore Fort was used as the residence of Ranjit Singh, founder of the Sikh Empire. The fort then passed to British colonialists after they annexed Punjab following their victory over the Sikhs at the Battle of Gujrat in February 1849. In 1981, the fort was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its outstanding repertoire of Mughal monuments dating from the era when the empire was at its artistic and aesthetic zenith. From here we walk to Badshahi Mosque built by Emperor Aurangzeb in 1674 after the mosques of Delhi and Agra. It consists of a huge square with a minaret at each corner. You can climb up the 204 steps to the top of one of the minarets for a bird’s eye view of the old city of Lahore. We will move for lunch to a local restaurant and enjoy the best local taste known the world over as Tanduri. Drive: 5-6 hrs Activities: History & Culture, Sightseeing, Interaction with locals Meals provided: Breakfast Accommodation: None

Frequently asked questions

We loves to customize personal trips -- for you, your friends, or organization. Our published land costs are typically based on number of individuals, so the number in your party may affect your land costs. Just give us a call/contact us and let us know what you're interested in, and we'll do our best to Make It Happen.

Our guide or representative will pick you up at the airport on the scheduled arrival date. We can help you arrange accommodations if you arrive earlier, and we are happy to make suggestions for transportation, restaurants and sightseeing.

Yes, if you have a small bag of extra clothing for when you return from the trek, you will be able to store it safely in Islamabad for the duration of the trip.

Is there anything I need to know on visiting religious sites? Remember to dress on a little more conservatively while planning to visit religious sites. Also, you may need to take off your shoes or remove all the leather items while entering any temples and monasteries. But you need not to worry as our guide will alert you when such situation arises. Moreover, confirm that photography is allowed or not before taking any snaps. Keep in mind that some sites might not admit women or might be reserved for followers of that faith.

All of our guides are highly skilled experienced professionals who have been selected based on their careful judgment, local knowledge, understanding of our client's needs, patience and supportive guiding styles, and great personalities. In addition to their impressive personal achievements in the field, our guides bring a wealth of natural history, cultural anthropology and linguistic knowledge for their group's enlightenment. Our guides and staff surpass the needs of our clientele and make the trip enjoyable beyond expectations.

All accommodations are based on double or triple occupancy. If you are traveling solo and wish to share accommodations, we will pair you with another traveler of same gender. If you request single accommodations or a roommate cannot be assigned, you will be responsible for paying the single supplement fee.

We are happy to help you arrange accommodations before and after your trip. Our area directors can recommend side excursions and restaurants for the extra time.

Tipping is always a personal choice, but is greatly appreciated by your guides. Check your departure packet for details.

Pakistani love to take pictures and photograph themselves ! Do not forget your camera ! Photography is a great fun in Pakistan as you will have enough sunlight most of the time. In some of the monuments one has to pay fee for the photography. Our guide will suggest you where it is worth to photograph and where not. At some of the locations photography is not allowed. It is prohibited to photograph military installations, which can include some the train stations, bridges and airports also.Do not photograph these objects otherwise your film can be confiscated.

There is no way to know how quickly our trips are going to fill up. Many of our trips fill up months in advance. So send in your application and a deposit as soon as you have decided which trip date you want.

You can sign up for the trip directly on our website. To secure your place on this trip, please click on the BOOK NOW button at the side of the page, or the dates tab to the right. You will also need to have the below information to hand: • Name as per Passport • Home Address • Email Address • Telephone Number • Date of Birth Before you embark on your trip, it is essential that we receive your passport, travel insurance, next of kin, medical details and dietary requirements (if applicable). If you have any medical conditions to declare or are over the age of 65, you will be required to complete a medical declaration form, signed and stamped by your GP. If you don’t have all this information to hand, you can still register your place today, and then re-log into the form before you depart by using your email address and the password you create upon registration.

US$300 for scheduled trips. An application alone won’t reserve a space.

If we cancels a trip due to any reason, you will receive a full refund.

Yes – why not stay on and explore more of what Pakistan has to offer! We can request with to change your return date with the airline. Places are limited and all arrangements are subject to availability.

Our unique style of off the beaten track, face-to-face travel is the only way to really experience a destination, but it also serves to keep the costs down. We spend your money providing an authentic experience, instead of on lavish hotels and expensive western-style meals. We pass these savings on to you with our low prices. Another thing you'll notice are the inclusions. While we don't include everything, we do throw in the major highlights of a destination, the things that everyone goes to see. On every trip page we show you the 'Included Highlights' of your trip, things that many other companies charge locally for. We leave many other activities as options, to provide you the freedom and flexibility to choose what you want to do on a daily basis.

It will depend essentially on your destination and the season of your departure. It all depends on your destination and season of travel. Much of Pakistan has a patchy climate: warmer in the days and cooler in the evenings. A light jacket or layering is best to accommodate the varying temperatures. Also, we suggest shoes that are comfortable for walking, including sandals and tennis shoes. A head cover may be required for women and men at certain sacred sites and places of worship.

It will depend on your destination, the season and the activities you have chosen :-)The southern zones are the good destinations in the winter months (November to March), as temperatures are mild and game viewing in the national parks will be the best options. Comparatively winter temperatures in the north may become harsh, but this is an excellent time for bird watching, as the migrant species arrive in this period. It really depends on your destination, activities and season of travel. In much of Northern, the favored time to visit is from April – November, when the weather is most mild, while October - March is the best time to visit Southern and Central Pakistan. Our destination specialists will recommend certain travel times after learning more about your preferences.

Gilgit Gilgit Baltistan is a beautiful destination. So much so, that one should definitely plan a visit to this cold desert as a bucket list check box. With beautiful lakes and treks to offer, Gilgit Gilgit Baltistan is a must-visit place to go to. In winter, the temperature in Gilgit Gilgit Baltistan drops down severely and becomes even more picturesque. One can visit the frozen lakes, if not the Baltoro trek, one can do the trek on the Shigar, Khaplu valleys, visit Gilgit Gilgit Baltistani festivals that help you interact with the locals as well.

The best way to travel within Pakistan is to travel by road as this offers you an opportunity to have a glimpse of real PAKISTAN as you can visit en-route villages and small forts at your own pace which is not possible by air or by train.

We have English speaking guides all over PAKISTAN. At many places , we also have french , German , Spanish ,Italian and Japenese and other language speaking guides. We can also provide accompanying foreign language speaking tourist guides for individuals and groups. The availability of foreign language speaking guides can be confirmed at the time of reservation.

You will be greeted by our representative at airport on your arrival. He shall be holding a placard of your name for identification. We shall also provide you list of emergency 24 hours contact numbers for any emergency.

Pakistan is as secure as any other foreign location you visit for the first time. Pakistani people are very hospitable and helpful people. Moreover, we will be there to take care of you in every step of your way and to instruct certain basic precautions. Like it is a very good idea to lock away your spare currency, traveler’s cheques, passports and precious jewellery in the hotel safe. Moreover, be aware while walking around alone at late night, particularly in the deserted areas or small towns because everything closes early. If possible, avoid travelling late night and never leave your luggage unattended at the airport or train station.

This must be obtained before arrival and we recommend that you contact your local Pakistani embassy or consulate when planning your trip.

In brief a customized itinerary is an itinerary prepared according to your personal needs. After all, you would have requested this to us as part of the process of customization. Your specific interest, preferences and needs are weighted with our knowledge of logistics and highlights of the area.

The Pakistann currency is the rupee, which is made of 100 paisa. Major currencies such as US dollars, British pounds and Euros are easily exchanged throughout Pakistan. Most international airports of the country have the money exchange counters, and also some selected larger hotels and resorts have this facility to their customer.

Of course the most regularly used cards are Visa and MasterCard, but neither American Express nor Dinner’s Club are broadly accepted in Pakistan. While you are going out of the main cities to the small places, it is recommended that you carry enough Pakistann currency for purchasing and tipping purpose.

ATMs linked to the international networks are situated in the main cities, as well as an increasing number of the smaller towns. But, make sure that you have a four-digit PIN code for your card, as Pakistann ATMs require this.

The electricity supply is 230 – 240 volt, with three round pin plugs. Most western visitors will require an adaptor. If you plan to travel a lot in the future, it is better to get a combination voltage converter and a plug adapter.

Internet connections are available in the most part and places of Pakistan and are reasonably fast, except in some more remote rural areas. Wi-Fi access is accessible at most good hotels and growing number of cafés in the larger cities.

With its many diverse landscapes and attractions, Pakistan is an admirable destination for the family traveler. Some of the good options are beach holidays and wildlife adventures in the national parks, while many monuments have sight and light shows that will capture children’s imagination. For teenagers, the many outdoor activities, such as camel safari and trekking, are an illustrative card. Without the second thinking, the big challenge for families travelling in this country might be the distances that need to be covered between cities. Air travel and railway journeys are usually the most comfortable forms of traveling, and are strongly recommended to those with the young children.

Pakistan's five and four star hotels are pretty much like any high quality western hotel and many of them are the western hotel chains. But then the quality drops dramatically to three star hotels.

Pakistani cuisine has several variations, with each region famous for its own techniques, ingredients and spices. In northern regions, meat dishes are very popular, which are usually made with chicken, mutton or lamb whereas in southern part vegetarian cuisine is most favored. In addition, seafood is also readily available, particularly at the coast. While Pakistani cuisine tends to be spicy, most restaurants will gladly prepare a milder variation of the meals on the request of their customer.

It’s best to avoid drinking the tap water. Bottled water is easily available, but it’s a good idea to check that the seal on the bottle is undamaged or not before you purchase it. In every area for the tourists packed bottled water is recommended. Though, local brands are also available but it's recommended to use the some popular and major brands like Nestle, Aquafina and Kinley to save you from the unwelcomed problem.

In the cooler months, you may want to have closed in shoes because it is cold. In the warmer weather and areas, you will probably be more comfortable in open sandals or slip-off shoes. Additionally, you will likely find that you need to take your shoes off regularly when going into mosques/shops/temples etc and slip offs are quick and easy.

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Bulk discount adult
# Discount group From adult To adult Value
1 Group 2-4 Adult 2 4 10%
2 Group 5-8 Adult 5 8 15%
3 Group 9-12 Adult 9 12 20%
4 Group 13-16 Adult 16 25%

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