Possible Plans for Tourism

Islamabad and Punjab in 10 Days

  • Day 1. Arrival in Islamabad. Visit the Faisal Mosque then go for a walk in the Margallas to admire the city from the heights and dine on top of the mountains at Monal.
  • Day 2. Depart to Lahore and visit some of the architectural treasures of the Mughal era: the Fort and the Badshahi Mosque. Lose yourself in the old town and dine on the terrace (at Cuckoo’s Den for example) with a view of the illuminated mosque.
  • Day 3. Continue to explore Mughal wonders with a visit to Emperor Jehangir Mausoleum and Shalimar Gardens. Head to the Wagah border to witness the unique border closing ceremony.
  • Day 4. Get up at dawn and have breakfast in the old town which is slowly waking up. Take a few hours to visit the Lahore Museum and head to Bahawalpur, if possible by train to admire the landscapes of Punjab.
  • Day 5. Stroll through Bahawalpur Bazaar and visit Al-Sadiq Mosque. Even if it is not possible to visit it from the inside, the Noor Mahal palace is worth a look. Depart for Uch Sharif, 75 kilometers from Bahawalpur. Lose yourself in the alleys of this mystical city, visit Sufi temples and stop for a chai with the locals. Return to spend the night in Bahawalpur.
  • Day 6. Take the road, direction the Cholistan desert. After a visit to Derawar Fort and the adjacent mosque, have lunch with the locals, in their traditional homes. Return to Bahawalpur before sunset.
  • Day 7. Discover Multan, the “city of saints”. Discover its sumptuous Sufi temples and observe the faithful who come to meditate. A visit to the pottery institute will allow you to see the handwork of the artisans and buy some souvenirs. End your day with a stroll through one of the city’s bazaars.
  • Day 8. Return to Islamabad, learn about the cultures and traditions of the country at the Lok Virsa Museum. Enjoy delicious Pakistani specialties at Andaaz Restaurant in the picturesque village of Saidpur.
  • Day 9. Depending on your desires, several visits are possible around the capital. You can visit the Khewra salt mines about 180 kilometers from Islamabad, or the archaeological ruins of Taxila, about an hour away. If you feel like relaxing, you can go for a picnic and a dip at Khanpur Lake, about 50 kilometers away.
  • Day 10.  Explore the town of Rawalpindi, take a tour of the Rajah Bazaar and buy some truck art souvenir

Second proposed Plan: From the Extreme North to Extreme South in 22 Day

  • Day 1. Arrival in Islamabad. Visit the Faisal Mosque then go for a walk in the Margallas to admire the city from the heights and dine on top of the mountains at Monal.
  • Day 2. Fly to Chitral and admire the mountains from your window. Visit the ancient fort and the adjacent mosque, stroll through the city and go support the soccer or polo players.
  • Day 3. Explore the Kalash people in the Bamboret valley. Visit the museum to learn about their unique culture, take a walk in the mountains and admire the traditional dwellings. With a little luck, you will be invited to taste the local food.
  • Day 4. Return to Chitral then drive to Gilgit, where you will arrive in the early evening.
  • Day 5. Take the path of the Water Channel Walk which offers you breathtaking views over the valley. The hike ends at Kargah Buddha, a Buddha figure carved into the rock. You can end your day with a stroll around the city.
  • Day 6. Leave Gilgit in the direction the valley of Naltar, about forty kilometers away. Rejuvenate and admire the colorful lakes, forests of pines, spruces, rowan trees, junipers and streams.
  • Day 7. Travel up the Karakoram Highway to Karimabad. Explore the city, don’t miss the beautifully restored Baltit Fort, then sample delicious local produce at Hidden Paradise Restaurant.
  • Day 8. Choose one of the many possible treks around Karimabad, then, if you are not too tired, go and watch the sunset from the Eagle Nest, a high point that offers panoramic views of the peaks. of the region.
  • Day 9. Go up the valley of Hunza to Passu crossing the turquoise lake of Attabad. Stroll through the tiny village of Passu and taste the famous apricot pie from ice cream maker Breeze.
  • Day 10. The treks are yours!
  • Day 11. Rent a 4 × 4 and drive up the Karakoram Higway to the Khunjerab Pass. Salute the yaks and the golden marmots. Here you are at the Sino-Pakistani border! Go back to sleep in Passu and enjoy its calm, dark and starry nights.
  • Day 12. Leave in the direction of Skardu, the journey will take you all day.
  • Day 13. Climb to the heights of the Deosai Plateau at 4000 meters above sea level and take the time to explore what you can of its 3000 square kilometers!
  • Day 14. History with a visit to the K2 museum, Buddha engravings or Karpochu fort, or nature with the discovery of Kachura or Satpara lakes or a walk on the local roads, it’s up to you to compose your day in Skardu!
  • Day 15. Drive to the charming village of Shigar and discover its treasures: wooden mosques, ruins of a Buddhist monastery and Buddhist inscriptions of the Vth century engraved in rocks. Spend the night at Serena Shigar Fort, a lavish and one-of-a-kind resort that includes a 400-year-old fort, among other things.
  • Day 16. Return to Islamabad. Take a dip in the Serena’s swimming pool, for example.
  • Day 17.  Travel to the ruins of Taxila, one of the most important archaeological sites in Asia and immerse yourself in the fascinating history of this region. Return to Islamabad.
  • Day 18. Fly to Karachi and discover this fascinating city. Sneak through the aisles of the mythical Empress Market, breathe the sea air on Clifton Beach, learn more about the life of Mohammed Ali Jinnah, the “founder” of Pakistan by visiting his old home and finish your trip by enjoying good grilled meat in one of the restaurants located by the sea.
  • Day 19. Head east of Karachi with a visit to the Chaukhandi cemetery and its magnificent intricately carved tombs, and that of the archaeological site of Bhanbore which dates from the 1st century BC. A little further on, do not miss the city of Thatta and its sumptuous Shah Jahan mosque, and the necropolis of Makli, one of the largest in the world.
  • Day 20. Fly to Lahore. Lose yourself in the old town and dine on the terrace (at Cuckoo’s Den for example) with a view of the illuminated mosque.
  • Day 21. Rise at dawn and have breakfast in the old town which is slowly waking up. Visit the architectural treasures of the Mughal era, the Fort, the Badshahi Mosque, the Mausoleum of Emperor Jehangir and the Shalimar Gardens. Dine on the terrace (at Cuckoo’s Den for example) with a breathtaking view of the illuminated mosque.
  • Day 22. Return to Islamabad where you can buy some souvenirs in one of the markaz in the city.
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