Swat Naran Neelum valleys Tour

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Overview

Swat, Crisscrossed by rivers, it’s a great place to restore yourself. After spending the night here, you’ll be amazed at how refreshing travelling can feel.

Swat valleys sheer beauty make them worth their often challenging journeys.

Highlights

  • Visit the most holy sites and destinations in Pakistan
  • Step closer to birth pace of Buddhism; try to understand the faith, and the unique related activities there.
  • If you are a believer, just take a pilgrim along the way and enjoy the spectacular scenery and profound culture in this land.
  • enjoy the amazing and mysterious places, mountains, temples & stupas in scared places!
  • Encounter the paths trodden by Buddha in all their splendor and majesty

Itinerary

Days        Activities

  • ARRIVAL in ISLAMABAD

    Upon arrival at Islamabad Airport, a representative holding a Visit Pakistan Travels sign will meet you as you exit the baggage-claim area. Please note that there may be up to a 45-minute wait if there are other guests arriving within the same time frame. A complimentary private transfer will be provided to hotel about a 30-minute drive away.

    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.

  • TAKHT BHAI –SWAT

    We leave today after breakfast for Swat, a picturesque northern Pakistan valley towards north east. It has a rich historical past, too. The “Udayana” (Golden) of the ancient Hindu epics; the land of enthralling beauty, where Alexander of Macedonia fought and won some of his major battles before crossing over the plans of Pakistan. This is the “valley of hanging chains” described by the famous Chinese pilgrim chronices, Huain Tsang and Fa-Hian in the fifth and sixth centuries.

    Swat was also the historical land where the Muslim conquerors, Mahmud Ghaznavi, Babar and Akbar fought their battles preparatory to conquest of South Asia. En route we visit the Bala Hisar mound at a distance of 28 kilometers dating back to 2500 years old and the capital of Gandhara from sixth century B.C to second century A.D. According to Herodotus , the Greek historian writing in about 460 B.C Darius sent the explorer Scylax of Caryanda to sail down from here and find the sea. Gandhara remained with Achaemenid Empire for next 200 years until its overthrow by Alexander the Great in the fourth century B.C.

    Our next stop will be at Takht e Bahi Buddhist monastery of first century A.D. It has 38 votive stupas and the largest statues must have been 33 feet high donated by rich pilgrims, supposed to enshrine the ashes of Lord Buddha and surrounded by the chapels. Then we will see the cells of Monks in the Monastery Court. These cells are believed to be originally plastered and painted in different colours.

    The next part of our journey is to Chakdara passing through the Malakand Pass. Photo stop at the top of this pass will allow admire superb panoramic views over the valley. There is also a Fort built by the British. There are also a few Churchill Piquets all along the Pass. These security check posts were used by the British army to watch the movements of local Pathan tribes who fought against them. Despite the heavy fights that lasted years, the British army never succeeded in defeating local tribes who posed them fierce resistance. In fact, British controlled the whole sub­continent except this zone which is now known as Khyber Pakhtoonkhaw. Next is  Chakdara Fort, which was built by Emperor Akbar in 16th century and now in use of Army.

    We will be in Fiza Ghat by evening for overnight stay.

  • MALAM JABBA-miandam

    Morning departure for Malam Jabba. This is an exciting tourist resort of great natural beauty as well as the one of the best skiing resort. Afternoon drive to Miandam and enjoy the alpine and rustic scenery of Miandam.

    Drive: 5-6 hrs

  • Madian, Bahrain & Kalam

    Leave for Kalam. On the way visit Madian and Bahrain, with beautiful terraced fields, wild flowers, studded slopes and fruit laden trees.The last destination of Swat valley, which is ideal for hiking, trekking and trout fishing.

    Drive: 5-6 hrs

  • Kalam free day

    free day at Kalam or optional visit to Ushu lake or Mahodand lake Kalam.

    Drive: 5-6 hrs

  • Shangla Pass - Besham

    After breakfast our journey starts towards Bahrain and Madyan. Afterward we will proceed to Shangla pass, 2125m, and descent down to Behsam in Kohistan with a spectacular landscape view all around. If time allows and if you are lucky enough, you will probably witness the sunset at the top of this Pass.

    Drive: 5-6 hrs

  • MANSEHRA - Shogran

    After breakfast we will drive on historic Karakoram Highway, which connect Pakistan with china, stretching over a distance of 1300km between Islamabad and Kashgar, winding through three mountain ranges and following the ancient Silk route along the Indus valley to the Chinese border at Khunjerab Pass. We will be stopping at scenic points for photo ops and also in Manserha to visit Ashoka Rock Eddicts.

    Mansehra Rock Edicts are fourteen edicts of the Mauryan emperor Ashoka, inscribed on rocks in Mansehra. The edicts are cut into three boulders and date back to 3rd century BC and they are written in the ancient Indic script of Gandhara culture, Kharosthi. The edicts mention aspects of Ashoka’s dharma. This site is World Heritage Sites tentative list.

    From Mansehra we will drive towards beautiful Balakot and Kewai. From Kewai, we will ascend on side road to beautifual hill station Shogran. Shogran is a village situated on a green plateau in the Kaghan Valley, northern Pakistan at a height of 7,749 feet or 2,362 metres above sea level.

    Drive: 6-7 hrs.

  • Sari Paya Excursion

    After breakfast leave for Sari Payi by jeep or by walk/horse.Siri and paye is 6 Kilimeters away from Shogran. Siri, Paye Lake is situated near Shogran in the Kaghan Valley in Pakistan. It is situated at the height of almost 3,000 m (10,000 feet). It is surrounded by Makra Peak, Malka Parbat, Moosa da Musalla and the mountains of Kashmir.

    After noon back to Shogran. Visit the scenic views of Shogran around in the evening.

    Drive: 2-3 hrs

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  • Naran

    After break fast drive down to Kewai and onward Naran Road passing through Jareed to Shino Trout hatchery. After visiting Trout hatchery we will continue our drive to Khanian and Kaghan. After a brief visit of Kaghan village we resume our journey to Naran, summer capital of Naran Kaghan valley.

    Drive: 3-4 hrs

  • Saiful Muluk Lake Excursion

    Today we will take an hour jeep drive to famous lake Saiful muluk.Saiful Muluk is an alpine lake located at the northern end of the Kaghan Valley, at an altitude of 3,224 m (10,578 feet) above sea level it is amongst one of the highest lakes in Pakistan. There is also a similar named fictional story associated with the lake. Weather here is moderate during day time while the temperature drops to negative temperatures at night Here we may take boating, horse riding  and trout fishing activity.

    Drive: 2-3 hrs

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  • Lala zar -Lulusar Lake, Babusar pass Excursion

    After breakfast we visit Lalazar, an amazing lush green meadows for nature watching and then onward to Batakundi, Lalazar. After some rest, we will visit Luluar lake. Lulusar Lake, at 3,410 m (11,190 ft), is the primary headwaters of the Kunhar River. It flows southwest through the entire length of Kaghan Valley passing Jalkhand, Naran, Kaghan, Jared, Paras and Balakot until its confluence with the Jhelum River. Lulusar Lake marks the historic place where fifty-five participants of the 1857 Indian war of independence were arrested.The lake is much larger than other lakes in the Kaghan Valley, and has mirror-like water reflecting the surrounding snow capped Lulusar mountains, creating a natural tourist attraction. In the summer many domestic and international visitors make the lake and Lulusar-Dudipatsar National Park a destination.

    After Lulusar lake we drive to Gitidas and scenic Babusar top. From Gittidas east of the lake the Naran-Babusar road goes through the Babusar Pass, which is the highest point in the Kaghan Valley (el.4,173 metres (13,691 ft)), to the Karakoram Highway and mountaineering hub of Gilgit. Evening back to Naran.

    Drive: 5-6 hrs

  • Muazffarabad

    Today we travel back on Naran Road to Balakot  and then towards Gari Habibullah to Muzaffarabad, capital of Azad kashmir, with panoramic views. we will visit of Local Bazar, Red Fort(Muzaffarabad Fort) in the evening.

    Drive: 5-6 hrs

  • Kundal shahi - Authmuqam -Sharda

    After break fast drive to Neelum valley, with fast flowing rivers, sparkling waterfalls and lush green meadows

    Neelum Valley, 90 miles long bow-shaped with majestic pine, fir and deodar trees, lies north-south of Muzaffarabad.  Its elevation, a mere 2,000 feet at the start, gradually rises till it attains a respectable height of 8,000 feet. On both sides there are high mountains and peaks.The valley is accessible by an all weather road metalled up to Kundal Shahi and well maintained up to Kel.

    The serene atmosphere shrouded into lush greenery and milky-white waterfalls and water curses and their rhythmic flow totally absorbs the visitors.Added to the general plant fragrance is the sweet smell of menthol plants along the banks of the nullah, it cuts its way across the crop-fields in such wavy manner that it looks as a white ribbons over green head of damsel Nature.

    Neelam valley has great significance in terms of tourism in Pakistan. The views are spectacular, lush carpeted meadows can caste a spell on visitors.From Patika forest one reaches Nosari, 24 miles ahead of Muzaffarabad. Next come Chaliana (height 3,200 feet), Qazi Nag, Barian, Salkhela, Kundal Shahi, Athmaqam on this road.

    At the gateway to the Valley lies a sprawling town of Pattheka with a dependable commercial centre. On its back runs the forth-emitting river Neelum.

    At a distance of 74 Km. from Muzaffarabad we will reach Kundal Shahi. Here the mountains are ranging from 4000 feet to 1400 feet above sea level. The ever green forests are stretched in the far flung lush green plateaus with abundance of wildlife.Dowarian at a distance of 13 Km from Neelum at an altitude of 1615 meters is surrounded by mountains full of conifer trees.

    The most picturesque place in Neelum Valley is “ Sharda” it is located at a distance of 136 Km from Muzaffarabad and 30 Km from Dowarian. It is a breath taking spot. This place from the point of view of tourists is so attractive and captivating that they get their money’s worth when they spend a few days here in their sojourn amidst nature. In Sharda one also finds ruins of an old place of learning. The presence of these ruins (known as Sharda University) lends Sharda is a historical background providing special attraction for the people interested in archaeology and history. Great researcher and traveler Alberuni has also visited ancient city of Sharda which is commonly known as ancient university in heart of Neelam Valley.

    Drive: 5-6 hrs

  • Kel/Kail - Urang Kel

    Today we will visit  further 19 kilometers journey from Sharda, upstream takes one to Kel. It is a small valley at the height of 2097 meters. This is another picturesque place in the Neelum Valley. We will also visit Urang Kail and stay there.

    Drive: 5-6 hrs

  • Hamlet - Tao bat

    Today we will visit Hamlet. The border village about 38 km ahead of Kel, is a fascination yet unexplored. Janawai, and Sardari are the most beautiful places around here. After Hamlet we will go further up to Tao bat.

    Tao Butt is an example of vegetation generosity of the liberal nature. The spot is donned with all delicacies and niceties. Nature flirts here with fantastic environment.

  • Keran

    Today we will drive back and visit Keran meadows.

    Drive: 5-6 hrs

  • Murree - Islamabad

    Today we will drive back to Muzaffarabad, where one can do Pashmina shopping. Then drive to Kohala and onward to Murree. visit Kashmir point and Pindi Point. Stroll on famous Mall road and if like some shopping. Evening drive back to Islamabad and transfer to airport for onward flight.

    Transfer to Airport for onward flight.

    Drive: 7-8 hrs

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