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Pakistan: Ancient Cities And Sufi Trail

Enigmatic, edgy and intriguing, Pakistan often makes the headlines for all the wrong reasons. However, it is a land filled with colour and contrast, offering the adventurous traveller a stunning wealth of culture, tradition and natural beauty. This remarkable journey encompasses everything from Sufi tombs and desert fortresses, to bustling bazaars and lively cities, as you travel from the streets of Karachi and deep into the Punjab.

Beginning in Karachi you’ll have a chance to explore one of Pakistan’s most exciting and historic cities, before journeying across a landscape filled with World Heritage ruins and dazzling Sufi mausoleums. You’ll discover the tombs of some of the country’s most revered mystics and poets, visit the World Heritage ruins of Mohenjo-daro and travel into the deserts of Cholistan to see the imposing fortress of Derawar.

In Multan you’ll then have a chance to explore the renowned City of the Sufis, before ending your journey in Lahore, the cultural heart of the Punjab. Here, amongst the chaos and clamour of one of the most vibrant cities in the country, you’ll spend a day discover the historic and religious reminders of the Moghul, Sikh and British Empires.


Highlights
  • Visit the World Heritage Sites at Makli Hill and Mohenjo-daro
  • Discover the historic highlights of Karachi and Lahore
  • Explore Multan, the City of the Sufis.
  • Vist Cholistan Desert and the imposing Derawar Fort


Tour Includes:
  • 5 nights 4 star and 5 nights local hotel accommodation
  • 10 breakfasts
  • Private vehicle and driver
  • Local English Speaking Escort Guide
  • Private guided transfers to and from all airports
  • Driver/guide's expenses


  • Please note the prices shown are per person and based on two persons sharing a twin or double room

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Marc
Marc

Carry something warm over the Shandur Pass - it can snow even in July.

Jonny
Jonny

Make sure you take a torch - power cuts still happen fairly regularly.

Jane
Jane

Take a bandana, the landscapes are unreal but the roads can be a little dusty.

Sunita
Sunita

If travelling by jeep ask the driver to take the roof off - you'll see a lot more.

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Private Tour Pricing Policy

Land Only prices usually include all accommodation, meals, private driver and vehicle, experienced local guides, excursions including entrance fees, airport transfers mentioned in the itinerary. They may also include certain domestic flights. But please bear in mind the tour price is only an estimate and for specific pricing exact dates of travel must be known. Please contact us for more information.

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Travel Tips

• Carry a bandana - the dust in the jeeps can be a nuisance

• Make sure you take a torch - power cuts happen

• Don’t drink too much Kalash wine - you WILL suffer!

• Carry something warm over the Shandur Pass - it can snow even in July

• If travelling by jeep ask the driver to take the roof off - you'll see a lot more

• Don't visit Lahore museum on the first Wednesday of the month - it'll be closed

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Practical Info

Money - Currency: The currency in Pakistan is the Pakistani Rupee.

To check out the latest exchange rate for the places that you are visiting you can go to www.oanda.com

A few points to help you plan: Payments are mainly made in cash. Only the few large hotels and banks accept credit cards and Travellers Cheques so they are basically useless. If using ATM machines, be sure to notify your bank before you travel. It is strongly recommended you travel with US dollars or Pounds Sterling in cash. On arrival you will be able to change money into the relevant currency and your tour leader can help you arrange this.

NB – please do not change more than you think you will need as in some cases you will not be able to change it back into hard currency.

Time: Pakistan is 5hrs ahead of GMT. A useful website to check the time zone differences is www.worldtimezone.com

Electricity: If using a camera with film we suggest photographers bring plenty of rolls. Those bringing video & digital cameras that require battery chargers should also bring a two-pin, continental style adapter. In most hotels you can charge from the mains using a travel adaptor plug.

Food and Alcohol: As an Islamic republic almost all alcohol is banned in Pakistan. Murray beer and whisky are available to non-Muslims at a few hotels but to be honest it’s hardly worth drinking. In the past customs used to confiscate any bottles they found tourists bringing into the country but in the last few years this has been eased and so long as one is subtle – no Johnnie Walker duty free bags, please! – you can bring in whatever you want. And a sundowner while at the Eagles Nest is very satisfying indeed. So if you want a good quality tipple, then bring it with you. Our local friends are also much appreciative if you have some to share!

The food in Pakistan is akin to that of its neighbouring country India. With many flavoursome dishes, it is an ideal location for vegetarians. That said, chicken and mutton are available for those that like their meat.

Vegetarians or those with special dietary needs can be catered for; however on some occasions the type of food may be limited. Please let us know your requirements as soon as possible so we can make any arrangements to cater for your needs.

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When To Go

The weather conditions can be extremely varied. In the mountains of Pakistan, where you will often be travelling at heights of up to 3,000 metres, even in the middle of summer it can turn bitter; at the same time the temperature in Islamabad could be nudging 40 degrees. Generally though, outside of the months of June and July you should largely be OK.

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Flight Information

Flight time to Islamabad from London is 7:45hrs with Pakistan International Airways. Please be aware that this is not a daily service and the best alternatives are usually Emirates via Dubai or Etihad via Abu Dhabi.

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