The Kingdom of Gandhara lasted from the 6th century BCE to the 11th century. It attained its height from the 1st century to the 5th century under Buddhist Kushan Kings. After it was conquered by Mahmud of Ghazni in 1021 CE, the name Gandhara disappeared. During the Muslim period the region was administered from Lahore or from Kabul.
During Mughal times the region was part of Kabul province. The Gandharas were settled since the Vedic times on the banks of Kabul River (river Kubha or Kabol) up to its mouth into Indus. The region is known as Peshawar Valley. Later the Gandharas crossed the Indus and included parts of north-west Punjab of Pakistan. Gandhara was located on the grand northern high road (Uttarapatha) and was a centre of international commercial activities. It was an important channel of communication with ancient Iran and Central Asia.
||8 Days / 7 Nights
||South & North Pakistan
Day 1: Lahore
Arrive at Islamabad airport transfer to hotel. Afternoon sightseeing of Lahore. Which includes, Lahore fort, Lahore museum, Badshahi Mosque, Sheesh Mahal, Noor Jahan tomb and Wagah Border.
Day 2: Lahore to Islamabad
Drive to Islamabad 380 km en-route visit Katas Raj Temples, Rohtas Fort and Khewra Salt Mines.
Day 3: Islamabad
Full day sightseeing of Rawalpindi and Islamabad, which includes famous Faisal Mosque, Shakar Parian, Pakistan monument, Damen Koh, Lok Versa, Museum, Rawalpindi old bazaar, Raja Bazaar.
Day 4: Islamabad to Swat
Drive to Swat 245 km en-route visit Taxila museum and historical sites.
Day 5: Swat
Today visit Shankardara Stupa, Ghaliagi Buddah and Kalam valley and Mingora- Udegram-Barikot Nimogram.
Day 6: Swat to Peshawar
Drive to Peshawar 174 km, en-route visit en-route visit well-preserved monastery of Takhat-e-Bai.
Day 7: Peshawar
Full day sightseeing of Peshawar, which included Peshawar Museum, Mahabat Khan Mosque and The Qissa Khawani Bazaar.
Day 8: Peshawar to Islamabad
Drive to Islamabad 172 km, evening transfer to Islamabad airport for return flight.