10 Day Pakistan’s World Heritage Glimpse Sites Tour
Day 01 Meet on arrival and Transfer to Hotel. Afternoon Sightseeing tour of Karachi Visit Jinnah Mausoleum Defense Mosque, Clifton Beach, and Bohri Bazaar Overnight at Mehran Hotel
Day 02 Breakfast at Hotel. Morning Full day tour of Thatta. Visit Chaukundi (Tentative list in UNESCO), Banbhore, Makli & Shahjehan mosque (UNESCO World Heritage sites), Afternoon Continue to Hyderabad (Visit the Nara canal and traces of the lower rivers enroute) Dinner & Overnight at a very basic hotel.
Day 03 Drive to Larkana via Bhit Shah & Kot DG (Tentative list) visit the Shrine of Bhit Shah and listen to the Sufi songs, at the KOT DG visit the fort in detail which may become a world heritage site soon. Overnight at Sambara Inn Hotel.
Day 04 Morning drive to Mohen Jo Daro (World Heritage site) visit the SD & DK areas later visit museum and continue to Sukkur on arrival a short tour of Sukkur visit the minarat of masoom Shah and river Indus bank, Overnight at hotel.
Day 05 Morning after a brief visit of Sukkur take Train to Multan on arrival meet and transfer to Hotel Overnight at hotel One.
Day 06 Morning tour of Multan visit the mausoleum of Shah Rukn-e-Alam and Ghous Bahauddin Zakaria later drive to Lahore enroute visit Harrappa museum and site Overnight at Best Western hotel.
Day 07 Breakfast at Hotel. Morning tour of Lahore Visit Lahore Museum in detail, Delhi gate Bazaar, Wazir Khan Mosque, and Anarkali mosque.. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 08 Breakfast at hotel Drive to Islamabad enroute visit Rohtas fort UNESCo Worl heritage site Overnight at Hotel
Day 09 Full day Excursion to Taxila & Takht bhai both are World heritage sites later return to Islamabad overnight at hotel.
Day 10 Breakfast at hotel Tour of Islamabad . Morning sightseeing of Twin cities Rawalpindi & Islamabad, Visit the Shah Faisal Mosque, an excellent Model of the Modern Muslim architecture, Shakaparian View point, Folk heritage museum, after that drive through the government buildings and visit the Raja bazaar, transfer to airport for flight to home
World Heritage Sites, Pakistan
Pakistan, situated in South Asia, which served as the cradle of ancient human civilizations of the region. Iran, Afghanistan, India, and China borders the country. Pakistan ratified the 'Convention Concerning the Protection of World Cultural and Natural Heritage' in 1976.
Pakistan has six UNESCO World Heritage Sites in their country, all of which are cultural locations, as follows:
- Ancient Monuments at Makli, Thatta , 1981
- Archaeological Ruins of Moenjodaro, 1980
- Fort & Shalamar Gardens in Lahore, 1981
- Rohtas Fort, 1997
- Taxila, 1980
- Buddhist Ruins of Takht-i-Bahi & Remains at Sahr-i-Bahlol, 1980
Historical Monuments at Makli, Thatta
The capital of three successive dynasties and later ruled by the Mughal emperors of Delhi, Thatta was constantly embellished from the 14th to the 18th century.
The Makli site is a necropolis that is one of the largest in the world on the top of the Makli Hill on the Indus River's delta. The site has around half a million tombs & graves in an area of approx. 10 square km in size.
The tomb is made of stone or brick, and certain ones are decorated with glazed tiles. The site houses the tombs of kings, queens, governors, scholars and other important people of the past.
View of Nizam al-Din Tomb with polygon pavilion
Archaeological Ruins at Moenjodaro
The large city of Moenjodaro – built entirely of unbaked brick in the 2,500 B.C. – lie in the Indus valley civilization, also known as Harappan civilization. It was somewhere around 19th century B.C. when the Indus River Valley Civilization rapidly declined.
The town is made up of two parts, the upper town, where the acropolis, set on high embankments, the ramparts to protect it.
The second part is lower town, which is laid out according to strict rules, provide evidence of an early system of town planning;
customs, art, religion, architecture, sanitation and administrative processes of a civilization.
Site overview of Mohenjodaro, eastern Pakistan.
Assortment of seals with animal motifs in use during the time of the Indus civilization, 2nd–3rd millennium bce.
Fort and Shalamar Gardens in Lahore
The Lahore Fort and Shalamar Gardens were part of the duo of Pakistani World Heritage Sites being inscribed as such in 1980 and is located in the province of Punjab.
This site is made up of two separate locations, the Lahore Fort and the Shalamar Gardens, which are located 7 kilometers apart and are both in the city of Lahore.
Both sites were built during the height of the Mughal Empire (1526-1857) under Emperor Shah Jahan (1592-1666).
Fort Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Shalamar Garden, Lahore, Punjab,
Taxila, located in the Rawalpindi district of Pakistan’s Punjab province, is a vast serial site that includes a Mesolithic cave and the archaeological remains of four early settlement sites, Buddhist monasteries, and a Muslim mosque and madrassa.
Situated strategically on a branch of the Silk Road that linked China to the West, Taxila reached its apogee between the 1st and 5th centuries.
One of these sites, the Bihr mound, is associated with the historic event of the triumphant entry of Alexander the Great into Taxila
It is now one of the most important archaeological sites in Asia.
he Rohtas Fort is the most recent site in Pakistan to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997 and is located in the City of Jhelum in Punjab Province The fort was built in the 16th century under the Suri dynasty (1540-56) by Shera Sha Suri (1486-1545). The fort has a giant 70-hectare sized garrison with masonry walls that are more than 4 kilometers (2.48 miles) in circumferences and has 68 bastions and 12 massive gateways.
Rohtas Fort blended architectural and artistic traditions from Turkey and the Indian subcontinent, creating the model for Mughal architecture and its subsequent adaptations by European colonial architecture.
Rohtas Fort, Jhelum, Pakistan
Buddhist Ruins of Takht-i-Bahi and Neighbouring City Remains at Sahr-i-Bahlol
One of the most imposing relics of Buddhism in the Gandhara region of Pakistan, composing of two distinct components both dating from the same era.
The Buddhist Ruins of Takhi-i-Bahi (Throne of Origins) are a monastic complex, founded in the early 1st century A.D. The site is located on hilltops ranging from 36.6 metres to 152.4 metres in height, over an area of 33ha.
The Buddhist monastery was in continual use until the 7th century AD. It is composed of an assemblage of buildings and is the most complete Buddhist monastery in Pakistan.
The buildings were constructed of stone in Gandhara patterns (diaper style) using local dressed and semi-dressed stone blocks set in a lime and mud mortar.
Buddhist Ruins at Takht-i-Bahi