Gandhara Civilization Tour is designed to discover the hidden treasure of ancient history and the marvels of nature of the northern area of Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan. Over centuries the land we now call Pakistan has been the cradle of many a civilization. Whilst Indus Valley civilization of human civilization in the southern plains of Pakistan, the Gandhara civilization (500BC to 10th Century AD) is devoted mainly to Buddhism and has been the center of spiritual influence as well as and architectures.
It was from here that Buddhism spread towards the east as far as Japan and Korea. Despite the vagaries of centuries, Taxila and Swat Valley have preserved these heritages in art and craft. In addition to the museums of London, Delhi, Karachi, Srinagar, etc, those at Taxila, Peshawar, and Swat host the finest remains of the civilization. But the more intriguing is the visit of the archaeological sites spread all over Taxila, Swat and other parts of North West Frontier Province of Pakistan and the Gilgit-Baltistan that have been discovered in the twentieth century.
Driving on the Karakoram Highway, we can recapitulate the history by visiting petroglyphs that are found along the Indus, Gilgit and Hunza Rivers. These carvings bear not only the “guest books” of passing by traders and pilgrims but also depict the natural beliefs of fairy worshipers.
Along with the journey into the history, one enjoys the splendors of nature while traveling in the valleys of Swat, Indus, Gilgit, and Hunza. From Dense pine forest to high passes, thundering rivers, picturesque valleys, terraced field, orchards, breath-taking gigantic peaks and shining glaciers form the salient features of nature.
Typically colorful bazaars of Rawalpindi and Peshawar are the additional features of this trip.