Tours - The Last Pagan Tribes of Hindukush Tours

SEASON: MAY TO OCTOBER.
DAYS: 10


A perfect trip for those who are enthusiastic in studying the life styles and ancient customs of the Kafir Kalash tribes living in three isolated valleys of Bumboret, Rambur and Birir in the heart of the Hindukush mountains. We begin the trip from Islamabad the Capital of Pakistan. Visit the impressive Faisal Mosque with its unique architecture; explore the colorful Bazaars of Rawalpindi.

Then we drive on the Grand Trunk Road to the ruins of the excavated city of Taxila, one of the most important Buddhist sites in the Indian Subcontinent dating back to the 6th century BC to 7th century AD. We will pay homage to the impressive archeological Museum, the three main excavated cities of Taxila, Bhirmound, sirkap and sirsukh.

Onwards to the frontier town of Peshawar, at the mouth of Fabled Khyber pass and explore the old city and visit the impressive archeological Museum of Gandhara art and Tribal collections.

Drive to the beautiful and historic swat valley, famous as the seat of Buddhism from the 2nd century BC to 9th century Ad. Explore its ancient excavated sites and visit the excellent Museum in Saidu Sharif and travel through lovely mountain villages to explore the upper reaches of this valley.

We drive on jeeps through the mountain village of Dir up to Lawari Pass, 3118 meters high and enter the isolated valley of Chitral. travel through the lovely mountain landscape to reach Chitral town that offers a commanding views of Tirich mir (7708 meters) the highest peak of the Hindukush Range.

Then we visit the ancient Chitral Fort and the Mosque before heading to the Kalash valleys where the ancient tribes of the Kalash Kafirs are residing. These tribes are famed to be the descendents of Alexander’s army, which passed through here in 327 Bc. Visit the Kalash valleys of Bumboret and Rambur to meet the people and visit their villages and houses to learn about their ancient customs and beliefs.


ITINERARY:
       
Day 01     Islamabad.
Arrive at Islamabad International Airport, meet and transfer to hotel. Afternoon visit the Faisal Mosque the biggest mosque with its modern Architecture and Damn-e- Koh to have the magnificent view of Islamabad the modern capital of Pakistan and colorful bazaars of Rawalpindi the twin city of Islamabad.

Day 02     Islamabad – Swat.
Morning drive to Swat valley, enroute visit the Takht Bhai monastery built in 2ndto 4th century Ad, after visiting the monastery we continue drive through the Malakand pass, visit the shighardara stupa and drive to Saidu Sharif the Capital of swat valley. Explore the colorful bazaar of Mingora. Overnight hotel.

Day 03     Swat – Dir.
Morning a brief visit to the impressive archeological Museum at Saidu Sharif and excavated sites at Butkara. After then we drive to Dir Valley, visit the archeological Museum at Chakdara and Churchill picket built by the British to guard the tribal warriors. Continue drive to Dir and Transfer to PTDC Motel.

Day 04     Dir – Chitral.
Drive to Chitral through the scenic Lawari pass 3118 meters and enter the mountain villages of Chitral valley. The four-wheel drive offers the most scenic and adventurous drive through the zigzags of Lawari Pass. Arrive Chitral and Transfer to hotel for overnight.

Day 05     Chitral – Bomboret.
Morning visit the Chitral fort and Shahi mosque in Chitral, afternoon drive by four wheel jeeps to Bomboret village in Kalash valley through the scenic mountain gorge, a magnificent view of Tirich mir (7708 meters). Arrive Bomboret and transfer to hotel for overnight. Evening visit the Kalash villages to enjoy the traditional music and dancing of Kalash.

Day 06     In Kalash valley.
Morning drive to the Rambur village a beautiful village in Kalash valley, short hike through the village and visit the local houses to learn their ancient customs and beliefs, afternoon drive back to Bomboret for overnight. Evening free to explore the area.

Day 07     Bomboret – Chitral.
Morning drive back to Chitral, after lunch drive to Garam Chashma, the sulphur springs and after short a short walks around drive backs to Chitral. Evening free to explore the colorful bazaar. Overnight hotel.

Day 08     Chitral – Peshawar.
Fly to Peshawar, a spectacular flight over Lawari pass takes you through mountain villages and high peaks in Hindukush. Arrive Peshawar visit the Museum, a full collection of Gandhara art and Tribal costumes, visit the Kisa khawani bazar, Mhabat Khan Mosque and old walled city of Peshawar. Overnight hotel.

Day 09     Peshawar – Taxila – Islamabad.
Morning drive to Taxila to visit the impressive archeological museum, Julian monastery, the excavated Cities in Taxila, Bhirmound, Sirkap and Sirsukh. After brief visit in Taxila we drive to Islamabad. Overnight hotel.

Day 10     Departure.
Departure to onward destination.
       
     
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