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Day 1: Arrive Islamabad

After clearing Customs & Immigration, you are met at the exit gate by our representative for the transfer to the hotel. Afternoon tour includes the Shakarparian Garden, which gives us a magnificent view of Islamabad before driving past various modern government buildings, graceful with a touch of Islamic design and architecture. Next visit is to one of the world's largest mosque, named after the lake King Faisal of Saudi Arabia, the mosque also houses an Islamic University specializing in Islamic Philosophy and Law.

Day 2: Islamabad - Taxila - Swat
Morning brief tour of the old garrison town of Rawalpindi and the new, planned capital of Islamabad. Visit the ancient village of Saidpur, and stop at the Institute of Folk Heritage, a small, neatly decorated ethnological museum displaying numerous costumes and artifacts from all over Pakistan. Afternoon depart for Taxila, once the seat of oriental culture. It is famous for the rare specimens of stucco from the Gandhara period excavated from Sirkap and various Buddhist Stupas & Monasteries. The museum houses various objects and sculptures dating from the 4th century B.C. to the 5th century A.D. The excations are spread out over and area of 8 km. Continue on to Swat Valley. Saidu Sharif is the capital city of the Swat Valley. It is named after the Moslem divinity, Saidu.

Day 3: Swat
Morning visit to the Swat Museum which has a rich collection of Gandhara Art obtained from sites in the region. Just 3 km from Saidu Sharif is Mingora, the commercial centre of Swat. Also visit the bazaar & the Islampur weaver's village, where we will get an insight into the traditional and rural life of the Swatis. This village has a very highly developed traditional weaving industry using traditional textile, designs and local materials. Most of the embroidery consist of small circular mirrors woven into the design making it a unique piece of cloth. Swat is also well known for the woolen shawls. Afternoon visit Madyan. This picturesque city lies in an enchanting setting of steep wooded hills, popular for its scenic beauty which is reputed to be the best in the entire Swat Valley. Next stop is Bahrain, a market town in the upper valley. We'll have time here to wander down the main street, stopping in the various shops to admire the fine woven fabrics. This is an excellent place to purchase some of the fabrics or a traditional Swati vest and hat. The people of Bahrain are famous for their woodcarving, and looking around the town we can see some beautiful door handles, windows and tables.
Day 4: Swat – Peshwar
Morning depart for Peshawar with enroute stops at Takht-e-Bhai, a monastery from Buddhist times & Charsadda - identified as ancient Pushkalavati, the pre-Kushan capital of Gandhara. During the Buddhist period it was the capital of the province and according to Buddhist legends, was the place where Lord Buddha preached his faith.
Day 5: Peshwar
Set in a valley of colours and flowers, this legendary city has many secrets. Her story is one of many cultures, peoples, traditions and customs that even today the aura of oriental romance and mystery has been preserved. This morning a trip to the historic Khyber Pass. The Pass has been the silent witness to countless great events in the history of mankind. It has been conquered by the Greeks, ruled by the Buddhists, destroyed by the Huns, rebuilt by the Brahmins and still later invaded by the great Moghuls. It is reputed that the army of Alexander the Great of Macedonia crossed this pass in 327 B.C.
Day 6: Peshwar – Lahore
Morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of Peshawar. The Peshawar Museum houses a rich treasure of art, sculpture and historical relics dating from the Gandhara period (300 BC to 300 AD) to modern times. After a visit to the museum,we journey to Yadgar Square and visit Mahabat Khan Mosque, a beautiful towering structure with lofty minarets. We then be driven through old Peshawar to the popular Qissa Khawani Bazaar (street of story-tellers), the Peshawar Pottery Works, Bater Bazaar (street of partridge lovers) and Mochi Lara, famous for its exquisitely embroidered sandals. Peshawar is a colorful and cosmopolitan city and many different peoples gather here; afghans, Iranis, Uzbeks, Tajeks, Afridis and Shinwaris all add to the excitement. Afternoon transfer for flight to Lahore - the cultural & Mogul capital of Pakistan.
Day 7 Lahore
Morning visit to Badshahi Mosque, one of the largest in Pakistan. Built in 1674, it is an example of some of the finest Mughal architecture. Beside it, the massive walls of Lahore Fort tower over old Lahore. We'll visit several of the pavilions, including Shish Mahal, the "Palace of Mirrors", built by Shah Jahan in 1631 as private apartments for his empress. Surrounding a main hall are many smaller rooms where intricately latticed windows look out over the riverbed. Afternoon visit Shalimar Gardens, also built by the Moghuls but still much enjoyed and appreciated today, the museum, which houses the famous statue of the Fasting Buddha. In front of the main building is Kim's Gun. Immortalized by Rudyard Kipling, this was the gun he used to play on as a young boy when his father was the director of the museum.

Day 8: Lahore – Amritsar
Today we take the Grand Trunk Route to the Sikh holy city of Amritsar. Afternoon tour of Amritsar and the Golden Temple.

Day 9: Amritsar – Delhi
This day we transfer to railway station for train to Delhi.Arrive Delhi and transfer to Neemrana for overnight.Built since 1464 AD, Neemrana Fort-Palace is among India's oldest heritage resorts. The property covers 25 acres/10 hectares and the stepped palaces of this architectural jewel cut into the hillside to sprawl over 3 acres/1.2 hectares and rises to 10 levels commanding the most splendid views. Including a vista pool to the horizon. From 1986, the ruins of this Fort-Palace have been sensitively restored and reconstructed. The rooms are furnished with an eclectic mix of traditional Indian and colonial furniture, antiques and objets d'art. Most rooms have private balconies or terraces and the loos are designed to have views!
Day 10: Delhi
Morning tour of New Delhi, visiting India Gate, the House of Parliament, Connaught Place and Qutub Minar, a perfect minaret towering 102 metres into the sky. New Delhi is a blend of colonial and modern architecture with wide boulevards and open areas. Afternoon tour of Old Delhi, starting at the Red Fort. Built by Shah Jehan, this was once the most opulent fort of the Mughal Empire. You'll also visit Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque, and Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. We end the visit with a stop at the market and Chandni Chawlk, the street of silver and goldsmiths.
Day 11: Delhi – Jaipur
Drive through the country side to Jaipur, the famous rose pink capital of Rajasthan.

Day 12: Jaipur
Morning visit to Amber Palace, a distinguished specimen of Rajput architecture on a hill 12 kilometres from Jaipur. After ascending the hill on elephant back, arriving in proper style for the 17th century when the palace was built, you'll be rewarded with splendid views of the lake below. An afternoon tour of Jaipur visits the old astronomical observatory built by Jai Singh who founded the city, the Palace which houses a rare collection of Indian art, and the bazaar. Jaipur is noted for its craftsmen, skilled in brass inlay, lacquer work and stone setting. Most of the buildings in the old city are made of pink sandstone, one of the most beautiful is the Palace of Winds, where the ladies of the royal harem used to watch the city from behind the intricately carved facade.
Day 13: Jaipur – Agra
Morning departure by road for Fatehpur Sikri, the beautiful capital built by Akbar the Great in 1640 and later abandoned for lack of water. A superb example of Mughal architecture, it stands perfectly preserved in the desert. Continue to Agra for an afternoon tour. Home of one of the most famous buildings in the world, the Taj Mahal, built by Shah Jehan as a mausoleum for his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj Mahal is built of white marble, beautifully carved and inlaid with semi-precious stones. Next we visit Agra Fort, where Shah Jehan was imprisoned by his son in the later years of his life to prevent him from spending the family fortunes on a black echo of the Taj Mahal on the opposite of the river.

Day 14: Agra – Delhi
Drive back to Delhi for the departure flight via Sikandra.

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