From the 6th century BCE to the 11th century the Kingdom of Gandhara flourished and lasted but it attained the height from the 1st century to the 5th century under Buddhist Kushan Kings. The name Gandhara disappeared when it was conquered by Mahmud of Ghazni in 1021 CE. During the Muslim period, the area was administered from Lahore, and during the Mughal era, it 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 northwest Punjab of Pakistan. Gandhara was located on the grand northern high road (Uttarapatha) and was a center of international commercial activities. It was an important channel of communication with ancient Iran and Central Asia

At a Glance

Day 01
Arrival in Lahore, meet and greet, transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 02
Full-day sightseeing in Lahore city. Overnight stay in Lahore.
Day 03
Drive to Islamabad with en-route visit to Rohtas Fort and Mankiala Stupa. Overnight stay in Islamabad.
Day 04
Full-day excursion to Taxila. Visit stupas and explore Taxila museum. Return to Islamabad for an overnight stay.
Day 05
Drive to Peshawar, explore the city, visit Gor Gathri, Sethi street, Muhabbat Khan Mosque, and Museum.
Day 06
Drive to Swat en route to visit Takht-e-Bahi Monastery, a UNESCO world heritage site. Afternoon explores the city.
Day 07
Full day explore the city’s rich Gandhara heritage and proceed to the hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 08
Drive back to Islamabad and visit Shah Allah Ditta Buddhist caves. Proceed to the airport for a homebound flight.