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The region that is present-day Pakistan once had a large Buddhist population with the majority of people in Gandhara being Buddhist. Gandhara was largely Mahayana Buddhist and was also a stronghold of Vajrayana Buddhism. The Swat valley, known in historical circles as Uddiyana, was a kingdom tributary to Gandhara. There are many archaeological sites from the Buddhist era in Swat.
For people aspiring to travel to this part of the world, especially for visiting Buddhist sites, we present the following itinerary.

1
Day 01
Islamabad & Rawalpindi
Welcome at the Islamabad airport. Transfer to the hotel. Afternoon city tour of the twin cities which includes the Pakistan Monument, National Museum, Lok Virsa, Faisal Mosque and Shakar Parian.
2
Day 02
Islamabad – Taxila – Islamabad
Morning drive to Taxila which is 35 kilometers away. Visit Taxila Museum, Jaulian, Mohra, Moradu and Sirkap. Afternoon city tour of Islamabad which commences from Faisal Mosque, Margalla Hills. In the afternoon visit the city of Rawalpindi with crowded street life and colorful bazaars. A good way to interact with the local Pakistanis. The bazaar trip should appeal to anyone with an interest in shopping and the desire to see the real Pakistan.
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Day 03
Islamabad – Peshawar
Drive to Peshawar which is 170 Kilometers away. Transfer to hotel. After lunch do a city tour of Peshawar which includes the old part of the city, Kiss Khawani Bazaar, Peshawar Museum and Mahabat Khan Mosque.
4
Day 04
Peshawar – Takht-e-Bahi
After breakfast at the hotel, we depart for Kalam to visit a well-preserved monastery of Takht-e-Bahi and Oddiyana. Overnight at the hotel in Kalam.
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Day 05
Kalam – Mingora (Swat)
After breakfast proceed to the sightseeing tour of Swat, visit Swat museum which has a plethora of Gandhara sculptures collected from some of the Buddhist sites in the Swat Valley. Ancient artifacts including coins and weapons are also displayed. This is also coupled with local embroidery, carved wood artifacts as well as local indigenous tribal embroidery.
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Day 06
Swat – Islamabad
After early breakfast, we depart for Islamabad which is 240 kilometers away and takes about 4-5 hours. The visit of Taxila Museum, Julian, Mohra, Moradu and Sirkap is optional in case we miss something from our first visit there, which was on day 02.
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Day 07
Islamabad – Return Flight
After breakfast we depart from Islamabad to our respective destinations back home.

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