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“Indus Crossroads: A Cultural Expedition” – 16 Days

(1 Review)
  • 16 Days 15 Nights
  • Small Group : 2 - 8
  • Winter
  • 1-16 Feb, (2025, 2026)

Detail

Embark on a remarkable journey through time and culture as we traverse the heartlands of the Indus Valley Civilization. “Indus Crossroads: A Cultural Expedition” invites you to join a small, exclusive group of travelers on a captivating expedition that weaves together the rich tapestry of history, traditions, and landscapes spanning from Karachi to Lahore.

This immersive cultural odyssey is designed to provide you with an unparalleled opportunity to discover the living legacies of the ancient Indus civilizations while connecting with the diverse communities that have flourished along its shores.

From Karachi, our journey meanders along the meandering Indus River, leading us to Thatta. Here, the echoes of the past reverberate through the stunning Shah Jahan Mosque and the UNESCO-listed Makli Necropolis. Engaging with local communities, we’ll witness how age-old customs coexist with the present day.

A special highlight of our expedition will be our meeting with the Kohli community in Mirpurkhas, an opportunity to learn about their enduring cultural practices and way of life that have been nurtured by the Indus for generations. Our journey continues to Sehwan, where the Mohanas, guardians of ancestral traditions, will share their stories and rituals, offering us a glimpse into their deep-rooted heritage.

Tracing the river’s course, we reach Larkana, a gateway to the majestic ruins of Mohenjo-daro. This archaeological marvel serves as a portal to the ancient past, providing insights into the ingenious urban planning and craftsmanship of the Indus Valley Civilization.

The expedition continues as we traverse through Bahawalpur and Multan, where the legacy of saints and Sufis intertwines with the tales of empires past. Witness the grandeur of Noor Mahal, and the serenity of Multan’s shrines, as we immerse ourselves in the mystique of the region.

A visit to Harappa, one of the twin capitals of the Indus Civilization, adds another layer to our exploration. Walk in the footsteps of the ancient inhabitants and decipher the enigmatic symbols etched into the remnants of their civilization.

Our expedition culminates in Lahore, the cultural capital of Pakistan. As we journey through Lahore’s bustling streets, grand architecture, and captivating bazaars, we’ll be enveloped by a harmonious blend of the past and present.

Indus Crossroads is not just a journey; it’s an opportunity to connect, learn, and reflect on the shared heritage that binds us across centuries. Join us on this intimate cultural exploration as we traverse the Indus Valley’s crossroads and unravel the narratives that have shaped the course of human history.

Price Includes

  • Formal invitation letter for visa
  • 15 Nights Hotel (Twin Sharing)
  • On Trip Transport
  • 3 Meals / Day
  • Services of Professional English Speaking Guide
  • On site Guides at different destinations
  • Entry tickets of Forts, Museums and other attractions
  • Travel refreshments & Snacks
  • All tolls and taxes

Price Excludes

  • Travel Insurance
  • Extra meals/services availed at hotels
  • International / Domestic flight tickets
  • Boating or sports activity charges
  • Laundry, beverages & phone calls or other expenses of personal nature
  • Extra expenses due to the acts of nature and political reasons etc.
  • Any item not mentioned above.
  • Tips

What to Expect

During the “Indus Crossroads: A Cultural Expedition from Karachi to Lahore,” participants can anticipate a unique and immersive experience that delves into the history, culture, and traditions of the Indus Valley Civilization.

  • Cultural Immersion
  • Archaeological Exploration
  • Heritage and Historical Sites
  • Learning and Reflection
  • Photography Opportunities

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Karachi, Pakistan

Arrive in Karachi, the starting point of your cultural expedition. Transfer to your hotel for check-in and rest after your journey. Take this opportunity to meet fellow participants and get acquainted with your guides.

Day 2 - Explore Karachi

Begin your exploration of Karachi by visiting the iconic Clifton Beach. Explore Pakistan Maritime Museum to learn about the maritime history of the region. Discover Quaid’s Mausoleum, a tribute to the founder of Pakistan. Stroll through Saddar’s bustling markets for shopping and local experiences.

Day 3 - Visit Thatta & Chaukandi Tombs, Return to Karachi

Travel to Thatta, a historical city known for its architecture and culture. Explore the UNESCO-listed Makli Necropolis, a stunning graveyard with intricate tombs. Visit Chaukandi Tombs, an ancient necropolis displaying unique stone-carved graves. Return to Karachi in the evening.

Day 4 - Travel to Hyderabad

Depart for Hyderabad, known for its vibrant bazaars and historical sites. Visit the historic Pacco Qillo (Fort), showcasing the region’s architectural heritage. Explore the colorful markets and streets of Hyderabad.

Day 5 - Meet Kohlis & Travel to Bhit Shah

Journey to Mirpurkhas to meet the Kohli community, renowned for their cultural traditions. Learn about their customs, music, and way of life. Continue to Bhit Shah, a Sufi shrine known for its spiritual significance.

Day 6 - Bhit Shah to Sehwan

Visit the shrine of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai, a revered Sufi poet. Experience the spiritual atmosphere and witness local rituals. Proceed to Sehwan, known for the vibrant annual Urs festival. Explore the famous Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine, a center of Sufi devotion. Witness the mystical dhamaal dance and immerse yourself in the spiritual energy. 

Day 7 - Meet Mohanas & Travel to Larkana

Visit Manchar lake and meet Mohanas and learn about their way of life. Travel to Larkana, the birthplace of the ancient city of Mohenjo-daro.

Day 8 - Explore Larkana

Visit the archaeological site of Mohenjo-daro, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover the ruins and learn about the advanced urban planning of the Indus Civilization. Engage in discussions with experts about the historical significance.

Day 9 - Larkana to Bahawalpur

Depart for Bahawalpur, a city rich in history and culture. En route, visit Uch Sharif, known for its shrines and spiritual heritage. Explore the intricate architecture and artistry of Uch Sharif.

Day 10 - Visit Derawar Fort

Embark on a journey to the majestic Derawar Fort in the Cholistan Desert. Marvel at the impressive architecture and panoramic desert views. Experience the desert ambiance and the unique culture of the region.

Day 11 - Bahawalpur to Multan

Travel to Multan, known as the “City of Saints” for its numerous shrines. Explore the vibrant bazaars, including Hussain Agahi and Ghanta Ghar. Visit the ornate tombs of Shah Rukn-e-Alam and Bahauddin Zakariya.

Day 12 - Explore Multan

Continue your exploration of Multan with a visit to the historic Multan Fort. Explore the Qasim Bagh and Multan Museum. Discover the traditional blue pottery and craft markets.

Day 13 - Multan to Sahiwal & Onwards to Lahore

Depart for Lahore with a stopover in Sahiwal. Reach Lahore, a vibrant cultural hub, in the evening.

Day 14 - Explore Lahore

Begin your exploration of Lahore by visiting Lahore Fort and Sheesh Mahal. Discover Badshahi Mosque and Lahore Museum. Stroll through the bustling streets of Old Lahore and indulge in local delicacies.

Day 15 - Explore Lahore

Explore the stunning Shalimar Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore Anarkali Bazaar for shopping and cultural experiences.

Day 16 - Return Flight

Depending on your flight schedule, you may have some free time for last-minute shopping or relaxation. Depart from Allama Iqbal International Airport, Lahore, marking the end of your incredible cultural expedition.

Please note that this detailed itinerary is subject to change based on local conditions, accessibility, and unforeseen circumstances. Always stay informed and adaptable during your journey.

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Indus Crossroads: A Cultural Expedition ”Karachi to Lahore"

FAQ

Do I need to apply visa?

Most tourists visiting Pakistan require a visa to enter the country. The specific visa requirements can vary based on your nationality and the purpose of your visit (e.g., tourist, trekking (in restricted zone), climbing). It is essential to check with the official website of the Pakistan government’s immigration department ( https://visa.nadra.gov.pk/e-visa/ ) to get the most up-to-date and accurate information about visa requirements for tourists. The visa application process and required documents may also differ depending on your nationality, so it’s best to plan well in advance and comply with the visa regulations before your travel dates.

Do you have insurance covered?

No, insurance is not included in the package, you are advised to buy an international insurance from your home country before travel.

Can I change the travel date?

Travel dates can not be changed for fixed departure group tours, but you can book a customised private tour with us.

Can I get the refund?

Initial deposit of US$ 300/- is non refundable but you can adjust that in your future tours with us.

Is Pakistan a safe country for travelers?

Yes, Pakistan has made significant improvements in its security situation in recent years, and many areas are considered safe for travelers. However, like any destination, it is essential to exercise caution and stay informed about local conditions. It is recommended to check the latest travel advisories and follow the advice of local authorities during your trip.

What is the best time to visit Pakistan?

The best time to visit Southern Pakistan is Winters, which typically run from November to March. During these months, the weather is pleasant making it ideal for outdoor activities and sightseeing. An average temperature in these months ranges between 10 – 30 degree Celsius.

What is the local currency in Pakistan, and are credit cards widely accepted?

The local currency in Pakistan is the Pakistani Rupee (PKR). While major cities and tourist areas do accept credit cards at hotels, restaurants, and larger shops, it’s always good to carry some cash, especially when traveling to more remote areas where cash transactions are more common.

What is the local language spoken in Pakistan?

The official language of Pakistan is Urdu, but English is widely understood and used, especially in urban areas and among educated locals. Additionally, there are various regional languages spoken across the country, such as Punjabi, Pashto, Sindhi, Balochi.

Is it necessary to dress modestly in Pakistan?

Yes, Pakistan is a conservative country, and it is advisable for both men and women to dress modestly, especially in religious and rural areas. For women, it is recommended to cover shoulders and wear loose-fitting clothing that covers the knees. Men should also avoid wearing shorts in public spaces.

What are the traditional Pakistani dishes to try?

Pakistan offers a rich culinary experience. Some traditional dishes to try include biryani, kebabs, nihari, haleem, and various delicious street food options like samosas, pakoras, and chaats. Don’t forget to indulge in local sweets like gulab jamun and jalebi for a delightful dessert experience.

Are there any cultural etiquettes to follow while traveling in Pakistan?

Yes, it’s essential to respect local customs and cultural norms while traveling in Pakistan. Some etiquettes include removing shoes before entering homes or religious places, using the right hand for eating and greeting, and seeking permission before taking photographs of people, especially women.

What are some safety tips for travelers in Pakistan?

While Pakistan is generally safe, it’s essential to take certain precautions: avoid political gatherings, follow local news for any security updates, keep valuables secure, and be mindful of your surroundings. It’s also recommended to register with your embassy or consulate before traveling to receive travel advisories and emergency assistance, if needed.

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Camillie

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Taimoor we are so grateful for your work and dedication. Without Roam Around our expedition in Sindh would have been impossible.

November 18, 2021
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