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Enjoy your Holidays in the scenic beauty of the cherry blossom season of northern areas of Pakistan. A new spectrum of colors spread all around the valley starting from Gilgit, Besham, Bagrot valley, Kargah, Buddha Shangri-La and lastly to Skardu. Above all, Hunza Valley, Ishkoman, Gupis, Phandar Valley, Nagir Valley, to the former capital Karimabad that are most famous for its panoramic outlook in the spring season.
Hunza Valley which is popularly known for its spring season. The time span of the apricot and cherry blossom season in every region is very short. It’s normally the start of the spring season and lasts until the beginning of summers. Mostly, the cherry blossom season begins from 15 March to 30 April. After the season of death and destruction, there comes the season of life and rebirth. As the view of Hunza valley is incredible throughout the year it becomes even more vibrant in spring. The best time of year to visit Hunza is mid of March. Notably, Diran Peak, Rakaposhi Peak, Golden peak and Ultar peak are the famous peaks in Hunza Valley.
The Gilgit valley does not need any introduction since it is one of the most famous valleys in Gilgit Baltistan. The valley connects its road to the town of Chitral via Shandur pass. The valley lies in the center of Gilgit district and the lush green meadows with the cherry blossom season form an eye-catching view of the visitors in the valley.
Skardu Valley that is located in the extreme north of Pakistan offers some amazing scenic views. Cherry blossom season in Skardu is so captivating for the eyes and those gorgeous Pink Cherry blossoms never fail to amaze anyone whether it is a honeymoon couple or family. Everyone falls in love with its colors! The shape and color of the petals reflect people’s ideal notion of peace and simplicity.
Every time there is the slightest breeze, a shower of cherry-blossom petals is produced. At the same time, one can also view the blossom of Apricot, Apples, Almonds and Pears. The lush green terraced fields surrounded by blooming trees displaying scene enough to overwhelm visitors.
The Switzerland of Pakistan “Swat Valley” also bears the colors of cherry blossom. The Swat abounds with roaring rivers, waterfalls, meandering streams, glacier-fed lakes. The pine forests and alpine meadows covered with the pink flowers of cherry that make a unique effect on eyes. Kalam Valley, Malam Jabba, Mahudand Lake, Gabral Lake, each location is filled with several colors that are only visible in the spring season. The fruit-laden orchards, lush green fields, and flower-filled mountain slopes make it spectacular for the visitors in the cherry blossom season.
Islamabad International Airport
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Arrival by flight at Islamabad International Airport. You will be received by the team of Active Tours Pakistan at airport and transfer you to Hotel in Islamabad. If your flight is arriving in the morning then there is an ample time to see Islamabad and we will have half day city tour of Islamabad, includes Pakistan Monument, Faisal Masjid, Shakar Parian hills, Margala hills, Islamabad Market, syedpur old village and Rawalpindi.
This morning, we will start our journey (5-6 hrs drive) toward the mountain kingdom of North Pakistan on the famous Karakorum Highway/ancient silk route. En route visit Taxila Museum (1 hour drive). The modern town of Taxila is 35 km from Islamabad. Most of the Archeological Sites at Taxila (600 B.C-500 A.D) are located around Taxila Museum. For over 1000years, Taxila remained famous of as a centre of learning in respect of Gandhara Art of Sculpture, education and Buddhism in the days of Buddhist glory. There are over 50 archeological sites scattered in a radius of 30 km around Taxila. Some of the most important sites include Dharmarajika, Stupa and Monastery (300 B.C – 200 A.D), Bhir Mound (600-200 B.C) Sirkap (200 B.C – 600 A.D, Jundial Temple (250 B.C), and Julian Monastery (200-600 A.D). After our visit we continue our drive, en route we will stop for a cup of Pakistani tea and toilet break. O/N stay at hotel.
It is long day 12 hrs drive but the scenery en route more then makes up for it. Before reached to Gilgit en route we will face some interesting photogenic stops at the pre-historic rock carving inscription at Shatial, rocks with ancient graffiti’s at Chilas, view point of Nanga Parbat (9th highest peak of the world) offers breathtaking panorama on behind, the unique point where three mountain rages, Karakorum, Himalayas and Hindukush meet and our next stop will be at confluence of River Indus & Gilgit.
Following breakfast, we will drive to Gilgit city and will have quick tour of Gilgit Town, include suspension bridges, local bazaar and Karga Buddha. Later, we will continue our drive 6-7 hours to Phandar via Gacouch Village with some photography stops alogn the road. Check-in at hotel and dinner will be served.
Morning till afternoon we will have half day excursion to Shandur Pass and we will se world highest polo ground. Aruond noon till evening, we will visit Phandar Valley, walk in the village or walk around the phandar lake. Today, we will serve you trout fish in your dinner. Night stay at hotel.
Morning for couple of hours we will walk around Phandar Lake and then we will drive 5-6 hours back to Gilgit and then 2-3 hours to Karimabad. From Gilgit – Karimabad, we will have photography stops will include collision point of River Erosian & Indian Plates, Silk Route and Rakaposhi View Points. We will reach Karimabad in the evening, check-in at hotel Serena Karimabad and dinner will be served.
Full day visits of central Hunza Valley include, morning we will drive 4×4 jeep to Hopar through Nagir Vlley, en route we will stops for photography. Around noon we will back to Karimabad, visit Baltit Fort, bazaar walk and drive to Duikar for Sunset Photography. In the evening we will back in Karimabad and dinner will be served.
Full day excursion to Khunjerab Pass. We will make less stops along the road because our priority will be reaching on top before 12 noon. Because from noon to onward weather change. We will spend half an hour on top and on the way back we will make several photo stops of high mountains and you will also get chance to see Ibex (mountain sheeps) along the road. We will back to Sost around late noon and we will have village & bazaar walk. Dinner will be served at hotel.
Following breakfast, we will drive back to Gilgit. Today we will have several interesting photo stops include Batura Glacier, Pass Cathedrals, Passu peak, walk on Hussani suspension bridge , 30 minutes boating at Atabad Lake and visit Rock Carving. After all these, we will continue 3 hours drive back to Gilgt. Remaining time we will visit Karga Buddha, Gilgit Bazaar Walk. Check-in at hotel and dinner will be served.
Following breakfast, we will drive 7-8 hours to Skardu Shangrila. En route we will make several photo stops. The photo stops will include canyon of River Indus, hanging bridges and village. We will reach Shangri-la around late noon and after check0in at hotel Shangri-la Resort, we will go for walk along the resort for photography. Dinner will be served and overnight stay hotel.
Following breakfast, we will drive for an hour to Skardu Town, 30 minutes walk in Skardu bazaar, visit Khapochu Fort, Satpara Lake and around noon we will drive 3 hours to Khaplo for night stay at hotel Khaplo. Dinner will be served at hotel.
Half day we will explore Khaplo Town, the visit will include local bazaar and scenic drive to a bridge. In the afternoon we will drive to Shigar and en route we will visit Shigar Sand Dunes (Coldest desert of Karakorum Mountains). Check-in at hotel will be around evening, dinner & overnight stay at hotel in Shigar.
We will drive 8-10 hours back to Chilas. En route we will stops for photography, tea and toilet break. We will reach around late noon and check-in at hotel in Chilas and dinner will be served.
We will leave chilas around 05:00am and drive 10-12 hours to Islamabad. En route we will have some stops for cup of Pakistani Chai, washroom breaks and picture stops. We will reach Islamabad around evening and after check-in at hotel, dinner will be served.
Transfer to Islamabad Internation Airport to embark home flight. From peace and serenity of Hunza to the hustle and bustles of “modern” trends, you say Khuda Hafiz, the typical farewell, as you depart after a tour into Shangri-La. End of the tour.
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