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Ghandara Buddhist site in Swat Valley

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan


September - April

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The Greek and Bactrian cultures were brought by Alexander the Great. Gandhara art flourished under the influence of this culture. This course will take you to the Buddhist ruins in the Swat Valley, the heart of Gandhara in Pakistan, which is part of the Gandhara cultural zone that spans Afghanistan and Pakistan.


Drive from Islamabad to Peshawar. Visit the Peshawar Museum, which has a wonderful collection of Gandhara. The museum exhibits the famous Fasting Buddha statue, the casket for King Kanishka from Shah-ji-ki Dheri, and Jataka tales in stone carving etc.
Drive to Swat Valley. Gandhara Buddhist culture flourished in the Swat Valley between the 2nd and 9th centuries BC. Visit Odigram, which is thought to be Ora destroyed by Alexander the Great, the Ghalegy Buddha, the Shingaldar Stupa, which is over 30 meters high, and the Abasahib Cheena of Kushan dynasty.
Full day visit the Gandhara sites in the Swat Valley. Visit Said Sharif Stupa, Butkara 1 which has a large stupa with a 17m diameter base built by King Ashoka around the 2nd century BC, Butkara 3, Nimogram which is a magnificent Buddhist temple, Amluk Dara Stupa, and Swat Museum.
In the morning, visit Barikot Ghundai which was the ancient city of Swat, Gumbatuna stupa and drive to Mardan. After arrival, visit Shahbaz Gahri, Jamal Gahri temple complex, and Takht-i-Bahi which is a Unesco's World Heritage Site. Afterwards, drive to Islamabad.


Best time to visit
September - April

The itinerary can be combined with other Buddhist site, such as Taxila,Mankiala stupa,Bhamala stupa.

Tour Price
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We can arrange for a guide specializing in archeological sites and Buddhist memorial services in various locations. Please contact us for details.


Please note that no transport and rooms reserved at this stage. We will be thankful if you could give us tentative dates of the visit so that we can reserve the transport and hotels accordingly