English / Japanese

The Vanishing legacy of the Silk Road, Exploring the Rock Carvings of the Indus River bank

Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan


Sep - Apr

Please contact us
Currently, there are two dams being built rapidly on the Indus River, the Dasu and Diamer-Basha Dams, just along the Karakoram Highway. All of the villages, orchards and the Karakoram Highway itself, will be submerged and the view of this area will be changed completely. And one of the major things that will be lost, are the Rock Carvings that can be found on the banks of the Indus River, artifacts of the ancient past. These rock carvings are the incredible heritage of the Silk Road, depicting motifs of hunting and travelers along the Silk Road, Buddhists and their beliefs. We hope you can have a glimpse at them before they are lost forever, once the dams are in place.


Drive from Islamabad to Chilas.
Full day to explore the rock carvings that are left along the banks of the Indus River. In addition to the rock paintings scattered along the Highway, you can also visit the Tharpan and Gonar Farms to see rock carvings from different eras, including Buddhist symbols, people and animals. This will all be lost in just in several years, but it is a valuable part of history that will be lost once the dams are installed on the Indus River, and the area is submerged.
Travel from Chilas to Islamabad. On the way visit the Shatial Rock Carving.


Best time to visit
September to April

It is possible to adjust the itinerary according to your preferred region and duration. We also recommend you to include Hunza as an example.

Tour Price
Please contact us for price quotation based on the number of days, number of people, accommodation and vehicle type.

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