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Pakistan:
Tourist Options

November 2019

Pakistan: Tourist Options

"Now, that I am already there" many participants have told us, asking for a touristic program. Obviously, with all these different requests, it was clear that there was hardly a single program with fixed dates, and so we (Tanago and our local agency in Pakistan) have come to a very flexible offer: it can be booked at any time, either before or after the main tour (in a more limited way also during the rail-tour as a non-railroad program). The only condition is that we need at least 2 participants per date (whenever that is)!

This itinerary starts and ends at Lahore, we have designed our program with ample time for all sightseeing points.

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No. of participants min 15, max. 36
Duration 5 days
Meals half board
Price from 585 €
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The itinerary:

Day 1:
Lahore is the second largest city in Pakistan and an industrial and cultural centre of the country. The city flourished in the Mughal Empire from 1526 to 1858, many of the buildings go back to the influences of the Mughal rulers. In addition to the Mughals, the British have left their mark with representative government buildings and, of course, modernity.

You will visit the fascinating city on a full-day city tour: in the morning you will stop at the Museum of Lahore, as well as the Fort, which was magnificently renovated in the Mughal period and finally declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Opposite the fortress is the Badshahi Mosque, the "imperial mosque". It is one of the largest mosques in the world and was built at the end of the 17th century.
In the afternoon short bus ride to the nearby border crossing to India at Wagah. Every evening the colorful flag ceremony happens on both sites of the border and each site tries to make their ceremony bigger and louder than the other. You will experience a lot of colonial history and behaviors ...
Overnight in a tourist class hotel in Lahore.

Day 2:
After breakfast, you will visit the single-storey mausoleum of Emperor Jahangir, located about 5 kilometres north of the city in a sprawling park. One kilometre west of the Jahangir Mausoleum, the one-story mausoleum for his main wife, Nur Jahan, was built. Allegedly, both mausoleums used to be connected by an underground tunnel.
Visit the Anarkali Bazaar afterwards, one of the oldest markets in the city, where traditional craftsmanship is on display, followed by the famous Food Street in Lahore.
Overnight in a tourist class hotel in Lahore.

Day 3:
Motor today on the highway to Multan (journey time about 6 hours). Alternatively, you can travel from Lahore to Multan on one of the regular long-distance passenger trains of Pakistan Railways, the journey time is about the same, this option costs 40 € per person. Please note that possible delays of the train can reduce the time available for the following sightseeing program.

Arrival in Multan in the early afternoon (bus or train if on time). Multan is considered the "city of saints" because of the numerous Sufi shrines that are located here. Among other things, visit the Shah Rukne Alam shrine, one of the most famous mausoleums in Multan. On the way to the hotel you stop at the Bazaar in the old town of Multan, also one of the oldest bazaars in the country!
Overnight in a tourist class hotel in Lahore.

Day 4:
Today you will visit one of Pakistan's landmarks, the Derawar Fort. The Fort is a large square fortress in Bahawalpur, with walls up to 30 meters high and 1500 meters in circumference. The fortress's bastions can be seen from a far distance in the Kholistan Desert.

The fortress was built by Rai Jajja Bhatti in the 9th century. In the course of many warlike conflicts in the following centuries, it changed hands often, but remained largely intact. Only in modern times, while the historically significant building was recognized as a human heritage, major maintenance work was ommited by the new owner, the local government, so that it is now exposed to decay and urgent renovation measures would be needed.
Overnight in a tourist class hotel in Bahalwalpur.

Day 5:
Today you motor back to Lahore (scheduled by bus, but optionally by train again). Arrival in Lahore in the afternoon and rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in a tourist class hotel in Lahore.

Day 6:
Transfer from your hotel to Lahore Airport depending on your booked departure.

End of tour.

Travel prices:

585 Euro per person sharing a double room (6-7 participants per date)
660 Euro per person sharing a double room (4-5 participants per date)
735 Euro per person sharing a double room (2-3 participants per date)

180 Euro per person: single room surcharge

Optional:
40 Euro p.person train Lahore - Multan in AC-class (Air-Conditioned)
45 Euro p.person train Bahalwalpur/Samasata - Lahore in AC-class

Our services:

  • 5 days sightseeing according to the itinerary;
  • 2 optional train rides with Pakistan Railways;
  • all transfers according to program;
  • all nights in a standard tourist class hotels (double room, en-suite bathroom);
  • meals according to itinerary (mostly half-board);
  • visitor and photo permits, entrance and visit fees;
  • 1 bottle of water per participant per day);
  • experienced English speaking local tour guides.

Comments:

Pakistan is undoubtedly one of Asia's most fascinating travel destinations. The country presents itself to the visitor in a completely different way than the cliché characterized by numerous media reports may suggest. Pakistan has retained its originality in many areas, and our tour will provide a wealth of authentic and diverse experiences.

However, Pakistan is not a homogeneous country, there are many shifts between religions, between rich and poor, between urban and rural populations. All this obscures the view of the hospitality of the people and the sympathy that the "average Pakistani" has for the visitors.

Nevertheless, only the negative headlines dominate the news. Pakistan is not as safe as Switzerland, that's true, but it's not a war zone in many areas, either. The Foreign Office describes areas as unsafe that we definitely do not visit on our trip: neither the border area with Afghanistan, nor certain areas on the border with India, or Karachi. We are travelling exclusively in Punjab, the quietest region in Pakistan.

Basically, we will follow the rules described by the Foreign Office on its travel guide to Pakistan. Please read these travel advices carefully, with your booking you declare that you have read, understood and accepted the information. If the security conditions according to the Foreign Office deteriorate, we will not run the trip and refund all funds already paid for the land program. Cancellations of tickets and cancellations on your part will be processed according to the current regulations of the service providers.

Pakistan is a predominantly Muslim country and we expect every traveller to accept it: alcohol is not always available, short pants or skirts are also not welcomed, and please take caution when photographing women without having asked before.

Please note that the country's infrastructure can not be compared with Central Europe. Buses and road conditions are not up to standard in Western Europe. Also, the Pakistanis know no pain limits when violating any traffic rules. Even if you as a "westener" have a bonus with many Pakistanis, you should not rely on it in the road traffic.

Temperatures & Technology:
In Pakistan, winter is prevalent: it is rarely warmer than 20 ° C, despite mostly sunny days, and it can get very cold at night, although we do not expect frost. You definitely need sturdy shoes!
The mobile coverage is good, you need a world travel plug (adapter) for the international plug types C and D.

Pakistan travel does not require vaccinations. Recommended are the usual travel vaccinations against tetanus, polio, diphtheria and hepatitis A. Take all medicine with you that you personally need, it may not be available locally.

Entry requirements:
Germans need a tourist visa, which has to be applied for at the embassy of Pakistan. It requires a passport with a validity of at least 6 months and at least 1 free page! Nationals of other nationalities please inquire at the embassy responsible for them.

Welcome to Pakistan! پاکستان میں خوش آمدید