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A Pilgrimage to the Holy Gurdwaras of Sikh Religion

Sikhism is a monotheistic religion that originated in the Punjab region of the Indian Subcontinent around the end of the 15th century. It is one of the youngest religions in the world. Pakistan is a home of many Sikh shrines. The pilgrimage trip has been designed for Sikh fraternity so they can pay homage to these holy shrines. The tour will start from Islamabad, the political and administrative city of Pakistan. Our first destination will be Gurdwara Panja Sahib in Hassanabdal. The shrine is considered to be important as the handprint of the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak, is believed to be imprinted on a boulder at the Gurdwara. In Peshawar, we will visit Gurdwara Bhai Joga Singh and other historical places. On the way to Lahore, we will visit Gurdwara Sacha Sauda, Gurdwara Chaki Sahib & Gurdwara Rori Sahib near Gujranwala. It is the sacred shrine which marks the site where, according to tradition, Guru Nanak after the destruction of the town had stayed with Bhai Lalo. The Guru had to sit and lie here on a hard bed of pebbles. From Lahore we will make day excursions for the Yatra (pilgrimage). The next visit will be to the Gurdwara Dera Sahib, Samadhi of Maharaja Ranjeet Singh. The much awaited visit to Janam Asthan or Nankana Sahib followed by Gurdwara Kartarpur, one of the holiest sites in Sikhism. Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur, It is built on the historic site where the founder of Sikhism settled and assembled the Sikh community. The tour will end in Lahore after a visit to Gurdwara Shaheed Ganj, Gurdwara Taru Singh and some other important historic sites.

 

Baisakhi is one of the most important festivals of Sikhs and is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm and joviality in the state of Punjab and all throughout the world where there is a significant Sikh population. For the large farming community of Punjab, Baisakhi (Vaisakhi) Festival marks the time for harvest of Rabi crops and they celebrate the day by performing joyful bhangra and gidda dance. For the Sikh community, Baisakhi Festival has tremendous religious significance as it was on a Baisakhi Day in 1699, that Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Sikh Guru laid the foundation of Panth Khalsa-the Order of the Pure Ones. On the festival day, Gurdwaras are decorated and hold kirtans, Sikhs visit and bathe in lakes or rivers before visiting local Gurdwaras, community fairs and Nagar Kirtan processions are held, and people gather to socialize and share festive foods.

  

Trip Highlight
Trip Code: ATP-SPT-1
Duration: 09 days/08 nights (shorter & longer trip itineraries available)
Best time: September – April  ,Baisakhi or Vaisakhi Festival:  April 13 or 14 every year
Trip Route: Islamabad-Hassanabad-Peshawar-Islamabad-Sheikupura-Lahore-Nankana Sahib-Kartarpur-Lahore

 

 
 

Day To Day Itinerary

AFE TRAVELLING PAKISTAN?

Thinking about visiting Pakistan but unsure if it’s safe? The answer is yes, it is! Pakistan is not only safe to travel, but it is also a breathtakingly beautiful country. From its lush green valleys to its diverse culture and historical sites, Pakistan has so much to offer. The people of Pakistan are known for their friendliness and hospitality, and you will be amazed by their open-heartedness. There is so much more to discover about Pakistan. While there have been some unfortunate incidents in the past that created a negative image, Pakistan has worked hard to overcome them and regain its positive reputation. Today, thousands of tourists visit Pakistan every year without any fear. The security system has improved, making visitors feel more comfortable and confident. Yes, there are certain areas which are not safe and no trips are arranged those areas.

PASSPORT AND VISA PROCEDURE

It is now convenient to travel to Pakistan as the country has recently revised its travel regulations and welcomed tourists with open arms. The noteworthy update is that Pakistan now offers an electronic visa online to citizens of 175 countries. Visas must be applied online at https://visa.nadra.gov.pk/    You will need a letter of invitation (LOI) which our office will provide along with the requisite documents including Adventure Tours Pakistan license copy and National Identity Card of the host. 

Main Visa Category: Tourist  

Sub Visa Category:  Tourist

VALIDITY OF VISA

Usually a tourist visa is issued for three months with 30 days validity. Do note that the 30 days’ validity starts on the date of arrival. For example your visa is issued on March 15 and valid for three month but you arrive Pakistan on June 20th, your visa will expire on July 19th. In case your stay is longer than 30 days, an extension is possible after arrival in Pakistan.

PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE CORRECT TRAVEL DOCUMENTS AND A VALID VISA FOR PAKISTAN. 

GUIDELINES FOR TRAVELERS

1. Show respect for local customs and traditions

When visiting Pakistan, it is crucial for travelers to prioritize respecting the local culture and traditions. Greet everyone with a warm smile and honor the religious norms. Show reverence for the local customs and the people.

2. Dress modesty It is essential to dress modestly, especially when visiting religious sites and conservative communities. Make sure to wear clothing that covers your

body. By dressing like the locals, you demonstrate your respect for their customs and traditions.

3. Follow guidelines

Travelers must adhere to the guidelines and instructions provided by local authorities and tour operator/tour guide. Following these guidelines is a significant aspect of responsible travel. To enhance your travel experience, it is important to follow instructions, particularly when participating in cultural and religious events.

4. Preserve artifacts

Respecting historical and cultural locations means leaving everything as you found it to protect their integrity.

5. Proper waste disposal

When traveling to different destinations, it is crucial to dispose of waste properly. Ensure that you leave no waste behind when leaving any meadow or trail.

6. Be cautious of your belongings

Be mindful of your personal belongings and take precautions to keep them safe. Use a secure bag or backpack to carry your valuable items and avoid drawing attention to expensive possessions that may attract unwanted interest.

7.  Stay hydrated

Stay hydrated and protects you from the sun rays. Pakistan can experience hot and dry weather, particularly in the summer. Remember to drink plenty of water, apply sunscreen, and wear a hat or use an umbrella to shield yourself from the sun.

8. Follow safety Guidelines

Be aware of your surroundings and follow any safety guidelines provided by the authorities. It is always recommended to travel in groups or with a local guide, especially in remote areas, and inform someone about your plans and expected return time. By following these precautions, you can ensure a safe and respectful visit to the historical and archaeological sites in Pakistan while appreciating their cultural and historical significance.

WEATHER CONDITIONS IN DIFFERENT DESTINATIONS

Pakistan is fortunate to have four distinct seasons and a diverse climate, thanks to its geographical location and varying topography. Depending on the region and time of year, the weather conditions in places differ. Each of the four seasons in Pakistan is remarkable, offering something unique and beautiful. So, get ready to embrace the joy of experiencing all four seasons in Pakistan! Here’s a brief glimpse into the weather conditions of some popular destinations in the country:

Lahore

Lahore has scorching hot summers, with temperatures often surpassing 40°C (104°F) in May, June and July. Winters are mild, with temperatures ranging from 5°C to 20°C (41°F to 68°F). The ideal time to explore Lahore is between October and April.

Islamabad

Islamabadhas a moderate climate. Summers (May to September) are warm, with temperatures ranging from 30°C to 45°C (86°F to 95°F). Winters (December to February) can be cold, with temperatures dropping to around 0°C (32°F) or lower. The best time to visit Islamabad is during spring and autumn when the weather is pleasant

Taxila

Taxila, known for its archaeological sites, experiences similar weather conditions like Islamabad since it is located nearby. Summers can be hot, and winters are cold. The best time to visit Taxila is during spring and autumn.

Peshawar

Peshawar, a city rich in history, has a semi-arid climate. The summer months from May to September can get quite hot, with temperatures ranging from 30°C to 40°C (86°F to 104°F). On the other hand, winters from December to February are cold, with temperatures dropping to around 0°C (32°F) or even lower. If you’re planning a visit, the best times to go are during spring and autumn when the weather is mild and pleasant.

Mohenjo-Daro

Mohenjo-Daro, situated in the Sindh province, is an ancient site of the Indus Valley Civilization. The climate in this region is characterized by scorching hot summers, with temperatures soaring above 45°C (113°F) from April to June. On the other hand, winters from December to February are mild and pleasant, with temperatures ranging from 5°C to 20°C (41°F to 68°F). To avoid the extreme heat, it is recommended to plan a visit to Mohenjo-Daro between October and March.

Multan Multan, located in Punjab province, experiences a semi-arid climate with hot and dry weather. Summers in Multan are exceptionally hot, with temperatures often surpassing 45°C (113°F) in May and June. During this season, the city receives minimal rainfall. If you plan to visit during summers, it is crucial to stay hydrated and protect yourself from the intense heat. The monsoon season, occurring from July to September, brings some relief with moderate rainfall. Autumn in Multan is relatively pleasant, with temperatures ranging from 25°C to 35°C (77°F to 95°F), and the weather becomes drier. Winter is mild, with temperatures

ranging from 10°C to 20°C (50°F to 68°F) during the day and cooler nights. Spring, although short, is delightful with temperatures ranging from 20°C to 30°C (68°F to 86°F) and vibrant blooming flowers. Before visiting Multan, it is advisable to check the local weather forecast and pack accordingly for a comfortable and enjoyable trip.

Chilas

Chilas, situated in the breathtaking region of Gilgit Baltistan. One of its remarkable view points for the Nanga Parbat, the world’s ninth-highest peak. The summer season lasts for four months, from June to September, with an average daily temperature of 31°C. July is the hottest month, with temperatures rising to 40°C. On the other hand, the winter season begins from December 1st to and ends in March, with an average temperature below 15°C. January is the coldest month, with an average temperature of -1°C. During the summer, the weather in Chilas is pleasantly cool with little rain. It is best to wear a comfortable T-shirt for a memorable trip.

Gilgit

In Gilgit, the summer months of June, July, and August have an average temperature is between 30°C to 40°C. However, during winter, the temperature can drop down to -2°C. May is the month with higher chances of rainfall. If you’re planning a trip to Gilgit, the best time to visit is from March to November.

Hunza

Hunza lies in the northern region of Pakistan where people visit to get glimpse of the picturesque mountains and spend quality time. During the summer months of June to August, the temperature reaches 38°C. However, in winter, it drops to -10°C and even lower. To witness the valley at its finest, the ideal time to visit is in spring, specifically from March to April, when the temperature ranges from 20°C to 26°C. During this time, the valley is in full bloom. Summers are perfect for outdoor activities like hiking and camping, when the valley is covered in lush greenery. Autumn also provides stunning colors in Hunza Valley.

Skardu Skardu, located in the Baltistan region of northern Pakistan, is renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty and serves as a gateway to some of the highest peaks in the world. Surrounded by majestic mountain ranges, Skardu is home to the world’s coldest desert Sarfaranga. The months with the highest temperatures are June to September, with an average of 26°C per day. July is the hottest month, reaching 38°C. Winter lasts from November to March, with an average temperature of 8°C, and the coldest months can drop to -7°C and below. The ideal time to visit Skardu is from

March to October when the valley is filled with stunning scenery, especially during the cherry blossom season in spring.

Fairy Meadows

Fairy Meadows, situated in the Karakorum Range of the Diamir district in Gilgit Baltistan, is renowned for its stunning beauty and offers a majestic view of the world-famous peak, Nanga Parbat. It is a paradise for nature lovers and hikers. During summers, the temperature averages around 10 °C to 17°C, while in winters; it drops to -10°C and below. The ideal time to visit Fairy Meadows is from late spring to early autumn, between April and October. This is when the meadow transforms into brilliant colors. Do not forget to pack your hiking boots and warm cloths. 

Phander

Phander is a mesmerizing destination nestled in the Ghizer district of Gilgit Baltistan. This enchanting place is often referred to as a hidden treasure due to its breathtaking natural beauty. The lush green valleys and pristine lakes are remarkable. Phander is best visited during the summer months, from April to October, when the weather is delightful and mild, with temperatures ranging from 11°C to 17°C on average. However, January is the coldest month, with temperatures plummeting to -15°C. It’s advisable to pack clothes suitable for changing weather conditions throughout the day. Explore the wonders of Phander and immerse yourself in its captivating charm.

Shandur Pass

Shandur pass is known as the Roof of the World. The pass is famous for its scenic beauty and the thrilling polo festival. During summer, the temperature between 15° C to 20 °C, while in winter, it drops to -1°C to -6. If you’re planning a trip to Shandur Pass, make sure to prepare for the high altitude and bring warm clothing. The best time to visit the pass is from May to October when it is adorned with lush greenery. Additionally, you can also participate in the thrilling Shandur polo festival, which takes place from the 7th to the 9th of July (check for updated schedule of the festival).

Chitral 

Chitral is a beautiful place located in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province of Pakistan. It is famous for its breathtaking beauty and vibrant culture. During the summer, the temperature is between 25°C to 35°C while in winter; it drops to -10°C. The best time to visit Chitral is from April to September when the valley is covered in lush greenery and autumn colors attract thousands of domestic and foreign visitors. . You will be captivated by the enchanting beauty of Chitral during the summer season.

Kalash

Kalash is a place of incredible beauty and has a cultural significance, located in Chitral. The people of Kalash have their own unique traditions and lifestyle. During the summer, in June July and August the temperature is between 30°C to 33°C, while in winter it drops down to -5°C. If you’re planning to visit Kalash, the best time to go is during the summer months, from April to September. This is when you can enjoy outdoor activities and explore the wonders of nature.

Karachi

Karachi is known as the city of lights. It is famous for its stunning beaches, bustling malls, and historical sites. The summers in Karachi can get quite hot, with temperatures rising up to 45°C. In winters, the temperature is a pleasant 26°C. The ideal time to visit Karachi is from October to March. During this time, you can engage in various outdoor activities, go sightseeing, and explore the vibrant city. Do not forget to pack lightweight and breathable clothing while visiting Karachi.

9 Must-Have Items

1. Appropriate Dress

Pakistan’s diverse weather conditions call for appropriate clothing choices. For hot weather, wear lightweight and breathable outfits, while cooler regions or winter visits may require layering up. It’s always recommended to dress modestly to show respect for local customs and traditions.

2. Sun Safety creams
Pakistan can get quite sunny, especially during summers. To protect yourself from the sun’s rays, remember to bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and consider wearing lightweight clothing that offers sufficient sun protection.

3. Comfortable Footwear

Exploring historical and archaeological sites in Pakistan often involves a lot of walking. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes or sneakers that are suitable for walking on uneven terrain.


4. Hydration and Snacks

Stay hydrated during your visit by carrying a refillable water bottle. Additionally, if you plan on spending a significant amount of time at the site, it’s a good idea to bring some snacks along.

5. Insect Protection

In rural areas and certain archaeological sites in Pakistan, mosquitoes and other insects may be present. To protect yourself from bites, pack insect repellent.

6. Cash and Currency

While major cities in Pakistan have ATMs and card payment options, it’s advisable to carry some Pak Rupees in cash, especially when visiting remote areas where cash might be the primary mode of payment.

7. First Aid Essentials

It’s always wise to have a basic first aid kit with items like Band-Aids, antiseptic ointment, pain relievers, and any necessary prescription medications.

8. Camera

Don’t forget to bring a camera or smartphone to capture the beauty of historical sites and landscapes. Binoculars can also come in handy for observing details from a distance.

9. Guidebooks and Maps

If you’re planning an in-depth exploration of Pakistan’s historical and archaeological sites, consider bringing guidebooks or maps that provide valuable information. These resources can enhance your understanding and appreciation of the locations.

PACKAGE OFFERS AND PAYMENT PLAN

Package Prices: We do not publishpackage offers as we are working with more than one hundred tour companies, travel clubs and adventure outfitters from different parts of the world.  We specialize in customize trips and packages are developed according to the budget of our potential client/partners. We have four categories of services:

  • Deluxe Package-with the best available hotels and transport
  • Semi-deluxe Package: with 3*/4* hotels and best available transport
  • Standard Package: with standard tourist class hotels with standard tourist class transport.
  • Eco Package: With budget hotels and transport.

Bookings and deposits

You can secure your trip by making an initial deposit of 30% when you book. Please note that the initial deposit is non-refundable, but it can be transferred for a future trip with some adjustments if informed at least one month in advance.

Final payments Kindly note that the complete trip cost is required to be paid 30 days before the tour begins. We accept payments in cash or through bank

transfers to our designated bank account. Please be informed that we do not accept credit card payments. To ensure authenticity, please refrain from accepting any invoices that are not generated by Adventure Tours Pakistan and sent through an official email ID.

Cancellation

To cancel your trip, please make sure to inform Adventure Tours Pakistan or the booking agent in writing. If you cancel 30 days or more before the trip, we will refund the remaining amount after deducting 30%. However, if you agree to keep the deposit with us, no cancellation charges will be applied, and the full amount can be adjusted for a future trip. If you cancel within 2 weeks before departure, 50% of the package offer will be charged as cancellation fees. And if you cancel within one week of departure or fail to show up, the full payment will be non-refundable.

 If you decide to end your trip, whether it’s by choice or not, once the trip has started, please note that no refunds will be provided. Additionally, any unused meals, accommodation, or services will not be eligible for a refund.

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