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Archaeology Trip

 Explore Swat Archaeological Site

4 days Archaeology Tour
Day 1st:Drive to Swat  on the way visit Takhi-i-Bahi, one of the most complete of all Gandhara’s ruins are of this 1st to 7th century AD Buddhist monastery. Over night at hotel swat.
Day 2nd: Full Day Tour at Swat 
Stories behind the sights
Swat is a valley and an administrative district in the Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa Province, located close to the Afghan-Pakistan border. It is the upper valley of the Swat River, which rises in the Hindu Kush range. The capital of Swat is Saidu Sharif, but the main town in the Swat valley is Mingora. The language spoken in the valley is Pashto/Pashto. With high mountains, green meadows, and clear lakes, it is a place of great natural beauty and is popular with tourists as the Switzerland of South Asia
After breakfast drive from Saidu-sharif to Gumbat .Less then hour drive to the village which is call Balo-Kala.Our Archaeological guide will meet with you  in the village and half hour trek to the Gumbat.
Visit the Gumbat Buddhist Shrine (c-4th CE) which restored in 2011.The shrine is one of the most ancient examples of the double-dome vihara.After spend half an hour at Gumbat back to the car and visit the one the most interesting archaeological side Barikot. Meet with our Archaeological guide and he will guide you to all important sites. Which includes BKG,1,2,3,4,5,6,,7,8,9, and BKG 10.
 
Barikot: The settlement occupies a low and hill overlooking the swat river. The site was occupied by the laccolithic village (14-11th BCE) and subsequently by an Iran age village (10th-4th BCE) Mentioned as Bazira in the Alexandra’s accounts was shortly occupied by the Macedonians in 327BCE.
After visiting the Barikot archaeological drive to Amlok-Dara which is 20 minute drive from Barikot .On arrival to Amlok-Dara visit the Stupa and tack a local lunch in the village. After Amlok-Dar drive back to Barikot .Processed to Udegram Archaeological site. Drive will tack to half hour.
Udegram Gazni Mosque: Udegram is a rich in ruins all excavated by the Italian Mission between 1956 and 1999 near the village along the road leading to the Raja Gira  mount, there are the ruin of a small portion of the ancient city of Ora.The site was occupied from 2nd BCE to 4th CE. The Mosque is one of the most outstanding monuments in Pakistan
After visiting the Udegram drive to back to hotel. 
Day 3nd after breakfast visit to the one of important Archaeological site which is called Buutkara very close to the swat Museum .Excavation here carried out by the Italian Archaeological Mission here between 1958 to1962.  The Buddhist sacred precinct of Buutkara identified as the monetary of Ta-Lo, mentioned by Sung Yun (520 AD) visited and described by the Chinese Buddhist pilgrims of the 5th, 6th and 7th centuries AC lies at the eastern end of the ancient capital of Udyana Meng-Chich-Li, present Mingawara. The main Stupa stand in the middle, around it is crowded monuments Stupa, Vihar and columns, on the Northern side stands a great building and further to the north and west the inhabited area.
Drive to Jahanabd 15 km from Saidu –Sharif  and it will tack 40 to 50 minute , where you will see the huge image of a seated Buddha carved into a high rock face of reddish color that rises on the hillside to the southwest of Jainabad (Shakhorai) village. It is situated at a distance of 5km to the N-E of Manglawar. This huge image of the Buddha can also be visible from the road, on the right side when one is on the way to Malamjaba.Due to its high position above the narrow terrace; it is well preserved except the nose seems to have been damaged by the vandals. The Buddha figure is about 7 meters in height and is certainly the most impressive piece of sculpture to be seen in Gandahara region. 
Drive back to your hotel and enjoy the evening to visit the bazaar. 
Day 4th: Drive Back to Islamabad and visit Taxila.
The city dates back to the Gandhara period and contains the ruins of the Gandhāran city of Takṣaśilā which was an important Hindu and Buddhist centre, and is still considered a place of religious and historical sanctity in those traditions
 
 
 
 
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