Drive from Islamabad to Shogran
via Taxila Museum, Abbottabad, Balakot-Shogran.
(World Heritage Site), is an archeological Buddhist
site dating from 03rd century B.C to 05th
century AD. It's about 32KM from Rawalpindi /
Islamabad and driving time is about 01 hour. Visit
Taxila Museum and famous sites like Jaulian, Sirkap
and Dharmarajika stupa. Later drive back to Rawalpindi.
Spend some time in Raja Bazar to enjoy the local
Continue drive to Abbottabad.
located in the
Hazara region of
Province. 50 km northeast of the capital
Islamabad and 150 km east of
Peshawar. Abbottabad has been attracting
tourists to the city since the colonial era, as it is
a major transit point to all major tourist regions of
Pakistan such as
can be approached from Abbottabad and it continues to
be a transit city for tourists. After Abbottabad we
will pass through the lush green village. Lunch at
After lunch continues drive to Balakot.
is located about 38km from Manshera, on the banks of
the River Kunhar. Syed Ahmad Shaheed and Shah Ismail
Shaheed, with the help of the Mujahideen, including
the 6 Swati’s tribes of Balakot against the Sikhs. At
last on 6 May 1831, during a fierce battle, Syed Ahmad
Shaheed and Shah Ismail Shaheed along with hundreds of
their followers were killed. The central mosque of
Balakot is named after Syed Ahmed Shaheed. The areas
include diverse groups; the predominant spoken
languages are Hindko and Gojri. Pashto is also spoken.
The town was completely destroyed in the massive
earthquake on 8 October 2005. The United Arab Emirates
has volunteered to rebuild this town into an improved
one with housing colonies, schools, hospitals, and
other civic facilities.
Continue drive to Shogran – is on a green
plateau in Kaghan Valley. Village was affected by the
earthquake of 2005. It is 34km from Balakot. From
Shogran, you can ride a jeep or horse or hike to
several picturesque places like Siri Paye and Makra
Peak. Local people are friendly and peaceful.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel.