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From £3295pp
Duration
10 days & 9 nights
Itinerary Type
Group Tour
Holiday Type
Specialist-led
Tour Highlights

Pakistan: Persians, Mughals and Mystics

The Mughal Empire, derived from the word Mongol, originated in Central Asia. Babur, its first ruler, was a direct descendant of the renowned ruler and conqueror Amir Timur. He united Mongol traditions, Persian high culture and the Central Asian patronage of Islamic art with the wealth and vibrancy of the subcontinent. Focusing on one of the Empire's lesser visited successor states, Pakistan, this tour will explore the legacy of a dynasty whose enduring cultural influence travelled as far as the court of Queen Victoria.
Dates and prices

Your expert lecturer

Diana Driscoll

Diana Driscoll read ancient Middle East and Islamic studies at SOAS. She is an independent researcher who gives regular talks at the British Museum. Her area of expertise is the Islamic world: religion, history, culture and languages. Diana also accompanies groups on the following tour:

Itinerary

YEAR:
DAY 1: London
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London

Fly overnight from London to Lahore via Dubai or Qatar. (N)

Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Accommodation: Falettis Hotel
DAY 2: Lahore
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Lahore

Arrive in Pakistan following your overnight flight and check-in at Faletti’s Hotel Lahore. After a rest proceed to tour the Shalimar Gardens followed by an evening lecture and welcome dinner. (D)

Accommodation: Falettis Hotel
DAY 3: Lahore
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Lahore

Enjoy a full day’s sightseeing of Lahore, the historic capital of both the Mughal Empire and the Punjab region. Highlights include the renowned Badshahi Mosque, commissioned by Emperor Aurangzeb in the 17th century, as well as the Royal Fort, one of the finest examples of Indo-Islamic architecture on the subcontinent. Visit both the Wazir Khan Mosque and the Persianate Shahi Hamman (‘Royal Baths’) which underwent a full restoration from 2013-2015. (B)

Accommodation: Falettis Hotel
DAY 4: Lahore
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Lahore

Morning visit to the tomb of Emperor Jahangir, the only one of the six major Mughal emperors to be buried in what is now Pakistan. Continue to the nearby tomb of his favourite wife Nur Jahan, before returning to central Lahore. In the afternoon, visit the Lahore Museum, famous in the works of Rudyard Kipling and home to an array of impressive Mughal artefacts. The day concludes with a visit to the bustling Anarkali Bazaar, which dates from the reign of Emperor Akbar the Great. (B, L)

Accommodation: Falettis Hotel
DAY 5: Harappa - Multan
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Harappa - Multan

Depart Lahore for the city of Multan. Stop en route to visit the ancient site of Harappa, once home to one of the earliest civilisations on the subcontinent. Arrive in Multan and visit a workshop where artisans still produce the city’s famous Kashikari pottery, a style brought by Mongol invaders from Central Asia. Continue to your hotel and stay at Faletti’s Grand Multan for 3 nights. Optional afternoon excursion to the tomb of Shah Rukhn-e-Alam to see and hear local Sufi musicians perform their art. (B)

DAY 6: Uch Sharif - Multan
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Uch Sharif - Multan

This morning, drive to Uch Sharif. Said to have been founded by Alexander the Great, the city has long been a stronghold of Islamic rule in the subcontinent. See the famous Sufi shrines, including the Tomb of Bibi Jiwandi, which is currently working towards full UNESCO World Heritage recognition. At the conclusion of your tour, return to Multan. (B, L)

DAY 7: Multan
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Multan

Enjoy a morning tour of Multan, including the city’s key Sufi shrines as well as the Shahi Eid Gah mosque, an excellent example of later Mughal architecture completed in the mid-18th century. In the afternoon, enjoy time at leisure or take an optional excursion to visit the Multan Arts Bazaar. (B, L)

DAY 8: Shekhepura - Lahore
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Shekhepura - Lahore

Departing Multan, drive to Shekhepura where you will see the impressive Hiran Minar. Built by Emperor Jahangir, the complex unusually commemorates the emperor’s favourite antelope, which he named Mansraj. Jahangir was noted for his love of wildlife both as quarry for the hunt and to observe in the wild. Proceed to the city of Lahore, stay at Faletti’s Hotel for 2 nights. (B, L)

Accommodation: Falettis Hotel
DAY 9: Lahore
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Lahore

This morning, explore the historic Hira Mandi district of Lahore, including the Fakir Khana Museum, housed in a building which once served as the home of the Mughal Emperor’s Treasurer (subject to confirmation). In the afternoon, enjoy an excursion to Wagah to see the famous border ceremony followed by a farewell dinner. (B, D)

Accommodation: Falettis Hotel
DAY 10: Fly to London
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Fly to London

Transfer to Lahore Airport for your return flight to London via Dubai or Qatar. (N)

Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

DAY 1: Fly to Lahore
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Fly to Lahore

Fly overnight from London to Lahore via Dubai or Qatar. (N)

Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Accommodation: Falettis Hotel
DAY 2: Lahore
- +

Lahore

Arrive in Pakistan following your overnight flight and check-in at Faletti's Hotel Lahore. After a rest proceed to tour the Shalimar Gardens followed by an evening lecture and welcome dinner. (D)

Accommodation: Falettis Hotel
DAY 3: Lahore
- +

Lahore

Enjoy a full day's sightseeing of Lahore, the historic capital of both the Mughal Empire and the Punjab region. Highlights include the renowned Badshahi Mosque, commissioned by Emperor Aurangzeb in the 17th century, as well as the Royal Fort, one of the finest examples of Indo-Islamic architecture on the subcontinent. Visit both the Wazir Khan Mosque and the Persianate Shahi Hamman ('Royal Baths') which underwent a full restoration from 2013-2015. (B)

Accommodation: Falettis Hotel
DAY 4: Lahore
- +

Lahore

Morning visit to the tomb of Emperor Jahangir, the only one of the six major Mughal emperors to be buried in what is now Pakistan. Continue to the nearby tomb of his favourite wife Nur Jahan, before returning to central Lahore. In the afternoon, visit the Lahore Museum, famous in the works of Rudyard Kipling and home to an array of impressive Mughal artefacts. The day concludes with a visit to the bustling Anarkali Bazaar, which dates from the reign of Emperor Akbar the Great. (B, L)

Accommodation: Falettis Hotel
DAY 5: Harappa - Multan
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Harappa - Multan

Depart Lahore for the city of Multan. Stop en route to visit the ancient site of Harappa, once home to one of the earliest civilisations on the subcontinent. Arrive in Multan and visit a workshop where artisans still produce the city's famous Kashikari pottery, a style brought by Mongol invaders from Central Asia. Continue to your hotel and stay at Faletti's Grand Multan for 3 nights. Optional afternoon excursion to the tomb of Shah Rukhn-e-Alam to see and hear local Sufi musicians perform their art. (B)

DAY 6: Uch Sharif - Multan
- +

Uch Sharif - Multan

This morning, drive to Uch Sharif. Said to have been founded by Alexander the Great, the city has long been a stronghold of Islamic rule in the subcontinent. See the famous Sufi shrines, including the Tomb of Bibi Jiwandi, which is currently working towards full UNESCO World Heritage recognition. At the conclusion of your tour, return to Multan. (B, L)

DAY 7: Multan
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Multan

Enjoy a morning tour of Multan, including the city's key Sufi shrines as well as the Shahi Eid Gah mosque, an excellent example of later Mughal architecture completed in the mid-18th century. In the afternoon, enjoy time at leisure or take an optional excursion to visit the Multan Arts Bazaar. (B, L)

DAY 8: Shekhepura - Lahore
- +

Shekhepura - Lahore

Departing Multan, drive to Shekhepura where you will see the impressive Hiran Minar. Built by Emperor Jahangir, the complex unusually commemorates the emperor's favourite antelope, which he named Mansraj. Jahangir was noted for his love of wildlife both as quarry for the hunt and to observe in the wild. Proceed to the city of Lahore, stay at Faletti's Hotel for 2 nights. (B, L)

Accommodation: Falettis Hotel
DAY 9: Lahore
- +

Lahore

This morning, explore the historic Hira Mandi district of Lahore, including the Fakir Khana Museum, housed in a building which once served as the home of the Mughal Emperor's Treasurer (subject to confirmation). In the afternoon, enjoy an excursion to Wagah to see the famous border ceremony followed by a farewell dinner. (B, D)

Accommodation: Falettis Hotel
DAY 10: Fly to London
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Fly to London

Transfer to Lahore Airport for your return flight to London via Dubai or Qatar. (N)

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The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Specialist-led group tour, accompanied by an expert in Mughal history and culture
  • Visit the tomb of the fourth Mughal Emperor Jahangir
  • Experience the famous Wagah border ceremony
  • Admire the grandeur of the Royal Fort in Lahore
  • See the artisans who produce Multan’s renowned Kashikari glazed pottery

Important information

Expert-led tour
This tour is fully escorted throughout by the lecturer, as well as an experienced local guide.
Superior tour
This tour is based in 4-star accommodation. Please visit our website to see details of the hotels.
Accessibility
The tour involves some long drives and requires a good level of fitness as there is walking over rough terrain and up some high, uneven steps. There are also some long road journeys.
Private visits
Please note that the exclusive and individual nature of private visits means that they are subject to confirmation nearer the time of departure. Mosques, private houses and other buildings often have fluid opening times. If any visits have to be re-arranged, please be assured that we will seek alternatives of equal interest.
Guaranteed departures
Where a tour date shows ‘Guaranteed departure’, this tour is guaranteed to run. For all other departure dates, once the minimum number of people booked has been reached, this tour is also guaranteed to run. Our sales consultants will be able to advise how many people are booked for your chosen date at the time of enquiry, giving you the confidence to book safe in the knowledge your tour will go ahead.
Dates and prices
Unless otherwise stated, the tour prices and upgrade supplements are all per person in pound sterling, based on two people sharing a twin/double room. The online price is a guideline price; your final quote may differ due to flight availability, and you may be asked to pay a flight supplement.

What's included

  • Direct flights from London (regional connections available)
  • 4 star accommodation
  • Small Groups - max 18
  • Guided excursions and entrance fees
  • Local transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Expert-led touring throughout

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