Sufi Festival Tours
08 DAYS 07 NIGHTS
NOTE :- Although, we try to adhere to the schedule listed below, this itinerary is subject to change due to numerous reasons beyond our control such as bad weather, canceled or delayed flights, road washouts, vehicle breakdowns, sickness, accidents, government restrictions & all other unforeseen exigencies for which we cannot make provisions. Sufism is Islam's mystical tradition, the Sufis being Muslim holy men who develop their spirituality through prayer and meditation. Sufi comes from the Arabic 'safa' meaning purity, so Sufis are those whose hearts and souls are pure. The first Sufis wandered through Persia and Afghanistan and into the South Asia, preaching love, peace and brotherhood. Some of Pakistan's finest music and literature were written by Sufi saints; verses set to music that tell of the love of God, and stories in which virtue receives its reward. Sufi saints portrayed life at its most perfect. The shrines of the great saints draw many who come to pray and make offerings. Each shrine has a festival (Urs) each year on the death anniversary of the saint's death. The shrine then becomes a fairground, with musicians playing traditional instruments and singers performing mystical folk songs while dancers dance themselves in to a devotional frenzy. Trade fairs, sports competitions and traditional martial arts also take place such as fighting with daggers and riding.
DAY 1 LAHORE Arrival at Lahore met and transfer to your Hotel – Lahore. Full day sightseeing excursion of Lahore. AM :
The visit to the Walled City of Lahore includes Wazir Khan's Mosque - built in 1634 by Hakim Ali-ud-Din; Shrine of Data Ganj Bakhsh - a great scholar from Ghazni 1039-1072. has millions of pilgrims and his Urs (death festival) is a national event; Anarkali Bazaar - named after Prince Salim's (Jehangir) lover, is a cluster of street bazaars exclusively for ladies. Return to hotel or drive to Food Street for lunch. After lunch resume sightseeing. PM : Visit to Shalimar Gardens - built by Shah Jahan in 1642, this 3 terraced garden is perfectly adorned with beautiful fountains, marble pavilions and geometrically designed ponds. Return to Hotel for overnight. All meals included.
DAY 2 LAHORE Full day sightseeing excursion of Lahore. AM :
Visit the Lahore Fort - a marvel of Moghal Architecture begun in the 11th Century and completed in the end of 16th Century. Among the emperors who contributed to its splendors are Akbar, Jahangir and Shah Jehan; the Badshahi Mosque - the Second biggest in the world made of red stone by Aurangzeb; Hazuri Bagh - a grand marble pavilion constructed by Raja Ranjit Singh in 1818; Minar -e-Pakistan - a towering Pakistan Day Memorial. Overnight at Hotel. All meals included. PM : Datta Ganj Bakhsh; Abul Hassan Ali Ibn Usman al-Jullabi al-Hajvery al-Ghaznawi, also known as Daata Ganj Bakhsh, which means the master who bestows treasures) or Daata Sahib was a Persian Sufi and scholar in the 11th century. He significantly contributed to the spreading of Islam in South Asia.He was then directed to settle in Ajmer Sharif, and commence his spiritual mission to go further east and preach. Moinuddin Chishti paid homage to Ali Hujwiri in the following words: Overnight at hotel. All meals included.
DAY 03 LAHORE TO MULTAN VIA PAK PATTAN AM :
Drive to Multan via Pak Pattan Pakpattan, is the capital city of the Pakpattan District in the Sahiwal Division in the Punjab province of Pakistan.Fariduddin Ganjshakar's descendants include the Sufi saint Salim Chishti, whose daughter was the Emperor Jehangir's foster mother. Overnight at your hotel. All meals included.
DAY 04 MULTAN TO UCH AM :
Drive to Uch. Uchch domains the Muslim tombs of the 13th and 14th centuries. Located near the confluence of the Chenab and Sutlej rivers, Uchch has been largely bypassed by the 20th century, and is now just a small country bazaar surrounded by mud houses, but in the 13th and 14th centuries it was the capital of a rich kingdom and, with its sister city Multan, a center of political, cultural and literary activity.The two ruined tombs of Bahawal Halim and Ustad Ladla stand in the same graveyard. The Tomb of Jalaluddin Surkh Bukhari is right beside the tomb of Bibi Jawindi, The latter has a good collection of Indus Civilization artifacts, Buddhist Gandharan stone statues, Hindu wood carvings, coins, stamps and miniatures, and an ethnographic display of clothes and tools from the Cholistan Desert. Overnight hotel for overnight. All meals included.
DAY 05 UCH TO ISLAMABAD AM :
Drive to Islamabad via Lahore Islamabad Motorway with estimated time 8 hours 40 minutes with 703km. Islamabad is the national capital city of Pakistan located within the Islamabad Capital Territory. According to a 2012 estimate by the Census Department, the population of Islamabad including its surrounding territory has increased to 2 million and together with its neighbouring twin city of Rawalpindi, the greater Islamabad-Rawalpindi metropolitan area is the third largest conurbation in Pakistan with a population of over 4.5 million inhabitants. On arrival transfer to hotel for rest and overnight.
DAY 06 NERIAN SHARIF AZAD KASHMIR
Early morning visit Bari Imam (1617–1705), whose real name was Shah Abdul Latif Kazmi, was born in 1026 Hijra (1617 AD) in Jhelum. His father, Syed Mehmood Shah, shifted his family from Jhelum District to Baghan village, presently called Aabpara. At that time, it was a barren land. Soon after the arrival of Bari Imam’s family, his father started farming and also kept some animals. Shah Latif helped his father in grazing the animals, but left his father at 12 and came to Nurpur Shahan. Every year at the Urs (Birth celebration) of the saint, who spread Islam in this part of the world, gains momentum; Overnight at hotel at Murree. All meals included.
DAY 07 MURREE TO LAHORE AM :Drive to Lahore 358 km from Murree via Rawalpindi. Rawalpindi, commonly known as Pindi is a rapidly growing city in the Pothohar region of northern Punjab, Pakistan. It is located only 14 kilometres (9 mi) south from the capital city of Islamabad, in the province of Punjab. Rawalpindi is the fourth most populous urban area and is in the List of most populous metropolitan areas in Pakistan. The Rawalpindi/Islamabad metropolitan area is ranked the third highest in the country. Due to the high interdependence and intertwined areas of the two cities, they are known as the twin cities of Rawalpindi/Islamabad. In the 1950s, Rawalpindi was smaller than Hyderabad and Multan, but the city's economy received a boost during the building of Islamabad (1959–1969), during which Rawalpindi served as the national capital. Rawalpindi is in the northernmost part of the Punjab province, located 275 km (171 mi) to the north-west of Lahore. It is the administrative seat of the Rawalpindi District. Also, Rawalpindi is the military headquarters GHQ of the Pakistani Armed Forces. Many tourists use the city as a stop before traveling towards the northern areas. Numerous shopping bazaars, parks and a cosmopolitan population attract shoppers from all over Pakistan and abroad. The city is home to several industries and factories. Islamabad International Airport is located in Rawalpindi, which is also the Chaklala Airbase, and serves both cities and several neighboring districts for international flights.
DAY 08 LAHORE AM :Transfer to airport for your return flight back home. End of our Services.
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