Charles A. Barker
Hospitality Support & Consultancy Services
Hospitality & Tourism Sustainable Development - HSCS
Our meeting point is usually outside: Syeed Book Bank, F7 Markaz, Islamabad
Google Map ref. 33.722421, 73.058673
You should wear casual, discreet clothing suitable for the season and practical walking shoes.
Please provide copies of your passport/NIC and Covid vaccination certificates when booking; there will be strict adherence to Covid SoPs. Refreshments will be provided with lunch.
Bookings are payable in advance and non-refundable from 72 hours prior to departure.
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2 & 3 Day Trips
Sizing Up Sialkot
This is a tour with a difference, combining commercial, industrial and historical interests. Sialkot is the heart of Pakistan’s manufacturing industry. Sadly, the world community is ignorant to the fact that leading products come from this important region, such as precision surgical equipment and instruments, leather and sports products, to name a few. We will be welcomed by the Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and hear a talk on the city’s industrial prowess before taking an Industrial Area City Tour.
On the historical side, we will study the foremost Muslim writer, philosopher and politician, Dr Muhammad Allama Iqbal (1877-1938). His poetry in the Urdu language is considered to be among the greatest of the twentieth century, and his vision of a cultural and political ideal for the Muslims of British-ruled India was to animate the impulse for Pakistan. We shall visit his birthplace, Iqbal Manzil, which is now a museum and library.
Legends Of Lahore
For 200 years, beginning from about 1525 A.D., Lahore was a thriving cultural centre of the great Mughal Empire. Mughal Emperors beautified Lahore, with palaces, gardens and mosques. During the British regime many monuments sprang up in Lahore which blended beautifully with the Mughal, Gothic and Victorian styles of architecture.
Lahore is the second largest city in Pakistan and the provincial capital of Punjab. Apart from being the cultural and academic centre of the country, Lahore is the Mughal “Show-Window” of Pakistan. The origins of Lahore are shrouded in the mists of antiquity. Reminiscence of its hoary past are the remains of a subterranean temple in the northern part of the Royal Fort, attributed to Rama, the legendary hero of Ramayana. Lying on the main trade and invasion routes to the South Asia, Lahore has been ruled and plundered by a number of dynasties and herdes. However, it touched the zenith of its glory during the rule of the Mughals. The Mughals, who were famous as builders, gave Lahore some of its finest architectural monuments that are extinct today.
Weaving Through Lyallpur
On our way to Faisalabad, we will stop at temple and salt mines. From there we will pass through the rich, agricultural heartland of the Punjab before reaching ‘Ghanta Ghar’ which translates into ‘Hour House’ at the centre of Faisalabad. Build in 1905, the Clock Tower, as it is better known, is located in the older part of the city and placed at the center of the eight markets that from a bird's-eye view looks like the Union Jack flag of the UK.
Faisalabad, the centre of cotton production in Pakistan and famous the world over for the quality of its fabrics. We will see the fields of cotton and then visit the factories in which it is spun and woven before being made into fine fabrics. We will visit the end of the line at one of the city’s many cloth markets before heading home.