13 days in Lahore, Islamabad & Jammu and Kashmir Itinerary

13 days in Lahore, Islamabad & Jammu and Kashmir Itinerary

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13 days in Lahore, Islamabad & Jammu and Kashmir Itinerary

Start: Zurich, Switzerland
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Lahore, Pakistan
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Islamabad, Pakistan
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
Srinagar, India
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
4
Leh, India
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Zurich, Switzerland

2
nights
Lahore, Pakistan

Lahore ©
Seen by many to be the most forward-thinking, culturally important, and artistic of the country's metropolises, Lahore has plenty of charms, plenty of history, and plenty of people.
On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Shahi Guzargah, get engrossed in the history at Fakir Khana Museum Lahore, examine the collection at Lahore Museum, then take a stroll through Sheranwala Gate Lahore, then contemplate the long history of Ali Hajvery's Tomb, and finally steep yourself in history at Gurudwara Dera Sahib.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Lahore attractions planner .

Zurich, Switzerland to Lahore is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Zurich to Lahore is 4 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Zurich in September; daily highs in Lahore reach 40°C and lows reach 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Islamabad.

Things to do in Lahore

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Ali Hajvery's Tomb ©
Ali Hajvery's Tomb
Lahore Fort ©
Lahore Fort
Lahore Museum ©
Lahore Museum

2
nights
Islamabad, Pakistan

Islamabad ©
The country's capital since 1963, Islamabad has the look and feel of a planned administrative city because, by and large, that's exactly what it is.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Pakistan Railways Heritage Museum, explore the ancient world of Jaulian Buddhist Monastery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Thomas Church, then look for all kinds of wild species at Bird Aviary, then wander the streets of Saidpur Village, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Faisal Mosque. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Dharmarajika Stupa, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Aabpara Mosque, and then hike along Trail 5.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Islamabad trip site .

Getting from Lahore to Islamabad by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Lahore in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 26°C in Islamabad. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Srinagar.

Things to do in Islamabad

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Taxila
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Jaulian Buddhist Monastery ©
Jaulian Buddhist Monastery
Faisal Mosque ©
Faisal Mosque
Dharmarajika Stupa ©
Dharmarajika Stupa

2
nights
Srinagar, India

The focus lies mainly on the waters in Srinagar, with the river and lakes of the city dotted with colorful houseboats and making the relatively cool summer capital a popular tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): admire the verdant scenery at Doodhpathri, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chatti Padshahi Gurudwara, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Khir Bhawani Temple. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Dachigam Wildlife Sanctuary, take in the dramatic natural features at Yousmarg, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Durga Nag Temple.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Srinagar trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Islamabad to Srinagar with the Route module. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Islamabad in September, with highs in Srinagar at 30°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Leh.

Things to do in Srinagar

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Khir Bhawani Temple ©
Khir Bhawani Temple
Yousmarg ©
Yousmarg

4
nights
Leh, India

Leh ©
The former capital of the Kingdom of Ladakh, Leh possesses a historic old town area marked by stupas, monasteries, and traditional mud-brick houses.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Likir Gompa and Spituk Monastery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Leh: Alchi Monastary (in Alchi) and Hemis Monastery (in Hemis). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thiksey Monastery, take a memorable drive along Tanglang La, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and see the interesting displays at Hall of Fame.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Leh trip tool .

Fly from Srinagar to Leh in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Leh

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Hemis Monastery, Alchi Monastary
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Hall of Fame ©
Hall of Fame
Hemis Monastery ©
Hemis Monastery
Alchi Monastary ©
Alchi Monastary

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