Cholistan Camel Safari
Cholistan Desert also locally known as Rohi) sprawls thirty kilometers from Bahawalpur, Punjab, Pakistan and covers an area of 16,000km. It adjoins the Thar Desert extending over to Sindh and into India.
The word Cholistan is derived from Cholna which means “moving”. The people of Cholistan lead a semi-nomadic life, moving from one place to another in search of water and fodder for their animals. The dry bed of the Hakra River runs through the area, along which many settlements of the Indus Valley Civilization have been found.
Nearly 300 Harappan sites (cf. Indus valley Civilization) have been found in the Hakra valley, mostly by M. R. Mughal, which account for 20% of all Harappan sites now. Cholistan has changed amazingly over the history. The desert was under perennial regular irrigated cultivation till 1200 BCE and under seasonal regular irrigated cultivation till about 600 BCE. The area turned into arid and desolate desert with drying up of River Hakra. These days again, the desert is undergoing a process of profound change because of canal system originating from the River Sutlaj. But one can still find people living in houses made of mud and straw almost as they might have been living 200 years ago.
Overview Cholistan Camel Safari
Day-01 Arrive at Lahore airport transfer to hotel.
Day-02 Sightseeing of Historical city Lahore
Day-03 Fly to Multan, afternoon city tour of Multan.
Day-04 Drive to Bahawalpur 135km, afternoon sightseeing
Day-05 Camel rides to Kota Wala Toba, overnight in tent
Day-06 Camel rides to nearby villages an unforgettable day on camel backs, overnight in tent
Day-07 Camel to Derawar Fort, later continue by Jeeps to Chanan Pir, overnight in tent
Day-08 Drive to Uch Shareef the mystic center of Punjab
Day-10 Drive to Multan afternoon city tour, overnight at hotel
Day-11 Transfer to airport for international flight
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Map and Itinerary for Cholistan Camel Safari
Day-01/02: Lahore: Arrive at Lahore airport transfer to hotel, afternoon sightseeing of Historical city Lahore) City of Gardens and Historical Monuments, it is the second largest historical city of Pakistan with population of more than 6,563,000 people, Being the cultural, historical and artistic centre of Pakistan, this beautiful city features marvelous sights for the visitors who love sightseeing.
Lahore: is the city of saints and is studded with shrines. It stands on the bank of the Ravi River at an elevation of 902 feet above sea level and covers an area of 115 square miles. Lahore merely means Loh-Awar, a fort as strong as iron. The Lahore Fort has 13 gates. Lahore rose to its importance during Ghaznavid period. It was developed and enlarged under Ayaz, the favorite of Mahmud. Ayaz was for several years the Governor of Lahore and lies buried there.
Day-03: Lahore- Multan: Fly to Multan, afternoon city tour of Multan.
Multan is one of the oldest cities in South Asia; the exact age has yet to be determined. Its modern name comes from its old Sanskrit name Mulasthan. It has seen a lot of warfare because of its location on a major invasion route between South Asia and Central Asia. It is famous for its Sufi shrines.
It is believed to have been visited by Alexander the Great, it is said that when Alexander was fighting for the city, a poisoned arrow struck him, making him ill and eventually leading to his death. The exact place where Alexander was hit by the arrow can be seen in the old city premises. Multan was part of the Mauryan and the Gupta empires that ruled much of northern India. In the mid-5th century, the city was attacked by a group of nomads led by Toraman.
Day-04: Multan- Cholistan: Drive to Bahawalpur and later proceed to Derawar Fort in Cholistan Desert.
Day-05: Cholistan: Camel rides to Kota Wala Toba, overnight in tent
Day-06: Cholistan: Camel rides to nearby villages an unforgettable day on camel backs, overnight in tent
Day-07: Cholistan: Camel to Derawar Fort, later continue by Jeeps to Chanan Pir, overnight in tent
Day-08: Uch Shareef: Drive to Uch Shareef the mystic center of Punjab visit the spectacular tombs of Jewendi Bibi & Hazrat Jalaluddin Surkh,
Uch Sharief Mystic place adventurers: The Alexandria of the Alexander the great and our Holy “UCH” (High) place is a wonder on the land of Pakistan. There are very few places in the world where one feels so close to the reality of Sufism “the oneness”. Uch has that very feeling in it. It is a busy little town of Sufis & saints. There are numerous mausoleums of those Holy men/women who taught people the lessons of Unity & oneness. History : As most of our ancient towns on the banks of the river Indus UCH is also an ancient settlement which has lived since the Aryans (1700 BC) The only recorded history found is from the Alexander the great`s period (326 – 325 BC) when it was called Alexandria by Alexander. After that there is no record until Mohammed bin Qasim (711- 726 AD) reached Uch and made it an Islamic city. After Islam Uch became the centre of Islamic education and cradle of Sufism. Two major schools of Sufism emerged here (Qadri & Suharwardi) During the Moghuls & the local rulers gave a great importance to the Sufis, laying at rest on the land of Uch and some magnificent Mausoleums Madrsahs were built. The Uch architecture is a distinct school of architecture and is one of the most impressive in the subcontinent. Main material of the buildings was baked bricks, glazed tiles and sun dried bricks. Though many of the buildings have fallen apart but one can still see the beauty in the design. What to see: Tomb of Jewindi Bibi a marvel of architecture built in the 15th century has lost its dome and half circle but the glazed tile work and the giant walls are worth a visit. In the same compound there are many sacred tombs of other Sufis. Tomb of Jalaluddin Surkh Bukhari RAH is another piece of art and is a must visit.
Day-09: Multan: Drive to Multan afternoon city tour, overnight at hotel
Multan is known as the City of Sufis or City of Saints and Madinat-ul-Auliya because of the large number of shrines and Sufi saints from the city. The city is blanketed with bazaars, mosques, shrines, and ornate tombs. It is the birthplace of Fariduddin Ganjshakar (popularly known as “Baba Farid”), recognized as the first major poet of the Punjabi language.
Multan is located in a bend created by five rivers of central Pakistan. The Sutlej River separates it from Bahawalpur and the Chenab River from Muzaffar Garh. The city has grown to become an influential political and economical center for the country, with a dry port and excellent transport links. Multan is famous for its crops: wheat, cotton, sugar cane, mangoes, citrus, guavas, and pomegranates.
Day-10: Fly back: Transfer to airport for international flight
Service details for Cholistan Camel Safari
- Accommodation and Meals
Accommodation will be provided based on following hotels sharing twin/double occupancy.
Lahore– Hotel One- Gulberg- Bed & Breakfast only.
Multan – Hotel One- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Bahawalpur – Hotel One- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Note: Alternate accommodation will be provided if rooms in above-mentioned hotels are not available. Check in before 12:00 pm is subject to previous night charges
Air-condition transportation for sightseeing
Air-condition transport for 10 days
Air-condition transportation for airport pick and drop
- Taxes and Fees
Fort entrance fee
Museum and historical sites fee
Camping Equipment & Accessories
D3V sleeping tent.
Mess Tent- Kitchen Tent- Tables- Chairs.
- Kitchen Equipment
All necessary kitchen utensils.
Lamps for light.
Professional English Speaking Guide
Assistant Guide as per group size
What's not Included
- International air ticket & airport taxes.
- Visa fee for Pakistan & personal insurance of the clients.
- Tips for drivers and staff
- Single supplement
- Transfers to and from airports for participants making individual air arrangements
- Optional excursions or deviations from the scheduled tour
- All personal expenses such as telephone, fax, email charges, liquor or soft drinks,
- Room service, gratuities for personal services, items of a purely
- If the group splits due to personal reasons, the cost will be charged additionally.
- Extra hotel nights (if any) will be charged to trekking members.
- Any extra cost due to road blockade or any other unforeseen reason will be charged in addition to a normal package offer. Any other service that is not mentioned in the list above.
- If the government imposes a fee or new condition resulting extra charges (after the package is submitted) the same will be charged in addition to a normal package offer.
Joining Arrangements & Transfers
- All clients arriving on Day 1 will be met at Islamabad Airport by our representative who will arrange the transfer to the group hotel. Similarly, transfers will be provided back to Islamabad Airport on the final day of the itinerary. Full joining instructions together with hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.
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The best time for Cholistan Camel Safari is from Mid October to March The start and end dates in the table above are your dates of arrival and departure from Pakistan We have at least two guaranteed departures every year. Our dates for the tour to Cholistan Camel Safari are given above. We can organize solo tour if your dates do not match our dates of fixed departures.
How the trip will operate?
Upon arrival in Lahore airport, one of our representatives will pick you up from the airport and transfer to hotel. Next day we visit historical city Lahore) on day 3rd we fly to Multan and we visit Multan city. Then we drive to Bahawalpur, Cholistan en-route we visit Derawar Fort in Cholistan Desert. Where we Camel rides to Kota Wala Toba and nearby villages an unforgettable day on camel backs.
What you Carry?
In your daypack, you will need to carry extra warm clothing (depending on the altitude, location, and weather), a rain jacket, water bottle, film and camera gear, valuables and personal items such as sunscreen, lip-Eze etc.
Guidance on tipping?
It is usual to tip the members of your tour crew, including your local guide, if you are happy with the services provided. We estimate that $150 – $200 (in local currency equivalent) will cover this aspect of your trip expenditure.
Towards the end of the tour, the trip leader will help the group to determine an appropriate level of tipping for each crew member, and this is most usually done as a group ‘thank-you’ with a ceremony on the final day of tour.
Vaccinations and medical?
You should obtain professional advice from a travel clinic or your local GP from your home country about which vaccinations to have before you arrive in Pakistan.
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