Tour of the Magnificent Cholistan and Mighty Darawar Fort

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Tour of the Magnificent Cholistan and Mighty Darawar Fort

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The Cholistan desert locally known as Rohi sprawls thirty kilometers from Bahawalpur, and covers an area of 26,300 square kilometres (10,200 sq mi). It adjoins the Thar Desert, extending over to Sindh and into India. The word Cholistan is derived from the Turkish word chol, which means “desert”. Cholistan thus means Land of the Desert. 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.

Derawar Fort is a large square fortress in Pakistan near Bahawalpur. The forty bastions of Derawar are visible for many miles in Cholistan Desert. The walls have a circumference of 1500 metres and stand up to thirty metres high. The first fort on the site was built by Hindu Rajput, Rai Jajja Bhati of Jaisalmer. It remained in the hands of the royal family of Jaisalmer until captured by the Nawabs of Bahawalpur in 1733. In 1747, the fort slipped from the hands of the Abbasis owing to Bahawal Khan’s preoccupations atShikarpur. Nawab Mubarak Khan took the stronghold back in 1804.

The Noor Mahal is a palace which was built in 1872 like an Italian chateau on neoclassical lines, at a time when modernism had set in. It belonged to the Nawab of Bahawalpur princely state.

Sadiq Garh Palace is the only Palace which is far more superior to all others in terms of elegance and glory is named Sadiq Gerh Palace. This Palace was established in 1882 by His Highness Nawab Sadiq Muhammad Khan (IV). This Palace was constructed under the supervision of expert engineers with a cost of fifteen lac rupees. The work of construction almost continued ten years. After the completion of the palace it was inaugurated in the presence of a majestic court.

Duration: 3 Days & 3 Nights
Weather Condition: Moderate in Day & Cold at nights
Rainfall: Not Expected
Level: Beginner / Easy
Accomodation : 1- Night Hoteling & 1- Night Camping
1- One Night Camping at Darawar
2- One Night standard hotel accomodation on sharing basis at Bahwalpur

Details of Plan

Day 0 – 12th Jan , 2017 (Thursday)
-Departure from Islamabad / Lahore to Bahawalpur @ 20:30 PM.
-Overnight in travelling. (Pickup of Lahore Participants on way)

Day 1 – 13th Jan, 2017 (Friday)
-Breakfast at Multan / Bahawalpur
-Drive to SadiqGar Palace
-Lunch on way & drive to Drawar Fort, Visit to Darawar Fort
-Overnight Stay, Bonfire & BBQ in camps / haveli Near Drawar Fort.

Day 2 – 14th Jan, 2017 (Saturday)
-Breakfast at Darawar, visit to near by places & camel riding.
-Drive to Bahawalpur and lunch on way.
-Visit to Noor Mehal, Bahwalpur old Bazar for shopping.
-Dinner & Overnight stay in a Hotel at Bahwalpur

Day 3 – 15th Jan, 2017 (Sunday)
-Visit to Lal-Sunehra National Park & Drive back to Islamabad
-Lunch on way
-Drop of Lahore Members.
-Drop at Islamabad

Services Included:
• Standard Transport (Toyota Coaster Saloon)
• Camping equipment rental (Tent, Sleeping bags, Rucksacks & Mattress) & Hotel Accomodation as per itinerary
• Services of a guide
• Local folk music arrangments at derawar
• Camel ride charges
• Standard meals & Refreshment during the Trip.
• Road tolls.
• Basic first aid kit.
• Bonfire

Services not included:
• Medication, evacuation and rescue etc.
• Beverages & phone calls or other expenses of personal nature
• Extra expenses due to road blocks or other reason.
• Porter Charges to Carry Personal Items.
• Anything not mentioned above.

*Cost & Payment Details*

From Islamabad: PKR 13,500/- per person (Triple Sharing in rooms & Tents)
From Islamabad: PKR 14,500/- per person (Twin Sharing in rooms & Tents)

From Lahore: PKR 12,500/- per person (Triple Sharing in rooms & Tents)
From Lahore: PKR 13,500/- per person (Twin Sharing in rooms & Tents)

Last date for Booking is =1st January, 2017.

PKR 5,000/- Advance & Registration form must be filled to Confirm registration.

For More Details and registration Please Call
03235459876 / 03477584460 or write us at

Bank Account Details:

Account Title = Discover Pakistan

Account Number= 00362002788732

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Discover Pakistan offers a perfect match between price and quality services. DP works with the aim of providing a platform to nature lovers and adventure enthusiastic and thus enabling them to discover the Magnificence of the land of hospitality, Pakistan.

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January 12 2017


Start: January 12, 2017 @ 8:30 pm
End: January 15, 2017 @ 11:30 pm


Cholistan Desert

Bahawalpur, Pakistan


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