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Trip Name: Cholistan Camel Safari
     

Camp on a solitary oasis, experience the dark starry nights and dance to musicians playing haunting music. Camel safaris are the ideal way to spend time exploring rustic Thar and Cholistan. A camel safari moves through the golden sands of the savage Thar desert passing through remote villages. The 'Ship of desert' camel is certainly not confined to the desert of the plains; Thar and Cholistan, but is also one of the chief modes of transportation in other parts of Pakistan since the ancient times

Price: US$
 Days: 7
Destinations: Lahore, Harappa, Bahawalpur, Multan, Uch Sharif
 Activities: Camel Safari, Cultural Exploration
 Difficulty: Moderate
 Departures: November, December, January, Feburary, March

 

 

 

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Camp on a solitary oasis, experience the dark starry nights and dance to musicians playing haunting music. Camel safaris are the ideal way to spend time exploring rustic Thar and Cholistan. A camel safari moves through the golden sands of the savage Thar desert passing through remote villages. The 'Ship of desert' camel is certainly not confined to the desert of the plains; Thar and Cholistan, but is also one of the chief modes of transportation in other parts of Pakistan since the ancient times. Mostly available from October to April, camel safaris are one of the most memorable experiences as one gets used to the rolling and wobbly movements of the camel while exploring rugged terrains and enjoy the ride through some of the most ancient historic places and have first hand experience of the lifestyle of the remote villages of desert dwellers. The other thing about camel safari that fascinates one is the shaggy double-humped Bactrian camel. In the earlier times, Central Asian traders used these camels as pack animals but since 50 years they have been bred for transport purposes as well. Today, these camels have emerged as the hot favorites of the tourists as the choice of their mode of transportation during camel safaris. Camel Safari provides one opportunity to watch and relish the scenic beauty of the Cholistan villages, especially forts, and the colorful shrines. Camel safaris can be tailored to suit the needs of every traveler from a few hours to a week. Experinece the ancient site of Harappa to touch back history. Indeed, many aspects of modern civilization and culture came into being in Gandhara, Indus art, philosophy ..... This trip is an excellent combination of adventure and culture enabling you to visit not only some of the most important historical cities of Pakistan but also the remote villages and nomad camps of Cholistan Desert on Camel back. This Desert covers an area of over 16,000 square kilometers extending into the Thar Desert in India.Beginning your exciting trip at Lahore, the cultural capital of Pakistan, explore some of the finest examples of Mughal architecture in Pakistan. Visit the 17th century Badshahi Mosque, the Lahore fort built in the 16th and 17th century, Emperor Jehangir and Noor Jahan’s tomb and the exquisite Shalimar Gardens built by Shah Jahan of the Taj Mahal fame. Explore the old Walled City that once used to have 12 gates and a 9-meter high defensive wall and visit the lovely Wazir Khan Mosque with its superb frescoes and inlay pottery decorations before proceeding to Bahawalpur. En-route visit Harappa, the famous excavated city of the 5000 years old Indus Valley Civilization and its interesting museum.Arrive at Uch that contains some of the most beautiful tombs with blue glazed tile - work reflecting a distinct influence of Central Asian architecture. During the 13th century, it was the center of Islamic learning and many famous scholars and saints lie buried in this small town. Visit the spectacular tomb of Bibi Jawindi with its beautiful glazed tile decorations, the tomb of Jalal-uddin Surkh and explore the colorful covered bazaars before proceeding to Multan, the city of saints.Multan, which has a very ancient history and every invader who entered the Indian subcontinent from Alexander through to the Mauryans, Huns, Kushans, Arabs, Ghaznavids, Mughals and even the British struggled for its control. Walk through its color-full bazaars and visit the beautiful shrines of Bahauddin Zikria (13th cent) and Shah Rukhn-e-alam (14th Cent).Explore the color-full bazaars of Bahawalpur and visit its interesting Museum before heading for the desert driving through Lal Suhanra Park, a lovely nature reserve developed in 1972. Arrive at Channan Pir village situated in the Cholistan Desert from where your exciting Camel Safari begins. This village is named after a holy man known as Channan Pir and is famous for the annual URS (death anniversary) during springtime when thousands flock for pilgrimage to the holy man’s grave at this place. Meet your Camels and the Camel men.For the next three days you will experience the life of the nomads as you travel on Camel back from camp to camp, visiting numerous villages and nomad camps to familiarize your self with the interesting life style of the Cholistani people. Nights will be spent in tents under open desert skies ideal for star sighting and dinners will be accompanied by local music and dances. The highlight of this safari is the imposing Derawar fort built in the 9th century, where you camp for your last night in the desert after saying farewell to your Camels. Visit the over 100 years old Derawar mosque and the Royal grave yard with its beautifully decorated tombs.From Derawar drive out to Bahawalpur and either fly to Lahore or drive back to Multan through the agriculturally rich area before taking your homebound flight to end this memorable trip.

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