The Cholistan Desert is largest desert on the indian subcontinent, covering over 25,000 square kilometers. It extends south into the Thar Desert in Sind, and east into India’s Rajistan Desert. Its name is said to derive from the Urdu verb Cholna – to walk – although it’s not clear whether this refers to the shifting sand dunes or the semi-nomadic people who roam the desert in search of water and pasture.The Hakra River (known in the Vedas as the River Sarasvati, and more recently as the Ghaggar) once flowed through the region, supporting a civilization contemporary with Meonjodaro and Harappa. Over 400 archeological sites have been uncovered along the dried up bed of the Hakra, in addition to evidence of numerous Stone Age settlement at the lower levels. A series of desert forts have been build to guard the trade route across Cholistan, the best preserved of which is Derawar Fort. This unique trip takes you to Bahawalpur – Yazman and Chanan Pir while we on camel ride, we spend 2-4 nights camping en route visiting nomad settlements and witness camel drivers dance, the local jhumar around a warm camp fire.
Day 01: Arrive at Islamabad International Airport, transfer you to hotel. Half day city tour if Islamabad include shah faisal Mosque, Shakar Parian hills, Pakistan Monument, Rawal Lake, Super & Jinah Super Markets and Daman Koh/Margala hills.
Day 02: Drive to Lahore via Motor way, en route visit Khewra Salt Mines (2nd largest in the world). O/N stay at hotel.
Day 03: Full day city tour of Lahore include Lahore Fort, Badshahi Mosque, Old city walk, Lahore Museum, walk on mall road to witness british colonial buildings, Shalimar Garden and flag lowering ceremony at wag border (Pakistan & india).
Day 04 Drive to Bahawalpur, en route visiting harappa ruins (gandhara heritage). O/N stay at hotel.
Day 05: Drive at the edge of semi desert to Chinan Pir
Day 09: Camel ride back to Dori
Day 07: Camel ride to Toba Saif Wala
Day 08: Last day of camel ride to Derawar Fort
Day 09: Morning an hour drive to Multan, city tour of Multan for 4 hours and long drive to Islamabad. O/n stay at hotel.
Day 10 Fly Back Q Drive to Islamabad & evening fly back to home.