Cholistan is the fascinating desert, locally known as “Rohi”, starting some 30km from Bahawalpur and is spread over an area of some 16,000 sq. km. and extended up to the Thar Desert in Sindh Province. Darawar fort is the major landmark of Cholistan Desert, located 48km from Dera Nawab Sahib. Cholistan is presently inhabited by 100,000 semi-nomads moving from one place to another in search of water and fodder for their animals. The nomads belong to different tribes, though most of them are descended from settlers who came from Balochistan at least 200 years ago. The women wear long and full red skirts and embroidered shawls and the men pile bright color turbans.

Camel Safari is the famous festival of the Cholistan Desert in which one can enjoy singing and camel dancing. There is a chain of forts built at 29km intervals when traveling in Cholistan Desert, which serve as guard posts for the camel caravan routes. There are three rows of these forts; the first line of forts begins from Phulra and ends in Lera, the second from Rukhanpur to Islamgarh and the third from Bilcaner to Khaploo. Some of them dated back to 1000B.C. and were destroyed and rebuilt many times.

Today Cholistan is inhabited by tribes of poor nomads who breed camels & cattle’s. They are peaceful & friendly people living in mud huts & sheep skin tents. Although they frequently face droughts & dry spells they still love the deserts & their animals, around which revolve most of their tales & songs.

The only way to travel in this expanse of sand dunes & dry bushes is on camel back. When the camel man return to their villages at sunset after a hard & hot day in the desert they are greeted with the sound of the flute & the distant bells of returning cattle which create an enchanting atmosphere. The tired men sit in the centre of the village around the fire on Camel hair durries, sip tea & watch the sun go down over their beloved land of beauty & wilderness. To explore this area of mysterious beauty in the most natural way we organize camel safaris for you to have deep experience of this desert & people that will touch soul.

This tour will take you the the enchanting Cholistan desert a desert that is full of life and culture. You will enjoy the music from the bells of cows of the desert and ride camels to the villages in the desert. You will also visit the historical places like Derawar fort and meet people of the desert and learn the culture of the desert folks of Cholistan.

Departure/Return Location Benazir Bhutto International Airport, Islamabad
Departure Time Mountain Range: Himalaya
Elevation: Best Time: Mid-May to End-October
Duration: Days Zone: Open

Contact us for further inquiry at info@gondogoro.com.

Day

01: Arrival Islamabad

Arrival at airport and then transfer to hotel. Overnight stay in hotel at Islamabad.

Services included as following:

Hotel Accommodation on twin sharing basis
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Air-conditioned luxury transport
English speaking tour guide
Entry fees
toll taxes
Domestic flights tickets

Tips for baggage handling at airport & at hotels

Services not included in given price 

Member international flight tickets                                                                                                                         Member personal insurance and all personal expenses such as telephone calls, fax, email charges, liquor or soft drinks,                                                                                                                                                                     Helicopter emergency rescue fees                                                                                                                                 Room service, personal services, items of a purely personal nature any unforeseen expenses (just like road block extra hotel stay) then members will be pay according to the numbers of days basses