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Occupying the far south of Punjab, Cholistan is the largest desert in Pakistan, covering over 25,000 sq. kms area. It extends south into the Thar Desert in Sindh, and east into the India’s Rajisthan Desert. Ahead of you is another world where the 21st century does not intrude. About 1000 years ago, the Cholistan was a fertile plain watered by the Ghaggar River (now called Hakra in Pakistan), Along the 500 km of the ancient river course archaeologists have discovered over 4000 old inhabited sites, most dating back to the Indus Valley Civilization, In the middle of the desert stands majestically the impressive
As mentioned above, the Indus Valley has always been occupied by the wandering nomadic tribes, who are fond of isolated areas, as such areas allow them to lead life free of foreign intrusion, enabling them to establish their own individual and unique cultures. Cholistan till the era of Mughal rule had also been isolated from outside influence. During the rule of Mughal Emperor Akbar, it became a proper productive unit. The entire area was ruled by a host of kings who securely guarded their frontiers. The rulers were the great patrons of art, and the various crafts underwent a simultaneous and parallel development, influencing each other. Masons, stone carvers, artisans, artists, and designers started rebuilding the old cities and new sites, and with that flourished new courts, paintings, weaving, and pottery. The fields of architecture, sculpture, terra cotta, and pottery developed greatly in this phase.
Derawar Fort, this originally was the ancestral seat of Amir of Bahawalpur. This is the largest and the best preserved chain of forts, built in the days gone by. Its massive walls, holding forty enormous buttresses (ten per side), are now a permanent feature of the desert landscape, as they rise out of the sand in the setting sun. Nearby, is the elegant Derawar Mosque which is made out of marble and is an exact replica of the Moti Masjid in Delhi’s Red Fort. it’s a place where the stark moon presents an unearthly, yet a captivating vision. And before you realize, you have fallen in love with it. About 45 km south of Derawar Fort, is the shrine of Channan Pir (‘Channan’ meaning ‘moon-like’) which is an important pilgrim center and the desert comes alive during festivals. There are several forts in Cholistan Region. These are, Derawar Fort, Islamgarh Fort, Mirgarh Fort, Jamgarh Fort, Mojgarh Fort, Marot Fort, Phoolra Fort, Khangarh Fort, Khairgarh Fort, Nawankot Fort, Bijnot Fort.
Bahawalpur located in the Punjab province of Pakistan. Bahawalpur is the 11th largest city in Pakistan. Founded in 1748, Bahawalpur was the capital of the former state of Bahawalpur, ruled by the Abbasi family of Nawabs until 1955. The Nawabs left a rich architectural legacy, and Bahawalpur is now known for its monuments dating from that period. The city also lies at the edge of the Cholistan Desert, and serves as the gateway to the nearby Lal Suhanra National Park..
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Arrival at Islamabad, after transfer to hotel, half day tour of Islamabad, including Lok Virsa Pakistan monument, Shakarpara Hill before sunset and watch twin cities Islamabad and Rawalpindi birdwathcing, the garden in which Pakistani and allied countries’ politicians erected trees, a view of Rawal Lake and many fountains. After the museum visits, Faisal Mosque whose architect was a Turkish architect, Vedat Dalokay, The construction of the mosque is financed by Arabic king Faisal, that’s why his name was given to the mosque in honour of him. Islamabad is very young and modern city. When Pakistan was founded, the capital was Karachi which was more difficult to defend. Following the visits, transfer to the hotel. Dinner at hotel.
Following the breakfast, drive to Taxila. It’s an important city of Budhism period and is in UNESCO World Heritage List. After seeing the ruins, visit Taxila Museum. Lunch in Rawalpindi. After the lunch, free time in bazaars of Rawalpindi, visit old Raja Bazaar, truck decoration point and Saddar Bazaar (cantonment area).
Following the breakfast check-out from the hotel. First destination is Rohtas Fort which is in UNESCO World Heritage List. The fort is built by Sher Shah Suri in purpose of defending the city against Mughals. The fort is still intact. It reflects the early Islamic architecture. After visit Lunch will be serve at Dina and will have continue drive to Lahore, transfer to hotel.
Following the breakfast full day tour in the cultural capital of Pakistan, Lahore. First destination is old Lahore city which was walled during Mughal Empire reign. Lahore Fort is our first visit. The fort is in UNESCO World Heritage List along with Shalimar Gardens. We visit the fort and its places available in and around it. After visiting the fort, we will see Badshai Mosque, the 2nd biggest mosque of Pakistan and 5th biggest mosque in the world. In its architecture Islamic, Persian, Central Asia and Hindu features can be recognized. Later, visit to Iqbal Park and see Minar-e-Pakistan which was erected in honor of the date 23 March 1940 when the independence Pakistan idea was declared officially for the first time after the meeting in the park. Lunch time after the visits. Later, visit Wezir Khan Mosque. The mosque is construsted by Shah Jahan’s Prime Minister İlumiddin Ensari. After the visit, continue with Lahore Museum. We will have the possibility of seeing Budhist sculpture of Ghandara art and manuscripts, miniatures, rugs from Islam period. After the museum visit, we will walk in the Anarkali. The bazaar has been active for 200 years.
Following the breakfast depart from the hotel for Harappa which is on our way. We will have information about the social life, economic system and writings of Harappa. After visiting Harappa, drive to Multan for accommodation. Dinner at hotel.
Following the breakfast, the start of the tour in Multan. Multan is in such a strategic point of trade ways. It’s an important industrial city dating back 2000 years ago. The city is famous with its shrines. The most famous of these are the shrines of Bahaddin Zakariya, Shems Tebriz and Shah Rukhn-e-Alam. We will visit these 3 shrines and then we will have free time in Hussein Agahi Bazaar and then continue our drive to Bahawalpur. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Following the breakfast, start Bahawalpur tour. Bahawalpur is such a peaceful city in which the transportation is mostly made by bicycle rickshaw, has tree-lined streets, large houses with verandas. Our first destination is Derawar Fort and the tombs around it in the Cholistan Desert. Camping will be at desert and in the night camp fire with lcoals.
Following the breakfast, start Bahawalpur tour. Bahawalpur is such a peaceful city in which the transportation is mostly made by bicycle rickshaw, has tree-lined streets, large houses with verandas. Our first destination is Derawar Fort and the tombs around it in the Cholistan Desert. Return to Bahawalpur for and after lunch visit to Bahawalpur Museum. Later, free time in Bahawalpur Market. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Transfer to Lahore International Airport. From peace and serenity of Southern Pakistan to the hustle and bustles of “modern” trends, you say Khuda Hafiz, the typical farewell, as you depart after a tour into Shangri-La. End of the tour.
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