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Cholistan Camel Safari 

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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 Jahanís 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 manís 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.
 

Trip Features:

  • Guided by highly experienced and qaulified professionals with the help of the best supporting staff available in Pakistan, having undergone on the job training over many seasons with us. They are highly experienced at catering to the needs of our members, and do a tremendous amount to contribute to the overall success and satisfaction of our groups

  • Build your exact dream trip--Itinerary can be customized. Leaves any day you desire--Lengthen or shorten trip, if you like.

  • 4 to 5 star accommodations and services--Designed for higher end budgets (hotels can be changed for lower budgets)

  • Lowest Price guaranteed and the best value for money--Save 40-50 % vs. comparable guided tours of this same quality

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Departure Dates September to  April See All Dates
Trip Length 7 Days
Activities cultural exploration , Sightseeing, heritage
Difficulty Level easy
Destinations

 Lahore, Harappa, Bahawalpur, Multan, Uch Sharif,

Lal Suhanra National Park

 

Sheesh Mahal

Takhat Bhai

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Itinerary

 

7 DAYS  ITINERARY (Day by Day)

DAY 01:     ARRIVAL - LAHORE

Arrival Lahore today. A member of the Vertical Explorers staff will meet you at the airport and escort you to the hotel. Today either you can relax or you can enjoy an exploratory walk in the old part of Lahore; wander past the traditional colourful markets, beautifully carved old houses and trucks, cows pestering the vegetable vendors, catch traditional craftsmen at work in silver and gold bazaars .

 

Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation:  Sunfort Hotel, Regency Inn, Pearl Continental Hotel

DAY 02:   LAHORE  - HISTORY TOUR

Today morning after breakfast at hotel we will move out on The Mall Road, which was a modern thoroughfare lined with exquisite buildings of great public and private utility during British time. We will stop over at Gymkhana Club or Little Britian opposite Lawrence Gardens to take a view of this symbol of prestige and a favorite haunt of men of diverse talents and fortune. The halls of club were built in memory of two Governors Sir John Lawrence and Sir Robert Montgomery. We will move to The Lahore Museum built by the British in Moghul Gothic style and opened in 1894.John Lockwood Kipling, Rudyard's father was the museum's first curator. It is the best museum in Pakistan with a superb collection of Moghal period includes illustrated manuscripts, miniatures, rugs and carvings. It also has excellent galleries of pre historic Pakistan and a superb collection of Buddhist stone sculpture. The famous Zam - Zama gun casted in 1760 stand in front of the Museum. From here we move to Royal Palace of Lahore Fort which rank in size and beauty with the Moghul forts at Delhi and Agra. Akber began building it the 1560s on the site of an older fort. From here we walk to Badshahi Mosque built by Emperor Aurangzeb in 1674 after the mosques of Delhi and Agra. It consists of a huge square with a minaret at each corner. You can climb up the 204 steps to the top of one of the minarets for a bird's eye view of the old city of Lahore. We will move for lunch to a local restaurant and enjoy the best local taste known the world over as Tanduri. From here we move to Jahangir's Tomb across the River Ravi 's bridge.The Tomb was built by his son Shah Jahan , of Taj Mahal fame in 1627. A 180 room hotel Akbari Serai was also built here by Shah Jahan in 1637 around spacious garden. The Tomb of Asif Khan father of Mumtaz Mahal is also here , the lady for whom the Taj Mahal was built in Agra. We will now move to impressive Shalimar Garden built by Shah Jahan in 1642 for the royal household, it follows the Moghul concept of the perfect walled garden with geometrically arranged ponds, fountains and marble pavilions, surrounded by flowers and fruit trees.

 Lahore is considered the cultural capital of Pakistan because of its numerous colleges, places of learning, sports activities frequent stage plays etc.

 

Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: Sunfort Hotel, Regency Inn, Pearl Continental Hotel

DAY 03:    LAHORE - HARAPPA - MULTAN

Today after breakfast drive to Multan with an en-route stop to visit Harrappa. Harrappa located about 200km (124 miles) from Lahore and about 30 km (19 miles) from Sahiwal, is the site of an ancient and important settlement of the prehistoric Indus Valley Civilization (3rd to 2nd millennium B.C.) and stands witness to the 5000 years old cultural continuity of civilization in Pakistan. Harrappa was the cradle of one of the earliest civilizationa known to man and conjures up images of fifty centuries ago, a period about which very little is knwon. An interestng and well maintained musuem at the Harrappa site houses artifacts found in the area.Afternoon city tour of Multan that commences with visit to Old Fort, which is an eloquent example of the proud history of this city. Among the attractions inside the fort are the elaborately decorated shrines of Sheikh Bahad-ud-din Zakriya, Shah Shams Tabriz and Shah Rukn-e-Alam. Damdama, the highest point in the fort, provides a bird's-eye panoramic view of the city, which has survived the destructions of invaders since Alexander the Great in the 4th century B.C. Among the other places to visit are Eidgah Mosque and Hussain Agahi Bazaar.
 

 

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DAY 04:     MULTAN - UCH - BAHAWALPUR -  CHANAN PIR

After visiting mystic shrines of sufi saints of Multan, we drive to Bahawalpur, about 93 kms from Multan. On arrival visit the small museum with local collection of artifact,  Cholistan desert zone,the cultural life of this area; forts, monuments, palaces, museum, zoo, stadium and a fine cricket ground in and arround Bahawalpur are main attractions. Bahawalpur was formerly the capital of Bahawalpur State, which has now included in Pakistan. Bahawalpur takes its name from Nawab Bahawalpur Khan, who founded the state in 1748 AD by raising a wall around a villa. Drive on to the shrine of the patron saint of the Cholistan desert. Here we meet our companions for the next two days - the ship of the desert & their captains - Camels and their proud and elegant owners. .

 

Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: camp

       DAY 05:     CHANAN PIR - CAMEL SAFARI  

After breakfast at the camp we have a training session of camel riding with our camel drivers teaching us how to mount and dismount this elegant and friendly animal of the desert. Each person shall have a camel; controlled by the camel driver walking in the front holding the reigns. You may decide to trek through the desert, to have better frame for your camel pictures. By late afternoon we arrive at the camp, a small shrine in the middle of nowhere.

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       DAY 06:     DERAWAR FORT

Arrive at Derawar, the largest fort of the desert that is part of the chain of forts built to protect the central Asian trade route to India proper by a Camel Caravan through Cholistan, the ninth largest desert of the world, with a varied landscape. As this is no ordinary desert, it is called the land of the lost river that once used to flow through it few thousand years ago and supporting some 406 settlements. Today we have chance to meet the nomads at the occasional water holes. 

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        DAY 7:     DERAWAR FORT - LAHORE / MULTAN

In the morning we take a walking tour of the Derawar; its landmark fort with forty buttresses, the elegant and charming 19th century Abbasi Mosque and the exquisitely decorated tombs of the members of the royal family. Later we drive through the desert on soft top 4x4 jeeps to Bahawalpur, the capital city of the former princely state. Afternoon flight to Lahore or drive to Multan.

 

Meals provided: Breakfast
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End of Tour

2008 & 2012 Group Departure Dates from Islamabad: 

September 15,            October 10,                November  4

 November  25,            December 15,            January  5,

 January 25,                 February 15,              March 7

 March 27,                    April 15,                    April 25   

 

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