These exciting trips are undertaken on camelback in the Cholistan and Thal deserts of Punjab, Thar desert in Sind and the Nushki and Kharan deserts of Baluchistan. In Cholistan the Safaris follow the dried-up bed of the ancient river Hakra (also known as Sarvasti), visiting many ancient forts and nomad settlements along the way. In Baluchistan and Sind, the camel trips traverse the ancient routes followed by nomads since ancient times as they moved from one water hole to the next.
Each camel has a saddle with extra foam cushioning and is ridden by only two persons: the Tourist and the Camel-Driver. Of the two jeeps accompanying the group, one carries the kitchen and tenting equipment whilst the other is for handling emergencies. The latter jeep provides “POINT” and “CHASE” support to the camel-riding group throughout the day while the kitchen jeep travels ahead to prepare camp. Two local musicians also accompany the group; performing at night around the campfire whilst the camel drivers and others perform local dances.
These trips vary from THREE TO SEVEN day’s camel-ride but we can tailor the itinerary according to the requirements of our valued clients. Camps are made each night nearby one of the many ancient forts or nomad settlements spread all over the desert, so the setting is quite dramatic while the sunrises and sunsets are unforgettably romantic!
The best time for Camel-Safaris is from MID NOVEMBER TO MID MARCH. We also offer combinations of Boat, Camel and Jeep safaris, which prove to be very interesting. You can choose from one of the given model programs but if you have any special requirements please let us know and we will be glad to tailor a program according to your wishes. These trips are also offered in combination with Boat and Jeep safaris.
CHOLISTAN CAMEL SAFARI WITH HISTORICAL CITIES OF PAKISTAN
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.
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 of the desert to the historic city of Uch through interesting villages enjoying the local lifestyles and rural landscape. 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.
Spend a full day exploring the city of 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).
Drive back to Lahore through the agriculturally rich area of Jhang, en-route visit Chiniot City, famous for its excellent woodcarvings and furniture. Spend a full day in Lahore for shopping and visiting its famous museum before taking your homebound flight to end this memorable trip.