admin   February 15, 2005   Comments Off on RIVER INDUS BOAT ADVENTURE WITH THE SANDS OF CHOLISTAN

This exciting trip is an excellent combination of soft adventure and culture enabling you to experience the diversity of Pakistan’s contrasting landscapes, cultures and people.

<Upon arrival at Lahore, the cultural capital of Pakistan, explore some of the finest examples of Mughal architecture in this historic city. Visit the 17th century Badshahi Mosque, the Lahore fort built in the 16th and 17th century, Emperor Jehangir and Noor Jahan’s tomb, the exquisite Shalimar Gardens built by Shah Jahan of the Taj Mahal fame and the impressive Lahore Museum. 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 Civilization and its interesting museum.

Explore the Bazaars and Museum of Bahawalpur and traverse the sands of Cholistan desert to marvel at the impressive Derawar Fort built in the 9th century by prince Deva and the Royal grave yard with its beautifully decorated tombs. Enjoy a Camel Ride around Derawar village and visit a Cholistani house to get to know the simple but interesting life style of Cholistani people.

Drive to the ancient city of 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 the ancient town of Multan.

Multan 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, visit the beautiful shrines of Bahauddin Zikria (13th cent) and Shah Rukhn-e-alam (14th Cent), before proceeding to Taunsa Barrage at the banks of the mighty river Indus from where your exciting Boat Safari begins.

For the next two and a half days float down the river Indus on local wooden boats through an enchanting rural landscape visiting various nomad settlements and villages en-route. Observe the famous fresh water “Blind Dolphins” of the Indus and marvel at the large number of aquatic birds that visit these areas in winter months. Enjoy the unforgettable sunsets and each night dine around a campfire enjoying the local tunes and dances of the boatmen before going to sleep in your spacious tents along the banks of this historic river which gave birth to the Indus Civilization, 5000 years ago.

The boat trip ends at Ghazi Ghat from where you transfer to Multan by van. Next morning fly to Lahore where this exciting journey ends as you fly back home with pleasant memories.