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Archtrove travels to Cholistan – desert rallies and mirages

Architecture in Cholistan

The Cholistan, or Rohi, Desert in Punjab, which adjoins the western part of the Thar Desert, is the largest desert on the Indian continent. The desert is over 10,000 square miles, located 20 miles from Bahawalpur. Once stood the Hakra River which has now dried up. 2.5 million Nomads live here herding and trading in camels. The Cholistan is changing, these days again, the desert is undergoing a process of profound change because of canal system originating from the River Sutlaj. But one can still find people living in houses made of mud and straw almost as they might have been living 200 years ago. Within the desert, it houses some of the most majestic and indulgent pieces of Architecture.

Most of these indulgent pieces of Architecture came from the Mughal period, ranging from the 18th century. Such example is the Derawar Fort, was built by the Rajputs in 9th century AD as a tribute to a king. In the 18th century, this was taken over by the Mughals, adding to the site and the style to make it more majestic. Despite its awe-inspiring allure, however, it seems on the verge of collapse due to the neglect of authorities. The Cholistan is mostly known by tourists as a beautiful desert for its rally, which starts at Derawar Fort.

 

 
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Majestic Mahals – 10 Reasons To Visit Bahawalpur

Architecture in Bahawalpur

Bahawalpur, is a city located in the Punjab province of Pakistan. As it once was the home of many Nawabs, many stately homes are now left in its absence, mostly for government purposes, the most famous of this is Noor Mahal.

Noor Mahal

The Noor Mahal is a palace in Bahawalpur, Punjab, Pakistan. It was built in 1872 like an Italian chateau on neoclassical lines, now it is co-owned by Sajid Ali Isar And Malik Farhan at a time when modernism had set in. It belonged to the Nawab of Bahawalpur princely state, during British Raj. Darbar Mahal will definitely take you back to the Ancient Mughalai Fort.

Cholistan Desert, Bahawalpur

The city also lies near the ancient Derawar Fort in the Cholistan Desert near the border with India, and serves as the gateway to Pakistan’s Lal Suhanra National Park. Visible from several miles in Cholistan desert, the majestic Derawar Fort is a sight not to miss. Another attraction is the replica of Moti Mosque in Delhi, called the Abbasi Mosque. You might want to go 73km out of Bahawalpur to visit this crumbling beauty: the Tomb of Bibi Jawindi in Uch Sharif. All the nawabs of Bahawalpur are buried in this royal graveyard in Cholistan desert. For more on Cholistan, click here

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