The Cholistan Desert also locally known as Rohi sprawls 30 km (19 mi) from Bahawalpur, Punjab, Pakistan and covers an area of 26,300 km2 (10,200 sq mi). It adjoins the Thar Desert, extending over to Sindh and into India.
The word the Cholistan is derived from the Turkic word chol, meaning desert. The people of this area lead a semi-nomadic life, moving from one place to another in search of water and fodder for their animals. The dry bed of the Hakra River runs through the area, along which many settlements of the Indus Valley Civilization have been found.
The desert also hosts an annual Jeep rally, known as Cholistan Desert Jeep Rally. It is the biggest motorsports event in Pakistan.
In a harsh and barren land where rainfall is very sparse and unreliable, Cholistanis rely mainly on their livestock of sheep, goats, and camel. However, in cold nights of winter, they huddle indoor and engage themselves in various arts and crafts such as textiles, weaving, leatherwork, and pottery.
The Cholistan produces a very superior type of carpet wool as compared to that produced in other parts of Pakistan. From this wool, they knit beautiful carpets, rugs and other woolen items. This includes blankets, which is also a local necessity for the desert is not just a land of dust and heat, but winter nights here are very cold, usually below freezing points. Khes and pattu are also manufactured with wool or cotton. Khes is a form of a blanket with a field of black white and pattu has a white ground base. Cholistanis now sell the wool for it brings maximum profit.
Village Shimshal Hunza Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan
Office E-158-C Street # 11، Rifle Range Rd, New Iqbal Park، Lahore, Punjab 54750
3 BOUNDARY HOUSE TURNER ROAD
EDGWARE MIDDLESEX United Kingdom.
Rock Valley Tours Pvt. Ltd locally based company with an expert team is passionate and extremely knowledgeable about the region having lived or travelled widely there. The Management team of Rock Valley tours is highly professional and works very hard to earn all important reputation and recognition.
Born in the Karakorum Mountainous regions of Pakistan, our team members have spent their childhoods traversing the endless trails of these parts of the country. They have all trained and been certified to ensure that your experience is unparalleled and that safety remains paramount. Our guides have respect for the natural environment in which they work and live and they have intimate knowledge of the terrain, the people and the cultures that you will encounter on your trek. With these years of experience and knowledge, it is our goal to provide a memorable experience to you.