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               SubGROUPS

According to interests, the Sub-Groups of Asian Study Group include:

 

Adventure Club

Cycling

Performing Arts

Archeology

Film Club

Photography

Arts & Crafts

Garening & Botanical Walks

Special Programmes

Carpets & Textiles

Hikes

Special Events

Comparative Cultures

History/Anthropology

Trips

Cuisine Club

Literature

Wild Life& Environment

 

 

 

 

Example of Programs from the Past:

 

Sunday

29 April

 

Photography- Baghanwala & NandAna

We will visit Baghanwala, once a thriving ancient city, now famous for its green fields and orchards fed by fresh water streams that originate in the foothills. ‘Shahi Darwaza’ or King’s gate is a Mughal era relic attributed to Mughal Emperor Jehangir who frequented this place for hunting expeditions and is mentioned in his memoirs “TuzkeJehangiri”.

After visiting Baghanwala, Nandana Fort awaits us at a hill top just 22 Kilometers away. We will walk up to see the temple and other buildings on the hill top. Conquered by Afghan King Memood Ghaznavi in 1008 A.D, Nandana is a place of historical interest earlier witnessing the conquering armies of Alexander the Greats fight with Raja Porus. Al-Beruni (973-1053 AD), the celebrated traveler, historian, philosopher, mathematician, astronomer and scientist, came to the subcontinent in the period of Mehmood of Ghazni during the 11th century. It was at Nandana, that he measured the circumference of the earth. This is a moderately strenuous hike and people should wear good walking shoes and bring sun hats .For those of you who do not want to hike you can enjoy the views and shaded gardens!

Note. Please bring along a packed lunch, drinking water with you. Do not forget to bring your camera!

 

Friday to Monday

29 January-1 February

Trips:  MULTAN – BAHAWALPUR /UCHH SHARIF AND CHOLISTAN

This trip has been rescheduled on popular demand!

Multan is the most important city in Lower Punjab, strategically placed at the crossroads of the principal trade routes through Pakistan, and at what once the confluence of the Ravi and Chenab rivers. It has been rich, well-defined city for more than 2000 years. Today, it is a flourishing industrial city and center of the cotton trade. It is particularly famous for its 13th and 14th century Uch Sharif shrines decorated with blue-glazed tiles.

Cholistan is locally known as Rohi is the famous desert located 50 km from Bahawalpur and comprises of an area of 16000 sq km which extends up to the Thar desert extending over to Sindh.  The word Cholistan is derived from ‘Cholna’ which means moving.  The people of Cholistan lead a semi-nomadic life, moving from one place to another in search of water and food for themselves and their animals.

Day 01: Islamabad – Multan

Departure for Multan from Islamabad by afternoon flight (PK681 departure at 4:40 pm from Islamabad).   Arrive Multan at 6:20 pm& transfer to the hotel for Check In.   Afterwards dinner and overnight at Hotel in Multan.

Day 02: Multan – Cholistan Desert

Breakfast at hotel. Proceed for sightseeing in Multan, visit Tombs of Shah Rukn-e-Alam and Bahauddin Zakria. Eidgah Mosque and Hussain Agahi Bazar. Departure for Derawar in Cholistan desert with packed lunch boxes under some shady trees.  After lunch continue the tour - Camel Safari and Derawar Fort and Moti Masjid.  Later transfer to the camp.  Dinner to be served at camp with campfire & local music. (Camping is subject to the permission of the Punjab government; otherwise, we will arrange the accommodation at local guest house with local folk music and bonfire).

Day 03: Cholistan - Bahawalpur

Breakfast at camp. Departure for excursion to Uchh Sharif to visit the Tomb of Bibi Jawindi. Depart for Bahawalpur. Hot lunch will be served at a local restaurant. At Bahawalpur visit Farid Gate, Shahi Bazar, Bahawalpur museum and Sadiq Library. Arrive at Hotel and Dinner at hotel.

Day 04: Bahawalpur – Islamabad

After breakfast drive for a half day trip of Bahawalpur visiting local bazaar and handicrafts center.  Later drive to Multan (Approx 02 Hour) for flight to Islamabad. Departure for Islamabad by PK 380 at 7:50 pm and arrival at Islamabad at 9:30 pm.End of Tour