|Wannabe Bahawalpuris at 5 am on a flight|
STAY IN BAHAWALPUR
|The best nashta at our hotel, courtesy Irfan from the staff|
TIPS FOR YOUR TRIP (STRAIGHT FROM MY HEART)
5. At Derawar Fort, which is in Cholistan, all phone connections went on emergency mode except Ufone (imagine our Dubai Etisalat connection was working on roaming but Mobilink, Telenor, all died). FindMyAdventure’s guy Raza who was with us, had Ufone which was working which was critical because you have to call the guide to coordinate once you’re there. Have one Ufone sim on you.
1. Central Library: I missed this because I wasted a few hours in the bazaar (which is why I did a whole post on shopping so it doesn’t happen to anyone else). But it looks gorgeous in photos and you should take out time to see it.
|How Noor Mahal is lit up every night (but the light show is different and only on Saturdays)|
3. Noor Mahal Light & Sound Show on Saturdays: The light and sound show is on every Saturday at 8 pm. You can purchase tickets at the entrance and go see it. We had it planned but when we got there at 7:30 pm (ahead of time, please note), the guards told us that someone in the army had decided that they wanted to see it at 7 pm that day (mashallah) and so the light show had happened an hour earlier. He said it had never happened before but if you really, really want to see it, maybe go around 7 pm and just hang out in the grounds facing the palace, so you don’t get screwed over. Have chai and kulfi, or maybe even food; there were quite a few food options there. (Backstory: We were actually at Noor Mahal at 6 pm that day but left for our hotel because we thought 8 pm was too far off; while leaving we double checked about the light show timing and the guard said, be here by 7:45. He later apologized a lot but it wasn’t in his control, poor guy).
|Stuffed Chicken Breast at Four Seasons, so good.|
6. Lunch at a local dhaba. Not much help to you here but the daal mash and qorma was yum. Try out a local dhaba.
Group Trip starting from Lahore (set itinerary):
Also, FindMyAdventure are the kings of customization, so if you don’t want to join a group, but have a few friends who want to go exploring together, just ask them for a quote based on your requirements. The more people, the less the cost, so give it a shot.