Cholistan Jeep Rally

Posted on May 27, 2008
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Cholistan Jeep rally is an annual 3-day even of fun and adventure which takes place in choilstan (also called Rohi) desert of Pakistan. Every year an increasing number of participants have been taking part in the event with their numbers reaching 80 in the 2008 edition of the race. So far four editions of this annual events have been organized by the Tourist Development Corporation of Punjab(PTDC).

Following photo is credied to Mr. Yasir Nisar and was taken on March 9, 2008 .

Cholistan, Pakistan, Jeep Rally

I like the above photo because it has captured every flying grain of sand and stone around the participating jeep of Cholistan Rally in a time-frozen space.

The rally is 218 km long and makes a loop along the famous Derawar Fort.

Cholistan, Pakistan, Jeep Rally

The photo above has been referenced from the Cholistan Jeep Rally page at

Twelve checkposts are establised along the route of this rally.

1. First CP is set up at Qasaiwala at Km 9.7 from the opening point near Derawar Fort.
2. Jamoon Wala CP is set up at 25.9 km,
3. Nawan Kot at 50 km,
4. Gandawala at 70 km,
5. Bijnot at 97km,
6. Bandhal at 124.4 km,
7. Rasool at 132 km. There is a refueling facility available at Rasool.
8. Khangarh mor at 144km,
9. Khangarh Fort at 156 km,
10. Hangola at 169.3 km,
11. Bharoon Wala at 176km, and
12. Last CP at Sat Khoh at 199.3 km.

The rally consists of several events which includes Engine Inspection, a qualifying 5-km race on the dry bed of River Chenab, a welcome dinner at the historical Noor Mahal, palace of Nawab of Bahawalpur, a route checking drive and the real race. Prize Distribution Ceremony follows the race. The vehicle covering the 218-km distance in shortest time is declared winner in each of the four categories. The Prize money in 2007 edition of the race was Rs 100K, Rs 70K and Rs 50K for the first three positions in each category.


2. A collection of VIDEOS of Cholistan Jeep Rally
3. Cholistan Rally Coverage at

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19 responses to “Cholistan Jeep Rally”

  1. habib says:

    hey to get latest news bt jeep rally 2009 …check out forumm

  2. inshallah we come next rally again to perform drift

  3. SAIMA says:

    I care deeply about the environment and about the poor but I think some people here are making a needless fuss about the race. Yes it would be nice if more than just 100,000 was given to the poor in the region. But, frankly, that is 100,000 more than NOTHING. The attention that this would bring to the region might also bring with it better policies and investment in the poor. No, I do not think that the race will change the fortune of Cholistan. But it can really do more good than harm.

    being critical is good but sometimes just criticism for criticism’s sake serves no purpose.

    Thanks to Owais Mughal for a nice post.

  4. Harris Siddiqi says:

    Come on guys, enough crying. What environmental damage is expected from changing the order of sand particles underneath the tires of a jeep?

    And whatever money was given to charity is more than the charity had before the rally.

    The “rich” and spoiled army guys do the training in the desert so 180 million people can sleep in peace.

  5. Ali Dada says:

    So having fun in a desert area whose economy is cash strapped anyway is not acceptable?

    What kind of environmental damage are you talking about? Lets see, it is a ‘desert’ area and the cars are running on a ‘track’…not freestyle off-roading.

    Just imagine if this becomes a major race – than there would be better management, huge revenues generated, and Pakistan would be known for yet another good reason.

    You can stop this race and frankly speaking, other neighbouring nations will take advantage and lure our drivers in.

    We were the first country to host Twenty-20 tournament in cricket but somehow – we didn’t make it the next big thing. Indians realized this and now they have 2 huge things- ICL, IPL.

    So, go ahead kill off the Cholistan jeep rally and I guarantee you will see a Rajisthan jeep rally.

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