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Full-Day Private Jaisalmer City Tour with Havelis and Camel Ride
"Early in the morning you will visit the historic well-preserved Jaisalmer fort and explore the maze of narrow streets in this open air museum of a city with its ornately decorated havelis of yellow sandstone. The havelis were built by rich merchants at a time when the city was a key stop on the caravan routes from the Middle East. head to Gadisar Lake and then take a break for lunch at a great local restaurant.In the evening just before sunset you will travel to Sam Sand Dunes - 45km (28mi) to see the total sandy bushless desert. On this glorious stretch of sweeping sand dunes you will enjoy a camel ride and be able to take your favorite picture with a lone camel on a desert track with the setting sun in the backdrop. After a memorable day you will head back to your hotel in Jaisalmer."
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Private Full-Day City Tour of Jaisalmer
"At 9am your guide will pick you up from your accommodation or the train station in Jaisalmer. You will head to explore the honey-colored Jaisalmer Fort that emerges from the flat dry desert sands and enjoy a walk through the maze of narrow streets in the city with ornately decorated havelis in yellow sandstone. The Salim Singh-Ki-Haveli and Patwon-Ki-Haveli are some of the most beautiful mansions with stone carving and la’ and to enter its narrow cobbled lanes is a step back into another era. You also visit the impressive havelis which were once built by wealthy Jain merchants. Decorated with rich-carvings stone inlays ornamental lattice tracery works and some of them are still in excellent condition. You will then break for lunch that will be provided at a local restaurant. After lunch
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Full-Day Private Jaisalmer City Tour with Havelis and Camel Ride
"Early in the morning you will visit the historic well-preserved Jaisalmer fort and explore the maze of narrow streets in this open air museum of a city with its ornately decorated havelis of yellow sandstone. The havelis were built by rich merchants at a time when the city was a key stop on the caravan routes from the Middle East. head to Gadisar Lake and then take a break for lunch at a great local restaurant.In the evening just before sunset you will travel to Sam Sand Dunes - 45km (28mi) to see the total sandy bushless desert. On this glorious stretch of sweeping sand dunes you will enjoy a camel ride and be able to take your favorite picture with a lone camel on a desert track with the setting sun in the backdrop. After a memorable day you will head back to your hotel in Jaisalmer."
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Train from Zahedan to Quetta

Bonjour mon ami,

Let me make some corrections in the responses and posts above by fellow posters.

There's a train from Zahedan to Quetta, operated twice a month, you could check the schedules at their website.
www.pakrail.com

The best and safest option for you to take a train from Quetta to Lahore, avoid the bus trip not safe, it takes some 22 to 24 hrs from Quetta to Lahore.

Please avoid any detour to Karachi, it is one of the most dangerous cities in Pakistan since January more than 1500 people have been perished in the unrest and target killings.

Dress properly, your attire is your safety, wrap yourself in a shawl, wear local dress (Shalwar, Kamees and Shawl).

In the train, try to sit with a family, it is safer and families in Pakistan are caring.

Avoid the busy markets, places due to chances of groping.

For stay please follow your guide book (lonelyplanet, footprints)..

Zahedan, Taftan, Quetta, Sukkur, Multan and Lahore, that is your route through the train.

I welcome your queries..

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imranthetrekker
Aug 30, 2011

All aboard

The railway system in Pakistan was built by the British, and the lines laid at that time still exist, with few additions added by Pakistan railway. Tracks total length is approx. 5000 miles (8000 km). The system is a life line for mass transportation of people and mail from Punjab/NWFP to Karachi and other cities. Special trains also run during long holidays, such as Eid. Unfortunately commercial aspect is not capitalized to the max whilst majority of the goods are still transported via trucks/roads.

Pakistan railway is government owned with Ministry of railway running its affairs. The rail system transports more that 70 million people annually. There have been talks of building fast-bullet trains, especially to cater Lahore-Islamabad cities.

The highlight of the train system is the Steam Safari train, pulled by two steam engines on each end, that runs from Peshawar to Landi Kotal, criss crossing various gourges and passing through several tunnels. I believe this is the only rail line that intersects a major international airport runway (at Peshawar). This train journey is an experience well worth exploring!

There are daily trains from all major cities connecting to different satellite towns and villages across Pakistan. For more details check Pakistan railway website.

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besal
May 29, 2007

First Class Train, Lahore - Karachi

Don't do it. Unless you want a real adventure. The train we were on was an overnight train that travelled from Lahore to the south. Our destination was Rahimyar Khan, about half way through the country. We travelled in what was called first class accomodations.... There is no glass in windows, only bars and metal blinds. No AC. No "western" toilet (for guys, no prob). No running water. No sheets for the "cots". You have to sleep with one eye open lest someone steals your stuff. Why did we do it? Beats me...maybe wanted an adventure? We got one. :-) Unless they have upgraded the service -- beware.

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worldcam
Feb 29, 2004

Getting to Pakistan by Train..

The Lahore-Delhi (Samjhota Express) train leaves Lahore at 11:00 hrs on Mondays and Thursdays.(Currently this service is closed)
Check-in time at Lahore Railway Station is 08:00 hrs. First Class fare to Delhi is approx.US$ 10,
Economy Class is US$ 3 whereas Lahore Amritsar First Class is US$ 2 and Economy Class is US$ 1 per son.

From Iran :
Pak-Iran border crossing is only possible through Taftan-Zahidan, from 09:00 hrs to 17:00 hrs with break from 13:00 hrs to 14:00 hrs.
There is a weekly express train from Zahidan to Quetta (via Taftan - 27 hours).
Economy Class fare with berth is approximately around US$ 10 and First Class Sleeper is US$ 13 per person. Another Passenger (slower) train leaves Taftan every Thursday for Quetta.

WAHEEDASLAM
Feb 25, 2004
 
 
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