Photography

Lunar Beacon

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Cholistan Derawar Fort moonlight

The northeastern corner battlement of Derawar Fort. Spotted this angle while out on a stroll in the Cholistan desert, some time after midnight. The full moon was just above the battlement and the floodlights were still on. A few minutes later, the lights turned off so any later and the shot would have been lost.

Architecture

Inside Noor Mahal

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Noor Mahal interior

Noor Mahal, or “Palace of Light”, was built in 1872, during the British Raj, by the Nawab of Bahawalpur. It combines elements of Corinthian, Islamic and Indian architecture. The palace was eventually purchased by the Pakistani military and is currently maintained as an officer’s mess. However, it is mostly kept open to the public. Seen […]

Photography

Desert Bonanza

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Desert bonanza fireworks Derawar Fort

More fireworks from the 2014 TDCP Jeep Rally. The amazing display lit up Derawar Fort and the surrounding areas of Cholistan Desert. Happened to get to the perfect spot to capture these bigger and better shells, just before the end.

Photography

Let there be light

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Abbasi mosque rays of light

Built in 1849, Abbasi Masjid is situated right at the entrance of the Derawar Fort. It follows the style of the Moti Mosque in Lahore, as well as that of the Jamia Mosque in Delhi. The beautiful building is usually adorned with colorful lights. The night before the annual Cholistan Desert Jeep Race, a flood […]

Featured

The Rhinos of Lal Suhanra National Park

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Indian rhinoceros couple

The Lal Suhanra National Park is located near the city of Bahawalpur and offers a chance to see some amazing wildlife, up close. The park is home to a pair of Indian rhinoceros (greater one-horned rhinoceros) that were given by Nepal in 1983. The couple has yet to produce an offspring. The Indian rhinoceros differs […]

Photography

Derawar Fort Infrared

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Derawar Fort infrared

Derawar is a square fort with a 1.5km (0.93 mile) circumference and foundations dating back to the 12th century AD. Its 30 meter high walls can be seen from far in the surrounding Cholistan Desert. The harsh desert sun in the later part of the day didn’t make for great traditional photography conditions. However, it […]