Ahmedpur East, also known as Ahmadpur Sharqia, is a Tehsil of Bahawalpur. It is an important location due to various historical and archaeological sites around it. Tourist can stay here before visiting the Derawar Fort and other historical points.
The Cholistan Desert is the most popular and largest desert in the Southern Punjab, that is the part of the Thar Desert. It was fertile land in 4000 BC due to water from the Himalayas, but due to climate change and with scarcity of water, it turns into barren desert. It also has ancient settlements from the Indus Valley civilization.
Derawar Fort is situated in Ahmadpur East at the distance of 130 KM in the South of Bahawalpur. It is a square fortress in the Cholistan Desert. It is also known as Bhati Fort and was built in 9th century by Rai Jajja Solanki, a Rajput ruler of the Solanki clan. Then it was rebuilt in 1732 by Nawab Sadeq Mohammad Khan. It was initially known as Dera Rawal, then became Derawar.
The Kalash Valley, surrounded by the Hindukush Range, is located in Chitral district, Pakistan, at the distance of 36km from Chitral main city on National Highway N-45. There are three valleys, Bumburet, Rumbur, and Birir. From Ayun village on N-45, turn right on Bamboret Valley Road access the Kalash Valley.
Lal Suhanra National Park is situated in Bahawalpur District at the distance of 35 KM from Bahawalpur Railway Station in the South side. It covers an area of 162568 acres with different landscape including desert, forest, and wetland. It was established in 1972 to preserve endangered fauna and flora in the Cholistan Desert. Derawar Fort is situated in Ahmadpur East at the distance of 130 KM in the South of Bahawalpur. Chinkara, Blackduck, and Blue bull are the most immportant wildlife in the part.
Pakpattan is one of the ancient cities of Pakistan, located at a distance of 207km from Lahore and accessible through National Highway N-5 via Depalpur after turing to left before Okara.
Royal Graveyard, near Derawar Fort, is burial place of number of Abbasi family Nawabs of Bahawalpur state and their relatives. The graveyard is still under the control of Nawab family, so not open for public. It is only open for special guests and Nawab family members. It has number of tombs where wifes of Nawabs are buried, whereas all of the Nawabs graves are in a rectangular build in the corner of the premises.
Uch Sharif is situated at the distance of 73 km from Bahawalpur in Ahmadpur East in South Punjab. Once it was at the confluence of the Indus and Chenab rivers but now that confluence has moved to Mithankot.