List of Desert Areas in Pakistan

Deserts are the barren areas of landscape in this world, where little precipitation occurs. So it becomes difficult for plants and animal life to grow there. On the Earth, around one-third of the surface is arid or semi-arid.

In Pakistan, there are number desert areas in various regions, which were historical forests but due to change climate conditions, they are now deserts. There are five main deserts in Pakistan. They include the Thar Desert in Sindh, the Cholistan Desert in Bahawalpur, the Thal Desert in Bhakkar, the Kharan Desert in Balochistan, and the Katpana Desert in Skardu.

Deserts are attractive place to visit in winter season due to low temperature and ideal for photography and exploring the wild life there.


  • Awaran

    Awaran is situated in the south of the Balochistan Province and is located at the distance of 725 km from Quetta city. It is accessible via Khuzdar on Regional Coorperation for Development Highway N25 and moving on Makran Coastal Highway at Zero Point. Its old name was Kolwa and one of the poorest district in the Balochistan.

  • Badin

    Badin is located at the distance of 210 km from Karachi in Sindh province and was the center of ancient Indus Valley civilization. It is also accessible via Hyderabad. It lies on the east side of the Indus River. Badin is suitable for rice crop due to its swampy and fertile land. Badin is also known as Sugar State due to its production of sugar.

  • Bahawalnagar

    Bahawalnagar is located at the distance of 260 km from Lahore near the border between India and Pakistan on the western side of the River Sutlej. It was formally part of princely Bahawalpur State. It is accessible on the G. T. Road by turning on left to Sahiwal - Arifwala Road in Sahiwal city.

  • Dadu

    Dadu is located on Indus Highway N55, at the distance of 331 km from Karachi on the western bank of the Indus River.

    The largest lake in Pakistan, Manchar Lake, is an important visiting place in Dadu and Gorakh Hill station is the only hill station in Sindh province, is also a great attraction for tourists.

  • Dera Bugti

    Dera Bugti is situated at the distance of 365 km from Quetta city via Sibi through Quetta-Jacobabad Highway, then following Bhag-Dera Bugti Road. Dominant tribe in this district is Bugtis who has the main control of the district. The importance of this district is due to natural resources specially natural gas at Sui.

  • Larkana

    Larkana is situated at a distance of 471km from Karachi on the south bank of the Ghar Canal. It is the main home of the Indus Valley Civilization, Mohehjo-Daro which is the largest archaeological site and known as the largest settlement of the Indus Valley Civilization and also considered one of the oldest cities of the world. Mohenhojo-Daro is located 28 km away from Larkana in the south.

  • Lodhran

    Lodhran is located on the northern side of the River Sutlej, at a distance of 416km from Lahore on G. T. Road (N5) in Southern Punjab. It is known for being the best cotton-growing area. Most of the population in Lodhran are involved in the agriculture profession.

  • Muzaffargarh

    Muzaffargarh, located on the bank of the Chenab River, is located in South Western Punjab, at the exact geographical center of Pakistan. It is famous for its agricultural and forest land. The main crops, grown in this area, are wheat, sugarcane, and cotton, whereas some special categories of mangoes, dates, citrus, and pomegranate are the best quality fruits.

  • Nasirabad

    Nasirabad is a district in Balochistan Province at the distance of 272 km from Quetta and is accessible via Sibi through Quetta-Jacobabad Highwary N65, by passing Bolan pass. Its old name was Temple Dera, named after Captain H.M. Temple, a Political agent for Sibi in the British Regime. It is very deprived area and more than 75% people living below poverty line.

  • Qambar Shahdadkot

    Qambar Shahdadkot is situated at a distance of 456 km from Karachi in Sindh Province. It has a mixture of multiple types of lands such as plains, agricultural land, the mountain range of Kirthar, and a number of lakes. The Kirthar range extends for almost 300 km from the Mula River in Balochistan to Cape Muari in the Arabian Sea.

  • Rahimyar Khan

    Rahim Yar Khan is located in South Punjab next to Bahawalpur at the distance of 200 km, having a border with India, Rajasthan. A part of Rahim Yar Khan is a desert area of the Cholistan desert. A number of wild animals such as wild cats, Chinkara deer, jackals, snakes, and blue bull can be easily observed there.

  • Salt Range View

    Most of the beautiful landscape of the Soon Valley in the Salt Range, are available while driving toward Kenhatti Garden.

  • Sherani

    Sherani is situated within the Sulaiman Mountain Range, at the distance of 373 km from Quetta and is accessible via Qilla Saifullah through Kuchlak-Zhob Road, then following Zhob-Dikhan Highway.

  • Sibi

    Sibi is a district in Balochistan Province at the distance of 162 km from Quetta and is accessible through Quetta-Jacobabad Highway N65, then following Bolan Road. It is situated on the bank of Nari River in mountain ranges of Zeb, Dungan, and Bambore.

  • Tharparkar

    Tharparkar is a district with the border of India in Sindh Province, situated at a distance of 407km from Karachi and is accessible via Mirpur Khas on the National Highway N120. It is the largest district by area in Sindh Province and the least developed district in Sindh. Most of the area of Tharparkar is part of the Thar Desert.

  • Uchalli Village

    Just before Uchalli lake entrace and along the Uchalli lake, there is the Uchalli village with traditional Punjabi lifestyle. There are vast area of fields for different local crops around the road and behind the village residency.

  • Zhob

    Zhob is situated at the distance of 330 km from Quetta and is accessible via Qilla Saifullah through Kuchlak-Zhob Highway N50. Its previous name was Fort Sandeman, that was derived after Robert Sandeman, the First Agent to the Governor General of Balochistan in British Regime.