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.


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  • Awaran

    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 RCD Highway N-25 and Ratodero-Gwadar Motorway M-8, then turn on the Bela-Hoshab from Hoshab town to access Awaran district.
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  • Badin

    Badin is located at the distance of 210 km from Karachi in Sindh province on Badin-Sajawal road. It lies on the east side of the Indus River with the fertile plains. It is suitable for rice crop due to its swampy and fertile land. It is also known as Sugar State due to its production of sugar.
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  • 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 Sutlej River. 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.
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  • Dadu

    Dadu district is located on the right bank of the Indus River at a distance of 331 km from Karachi on Indus Highway N-55. The western part of the district is the hill torrents of the Kirthar Mountain Range, whereas eastern part is fertile flat and alluvial plains along the Indus River.
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  • 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.
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  • Larkana

    Larkana is situated at a distance of 471 km from Karachi on the right bank of the Indus River on Indus Highway N-55. It is the main home of the Indus Valley Civilization, Mohenjo-Daro which is the largest archaeological site located in the Larkana district.
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  • Lodhran

    Lodhran is located on the northern side of the River Sutlej, at a distance of 416 km from Lahore on G. T. Road N-5 in Punjab province. It is also known for being the best cotton-growing area. Most of the population in Lodhran are involved in the agriculture profession.
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  • Muzaffargarh

    Muzaffargarh is located on the confluence of the Indus River and the Chenab River in South Western Punjab. It is geographically located exactly in the center of Pakistan at a distance of 450 km from Lahore via Faisalabad-Multan Motorway M-4.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Rahimyar Khan

    Rahim Yar Khan is located in South Punjab next to Bahawalpur at the distance of 200 km on the National Highway N-5, having a border with India, Rajasthan. It was previously part of the Bahawalpur State. A part of Rahim Yar Khan is a desert area in the Cholistan desert.
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  • 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.
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  • Shigar

    Shigar is a district on the banks of the Shigar River near Skardu in Gilgit Baltistan at a distance of 239 km from Gilgit city via Skardu. There number of beautiful valleys and adventurous treks, which attract a number of visitors from all over the world. It is the gateway to the mighty mountain range of the Karakoram, in which K2, the second highest peak in the world, is the most important.
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  • 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.
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  • Tharparkar

    Tharparkar is situated at a distance of 407 km from Karachi and is accessible via Mirpur Khas on Naukot-Jhuddo road. It is the largest district by area in Sindh Province, but least developed district due to all of its area is part of the Thar Desert.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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