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The Tourism Development Corproation of Punjab organized 13th Cholistan Desert Rally 2017 from 15 to 18 February 2018 .The event was successfully carried out with the support and guide lines of Commissioner Bahawalpur Division and active role of District Government Bahawalpur and Bahawalnagar. The Event was also supported by the Houbara Foundation International Pakistan , Bahawalpur 4x4 Club, Pakistan Army, Punjab Rangers, Punjab Police and other stakeholders of the Cholistan Desert Rally. The event was meant to promote Cholistan’s culture and heritage. “Every year it also brings economic opportunities for the locals and serves as a platform to promote the message of inter-provincial harmony.
This year the event was taken off in the vast desert on Thursday touching the boundaries of Bahawalpur, Bahawalnagar, Rahim Yar Khan. Unlike the two action packed days over the years, the 13th edition of the rally was a four day event. 118 vehicle and drivers including women and foreign team from Thailand, Canada and UK participated in the rally. The contestants were divided into Three Categories (Prepared, Stock and Women) and contested in the event according to the itinerary. The 59 Stock category participants covered 220 Km, 59 Prepared Category participants covered 446 Km and 03 Women Drivers covered 110 Km. The participant gone past the historical forts Derawar, Nawan Kot, Khairgarh, Dingarh, Maujgarh Marot, Mahargarh, and Jamgarh .
A robust presence of spectators included tourist from across the country witnessed the Pakistan’s biggest motor sport extravaganza .The venue was abuzz with spectators witnessing the cultural night with several singers, including folk performers, enjoying a spectacular display of fireworks and paragliding show was also organized.
The Tourism Development Corporation of Punjab made extended arrangements by setting up a tourist village ,Food street and series of festivities during the event.