A Quick Scape
|Kund Malir Beach, Makran Coastal Highway|
|Makran Coastal Highway starts|
|Makran Coastal Highway|
Rock Formations - Princess of Hope
|Princess of Hope|
|Princess of Hope|
Rock Formations - The Sphinx
|Sphinx-like naturally carved structure on Makran Coastal Highway|
Rock Formations - Lost Civilization?
|Another Naturally Carved Structure on MCH|
|Hinglaj (Nani) Mandar: One of the Most Sacred Hindu Sites|
Rock Formations - The Mystery
|An Ancient Soldier?|
At one spot, when I stepped out of my car to have a closer look on these formations, my wife felt a significant pressure drop with increased temperature and slower winds. I noticed the same thing upon her indication and had to move away after her insisting that there might be some supernatural forces which may cause bad omen to humans. I could not ignore her point of view especially in the presence of some pillar like structures which reminded me of the mentioning of pillars in our religious books used to apprehend satanic forces.
Kund Malir and Other Long Beach Stretches
|Virgin Beaches along the Coastal Highway|
Apart from Kund Malir, there are long stretches of Arabian Sea beaches along the Coastal Highway which turns this long ride into a driving delight.
|Kund Malir Beach|
|Misha and I, 81 km short of Ormara|
|A Rare Roadside Facility on MCH|
As expected, the highway, especially the Coastal Highway, was in the perfect driving conditions with virtually no speed limits, however, it were the enroute stoppages, mostly on security check points, that caused the delay. Other stoppages were on account of refuelling (before entering onto the Coastal Highway), trye check, and sightseeing. I had to take care of fuel economy so seldomly drove beyond 100 km/hr. On our way back it took us 5 hours mainly becuase of relatively fewer security barricades.
On security check points, which mostly controlled by local levies, we were asked about the CNIC, the driving license, car registration documents, and our destination, while at some points chases number had also been verified. On our way back, we had to made the entry of our particulars on a Coast Guard check post. The staff was polite and cooperative, however, it caused us breaking the speed multiple times.
|Last CNG Station on RCD Highway|
|Mosque Located at the Junction of RCD Highway and MCH|
|(On the way back) The Roundabout Seperating Northern Bypass and Saeedabad Traffic|
First Road Trip of Misha
|Misha on the Coastal Highway|
Overall, the journey was quite a fun especially the Rocks Formation section and the smooth drive, something unfamiliar with Karachi's chaotic traffic. This is the second time I explored the highway only to make a third and more comprehensive plan especially covering Nani Mandar, Astola Island, and Jiwani War Museum.
With the expectation that you have enjoyed this virtual trip, you are welcome to contact me should you require any information/assistance to make this trip.