Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Monday, November 27, 2017
|Mohenjo Daro - Pakistan's Prime Archaeological Site Situated in Sindh|
Duration: 2 Days trip in Mid-November, 2017 DIY with local support
Transport: Hired Toyota Corolla from the Karachi-Mehar route operator – Rs. 16,500
06:15 am Left Karachi. Watched sunrise on the Super Highway
08:30 am Reached Jamshoro. Breakfast at Zaman Hotel: Tandoori parathay, Omelet, Fried eggs, Daal ghutala, Vegetables – tenday, and the ubiquitous wood-fired tea.
10:30 am Ranikot Detour. Visited Mirikot. Met Sadiq Gabol – the unsung legend!
12:00 pm Back to the highway
2:00 pm Namaz break off highway near Mehar
3:00 pm Roadside Lunch at Radhan village near Mohenjo Daro
3:45 pm Reached Mohenjo Daro
5:00 pm Left Mohenjo Daro and reached Mehar where we had night stay in a village courtesy my college time friend Mujtaba Tunio. Witnessed the village life and enjoyed the traditional Sindhi hospitality to the fullest.
7 am Visited Rice fields around the village. Had breakfast.
10:30 am Started the return journey
12:30 pm Visited Sehwan: Lal Shahbaz Qalandar
3:30 pm Reached Hyderabad Latifabad to meet a relative
8:00 pm Back home Alhamdolillah
Could not find enough time to make a detailed Trip Report so resorted to detailed Captions in the below picture (mostly rants) for those who might be interested.
|Sun Rising Up: Karachi Hyderabad Super Highway|
|Watching At Least 1 Sunrise A Month is the Target These Days!|
|Zaman Hotel Super Highway - Got our Table in the Open to Enjoy the Sunlight Breakfast!|
|Sann Entrance of Ranikot Fort: Pronounced Ranni-kot|
|Inside Ranikot: Mirikot in the Center and Shergarh on Top Left while the Greenery is along the freshwater stream|
|From Inside Mirikot: Cultivation by Villagers along the Stream. The Vicinity is inhabited by the Indigenous Gabol Tribe.|
|Shergarh Calling: Visible in the Top Center|
|Inside Mirikot: Intricate Carving, Arch, and Stairs|
|The Incompetent Sindh Government Could only Erect a Lame Unauthentic Gate to Control the Entry at Mirikot to Capitalize in Future on the Growing Popularity of Ranikot Fort Rather Than Doing Something Worth|
|The Beautiful Ancient Water Supply Well Turning into a Modern Day Garbage Bin|
|Camel Herds of All Colors; Black, White and 'Camel' are a Common Sight on Ranikot-Sann Link Road|
|Mehar-Mohenjo Daro Link Road|
|This Enroute Pump had a Functional Toilet!|
|My Beautiful Sindh - Rice Roots after the Crop is Taken Out, Red Thrasher Working on the Right of the Bran Mound while the Peeping Green is the Newly Cultivated Wheat|
|Lunch Time - Roadside but Fresh|
|Mohenjo Daro's Mound Believed to be an Ancient Buddhist Stupa|
|The Excavated City of Mohenjo Daro|
|White Stones Represent the Ancient Sewerage System which is Even Non-Existent in Today's Sindh and Over Flowing in Karachi|
|"Mujhe Kis Ney Nikala!" Looks Like an Attempt to Put the Controversy to End|
|An Ancient Well - as per the non-so-ancient White Board|
|Excavation of the Other Side of the Site may Bring More Insights|
|Enlarged Replica of Priest King - the Prized Statue Excavated from Mohnejo Daro|
|The Original Palm Size Priest King at Karahci's National Museum|
|"Long Tunia": A Village Near Mehar Town, District Dadu, Sindh where We Enjoyed the Traditional Sindhi Hospitality|
|Rice Roots which are Burned Especially in India and Supposedly Cause the Smog. Rice Field Itself Produces Methane Gas. Here I Officially Declare that I am a NonBeliever - in Climate Change!|
|Farmers' Gold: Freshly Cut Paddy Destined to the East Asia - Philipines, Malaysia, etc. for Bhaat. In Pakistan We Usually Have a Different Variety with Bigger Grains|
|A Local with the Fresh Catch from the Village Pond. People in the Village Have Lesser Facilities Than Us in Cities But They Are Happier and Closer to Nature|
|Impressive Mosque Behind the Enthusiastically Built Shrine in Long Tunia Village Where We Stayed - District Dadu, Sindh|
|The Shrine of Shah Usman Marwandi, known as Lal Shahbaz Qalandar - the Grand Sufi of Sindh|
|The Sehwan Shrine is the Heavily Frequented and Most Enthusiastically Revered by People of the Region Belonging to Almost All Sects and Religions|
|The Elaborate Interior of Lal Shahbaz Shrine|
|Persian-Sindhi Craft is at Best at Lal Shahbaz Shrine|
|Another Sample of Beautiful Art Work at Sehwan Mazar|
|Pattern Variety at the Shrine is Amazing|
Thursday, November 23, 2017
|Chandragup Mud Volcano - Hingol National Park, Balochistan Pakistan|
Location: Chandragup Mud Volcanoes, Hingol National Park, off Makran Coastal Highway,Balochistan, Pakistan
Group: 11 people and 4 cars
Expenses: Shared responsibilities since it was on self-help and not commercial – PKR 1,000-1,500 each
Dates: November 11-12, 2017 Saturday-Sunday
11:00 am Met at HUB. Breakfast: at homes before leaving. Lunch: homemade sandwiches on the go.
12:30 pm Re-assembled at Makran Coastal Highway Zero Point
2:30 pm Reached Mud Volcanoes turn on Makran Coastal Highway.
3:00 pm Reached Chandragup Mud Volcanoes. Link road (5.5km)was in good condition with 2 sand dunes which were partially cleared – enough to crossover. Took the wrong track after the road ended but luckily a local boy on the motorcycle guided us back. Lost one of the cars with two people and
tea/BBQ stuff. Tried locating them but was impossible with no mobile signals. Abandoned the search.
3:30 pm Climbed up the tallest of the volcanic hills. It was live at the top and brimming with molten mud, not hot, from at least two points! Some people did the smaller one also which was not active but more picturesque from the top.
4:30 pm Tea served which we got in the thermos from Hub Hotel meeting point. Did another search for the lost car but no avail again. Started setting up camps.
5:30 pm One of the persons in the lost car showed up from the desert. They tried to continue till the beach and got trapped in the sand. Decided to leave the car there till morning and brought the stuff from there. The sun was already down behind the hill. Another car barely escaped getting into the quicksand as they wanted to have some drifting fun in the enchanting desert. Thankfully, none tried the sand dunes although there were ample opportunities.
6:00 pm Had pre-cooked dinner: Aaloo qeema, chicken karhai, and kulchay. Reheated on LPG cylinder – very slow! But sumptuous!! Zeeshan please convey the gratitude on behalf of the whole group. Had post dinner Tea – the case of too many chefs.
8:00 pm Started BBQ, not that anyone feeling hungry but only to kill the time. Every topic was finished and it was still 8pm! Had star gazing session with occasional view of shooting stars. It was surreal!
12:00 am Moonrise. Got really cold.
6:00 am A big group of Hindu devotees showed up and right away climbed the hill chanting slogans: Jay Maata Ki!
8:00 am Had the full range breakfast after the tea finally got done on the coal rather the failing LPG cylinder. One car left for Karachi after the breakfast. Two remaining cars went to bring the stuck one out. Tow rope didn’t help, wooden planks did! Brewed lassi in the meantime – the yogurt one!
10:00 am Decided to explore another beach, Sapat, taking advantage of a local who showed up expecting tips from the Yatris.
12:00 pm Started the return journey
4:00 pm Back home Alhamdolillah
|Makran Coastal Highway - Always A Pleasure Drive|
|Does that Even Need a Caption? Makran Coastal Highway|
|(Almost) Love at First Sight!|
|A Closer Look: Note the Molten Mud Coming Out from the Edges|
|From Chandragup Top: The Big Car Parking - which Gets Filled in the Hindu Festival|
|Live Crater of Chandragup Mud Volcano - Balochistan, Pakistan|
|It was Hard to Navigate Downhill from the Other Side Due to Pitfalls|
|Crater of the Smaller and Less Active Volcano is Turning into a Garbage Dump - Unfortunate!|
|The Smaller, Less Active, but more Picturesque Chandragup with Arabian Sea in the Background|
|High Altitude Climbers - Pun Intended|
|Setting-up the Campsite|
|A Camping Night is Incomplete without BBQ|
|Sun Rising from the Desert Horizon|
|Hindu Yatris Flocking to Summit the Revered Chandragup|
|A Young Yatri Observing Other Pilgrims|
|Some Yatirs Even Made it from India|
|The Newly Setup Shiv Mandir at Chandragup Foothill|
|The Virgin Sapat Beach Behind Sand Dunes|
|Probably a Dog Skull at Sapat Beach|