Gwadar Things to Do
Gwadar is famous for 3-things: fishing village, 5-star hotel on the hammerhead, and the famous Gwadar port, which was opened in 2007 by General President Chief Executive Pervez Musharraf. .Gwadar port was “finally” built by the assistance of China. It is situated on a 3 very important cross-road: oil rich Middle East, Central Asian Countries, and...more
Hammerhead is a projection protruding out on the ocean, and looks like front of a hammerhead shark. This rocky mass was created by ancient mud volcanoes which covered this region. Majority of the mountains carved on the coastal highways are results of mud volcanoes. The hammerhead on its southern side gives a beautiful view of the Arabian Sea, and...more
Ormara is approx 240 km from Karachi. This city is also at a mid-point between Karachi and Gwadar. The city belongs to Pakistan Navy as several of their vessels, are stationed here. A large hammerhead formation protects Ormara from the sea. It is also a small fishing village, and a pit stop for fuel and nourishment. The beach at Ormara were...more
From a distance it looked like the replica of the Sphinx in Egypt. A naturally carved object on top of a range, the formation resembles the famous man-made structure.This is situated well before Princess of Hope. I mistakenly thought this was Princess of Hope. The formation is within the Buzzi Pass. One can not miss it.more
Buzzi pass is the main reason why I am going to recommend this journey – the most spectacular scenery one can imagine. Starting from Kund Malir where the MCH starts to climb and going all the way till you reach Ormara (approx. 100 km from Kund Malir), one is treated to an unimaginable scenery/views.Overlooking the Hingol National Park, the scenery...more
Hinglaj is an important Hindu community’s pilgrimage site. Situated almost 250 km from Karachi on the Makran Coastal Highway, once can easily traverse this journey in approx 3-4 hours. From the coastal highway at Aghore, a dirt track leads towards Nani Mandir, a Hindu temple carved inside the mountain, and is situated approx. 10-15 km inside the...more
The geographical terrain of Hingol National Park was created millions of years ago by various mud volcanoes which existed in this area. Very few (some say 18) active volcanoes are left, and one of them is called Baba Chandrakup (apprx 200-300 feet high). It is also claimed that this is the largest mud volcano in the world. The mud it spews out is...more
You can also rent a car / hiace / coaster for gwadar.We hired a 2 night , 3 day 13 seater hiace for Rs. 16000 [ approx US$ 250.00 ]Feul cost is additional , which was costed us around Rs. 13000 [ approx US$ 180 ]We left our house at aroun 7.15 am and checked in at our hotel at around 7 pmso it took us around 12 hours to reach gwadar , where as the...more
There were many car rental services who were willing to take us to gwadar, but we liked the dealing of the following:QARI TSMr. M Khan0300-3651148Mr Nadeem03002206604Both of them had a close enough rate.around Rs. 11000 - 12000 [ US$ 200 ]for 1 night 2 day trip to gwadaryou might extend your stay for a night, and the car charged around Rs. 3000 /...more
You can get a bus from saeed abad bus terminal / hub river road at karachi.Bus fare is around Rs. 1000 / one way [ US$ 15]An aircondition bus leaves from karachi to gwadar at 6 am -and it takes around 12 hours by bus to reach gwadar , so you would be at gwadar by 6 pm.Original time duration for khi - gwadar - karachi is around 8 hours, but...more
Gwadar Off The Beaten Path
Last week, I went by bus to Gwadar, Baluchistan, Pakistan. It is 995 km away and the bus took about 12 hours.
The road, Mekran Coastal Highway is an asphalt road with two lanes. The traffic was thin and the bus could easily gain a speed of 110 km per hour. Some time was consumed in police-checks and stoppages for lunch and prayers.
I stayed at a hotel right on the beach, Gwadar Tourist Motel, Governor Rest House Road, Gwadar Telephone Nos 92-086-4210899, 0300-2857883, http://www.gwadartouristmotel.com/
I paid Rs.1,200 (US$ 15) per night. The breakfast and meals were Rs.80 (one dollar) and about Rs.160 (two dollars) respectively. For moving within the city, motor rickshaws were available for Rupees 40 to 50 per trip (around half dollar to 0.625).
Worth seeing places were a long beach with light green water, Hotel Pearl Continental at a hilltop, Ports and markets brimming with cheap Iranian & Chinese goods.
After stay for two days, I returned by a van leaving Gwadar at 9 am (the earliest public transport). I got down at Aghor and had a side trip of Hinglaj, about 15 km away in about five hours.
I have since uploaded my travel as http://hubpages.com/hub/Hinglaj-Yatra
At about 9pm I boarded a van and reached Karachi around midnight.
One can go by air to Gwadar (return fare Rs.11,200 or US$132) or by bus (fare ranging from Rs.700 (ordinary bus) to Rs.1,200(Luxury Bus, only 28 seats, fully air-conditioned and fast). All buses leave from Inter-City Bus Terminal, Yusuf Goth, Baldia Town, Karachi (9221-5413837-8, 0322-2319855, 0313-2266992). Departure time from the terminal is 8 pm. The return would also be at the same time. This means one would not be able to see the terrain especially of Hingol National Park http://www.hingol.com/
(For a day trip, one can have seat on a van for Rs.1,000 per head leaving at 9 am from various well-known places Kalari, Lee Market or Chakiwara of Karachi. )
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One can rent the various boats/trawlers and head out to the sea to catch fish. For those who do not have that much time can arrange jet skies and speed boats. You will have to arrange this at Pearl Continental, however the cost is steep. So better have more people who can share.
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