Ormara Things to Do
Modern day Ormara is a small town with strong presence of Pakistan Navy; Jinah Naval Base and PNS Ahsan. Ormara has been choosen for Jinah Naval Base as an alternative in case Karachi Port comes under seige due to its stretegic location. The distinguising feature of Ormra is the presence of a plateau which cuts into the Arabian Sea to form a 1,575 feet high peninsula.Related to:
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Ormara is an old coastal city of Baluchistan, situated half way of the Makran Coastal Highway which links Karachi to Gwadar. History of this small town harks back to the adventures of Alexander the Great, who stayed in this town for few days during his way back after conquering the region of modern day Pakistan in 400 BC. The name "Ormara" is reminiscent of "Ormoz", who was a general in the Alexander army and died here.
The statue appearing in the right corner of the attached photograph is not man made but naturally carved by wind and named as Prnicess of Hope (probably by Angeline Julie). This statue is situated on Makran Coastal Highway somewhere between Karachi and Ormara.
Sadly, I understand that this stone has now been removed from the site.Related to:
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I experienced this place during recent (August-September 2010) road trips of Makran Coastal Highway. The hotel mainly serves truck drivers and locals. However, it was a pleasant surprise for us as the food quality and cleanliness was better than expected, so the place is definitely recommended for midway break while going from Karachi to Ormara, and beyond, and vice versa.
For detailed experience read Chicken Karahi on Makran Coastal Highway
Favorite Dish: They serve Paratha, freshly made fried bread in the breakfast and traditional food items for luch and dinner. Since there are very few, if any, toiletry facilities along MCH, therefore light food such as mixed vegetables are highly recommended. For larger group, say 4-5, chicken karhai is also suitable. However, meat items and heavy pulses may be avoided to do away with food-foul-play.
Tea, with the especial aroma of wooden fire, is a must, even if one does not plan to have full meal over there.
653 km long Makran Coastal Highway joins Karachi (via RCD Highway) to Gwadar. Ormara is about 400 km from Karachi, i.e. more than half way. Makran Coastal Highway is a fully metalled road (with some exceptional patches) and a pleasure to drive on. Apparently, there are no speed limits, long beaches run along the one side of the highway, and the other side is full of diversity; rocks, mountains, sand, etc. The only flip side is the absence of road side facilities (fuel, food, first-aid), hence adequate planning is a must.Related to:
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