Chawkandi Tombs, Karachi
If you make your base in Karachi then there is a very good trip off the beaten path that you can plan. This one is from Karachi to Thatta and then Haiderabad through the National Highway and back to Karachi through the Super Highway. Ideally, the trip should be divided into 2 days with an overnight break at Keenjhar Lake.
The poor quality National Highway offers lot of attractions also. 17 kms (10 miles) past Landhi junction on the left is a site of Chawkandi tombs, which belonged to a 17th century Baloch tribe. The beautifully decorated tombs are a treat to watch.
Past Chawkandi Tombs, you begin to see lot of swamps and marshes on either side of the road, especially if you travel during monsoons, which arrive in July and continue up to the end of August.
Spread over 2 sq.km. Beautiful stone carvings, older than Makli. More of Hindu cultural presepctive. Muslim perspective seen in Makli.
30 minute drive from Karachi. On National Highway (airport road), you keep driving straight. A sign on the left side of the road will direct you towards the site. Make a left and in two minutes you will reach the gates. A guard their will also assist you in touring this small nacroplis.
See my Thatta travel page for more info.
Some 30 km from City Centre on National Highway is Chawkandi Graveyard. It is about seven hundrad year old Muslim graveyard. These graves are rectangular shape made of Red Stone with a very find art work on them.
A male's tomb has crown on top & all male's crowns are different from each other. (See Picture)
Going away from Karachi on National Highway. On right side is Bin Qasim Port. On left side goes way to Chaukandi tombs.
At the moment it seems the whole of Karachi if not Pakistan is "off the beaten path" but don't let a media and political frenzy frighten you away. Pakistani's are the most amazingly friendly people you will ever meet on the planet! They are enthusiastic English speakers and pleasantly outgoing. It seems the whole nation will help everyone passing through this remarkable young country so go see and decide for yourself if what you hear in the media is accurate. In my experience with Pakistan I miss that remarkable land everyday now! So if you make it to Pakistan chances are you'll arrive in Karachi and if you do you should check out this off the beaten track Necropolis and you won't be bothered by other tourists. Any taxi can easily and cheaply get you there and back.