I the National Highway is blocked turned right before Razaqabad Police Training Center and take the road which leads to Port Qasim and than follow the road it will take you to the Fauji Fertilizer from where you can join the National Highway again at Ghagher Phatak. You will come across a lot of factories as it is an Industrial Estate.
The link road also known as Kathoor road is a short cut in between National highway and Super highway and also serve as a short cut to go from one end to another avoiding the traffic of Karachi. It is mostly used as a bypass by the truck drivers but the important thing is that it is a safe route as it has air force and army areas surrounding it.
While going to the Historical Thatta or Makli Graveyard or Shahi Mosque or The Famous Karli Lake the most important thing people need is a hygienic food for which I have given a tip of Makli Gymkhana and the second thing is a neat and clean wash room as I travel there frequently I look for such places so in this way I discovered this place. It is a CNG Gas filling station near Makli, on the right side before we reach Makli from Karachi. There is a mini store, Tyre Shop, Mosque and the main things are very neat and clean wash rooms separately for Gents and Ladies with non stop water and both ca mod and local type flush. So just remember this tip while going to Thatta.
This place is known as "Mola Ali Kadam" which means that foot prints of Hazrat Ali The Fourth Khalifa of Muslims and also The Nephew of The Holy Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) is here. It is said that An Arab businessman gave it as a gift to the Emperor of that time who fixed it there and still it is present there. It is just behind the Thatta College for Men surrounded by a very old graveyard as you can see in the pictures. My grandfather got it renovated in 1988, I still remember that day I spend there although I was quiet young say ten years old. The surprising thing about that room where it is kept is that it has no pillars but the wall is so thick that the roof is resting on it.
Although Thatta itself is an off the beaten track trip, however there is another side trip, approx, 20 minute drive north of Makli. The trip from Karachi to Thatta is on the national highway and the road is quite barren as it passes through the desert plains.
From Makli, the road goes north and the local told us at that in that location, you will find green fertile fields of rice and wheat. There are streams that feeds these villages and may be a worth to visit next time.
Still need some exploration.
Most of the travelers miss this;-( Once you’re planning to finish your trip in Keenjhar Lake), I strongly suggest coming back via N-5 up to Hyderabad and from Hyderabad to Karachi on Super Highway (M-9, shown in the map in red line). In this route, you will be able see (Kotri Barrage, near Hyderabad). This route will extend your five hours and the round trip to Karachi will be now approx. 500 kms instead of original 300 kms.
Super Highway (M-9) is 4 lanes highway of 136 kms between Karachi and Hyderabad. The road condition is superb and you can drive very safely and Highway allows you any limit of speed to self-drivers. Nevertheless, on this road beware of never-compromising Motorway Police who does frequent speed check. Please note that you can drive up to 120 kms/hrs at maximum.
A small garden in the Dhabeji Union Council is enough to provide some fun to the children of the small town.
Inaugurated by Ahmed Khan Memon on 18th May 1983, this water supply scheme has been serving the area since last 29 years.
It is situated on the main National Highway the first little town after Karachi on the left hand side while going towards Thatta. There is a small garden also for the local people.