So much history and sights to see on a single trip
No proper facilities for a traveller
A great 1-day outing from Karachi
The restaurant caters to both families as well as locals. What I liked about this restaurant was that it had exclusive rooms for familes, dinning area as well as the most improtant thing missing on this road trip - rest rooms.This is also the only decent large restaurant in Thatta, good clean food.If you are not used to eating outside, bring your...more
Although, Keenjhar Lake provides you STDC restaurant but it is strongly suggested to pack all necessary eatables including lunch, fruits, and mineral water either from Karachi or Hyderabad. The quality of food and restaurants is not satisfactory to be taken any risk. While on excursion, ensure that you drink water frequently.more
While travelling in the night on National Highway one must keep few things in mind:-1, Never give lift to the strangers.2, Drive at an average speed of 80km/h to 100km/h.3, If you see some thing like sacks or other such things never stop to pick it as it might be a trap. 4, If you carrying a gun and see that the road is blocked ahead give them...more
It's beautiful to stay overnight at Kenjhar lake. Although, STDC rest house offers rooms, however, staying in the tents have it's own joy. If interested, you may find many locals arrond to rent out their tents for the night. if staying overnight in the tents, respect the locals, don't dirnk, and ensure that you dress properly.more
On my way to Thatta I have always taken my car. There are a lot of pumps and CNG Gas stations on the way and you even don't have to worry about the restaurants as I have mentioned in my restaurant tips so you can check with that. I am just posting few pictures which I have taken on my way by which you can make out how this place is like, as it was...more
A small shop situated as soon as you enter Thatta. Carries variety of stuff: textile, leather, pottery, marble, etc.
Do negotiate before you pay the price. Most of the stuff you can also find in Karachi, and if you are aware of prices in Karachi, negotiate to bring it down.
What to buy: Traditional dresses
What to pay: Negtotiate always...
The local people of interior Sindh, inhabiting Thatta and its surrounding areas are mostly farmers, fishermen, working for government officials, or sole-proprietors. Wealth is focused on few, while majority are just eking around the activities mentioned above. The 2 brothers in the pictures came begging, but I gave them chocolate...and they still...more
If you are going to rent a car from a good company in Karachi, majority of which carry a satellite tracking system, make sure that the car driver informs the tracking company that the car is going outside the city limit. Else you will be standing on the road till a clear signal is given.And if you are taking your own car, make sure it is in good...more
You are travelling to the interior of Sindh, and one of the route that maybe taken by people who steal cars. So on various stops there are police checkpost. Ordinarily they will just inquire, snoop and let you go. However you never know that on that particular day, this cop is having a bad day, and may make your life a bit miserable (only happens...more
In 2007 I was coming from Thatta near Gujjo the road was damaged so a friend of mine who lived in Thatta advised me to take a shortcut that was a narrow road between two canals which bring water from Karly Lake to Karachi namely K2 and K3. I used those roads couple of times as it was a short cut and in this way I avoided the damaged part of the...more
At Makli, you will notice several snake charmers sitting around, asking for alms. Simple thing is to ignore them!However be very cautious of these snake charmers as they are sly fox. After you have done your sightseeing, you get back in your car, and reverse to get back on the road, you hear a loud scream of the snake charmer; "YOU HAVE KILLED MY...more
It is better to take all your drinking water, colas, juices (pineapple, mango, orange, grape, etc) with you. In Karachi you can purchase an imported ice box for Rs 3000-5000, or rent an archaic metal box from various drink vendors. Nestle, Aquafina, or Kinley mineral water are the safest to take along.more
If you plan to stay at Kalri or Haleji lakes During summer its hot, so wear light clothes. During winter its warm in the daytime, and cold at night. Good walking shoes will suffice Take all the medicines that you require. Films, extra cartridge if digital, tripod If you plan to camp at the lakes, then take your camping stuff. Although guest...more
Light Clothes in summer because of hot seaton.Take proper bathing clothes if you are planning to bath at Kalri (Kenjhar Lake). Wear Shoes during Bath as the beach contains small pointed /sharp stones.Take vehicle tubes (used inside tyre tube) for supporting you during swimming. Huts are avaialble near beach, you may take mat for sitting. Going...more
Haleji lake is an ideal refuge for wintering and home of thousands of birds and regarded as one of the most important wintering areas of migratory waterfowl in Eurasia. Haleji is a bird watcher's paradise. As many as 223 bird species have been recorded in the environs of Haleji lake. For instance, osprey, Pallas's fish eagle, Buzzards, Harriers,...more
Haleji Lake, a man-made reservoir, is situated about 80 km from Karachi. From this lake drinking water is supplied to Karachi. When this lake was commissioned, the architects placed large pipes around the lakes, giving any fisherman an abode to camp over-night to start their activity early.Beware of the lurking crocodiles. Locals say there are...more