Pakistan - Hyderabad
Hyderabad is second largest city of Sindh Province. It has over 6 Millions population. The city has one of the most interesting bazaar of the country, The Resham Gali Bazaar which is known to be the longest bazaar in Asia. There are two very well arranged ethnological museums in the city One is The Sindh Museum and the other is Institute of Sindhology Museum. Both museums present an excellent portrait of cultural and tribal life of Sindh. The city is transit point for the tours from Karachi to the interior of Sindh A visit to Kalhora Monuments close to the city gate is worth a visit , Mausoleums are beautifully decorated with glazed tiles and frescos. There are also two forts from 18th & 19th century to see here.
Sindhology Museum has recently made an extensive gallery about Shaheed Benazir Bhutto where a large collection of her relics including dresses, books, awards pictures and numerous objects are kept.
City Tour: ( 3 Hours)
Visit the Kalhora Monuments , Shahi bazaar the longest Bazaar of Asia , Pacca Fort and
Sind or Sindhology museum.
Full day Excursion to Mirpurkhas & Umerkot.
This is little hop in the Thar desert. You drive early in the morning to Mirpurkhas via a very green & Fertile land. At Mirpurkhas you visit the Locomotive Shed where Old steam engines are repaired and used for Mirpurkhas - Chor Service. We then drive via small villages to Umerkot (80 Kms. )At Umerkot you will visit the famous Umerkot fort the Museum and a typical Desert bazaar You will see several different faces and typical colorful dresses of men & women in the bazaar. Lunch at a local restaurant. Late Afternoon return to Hyderabad.
Above a Sweat Shop in Hyderabad. Below a decorated bus.
Hyderabad to Karachi or Karachi to Hyderabad
160 Kilometer super highway is the fastest way to go to Karachi from Hyderabad or vice versa. Condition of the road is very good but there is a lot of traffic of trucks and public transport. You can leave at any time it takes about 3 Hours.
Second option is 200 Kilometer National Highway Via Thatta There are quite a few archeological sites to see on the way. You will leave in the morning on the way to Thatta stop at Sonda a cemetery of 15th century, Keenjher lake one of the largest man made lakes in Asia in winter you can spot many Siberian birds in this lake continue to Thatta in Thatta visit Shahjehan Mosque an excellent master piece of Moghul architecture, completely decorated with blue glazed tiles, Makli is the largest Muslim cemetery in the world with over half a million graves. Visit some mausoleums in the cemetery. On the way to Karachi you can also stop at Banbhore archeological site of Daibal excavated in 1962, is the site where Alexander established a town in 325BC and then the first Muslim conqueror in South East Asia came in 711AD. Beautiful site with a small museum Also visit Chaukundi. 15 - 18th century tombs scattered on a large area. Each tomb is unique in it design and motifs. Rich carved sandstone depicting the relation of the local tribes with the neighboring Iran, central Asia and Turkey. reach Karachi in about 8 Hours.
Hyderabad to Sehwan Sharief.
200 Kms. you will need to cross the river Indus and tak right Turn before Sindh University on the Indus Highway Usually Direct drive take 3 - 4 Hrs but it is recommended to take an excursion to the Rani Kot fort largest Fort in the world.
Hyderabad to Sukkur
330 Kms. The road is wide and there re many villages and towns on the way. The main stops on the way are the Shrine of Sufi Saint & poet Shah Abdul Latif Hala and Kot DG fort.
Hyderabad to Mithi
Drive to Mirpurkhas 160 KMs via beautiful green Mango farms and villages at Mirpurkhas you will have a short stop to see a typical oriental Bazaar . Later drive further 80 KMs to Umerkot and continue to Mithi another 70 Kms.
Beyond Mirpurkhas land has been badly hit by the salinity and rise of water table hence the desert starts right after Mirpurkhas after 45 minute you start seeing the straw / Cone hoses of the desert dwellers. Until you reach Umerkot which is the largest town in Thar desert. The Bazaar of the town is most interesting as people come here from different villages & towns of the desert to do the purchasing. You can see many colorful dresses of different Hindu & Muslim tribes of the Thar desert. The sandy desert actually starts after Umerkot. There are several villages and town in east of Umerkot But there are no hotels etc. The only accommodation is to live in the villages with locals or get the tents. Camp site should also be close to the villages near temples or Mosques.
Mean of transport is Big trucks with open Decks or Camels. One can do mix of both these and can get most of their travel.
You can reach Umerkot by a private car or Coach or can also take a steam train from Mirpurkhas leaving for Chor Daily at 1500 Hrs. From Chor one can continue the tour in desert or can drive to Umerkot (35 Kms.)
Hotels In Thar : There are no hotels of good standard in Thar you can either camp or travel & Culture services an organize for you a small House / Room in the villages in the desert. Travel & Culture Services provides camping facilities with its tours.
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