Deserts and Mountains, Oasis, and the roaring Arabian Sea. Balochistan is the largest province of Pakistan and at the epicenter of 3 great regional civilizations – Indus Valley civilization of Sindh in the East, the Persian Empire in the west, and the Pashtun/Afghan valleys in the North. On the south side lies the Arabian Sea and the Gulf state of Oman. French archaeologists have been working in Balochistan for decades revealing the oldest settlement in the entire subcontinent that dates to 7000 BCE. The Baloch people have a unique lifestyle that revolves around hospitality and horseback spirit. Come and witness this spirit. Today Balochistan is a destination waiting to be explored. Travel with us to explore the Baloch culture through our lens. Our culture tour takes you through prehistoric sites, expansive Baloch terrains, hidden oasis, tribal lifestyle, unique cultural experiences, and the warmth of the Baloch family traditions.
Meet on arrival transfer to the Movenpick Hotel for an overnight stay at the hotel. We will visit the mausoleum and museum of the relic of our leader Quaid-E-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah.
Admire the modernist architectural style of the tomb designed with intricate details. Its adjoining museum exhibits artifacts from the life of Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan.
We will then drive to the Defence mosque at a distance of 6.9 km from the mausoleum. It has the world s largest dome having a diameter of 212 feet with a capacity of accommodating 5000 people at one time.
We will then have a food tasting tour in the diplomatic area of Clifton which houses 5-6 of the most popular fusion eating concepts in Karachi s culinary scene. Caf Flo is a fine dining restaurant offering authentic French cuisine, Okra serves Mediterranean cuisine and Khanji offers a versatile menu with a colorful ambiance.
After a tantalizing food experience we will have a cup of tea at Chaiwala Caf to explore the urban tea experience. Next we will visit the Mohatta Palace museum spread over 18,500 sq. ft.
The interior is made from mainly teak wood and has three floors with only the ground floor open to the public. After an enjoyable day, we will return to the hotel. Dinner will be served at an onsite restaurant called The Pakistani. The hotel offers quintessentially Pakistani experience with floor seating, fresh baked bread and traditional live music.
After a healthy breakfast, we will head to the Karachi airport for a flight to Quetta. Check-in at the Serena Hotel where you will be welcomed with warm hospitality and impeccable service.
Be a part of a meet and greet session in the onsite Giden Tea Lounge, a common space where guests will grab a quick bite and will be introduced to the local culture experts to catch up on views on culture. We will set out for an afternoon tour of Quetta to visit the magnificent Hana and Urak valley. Get your cameras ready to capture the scenic beauty of this valley surrounded by mountains.
Treat yourself to fresh apples, peaches grown at the fruit orchards at the end of the valley. Experience an adventure of a lifetime rowing canoeing over the peaceful Hanna Lake. Enjoy the great weather at a lakeside restaurant, a perfect spot to view the serene beauty around you.
If you are visiting in the early winter months, we take you to the spin Karez to witness the winter colors over this frozen lake. Later we will visit the Quetta museum where you can explore relics of the ancient civilization.
It showcases jewelry made with semi-precious stones, clay and stone made cutlery, and many more artifacts. We will return to the hotel for an overnight stay.
A delicious themed dinner will be served at Jasmine Food Court. Savor the taste of Baloch cuisine including barbecued delicacies in a garden setting.
After a wholesome breakfast, we will leave for a full-day excursion to Ziarat. Located approximately 160km away from Quetta, Ziarat is a city with a lot of attractions. First we will visit the beautifully crafted Jinnah Residency national monument.
This iconic structure is declared to be a cultural heritage site of Pakistan. Next we explore and camp in luxury at the ancient juniper forests. With trees dating back 5000 to 7000 BC this is the second-largest Juniper forest in the world after California.
Find peace of mind in this serene environment and look for birds and footprints of wild goats as well as urials. Don t forget to pick out delicious juniper berries! Visit the village community to witness a calm, natural way of life. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, admire the serene, beautiful view of nature. The villagers welcome guests with warm hospitality and love to share their stories and traditions.
You will be offered a cup of mix chai(made with infused tea leaves, milk, and sugar).Try the medicinal herbs and then return to the campsite. Relax over a healthy organic dinner made with fresh fruits, vegetables, and livestock of your choice from the valley.
Enjoy a private bonfire at Juniper Forest Campsite with your travel mates. You can roast kebabs, baked potatoes, and marshmallows. Stay overnight and witness the hospitable traditions of the Baloch.
Visit the bustling bazaar in the city of Quetta. You will witness more than 100 small shops selling shoes, clothes, and many other items at a very affordable rate. Haggling is a part of the cultural tradition here, so brush up on your bargaining skills and become a part of this tradition. Next we head out to an incredible street food tour. The Baloch people are famous for their love of meat. A popular dish made with rice and raisins stuffed in lamb and roasted to perfection is a must-try.
On our way back we head to either Pir Ghaib, Buzkashi at Kuchlak, or the Polo club depending on the time of your visit. Make sure your camera is ready so you can capture the spectacular waterfall gushing over the rocks.
The name of this valley comes from an enthralling myth featuring the story of Pir Ghaib, a saint who disappeared in the mountains of Bolan. The locals strongly believe that the waterfall originated when the pir (spiritual personality) picked up a stick and struck the mountain with all his might.
Get a chance to befriend horses of various breeds at the Polo club. Occasional tournaments take place here attracting a large number of game lovers. Experience a wonderful private music session in Quetta. Feel the power of voice pitch in Baloch and the ecstatic Baloch percussion and dance.
The Baloch culture is incomplete without its folk music. Many of the melodies are inspired by Faiz Mohammad Baloch, a folk musician. The songs will surely make you groove into the music. A themed dinner will be served at Jasmine Food Court at Serena Hotel. Become one with the Baloch tradition and culture while you feast on meaty treats popular in the region.
After a wholesome breakfast, we will go on an excursion to the local village in Kalat. Witness the Baloch culture, arts, and crafts and get royally hosted for the afternoon at the guest house of the local nawab.
Kalat is the historical capital of Baluchistan and the seat of khan e Kalat-title of the nawab revered by all the Baloch. If you ever dreamed of visiting a picture-perfect farm where you come across fresh fruits and vegetables, let us make that possible as we head towards the farms of the nawab. Witness the livestock grazing freely on the land watched over by the farmers in a peaceful quiet environment. Next we will visit the heritage sites in Kalat.
Listen to the history of the area by the tribe elders and enjoy a delicious meal of mutton roast and chicken Sajji(a special Balochi dish made with meat and rice, served with freshly baked bread).
A special Brahui poetry session will be arranged for you in the evening to experience the spirit of expression in Baloch folklore. You will find elements of love, bravery, struggle, and traditions in the Baloch literature. Have a cup of kahwa(green tea) that will soothe your mind and body while you enjoy the revival of ancient Baloch folklore through the unique style of poetry.
After an enjoyable day, we will check-in at Kalat Guest House where you can either stay for a chat with your travel mates or catch some sleep in your premium rooms.
We will leave at sunrise for Moola Chootok, situated in the Moola area of Khuzdar District. Amidst the dry and desert landscape of Balochistan, Moola Chootok is considered a sliver of paradise on earth.
Prepare yourself for an adventurous ride as we go through the rocky paths, steep routes, and rain drains along the way. As we reach closer to our destination you will hear the sound of gushing water falling on rocks. Surrounded by big and small waterfalls, Khuzdar has become a picnic spot for many adventure-seeking tourists. Don t forget to dip your feet in the fresh, cool, flowing water for relaxing massage therapy.
Trek around the area and meet the locals of Khuzdar. Learn about their rich hunting traditions carried out especially in winters. The unique landscape of this region attracts a large number of migratory birds like the endangered Houbara Bustard, mallards, and more.
Visit the village and explore the life of the village dwellers. You will be fascinated to see the small houses made out of mud and stone.
The women make beautiful clothes with colorful Balochi embroidery by hand. Weavers are seen weaving handmade carpets representing Baloch culture through design and colors. After a busy day, we will unwind at Khuzdar Guest House.
Meet and greet professional local hunters hear and hear their stories of hunting. The day ends with a grand feast with Kadi KebabandLassi (buttermilk).
We will leave early for a road trip back to Karachi. We will take a break at the caves in Gondrani Enroute Bela. Also called the Shehr-e-Roghan, Godrani is an archeological site with historic relics of a mysterious and unexplored civilization.
As no archeological study has been done in this area, people have associated several mystic myths to these caves. Hear the stories from the locals and be enthralled by the mysterious caves. We will drive another 15-18 km to the city of Bela. Excite your taste buds with the mouthwatering camel biryani and camel BBQ in Las Bela.
Catch the eastern part of the Makran Coastal highway en route your drive of another 7 hours to Karachi. We will try to catch the Gadani ship-breaking yard before sunset to see the toil of the industry at this seafaring community.
Some unusual sights here as we see giant ships maneuvered on islands and being picked apart with strong hands and intense labor. This yard has been the subject of many lifestyle photographers by international travelers as we see this unique and challenging livelihood.
Check-in at the Movenpick Hotel and unwind in your Executive room. There will be numerous facilities provided for you in the room such as controlled air conditioning, a minibar, a safe, a work desk, as well as tea and coffee making facilities.
Have a chilled drink from your minibar, sit back, relax, and use the high-speed Wi-Fi internet to connect with your friends or family. You can also enjoy the onsite amenities at the pool or gym.
You will stay another day in Karachi to get the vibes of the metropolis. Spend some relaxing hours at the hotel s Executive Lounge to connect back home and indulge in a spa therapy treatment.
Visit commune artist colony, a former tobacco house turned into a creative space for artists. Admire the beautiful paintings and murals on the commune walls that give you a glimpse of the cultural journey of Pakistan.
Next we head to the TDF Ghar, a casual environment promoting informal learning of people with different cultures. Discuss your views over a cup of tea and a local snack. Dinner will be served at The Pakistani. Feast on traditional Pakistani specialities served directly from the grill as local musicians serenade you with soft, traditional music.
After a healthy breakfast, you will leave for the airport for your homebound flight.
We hope this traveling experience gave you an insight into the lifestyle and hospitality of the Baloch people in Pakistan. From food trails to exploring historical landmarks, and from village life experiences to witnessing serene beauty, you will have a lot to share with your friends and family back home.
In case your love to wander comes back, you can always book another adventurous tour with us.
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