Pristine coastal waters, marine islands, challenging sea cliffs, and beaches spread out over a 650km stunning coastline of the Arabian Sea are some of the offerings on your left side. On your right, you witness one of the region’s largest national parks, mud volcanoes, desert sites and archaeological sites dating back to 7000BC. In between these two extremes you find hidden cultures and the various tribes of the Makran Baloch. With more than a hundred sites to visit in this region, our trip condenses it down to the best in a fast moving, action-packed adventure road trip. Delectable seafood will be on the diet for the most parts, but you also will experience the diet of the arid desert region including camel meat and goat meat cooked in nomadic styles. You will swim and surf the shores, jet-ski, and go boating on the deeper waters, hike mountain gorges, sea cliffs, and mud volcanoes. You will witness the Baloch folklore of Sassi Punnuh along the way, and visit shrines and temples dating back hundreds of years. We have also added the fascinating monoliths of Princess of Hope and Sphinx at the Hingol National Park carved by nature itself and the site of Shahi Tump in Turbat. Here’s a 10-day itinerary to get you excited for this thrill-packed adventure ahead.
You will be picked from Jinnah International Airport and transferred to the Pearl Continental Hotel. Freshen up in your Executive Rooms that come with a king-sized bed, attached bathroom, separate living area, complimentary access to Express Lounge, butler service, and other indulgent facilities. We will drive for approximately 21 minutes from the hotel to reach the mausoleum and the museum of relics of our leader Quaid-E-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. Explore the history and heritage of Pakistan in the museum located in the wings of the mausoleum. Built in 1967 68, the mausoleum itself is a splendid marble structure with a stepped pyramid inspired by Turkish designs. Sit with a cold beverage in the park embracing this structure and enjoy the view and activity of this tourist spot. Later drive for approximately 18 minutes from the mausoleum to reach the PAF museum to get you acquainted with the airspace and war history of Pakistan. The museum is home to over 30 aircraft, including F16, F104, Mig 19, and an Indian Gnat that was captured by Pakistani forces during the war of 1965. 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, Okra, and Khanji). After a tantalizing food experience we catch a cup of tea at Chaiwala caf to see the urban chai scene. We end the day with a visit to the Mohatta Palace Museum - a palatial house with Indo-Saracenic architecture and Sindhi mosaic work. The palace was once home to Fatima Jinnah (sister of Jinnah) but now has been turned into a museum that hosts arts and crafts exhibitions. We return to the hotel for a lavish Pakistani dinner at Chandni Restaurant an experience made more special by soft, classical music by local musicians. The restaurant is famous for its mutton specialties so don t forget to order at least one mutton treat for yourself.
After breakfast, get greeted at your hotel with the revving automobile that we have picked for your journey ahead. Buckle up to hop on a hybrid Revo or Hummer built for your journey through beach shorelines, dirt tracks, and high-speed expressways. We will set out early as we have 450km to cover with 5 stops. We head out on N25 with stopovers for pictures at the commercial site of Hub as we enter Balochistan. We drive towards the shrine of Sassi Punnuh in Las Bela to get enchanted with the story. Sassi Punnuh is popular folklore in Balochi and Sindhi culture and the shrine eternalized their tragic love story. Located along the Makran Coastal Highway, The Kech Makran hosts the fort of Punnuh that dates back to 6000-8000 BC. This fort will be covered on your trip later. After exploring the shrine, we will drive for approximately 3 hours to reach Uthal for our third stop. Uthal is a city in Las Bela District and also our lunch spot of the day. Get the first palatial taste of this arid province by trying their camel meat delicacies! From Camel biryani to Camel BBQ, the menu here spoils the tourists for choice. The fourth site on our must-visit list for today is the historic caves of Gondrani located approximately 1 hour away (by car) from Uthal. The caves have become a tourist attraction because of the mysteries and spirits associated with them. These ancient caves are home to enigmatic symbols and hint towards an unexplored, mysterious civilization. Prepare yourself for a nerve testing walk and explore the small, dark chamber-like rooms with us. Some of the rooms show traces of cooking facilities and some even come with a veranda. Finally we will head back to Kund Malir Beach Huts with a quick stop at Sapat Beach. Buji Koh, Sapat Beach is located in the middle of Makran Coastal Highway and is famous for its caved beach. We will view the sunset here and capture the phenomenon of bioluminescence at this beach. We will reach Golden Beach Kund Malir in the evening for our overnight stay.
Good morning! Stretch out and breathe in the fresh air before heading to your breakfast table laid out on the Golden beach with Halwa Puri and tea. Relax, swim in the open sea, and surf the tidal waves at the beach. Kund Malir beachfront provides great scenery for serene boat rides, or a private jet skiing experience out in the Arabian Sea with the tall cliffs in the background. We have dedicated this day to beach lovers! You will be provided Jet skis and speed boats, indulge in water activities here and if you are lucky you may come across dolphins swimming around with you. Fresh seafood is on the menu today. Explore the local fishermen s lifestyle, sip on cold drinks, and enjoy fresh grilled fish, oysters, and lobsters for lunch. We also visit the Chandragup Mud Volcano the largest volcano in the world. The volcano is considered a holy site by Hindus residing in this area and is an important stopover for pilgrims on their way to the Shri Hinglaj Mata Temple. We will stay the night at Golden Beach (Kund Malir). Enjoy the crystal clear water embraced by dunes at this desert beach while you devour your dinner.
Today we explore Hingol National Park Pakistan s largest national park - in our car. We traverse through the winding Buzzi Pass before witnessing the Sphinx-shaped rock formation known as Lion of Balochistan at Hingol. The rock formation is an unbelievable lion-shaped rock carved by the winds and rain in this area. That s right! The sphinx is a nature s masterpiece, untouched by man. Travel inwards to the park and see the Princess of Hope - another rock formation that looks like a woman waiting for a lover to return. This structure is also famous for being a naturally-carved masterpiece by the breeze coming from the Arabian Sea! We will set a campsite in the park and go for trekking. Explore wildlife, and breathe in the tranquility and fresh air at this lush park. The park offers exotic shaped mountains, blue lakes, and rare animal and bird breeds. Local BBQ specialties along with traditional Mutton and Chicken Sajji will be served in the wild tonight at our camp for dinner.
Get ready to explore the Makran Coastal Highway. We will visit Ormara where you will cruise through the water shores in our vehicle - a unique sea-bashing, thrilling drive through the waves. From Ormara, we will drive for approximately 2 hours to reach the Jinnah Beach Club at Pasni to freshen up and explore hidden sceneries at Juddi Beach and Mountain Cliffs. Located just 5km away from Pasni, Juddi Beach is a haven situated in the center of a mountain and home to seagulls and green turtles. Hazrat Khizar Hayat is a place for prayers located at the coastline of Juddi which attracts devotees and tourists from all over the world. Hop on a speed boat and ride out to Astola Island. The island is also known as Jazeera Haft Talar or Island of the Seven Hills and is the largest offshore island in Pakistan. The island features a series of seven small hillocks, natural caves, and coves for you to explore. We will camp here and relax. Enjoy the peace on this island and go for a walk on your own and see how many turtle species you can find on your way.
Hike your way up to the cliffs of Astola to witness the sunrise from a height of 75m. Tea and breakfast will be served on the island. Eat the first meal of the day amid crystal blue water, rocky mountains, and caves for an unforgettable experience. We will then head back to Pasni. Get off the speedboat and take dives in the ocean on your way and if you are lucky, you may spot dolphins along the way. Guests will check-in at Pearl Continental, Gwadar where they can enjoy indulgent on-site facilities. Take a dip in the pool, go for a therapeutic spa massage, or relax in the gardens and luxury lounges in the hotel. Your Suites come with premium amenities and a magnificent view of the Arabian Sea so you can always enjoy some quiet in your room with a good book. Go for a sunset view at Koh-e-Batil which is one of the most famous hills in Balochistan with a height of 137 meters. Then head to Paddi Zir - a beautiful beach on the West Bay of Gwadar where you can witness the glory of the endless blue ocean. We will return to the hotel for a lavish Baloch dinner at Nadia Cafe an onsite restaurant in Pearl Continental. The kachorisat Nadia Cafe are the talk of the town so don t forget to order with a deliciously spicy Chicken Karahi or Yellow Prawn Curry.
Drive towards Kech in Turbat to explore the ancient discoveries 7000BC of Shahi Tump and Miri Qalat. We will also visit the Punnuh Fort another site in Punnuh s hometown that eternalized the tragic love story of Sassi Punnu. The fort has been taken over by Mughal, Mongols, Ghaznavids, and Arabs kings in the past adding to its overall historical significance. We will then drive inwards towards Buleda for a lake fishing experience in the wild at Gish Kaur an intermittent stream at 561 meters. We will then head back to the hotel for a Chinese cuisine dinner at Tai Pan in Pearl Continental Hotel. Don t forget to try their Classic Seafood Soup with Prawn, Crab, Tofu and Mushrooms Soup and Fried Chicken with Pineapple in Sweet Citrus Sauce.
After breakfast, you will leave at around 9 am for your drive back to Karachi. You can alternatively fly back to Karachi from Gwadar Airport if you are ok with missing the coastal drive back. The total journey time from Gwadar to Karachi is approximately 8 hours by car and approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes by air. If you choose to go via car, you can visit the Gadani Beach and ship breaking yard to see the world of giant ships marooned on the bay and being picked apart with strong hands and intense labor. This yard has been the subject of many lifestyle photographers and international travelers. You will check-in at the Pearl Continental Hotel. Spend some relaxing hours at the hotel s executive lounge to connect back home before we head out for dinner to Port Grand. Port Grand is a cultural hotspot located on Karachi seaport and celebrates the diversity of the coastal city fusion concepts in food, art, and leisure.
Stay a day in Karachi to get the vibes of the metropolis. You will visit the commercial centers of the city such as Saddar and Empress Market for some shopping in the local bazaar embraced by colonial-style antiquated buildings. We will drive to TDF Ghar for lunch and a cup of tea amidst the post-imperial cultural renaissance of Karachi preserved in this house from the 1930s. End your trip with a complimentary spa session back at the hotel followed by dinner at Kolachi a string of restaurants with a view of the Arabian Sea. You will stay the night at PC. Don t worry we have already arranged for your safe trip back home so you can sleep peacefully.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Jinnah International Airport to catch your flight back home. We hope you enjoyed this speedboat ride around the exotic beaches, architectural sites, and rock formations of Balochistan. Don t worry you can book with us again whenever the beach lover in you needs a splash of refreshment.
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