Thatta and Makli

Makli

 

Thatta, an ancient city of the Indus Valley is 99 kilometers away from Karachi, forming it a good weekend attraction. Thatta once known as Patala, was the main port on Indus during Alexander the Great, and served as the capital of three successive dynasties; the Samma, Arghun, and the Tarkhan. This day escape trip will take you to some of the world heritage sites of Chaukindi, Banbhore, Shah Jahan Mosque, and then visit to Keenjhar Lake for a natural treat. 

This tour will take you to Makli Hill, one of the largest necropolis in the world show evidence of Islamic ideologies and the Hindu mythology. Makli Hill, which comprises about 35 monuments and contains four different schools of architecture and art made from stone to brick and glaze. The monuments here also tell the story of external cultural influences in Lower Sindh, including Hindu, Central Asian and Persian cultures. 

Visit to Banbhore museum and the from 1st century BC archeological site, reveals remnants of three distinct periods: 1st century BC Scytho-Parthian, 2nd AD Hindu-Buddhist, and early Islamic period in Sindh. The city was gradually deserted after the 13th century due to change in the course of the Indus.

Shah Jahan Mosque built in 1647-49, by the same who built Taj Mahal, the former for his loyal subjects and the later for his beloved. The mosque is the most impressive work of blue glazed tile work and is most well preserved mosque of this age.

Afternoon visit Keenjhar Lake, the largest fresh water lake in Pakistan and a winter sanctuary for migratory birds. Return to Karachi by evening.

Itinerary

Day 1: Karachi-Thatta-Karachi

Early morning departure from Karachi, visit to Chukandi Tombs, Bambore excavation site, Shah Jahan Mosque, Makli Necropolis.
Lunch, boating and leisure at Keenjhar Lake. By evening return back to Karachi.