A short trip from Karachi to Jamshoro

Interacting with people from a different background is one of the best things that I love to do. So, I travel here and there to create memories with new people. Since its now a part of blood. So I decided to continue my travel journey which actually started in 2018.

A Trip to Jamshoro

It was Sunday noon when my friend texted me,

Friend:                  Are you free tomorrow?

Me:                       Yes… but what’s the scene?

He responded we have to go for a meeting at Jamshoro, and we will leave at 9 am from Karachi.

A Trip to Jamshoro

So, that’s how the first ever short trip of 2019 officially kicked off. Waking up early in the morning taking shower and then moving at friend’s place via bike, isn’t an easy job for a Karachite. Especially when cold winds of winter are ruling the city. Well, finally I reached 8 am then we went for breakfast and at the 9’o clock, we accelerated the car to leave the city.

A Trip to Jamshoro

It was half-past 11 when we reached Jamshoro. From there we went to the University of Art and Culture for the purpose of a meeting and had hi-tea there. After that, we called one of our friend for a meetup. Once we had done with the meetup, we visited the Arts department of the University of Sindh, in Jamshoro.

A Trip to Jamshoro

The moment we entered into the university, it made us shocked. The tsunami of talented students who were busy in their artwork and buses with full students inside the university were ready to bring back students to their homes. We also interacted few of the students there, and the way they communicated and described the beauty of university was unexpectedly so impressive.

After that, we went back to the UAC and had lunch there. Then after we spend some time at friend’s home and after having sham ki Chai (evening tea), we officially left for Hyderabad. In Hyderabad, we spend some time at our mate’s studio. After that, we speed up our car for coming back to the city of lights.

A Trip to Jamshoro

Though it was a very short trip but interacting locals, hospitality, productive discussion and successful meeting made this journey remarkable.

Explore the beauty of Ber Sharif village

If you have a tractor, you’ll be considered as rich. Yes, this a story of Ber Sharif village which is 35 KM away from Larkana city of Sindh. We shouldn’t ignore the importance of nature in this digital era. So, we group of friends decided to explore the beauty of Ber Sharif village and to complete the mission. As one of our friend lives there, so it was easier for us in terms of accommodation and other things.

Ber Sharif Village

So, our journey started from the Daewoo Bus terminal highway in Karachi, which took almost 7 hours to reach Larkana city, and from there our friend came into his car to receive us for Ber Sharif Goth (Village). But before that, we stopped at Dhabba (tea shop) in Kamber district to charge ourselves, and then finally we moved to our destination.

Ber Sharif Village

We reached there at almost 9 pm, and after getting fresh we had dinner and then at 11 pm we went to the market side to enjoy the cold nights of winter. As we are addicted to chai (tea) so we drunk it again and after getting back to home, we shut down the lights to sleep.

Ber Sharif Village

On the next day, after having Subha ki chai (morning tea) we moved to the farm side to explore the beauty. As our mission was impossible to start from that day. So, on Day 1, we went to the agricultural site where rice crops were ready to harvest, and we visited vegetable farming along with sugarcane and others. After that, we met tall black animals – buffalos – which were busy in taking bath in the pond.

Ber Sharif Village (20)

After having lunch, we decided to visit the artificial island, which was made at the centre of the river to look at all the four sides of that area. We sat into a boat and reached the island in less than 5 minutes. It was a golden hour, and we simply fall in love with the beauty of birds especially storks, a shade of sun into the river and almost everything which became magnificent with the golden shade. We took out our cameras and phones to capture the sunset and to make this moment memorable.

Ber Sharif Village

It was Day 2 in Goth, and finally, we officially kicked off our mission. By the way, our mission was to shoot a thesis film of our mate, which was also the main reason stopover at the village.

Ber Sharif Village

Lights – Camera – Action. All the characters reached on spot, and the director was ready to roll. Many of the scenes were finished in less than expected time but few of the scenes took more than 1 hour to complete. It took two days to complete the entire shoot. And everyone was tired, so without wasting time we slept earlier.

Ber Sharif Village (23)

As Day 2 and 3 were gone into the shoot. It’s time for Day 4, where we planned to explore other cities and places of Sindh. We first moved to Sachal Sarmast tomb in Daraza village. After that we drove to Kot Dijji Fort, then we moved to Sukkur city for capturing cityscape from the 82nd stair of Masoom Shah Jo Minar. Though we were damn tired, but it was out the last location of the day. Meanwhile, we crossed many cities and villages of Sindh along with historic Lansdowne Bridge in Sukkur.

After all this, we stopped at the highway for having a meal, as we were hungry since morning. We ordered Biryani which was unexpectedly mouthwatering and so awesome. Then after we moved back to the village Ber Sharif. We started our packing because we had to leave for Karachi on Sunday noon.

Ber Sharif Village (16)

Last but not least, hats off to the hospitality of Sindhi people. The way they treat to the guests and share information about enrich the culture of Sindh – simply amazing. We really enjoyed a lot there, and when we were returning they goodbye us with the souvenirs – Sindhi Ajrak and Topi.

Ber Sharif Village

A day with MAX at the Beach

In a world of digital media, we have forgotten to connect with nature. We have become so busy in our routine life and have no time to explore, to connect, and to understand the beauty of nature.

MAX

Well, finally we devote some time to come to a step closer to nature. We decided to say goodbye to our gadgets for few hours so we can focus and connect with nature. We joined the program MAX by School of Leadership, which held on sunny Saturday at Turtle beach, Karachi. The program attracted youth aged 20 – 30. So, they can relax from the hectic schedule of their busy lives.

MAX

The best thing about the event was that it was being led by the very interactive and motivational trainers namely Umair Jaliawala and Waqar Ali. The purpose of the program was to starch life, come out from the comfort zone, capacity building, teamwork, connect to nature, and to live hundred percent.

MAX

 

The event officially started with the introductory session of Waqar Ali and warm up activities to break invisible bearers. As all were new to each other. So it’s important to know first, so he trainer divided individuals into the group. All the individuals were in teams now.

 

Once the team were made, it’s time for activities. So, the first activity was “The Great Box”, in this all the team members have to jump into the box. The team that completes it in less time will be the winner. In this game, our team won the third position.  After this, Umair Jaliawala interacted with all the participants and shared his thoughts regarding life, and nature. He also advised the participants to read books, at least for 15 minutes a day.

MAX

After that, there were three activities waiting for us; namely bucket challenge, plank game and group skipping.  Everyone gave their best, but in the end, only one team had to win. Well, in the end, the mission of the journey accomplished. Since morning, no one knew each other but in the evening they found new friends with many beautiful and exciting memories.

Picture Source: SOL Facebook Page

An exciting underwater journey with PALS

Life without adventure is like biryani without Aaloo (potato). In a world full of digital media users, adventure is something that leads to freedom, excitement, a step closer to nature and unforgettable memories. Pakistan is a country that is blessed with a wide range of beautiful shorelines. And Karachi is the city of beaches and almost every Karachite plan their picnics to explore the beauty of these beaches.

When we talk about beach then the first thing we hear Samundar me Ziada Aage mat Jana (don’t go far in the sea), but still, many youngsters take it as a statement and ignore it without caring about the circumstances. As a result, many people lost their lives in order to save ones’ life.

Recently, we went to the beach with Pakistan Life Saving Foundation (PALS). A nonprofit organization that is working from 2004, for the purpose of saving lives on the beaches of Karachi. With more than 250 lifeguards from the local community, they have saved almost 5000 people till date.

PALS

They told us about many things which we never heard before. Rip current is the biggest enemy of human’s life and because of it chances of drowning increase. As a result, many people lose their lives while trying to save one friend or relative who is drowning because a majority of people does not know how to swim.

 

Well, our journey started from Sandspit and ended at French beach. As we reached PALS office, sandpit, they briefed about their organization, how they work, tools, equipment and boats among others. They also showed us the demo of saving the life of a drowning person. After having some refreshment, we officially wore our life jackets and moved our way to the main boat which was floating at the centre of the sea. We sit into the motorboat to reach there and once all the members reached, the journey officially started.

As we reached there, people become crazy to the sea the beauty of oceans and the huts that were built at the seaside of French beach. One of the lifeguards asked us to jump into the water. Initially, we were scared but once we realized that it’s Do or Die scene, we jumped into the water with our life jackets. We also saw the underwater marine life with our dive masks. Last but not least, few of us also tried snorkelling which was one of the most adventurous experiences of this journey.

After this, we again sat into the motor boats to enter into the hut where spicy biryani was waiting for us along with mouthwatering chocolate brownie. After having lunch we shared our experience to the team PALS and appreciated their efforts, and yes, clicked the mandatory group photo at the end of this adventurous journey.

PALS

Important things to remember

  • Wear light weighted cloths
  • Don’t go deeper in the sea
  • Avoid rocky area to swim
  • Avoid swimming in the dark
  • Listen to the advice of lifeguards, as they know the beaches better than us
  • Learn to recognize rip currents
  • Never underestimate the power of the sea
  • Obey basic safety tips

Picture Source: PALS Facebook Page

 

Explore the Unseen Beauty of Balochistan

Pakistan is a country which is blessed with all the four kinds of weather; summer, winter, autumn, and spring. Many of the people love to explore the unseen beauty of Pakistan, so they prefer to go to the northern areas of Pakistan. A few years back, there was a very poor ratio of tourism in our country. Until 1.75 million tourists from different countries visited Pakistan last year. It is indeed one of the highest ratios till date, and it will keep increasing in coming years.

A Trip To Balochistan
A Trip To Balochistan

There was a time when people used to afraid to go out of homes, but a great thanks to Pakistan Army who sacrificed their lives to bring the peace back into the country. Apart from Northern areas, Southern areas also blessed with many beautiful sites. The province of Balochistan is one the treasure of natural beauty and wonderful beaches. There are many misconceptions for this province, but being eyewitness I can clear it all. Whether you talk about the native people or the land both are extremely loving.

A Trip To Balochistan
A Trip To Balochistan

Balochistan, Pakistan

A few weeks ago, I planned to visit Balochistan. I went to Lasbela (a district in Balochistan). I spent almost 7 days there, just to explore the beauty of Balochistan. After visiting Hingol National Park, Kund Malir and Kishari Lake, I can bet this province of Pakistan is not less than any of the beautiful place of the world. The mentioned places are basically the picnic spots, and by going there and many other sites in Balochistan like Ormara, Gawadar, Sonmiyani and so on. You can save a beautiful memory for the lifetime.

A Trip To Balochistan
A Trip To Balochistan

A Trip to Balochistan

From Hawaii, the Philippines to Bermuda and the Bali beaches (Top 20 beaches of the world), Balochistan beaches are not far behind from them. I personally visited Kund Malir, and I can’t express the beauty and peace over there into words, because it was calming and the seashore of the great blue ocean with the giant black and brown rocks at the shoreline, and the coconut trees in my way to Kund Malir will definitely never allow you to leave this place.

Hingol National Park

It was almost 3-hour drive from Karachi to Lasbela, Balochistan. And from Bela, we went to Hingol and Kund Malir. It took 3.5 hours to reach Hingol. And approximately at 2 am, we reached there. From this place, we went to Nani Mandir (temple), one of the oldest temple of Pakistan. There we performed prayers, and there was already a festival going on, which attracted a large number of Hindu community towards there. After sunrise, we jumped into the river of Nani Mandir, Hingol which is considered as the prestigious river. Then after we performed our religious activities and left for Kund Malir at noon time. It was just 10KM away from Nani Mandir, Hingol. Meanwhile, we stopped our car to capture the beauty of the sandy mountains (known for the changing shape after every rain) and yes, did a photo shoot of each other as well.

A Trip To Balochistan
A Trip To Balochistan

Kund Malir

Finally, we reached Kund Malir from Hingol. The sandy mountains on the right while the great blue ocean at the left with coconut trees in our way. Simply a wonderful combo it was. We have visited many seas and oceans in Karachi, but the charm of this beach was unbeatable. The beautiful sandy huts at the seaside also grabbed our attention. It was like we’re in such a country which is known for its beaches. Well, after enjoying the peace and shores of the great blue ocean under the cloudy sky, we decided to go back to Lasbela, Balochistan.

Back to Lasbela

On our way to Lasbela, everyone was damn tired because we haven’t got a proper nap for two days. So, we stopped our car at Lyari, Balochistan to get fresh and stretch our bodies and to have some energy drinks. Then after, we set back and moved on our way to Lasbela. It was almost 5 pm, we stopped at Uthal to have some food. And then finally, we reached Lasbela at half past 6.

A Trip To Balochistan
A Trip To Balochistan

Agricultural Site of Lasbela, Balochistan

On the next day, we planned to explore the agricultural site of Lasbela. We accelerated our bikes to reach the destination. Since the roads were small and driving cars there was almost impossible. On our way to that, we found so many beautiful sceneries and roads were covered with full of greenery. We even stopped our bikes to capture the beauty and of course to do a photoshoot as well. Finally, we reached the agricultural site, where at the center there was a large pool to send water for the crops, and the surrounding was covered with trees and greenery. It was an amazing moment to see the things in reality which you’re reading and watching from your childhood.

Kishari Lake

Second last day, yes it was Sunday and we planned for Kishari. It was one hour drive from Lasbela to Kishari. It is basically a lake when it rainfalls on sandy mountains of Balochistan then that rainy water moves around to find its way to fall into the sea. For them, it is a blessing because they use it for their crops and even drink it. According to them, it is naturally filtered water. For tourists, it’s a picnic spot indeed. The people from different areas of Balochistan even many from Karachi visit this place to enjoy the blessing of naturally filtered water. As it keeps moving on, so it keeps getting filter naturally.

In the end, I would like to say Pakistan tour is incomplete without Balochistan. If you actually want to explore Pakistan then start your journey from Balochistan. And one week isn’t enough to explore the beauty of this province. For this, you need to plan at least 15 to 20 days to actually appreciate and to know how naturally blessed Balochistan is.

Hope from this you’ve gotten a brief info about the places I visited in Balochistan and from vlog, you’ll see the gorgeousness of it. In order to actually feel the beauty, you’ve to be there. And I damn sure you won’t regret. In fact, you’ll come back with a separate folder of the unforgettable flawless memories of your life.

Vlog – A Trip To Balochistan