You could travel along the Makran Coastal Highway from Karachi, passing through coastal towns and fishing villages, and visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites and impressive National Parks in under two hours.
These beautiful and exotic locations are offered to visit all year round, due to Karachi’s friendly weather, and along with booking some of the best hotels in Karachi such as Zifan Hotels. Here we share some of the best day trips from the City of Lights, Karachi.
The Gorakh Hills are located in the Dadu district, close to Karachi, and feature snow-capped peaks during the winter months. Stay in government rest houses to extend your day trip and wake up to breathtaking views of Pakistan’s beautiful mountains. You can also plan ahead with individual and group travel planning with friends and family.
Ormara is located in the middle of the Makran Coastal Highway, halfway between Karachi and Gwadar. Ormara has experienced significant expansion in recent years, particularly post establishment of the Makran Coastal Highway. Ormara’s soothing jewel-blue sea is a must-see. You can also enjoy a breathtaking sunset while strolling along the sandy beach, and finish the night with a bonfire and barbecue on the beach.
Hingol National Park
Hingol National Park, Pakistan’s largest national park, is surrounded by Karachi and features impressive rock formations, wetlands, and mud volcanoes that provide habitat for a variety of flora and fauna, including jungle cats, hyenas, and the endangered Indian pangolin.
A memorable day trip from Karachi to the ancient landscapes of Makli in the neighboring Thatta district is possible. Makli is a short distance from Karachi and well worth the ride. Tombs dating back to the 14th century can be found at this UNESCO World Heritage site. Makli’s massive necropolis is one of the world’s largest. Here are buried kings, queens, governors, saints, writers, and philosophers in brick or stone monuments, some of which are lavishly decorated with glazed tiles.
Kirthar National Park
Kirthar National Park, Pakistan’s second largest protected area is just over an hour’s drive from Karachi. It was once home to wild leopards and is still a place where mountain goats navigate sheer cliff edges and wolves and gazelles roam free. This dry arid land of seemingly endless desert landscapes and stony valleys is home to a diverse variety of mammals, birds, and reptile species and is ranked among Pakistan’s largest national parks.
You could easily visit nearby Manora Island from Karachi and escape the city with a breath of fresh sea air. You may be surrounded by the ruins of a 19th century Hindu temple in the heart of the island if you take a short ferry ride from Karachi.
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