7 tourist spots for Karachiwalas to explore

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By Shahjahan Khurram 

KARACHI: If you live in Karachi and are yearning to take a break from the hectic schedule to relax and unwind at a serene place, we may just have the right ones for you!

I remember how I had never taken a winter vacation before I went to Gorakh Hills with my friends from university. After that, I never looked back and have always ventured to one place or the other come December.

So pack your bags (for a short trip within the country), contact a travel agency online (or not, if you’re the adventurous type who prefers to travel alone) and get to exploring!

Here are 7 amazing places where you can spend your winter vacations.

Ranikot Fort

The Great Wall of China is too far away for most of us to travel. But you can see a similar type of structure at Ranikot Fort in Sindh. Travel a few hours on the national highway and you get to this resort. If you’re the type who loves castles, forts and old structures, this is the place for you when the temperature gets pleasant.

Hingol National Park


Hingol, in Balochistan, is home to the Hingol National Park which is one of the most mesmerizing ancient sites in Pakistan. It is home to the natural rock formation, Princess of Hope. Of course if you’re ever tired of the landscape at the national park, then there’s always the Kund Malir beach to cool your heels off in the nearby area.

Keenjhar Lake

This is one of the most popular tourist sites for people from Karachi. In Keenjhar lake, you can take your pick from a number of favourite hobbies–fishing, swimming, boating or sightseeing. For those who love scenic beauties, this is the ideal spot to spend some time if you’re looking for a serene spot.

Mubarak Village 

Who doesn’t love Mubarak village? The sparkling blue water and the tidy beach will win you over if you’re looking for the ideal spot to relax. Different from Hawke’s Bay and Sandspit, this beach is one of the very few ones in the world where green turtles come to lay their eggs.

Snorkeling and boating are some activities to do on the beach if you get bored as well.

Gorakh Hills

I’ve been to Gorakh Hills and the experience was an amazing one. The cold here in January is difficult to bear but makes your trip worthwhile. Pack up some warm clothes, a tent and be ready to hike near Gorakh Hills, located in Dadu more than 420 kilometers away from Karachi.

Astola Island

Astola Island is still one of the few spots that have remained unexplored by most people, mainly due to the fact that it is so far away from Karachi and other cities of Pakistan where travelers dwell. It is located off the coast of Pasni and is home to green turtles and hornbill turtles.

Those who have been to Astola Island claim that there many unique birds come to the beach to lay their eggs. The marine life of the island also remains to be explored.

For the most part, the surface of the island is rocky but you can camp out and take in the white sand in the area.

Rooplo Kohli Resort

The resort comprising 26 rooms, 10 of them luxury suites, has been built on the foothills of Karoonjhar Hills, famous for their natural beauty, in Nagarparkar town.

The resort is named after the freedom fighter Rooplo Kohli, who along with his followers, fought bravely against the British Raj in the 1857 War of Independence until he was executed.