A Visit to Khuzdar in Balochistan
Balochistan , the largest province of Pakistan in terms of area, is a paradise that is less traveled and less explored. But for the traveler who is looking for breathtaking landscapes or wants to submit himself/herself to the grandeur and magnificence of nature, Balochistan is the place to go.
Whether one travels by car or opts for the train, soon after the border of Sindh, the welcoming mountains of different textures and colors, winding roads with blind turns and jaw-dropping palm trees will keep one mesmerized for ages. The nauseous sensations and earache are part and parcel of the journey as most of the areas lie above sea level – when traveling from the port city of Karachi.
The skyline-touching mountain ranges look like a King with his cloak spread out as far as the eyes can see. Occasional golden wheat fields on both sides of the road add beauty to the scene. A group of people chatting under the shade of the only tree in the fields are enough to fuel our wanderlust.
As mine was purely an educational visit to the Balochistan University of Engineering and Technology Khuzdar, my travel-addicted soul wanted to analyze it with a tourist’s eye. Khuzdar, the second largest city, lies in the heart of Baluchistan at an altitude of 4058 ft. on the N-25 National Highway, extending from Karachi to Chaman – and connecting Pakistan to Iran and Turkey. This is also one of the main routes of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor(CPEC) which strategically raises the location of Khuzdar. Its western tributary connects Larkana(Sindh) to Khuzdar (Balochistan).
The best time to arrive at Khuzdar is in the evening as the weather is pleasant at night. During the months of March and April, one can also witness the orange, yellow and crimson hues of the sun setting over the distant peaks during the journey. We took our first refreshing break after travelling for 2.5 hours.
If you are travelling with kids, it is better to keep them occupied with toys or games. It is also recommended to keep pacifiers for little babies and bubble gum for older kids in order to avoid earache during travel. Keep enough snacks and drinks to feed them as a hungry kid is an angry (hangry) kid. Also keep a first aid bag in case of a medical emergency.
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