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3 lakes 2 days and 3 idiots and Mohenjodaro

Posted by Alta on March 27, 2010

Last weekend i wanted to do a road trip (read sleep as much as i could

in the car) so i asked Hanif Bahi (libra from pakwheels fame) if we could go some where for 2 days and he came up with the plan of visiting the largest lakes in Sindh and Mohenjodaro.

The whole trip was very good fun,though a bit hot and too hot at Mohenjodaro but given the time of the year what else can you expect.Two days travelled over 1000kms in the Pajero (becharo,even has a fan page on FB) all in all much needed break it was and a good trip as always.

Right now down with the flu and took today off from work,so its COD MF 2 on the PS3 😀

Places Visited.

Day 1.
Manchar Lake

Day 2.
Kalri Lake(Keenjhar Lake)
Hadeiro Lake
Haleji Lake

Trip Details

Odometer 0 – 04:10 – Zero point – Sohrab Goth – Diesel 69.16 Ltrs
Odometer 136 – 06:15 – Toll Plaza Hyderabad
Odometer 275 – 08:10 – Shewan sharif – Indus Highway – N55
Odometer 288 – 08:20 – Manchar Lake Turning
Odometer 294 – 08:37 – Manchar Lake
Odometer 334 – 09:37 – Dadu
Odometer 422 – 11:20 – Moenjodaro turning
Odometer 450 – 12:10 – Moenjodaro
Odometer 454 – 13:10 – Leaving moenjodaro via new bridge – Larkana
Odometer 486 – 13:48 – New Bridge on River Indus
Odometer 516 – 14:48 – Gambat – National Highway – N5 – Diesel 55.94 Ltrs.
Odometer 618 – 16:22 – Moro – Tea
Odometer 787 – 19:40 – Hyderabad – Night stay

Odometer 805 – 11:45 – Leaving Hyderabad on N5 for Karachi
Odometer 880 – 12:40 – Kalri Lake (Keenjhar Lake)
Odometer 903 – 13:50 – Thatta – Diesel 21.28 Ltrs.
Odometer 937 – 15:10 – Hadero Lake
Odometer 969 – 13:48 – Thatta
Odometer 977 – 16:10 – Haleji Lake
Odometer 1000 – 16:47 – Gharo – Lunch
Odometer 1070 – 18:45 – Karachi

Kms Traveled 1070

Total Fuel 146.34 Ltrs

Average = 7.31Kms per liter


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Karachi to Keti Bandar

Posted by Alta on November 18, 2008

For those who do not know what or where Keti bandar is (as i had no idea either) ill list a few facts about it.

Keti Bandar is a former port on the Arabian Sea, in the Thatta District, Sindh, Pakistan.Its 157km from Karachi.Keti Bandar was once one of the richest ports in the region, but ceased operations in 1935.The port was built on the remains of the older seaport of Debal where Muhammad bin Qasim and his army arrived from Iraq.

So a bunch of us met up after a long time for dinner,real life has been a bitch for every one it seems past few months.So over dinner the topic comes up that we havent been on a road trip for some time now and that we should make a plan and go soon.

My point was simple,if its a day trip i am in,as i cant be away from the city because of work (and more cause of moms health) HB (Hanif Bahi,pakwheels) came up with the idea of going to keti,explained where it is,and how long it will take.I was more then happy,a day away from work and from everything else,so the phone can be switched off and i don’t need to give topis for the day.

So we leave around 9 am or was it 10 am? either way i had to wake up way too early and i hate the early bit about all these things,but then my plan always is to sleep as much as possible on the way and back so i guess i cant complain much.

At around noon we were at HB’s new farm (i want one) the stop being for lunch,i didn’t expect the lunch to be any good but to my surprise it was! All desi action and loved it.after lunch it was tea time,stretch your legs,relax and chit chat and then we were on our way to keti bander.

Took bloody long to get there,roads not the best but then not bad either,the best bit was everything that was there before the actual bandar,little things and spots,which i am not a big fan off but i have to say was a good change.

So we are there,i wake up and i am like okay where are we? at Keti? eh this is it? There was nothing there,just the sea,honestly nothing but the open seas,which was beautiful but you cant blame me for wanting more cause Bin Qasim,old port,fish,it all sounded so nice!! Only if it was!!

Other then the sea,a small village and market,which had this halwa which was way too sweet and rubber like,tea was good but then tea always is.Stayed there for like 30 mins which was 30 mins more then we should have but when you are with other people you cant have it all your way.

Stopped back at the farm on the way back,Khanu (care taker of the farm) tried to sell me a banana farm,the offer was tempting,i did think about it,but then khanu was the one offering it so i had to say no (though if it had a hut/semi hut i would have gone for it)

Was fun as always,this time though the actual place was a let down,but for someone like me who is in it for the laugh and the ride (sleep,day off) more then anything else it was another good fun trip.

The Pajero leaves tomorrow for Lahore and Islamabad a week round trip (short one yes) but i will not be on it,if anything i will try and be in it when it leaves for a Gawadar and Pasni in Dec but i doubt that ill make it,as that too will be for a few days and thats something i can not do.

Anyone looking for a day off,pick up a map,find a place withen 200kms and go for it,travell through the day and its safe,either keti or Rani kot,or the place i forget the name.Its good fun and very nice and calm from the day to day city stuff.

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