ANOTHER Hidden GEM of Baluchistan!

April 6, 2021

A friend invited us last weekend to the Taqwa Adventure Group at Kund Malir, Baluchistan- https://maps.app.goo.gl/z5dM4ktoApMp325w8, for “paramotoring” & “motorgliding”. 

We met Tahir Mahmood and Amin Desai, who run the paramotoring adventures, who accompanied us personally.

Before you ask … VERY SAFE 😊!

Leaving Karachi at 6.45am, we reached 3½ hours later (with stops & all)- with the same journey time frame coming back at night.

Taqwa is a simple but comfortable set up, smack on Kund Malir beach.  The pictures tell the whole story, just keep scrolling down.  We took 200 pictures so, this is just a sampling of that 😊

We were at the end of the flying season due to the winds, so now they will resume in Autumn.

They recommend early morning flying when the winds are low (or dead) because once they increase past a certain force, then it’s not possible to do this activity.

Besides this, the waters, the swimming, the colors were just … outstanding!  However, this is beg-April; as you get into Autumn & winter, naturally the waters will turn colder.

When we were up, we saw dolphins, birds etc.  Flying over Kund Malir Beach felt like I was over Italy!

The food was just amazing!

Astrophotography is one of the best from here (in some jungle a few km away).

This was followed by a quick visit to the Princess of Hope and the Sphinx rock statues.  These two are natural rock formations, over millennia.  The Sphinx actually looks like the sphinx I’ve seen in Egypt but here it was high up in the mountains.

I give full CREDIT to Tahir & Amin for this venture; but I also give credit to the Gov’t of Baluchistan for the “tourist-accessibility” to these sites. 

With the increase in domestic tourism, the negative effects of tourism will also be visible in Baluchistan; but till then … ENJOY!!!

(Thanks to Twitter for introducing me to the wonders, beauty and marvels that Pakistan has to offer us)

You can catch some of our amateur videos at (https://twitter.com/DinshawAvari/status/1378615927860760578)-

I Bitched, Ranted & Raved … and then JOINED them! 😊

April 1, 2021

https://dinshawavari.wordpress.com/2019/02/25/for-the-love-of-motorcycles/

                              &

https://dinshawavari.com/2019/07/03/can-we-please-ban-motorcycles-on-karachis-roads/

I have had a perennial hatred for motorcycle riders in Pakistan … the impunity with which they get away with breaking the law; their crass method of driving; and their complete lack of knowledge on rules of the road (but the same may also be said of 4-wheelers ☹)

Then one day, Shireen, a young lady in our Community, contacted me about some issue and, in talking, mentioned she drives a motorcycle to work & back – I have seen sporadic women motorcycle drivers – but someone this hit home.  (It’s like the time my son in the 2000 decade skillfully used chopsticks in Fujiyama, when I used a fork! – man, that really hit home 😊)

Come end December 2020, I learnt the basics of motorcycle driving through Pink Riders (as you guessed, basically a class for women learners).  Besides the instructor, I was the only male in the group … and that too 50+.

So, in 3-4 lessons, I learnt the basics … and soon thereafter, much to my wife’s (and subsequently family’s) chagrin, bought a used, 70cc motorcycle.  What she found even more vexing was the price I bought it at – she wasn’t sure if she should be concerned for my safety on a bike OR be concerned for my safety on THIS bike at THAT price 😊😊😊.

(image courtesy of Maxine.com, Hallmark LIcencing & Crabby Road)

Honestly, what I have come to learn is motorcycles are actually fun (I’m still learning by the way in my compound, much to my guards and drivers’ enjoyment) and what I have been against in the past was actually the motorcycle RIDERS.  There is no discipline, no system to the way they drive, nor any safety standards they adhere to. 

Not only am I self-learning with ALL the help of YouTube but I am taking great care in learning as per the rules of the road.  For instance, I ensure I wear the helmet, PROTECTING MY HEAD (where, I think, it’s meant to be 🤔) and NOT on the gas tank, PROTECTING THE BIKE!  It’s not easy when you learn by YouTube because there’s no one to tell you when you do wrong – but I think I’m getting there.

So, while I may continue to bitch about others … I have basically JOINED THEM.

OVERLAND PAKISTAN … here I [subsequently] come!

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