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)-

Farm … to Market

November  6, 2019

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elXGOeS8EUQ)

One of the best investments this Country ever made in the ‘90’s was development of the new Motorways in the Punjab.  Let’s analyze what it has produced-

  • Poverty- Whether it’s the “CPEC” development of roads network, rail links or other transport modes or it’s internally developed, tying city to city and province to province will uplift rural areas and give them access to commerce, trade, emergencies, etc.;
  • Commerce – you’ve shrunk the time, eased the availability and given smooth access to farmers and trade from their villages to large towns and cities;
  • Mobility- Punjab has become MOBILE.  With a maximum travel time of six hours, people can work in one city while their home is in another- very much like cities in USA;
  • Transport- network and infrastructure has increased and become better;
  • Employment- you’ve created new means of income & employment- whether new buses ply the motorways, staffing these buses or opportunities for shops, outlets, offices, etc. (more on this below*)
  • Tourism- you give immediate access to develop internal tourism opportunities (more on this below*).  This summer, my brother, sis-in-law and our families drove from Karachi to Nathiagali, in one of the best overland adventures they have had!

*Tourism & self-employment- Local towns, villages and populace on the road network should be helped & encouraged to put up small, clean, 2-3 star lodgings & cottages– the economy of that area is being developed indigenously.  Pakistani hospitality is one of the best the world has ever seen (but few can experience it in the face of negative publicity ☹).  You don’t need the “Avaris” and the “PCs” & “Serenas” – let it be the “Khan Motel” instead.  One, 10 room lodging will give DIRECT income & employment to a family of 5-7 people minimum; they in turn will employ others to help run the show; producers will sell food stuff, cleaning, linen and other items to these lodgings; the benefits go on down-stream and are never ending; and on & on.  The ancillary developments that take place are another story all together – shops , retails, malls, organized tours, etc.

(http://dunyanews.tv/en/Pakistan/416339-Motorway-opened-for-all-kinds-of-traffic)

There may be no international empirical evidence suggesting an increase in road networks necessarily helps an economy but I see actual, on-the-ground benefits we have gained in Pakistan.  If travel time between Karachi and Lahore can be reduced from almost 24 hours to 12 hours, what’s not to like?  If a series of motorways links the length and breadth of Pakistan, what’s wrong with that?

(As I post this, the new M7 – Multan to Sukkar- just opened!)