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)-

FORGOTTEN HEROES!

May 11, 2020

(photo credit- http://www.adventuretravelpakistan.com/

A friend from France wrote to me about the story of late Shiraz Nasir, a young entrepreneur in Pakistan, who set up one of the first tourism companies here- “Adventure Travel Pakistan”.

He proved that no matter where you live, you must follow your dreams. He made so many foreigners fall in love with Pakistan and he was proof that his message went through.  Shiraz was even invited in May 2019 to Paris by UNESCO and the Pakistan embassy in Paris to give conferences on the tourism potential in Pakistan.

Tragically, in August 2019, while paragliding in Chitral, turbulence caused Shiraz’s fatal accident!

https://acenews.pk/ceo-of-adventure-travel-pakistan-falls-to-death-in-chitral/

https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2019/08/22/paraglider-passes-away-in-chitral-accident/

However, how many people actually know his story? It must be passed on to generations to inspire them.  

Hence, my friend’s request that Shiraz deserves to be honored, to make known Shiraz’s heroic journey.  It would bring so much pride to his family…and to Pakistan!

Shiraz deserves a civil national honor for what he has done to develop the tourist potential of Pakistan and to build bridges between people and cultures.  This is something which would give such a positive light to Pakistan and honor the memory of this person. 

Is there no one here to recognize Shiraz’s achievements and accolades towards Pakistan?