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It even has its own natural 'Sphinx'



This sphinx-like rock formation is a natural one, which has been carved this way by winds over millions of years !!

This is found in Buzi Pass, in Hingol National Park, on the Makran Coastal Highway, about 300 kilometers from Karachi (PAKISTAN)
 

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This is also another part of the world that has some real intense solar power potential and tons of empty coastal land.
 

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Interesting formations are endless...




 

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West of the Indus Plains is Baluchistan, the largest province in Pakistan with an area about 343,000 square km. But though it's bigger than the British Isles, it only has a population of about seven millions, due mainly to its daunting arid geography.

In spite of the intrinsic hostility of its landscape and climate, archaeological discoveries have confirmed that Baluchistan was already inhabited in the Stone Age, and the important neolithic site at Mehrgarh is the earliest (7000-3000 B.C.) on the subcontinent. Until its overthrow by Alexander the Great, Baluchistan was part of the Persian Empire, whose records refer to it as "Maka".
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mehrgarh

In 325 B.C. Alexander led part of his army back from his Indus campaign to Babylon across the Makran Desert at the cost of terrible suffering and high casualties. Thereafter Baluchistan lay for centuries on the shadowy borderlands of the Zoroastrian rulers of Iran and the local Buddhist and Hindu dynasties of northwestern subcontinent.

Islam was brought to Baluchistan in 711 when Muhammad bin Qasim led the army which was to conquer Sind across the Makran route, but the area was always too remote for firm control to be exerted by any of the later local dynasties. It accordingly receives only very passing mention in the court histories of the time. The connections of the inland areas were variously with Iran, Afghanistan and India, those of coastal Makran rather across the Arabian Sea with Oman and the Gulf.


Alexander the great, in Makran ( Balochistan) famous incident spills water brought for him (to show solidarity with thirsty army)
 

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Crazy landscape and rock formations
Had it not been for the shaky security, this place would have been destination for people interested in off the beaten path kinda destinations.

The people are extremely hospitable and have interesting and wild traditions. Cutoms & cultures are still centuries old. Food is awesome esp. Sujji ( chicken slow roasted around open oven pit). Landscape is stunning and simply out of this world.

Here is a glimpse of some of the biggest mud volcanoes close by Makran region.







In Hingol, Balochistan, Pakistan
http://www.flickr.com/photos/wenchmagnet/2099653209/in/set-72157603418171332/
 

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The Hingol National Park is spread over the districts of Lasbela, Awaran and Gwadar in Balochistan. It covers an area of 619,043 hectares with about 6000-8000 households dependent on Park Resources. It is basically southern extension of Sibi desert having extensive patches of drift sand scattered throughout the region. The Hingol river runs through the national Park and before disgorging into the sea forms an estuary which provides habitat to a number of migratory water birds and marsh crocodiles. For purposes of park operation, the area is divided into three zones namely;

i) Marine Range ii) Aghor Range iii) Inland Range

The Park is reflecting contrast of four Eco-systems. It has Desert, Arabian Sea, Rugged Mountains and Open Plains . It has global importance in terms of its historic culture, diversified Eco-system, Archeological treasures and Structural (Coastal Highway) value.

Development Activities: Hingol National Park Management Project is one of the three sub-project of the Protected Area Management Project (PAMP) funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF ) through World Bank. The other two Sub-projects included are Chitral Goal National Park in NWFP and Machiara National Park in Azad Jamu and Kashmir.The Goal of programme is to Conserve Globally significant habitats and bio-diversity through active participation of the Custodial Communities of the area. The park is habitat of important wildlife species, like Ibex, Urial, Chinkara Gazelle, Marsh Crocodiles, Turtles, variety of Marine life and numerous local and migratory birds
 
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