Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Chowkhandi and Makli

Since 2002, I have traveled extensively in Pakistan by road as, I was in sales, I had to visit various locations for business. And during such visits I came across many historical sites as well, this included forts, shrines, monuments, etc.

I live in Karachi, it is the capital of Sind province (Pakistan has 4 provinces), and approximately 30 Km from Karachi there is a historical graveyard known as Chowkhandi Graveyard. I visited this place in 2005. It is a tribe's graveyard, who were also the rulers of this area couple of centuries ago. What makes it unique is the stone carved graves and their intricate designs. 


Approximately 90 km from Karachi is the city of Thatta and it to has a similar graveyard. But this is one is much much bigger. It is known as Makli Graveyard, it is one of the largest necropolises in the world, approximately 8 km in diameter and has close to 125000 graves. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981.

Both these graveyards have similar stone carved graves, but the workmanship is awesome and unique to this area only. Local rulers, saints, prominent citizens and locals of that period are buried here.   





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