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Kirthar Range, Pakistan

The Kirthar range, located in the provinces of Balochistan and Sindh, provi des for a fascinating travel experience given its unique landscape, abundant wildlife and historical monuments. Although temperatures here shift dramati cally, November to February is the best time to visit.

How to get there

The Kirthar National Park can be accessed via the M9 route that runs between Hyderabad and Karachi. A 4-wheel drive is recommended in order to sustain the ruggedness of the park range. The Wildlife Department of Karachi also arranges for rental cars and tourists services.

Where to stay

Kirthar National Park, the largest wildlife reserve in Sindh, provides lodging facilities for visitors. There are two main Wildlife Guesthouses situated in Karchat and Khar with about five to seven cottages in each.

What to do

Kirthar National Park is a natural habitat for a wide range of animal and bird species as well as home to the majestic Ranikot Fort. Other attractions are a number of beautifully constructed historical tombs at Taung and the Hub Dam, one of Pakistan’s largest dams and a good place to enjoy a variety of water sports. The mountain terrain is ideal for hiking and camping and there are game reserves for hunting.

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