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Weekend Trip to Kund Malir and visiting Princess of Hope

One fine day, as we sat, dreaming about some far off exotic location and feeling burdened with all the work on our hands, we decided to take a trip. We couldn’t go anywhere far off and exotic, but we could take a short trip to a nearby location. Living in Karachi, means having limited options but there are options nevertheless. 

Princess of Hope road
Isn’t it a must to take pictures everywhere 😉 on our way to the Princess of Hope, we couldn’t resist stopping for pictures

New year was coming up and so finding a trip wasn’t difficult. There are many tours happening around this time and most are family friendly as well. Our search led us to finding a weekend trip to Kund Malir beach. Thus, again we embarked on an adventure, this time all girls. Sounds cool right. It does to me because it was such a huge thing for me. Travelling with my girls, not a care in the world. Yaaasssssss!!

Day 1

In case you don’t know, Kund Malir is located in Hingol National Park in Balochistan at a distance of 150 kilometres from Zero Point on the Makran Coastal Highway. We travelled with Karachi Travellers Group and it was quite a pleasant, safe and peaceful experience. They plan everything to the last detail leaving no surprises. We left Karachi early morning on Saturday and within 2 hours, we reached our destination. After we freshened up, we had daal roti at a nearby dhaba and went off to explore the surroundings.

lunch at a local hotel near Kund Malir Beach
Our scrumptious lunch nearby at a local hotel

The whole place gives off a very rugged yet calm vibe. As it is not usually crowded you can find your peace on the beach and just relax with the waves. Nearby, you can go explore the trails and mountains like we did. 

Have you met the Princess?

Princess of Hope at Hingol National Park
Princess of Hope that stands tall in Hingol National Park, overlooking the area

When you travel the road on the Makran Coastal Highway you come across the Princess of Hope, from Karachi it would be after about 190 km. It is named thus by Angelina Jolie when she visited the area as the rock formation looks like a princess overlooking her surroundings. When you ponder closely at her, she does seem to be majestically standing atop the mountain, carved so beautifully, although legend has it that it’s a natural sculpture shaped by the winds of the Arabian Sea.

Kund Malir Beach sunset
Beautiful sunset at Kund Malir Beach

After we were done exploring the mountains around the princess (and taking tons of pictures) where we attempted but failed miserably to climb to the top, we came back to just chill at the beach.

Sitting by the beach, listening to the waves, watching the sun go down at you, it is all such a surreal and beautiful experience. It is unforgettable. Sometimes i think that’s what our life is, a string of unforgettable experiences, or this is what it should be about, creating those unforgettable experiences. I know I’m fascinated by it. If you have these beautiful moments to look back on, it makes you feel so humble and grateful that you have had the chance to experience something like this. What is a life lived without creating such beautiful memories? I wonder.

At night, we had a BBQ scene which as you know is always such a hit on the beach, songs, laughter and games with my best pals. I will forever remember and cherish the memory of it. We slept in a tent (first for me) with smiles on our faces, talking goofy, with the hope that we’ll wake up to watch the sunrise. Do you think that happened? Well if you did, sorry to tell you that our lazy, tired selves couldn’t catch it.

Day 2

So, after we were done with the morning breakfast, the fun did not end there. The beach day lasted one day, and as it was Sunday now, we had to return back and return to work the following day. So our return journey started with a stopover at the mud volcanoes in Hingol National Park.

mud volcano at Hingol National Park
a closer view of the mud pool at one of the steeper volcanoes

There are three big mud volcanoes known as Chandragupt mud volcano 1, 2 and 3. One of the 300 foot high volcanoes is a Hindu pilgrimage site with a Mandir close by also. some people did try reaching the top of that but i don’t remember anyone making it. we climbed to the mouth of one of the smaller mountains and witnessed it oozing mud. We did also witness Hindus who came to the site for worship.

mud volcanoes at Hingol National Park
Hindu community that came for worship at the mud volcanoes

At lunchtime, we stopped over at a road side hotel for food and I kid you not, they had the best daal (lentil). By the time we reached home, we were half dead and exhausted but also, happy people who managed to break the monotony.

Oh and I must tell you, the place didn’t have any signals to i guess it counts as the perfect escape also (he he he).

Have you visited Kund Malir Beach? What are your thoughts about it? Come, tell me in the comments below:

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