Hinglaj is an important Hindu pilgrimage site in Pakistan located in what is now the Hingol National Park in Balochistan 250 km north of Karachi. The area is extremely arid and the pilgrimage also called 'Nani Ki Haj' by Muslims in the surrounding area.
Although the Makran Coastal Highway has shortened the pilgrimage, the ancient path followed for a millennia along the Makran Coast is endowed with a unique importance. The very journey on foot is considered a penance to purify one self before approaching the deity. On the path to the shrine are situated wells which are guarded by the local tribesmen. Feuds over water, a scarce commodity, is common in the area. The tribesmen are offered food consisting primarily of Roti (circular flat disks of baked flour) in lieu of water. An important stop during the pilgrimage is the mud volcano called Chandra Kup, mainland Asia's largest mud volcano, which is considered a holy site. It is one of the few sites of active volcanic activity on the Asian mainland. The pilgrimage continues for another four to five days after leaving Chandra Kup. The final stop is a small village with wooden houses. It is home to the caretakers of the shrine and Baloch tribesmen who revere the deity even though they are Muslims. Before entering the shrine, the pilgrims bathe in the Hingol River. The shrine is situated on the mountain on the other bank of the river. The shrine is recognised by a mark which resembles the sun and the moon. This mark is upon a giant boulder at the top of the hill containing the cave. It is believed that Lord Ram created this mark with the strike of his arrow after his penance ended. The shrine is called 'Mahal', a word of Arabic origin which means palace. The natural beauty of the shrine has spawned folklore that it was constructed by demigods called 'Yakshas'.
Day 1 Karachi
Meet on arrival in Karachi Transfer to Hotel Overnight at hotel
Day 2 Karachi
Morning we will begin our tour with the Old Shiv temple of Clifton later , we will visit the National museum of Pakistan where we will learn a lot about the history of the country there a rich Hindu gallery in the museum which houses some of the oldest objects of Hindu religion. Afternoon free for shopping, evening dinner outside overnight at hotel.
Day 3 Karachi
Early morning 6AM we will drive to Las Bela to see the Asthan of Hinglaj Matajee one of the most important Teerath in the subcontinent.Hinglaj is an holy shrine, located about 120km North West of Karachi, on the Banks of River Hingol at Makran. This sacred place of pilgrimage is particularly situated in a mountain cave "Hinglaj" on river bank of "Hinghol" at the foothills of "Kheerthar" mountains called "Kanraj" in Lyari district of Baluchistan, the province of Pakistan. It is considered one of the famous and biggest "Teeraths" of Indo Pak subcontinent.
It is about 170 miles (250 KM) from Karachi city. One has to go by road via main Karachi - Quetta Highway upto Zero Point for about 75 miles and then by road towards the west via Lyari town and then towards the signal Fauji Camp Stop, crossing Aghore River passing through Goongi River and then finally stopping at Asha Pura Sarai (INN) Worship Spots
The worship spots for Ganesh, Kalika Mata, Guru Gorakh Nath Dooni, Brahma Kudh, Tir Kundh, Gurunanak Kharao, Ramjarokha Bethak, Aneel Kundh located at Chorasi Mountain, Chandra Goop, Khaririver and Aghore Pooja are the main pilgrimages (Tirthasthan) for devotees of Mata Hinglaj. We will return to Karachi late in the evening. Overnight at hotel
Day 4 Hyderabad
Early morning breakfast at hotel. Drive to Hyderabad vis Thatta enroute visit Chaukundi necropolis from 15th to 18th century Rectangular shaped Muslim graves depicting beautiful geometrical, floral & pectorial designs carved in sandstone. Mens graves have turbines on top and feminine graves have jewelery carved on them. We will then visit Banbhore where we will see the temple of daibal. Babnbhore was the first city where Arabs entered into India. This is also known as the gateway of Islam, We will later drive to Makli where we will visit famous architecture of the mausoleums at Makli which is similar to the architecture of Fatehpur Sikri. We will also visit a Hindu temple said to be from early 12th century. Later we will visit Shahjehan Mosque built 2 years after Tajmehal by Shahjehan. to Hyderabad Overnight at hotel
Day 5 Hyderabad
Full day tour of Hydeabad visit the famous Pakka Qila and Shahi bazaar and also visit the museums of Sindhology & Museum of Sindh both present excellent ethnological galleries. Overnight at hotel
Day 6 Larkana
Today we will drive along the west bank of the river Indus to Larkana en-route we will visit the Shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar and Manchar lake Overnight at hotel
Day 7 Sukkur
Early morning Drive are of the Moen Jo daro later visit area rich residential are of Moen Jo daro both sites will be visit. We will then visit the Archeological Site museum which carries artifacts from the stone age to pre-moen Jo daro culture to Moen Jo Daro culture. . Later we will drive to Sukkur where the boats will be ready for us to take us to the island of Sadh Belo in river Indus. This temple was built on the place where Baba Bankhandi (A sadu who left the worldly luxuries and made "Bun" Jungle his abode) It is said that Mata Sarsawai had appeared here to give her Darshan to the Sadhu and still pays visits. We will see different aspects of this temple and Hindus can do the rituals. Special Permission will be arranged from The Government of Sindh for this. Then we shall visit the Town of Sukkur Overnight at hotel
Day 8 Multan
Today we will drive to Multan. Arrive In Multan in the evening. Overnight at hotel
Day 9 Lahore
Early Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Lahore en-route visit Harrppa the sister city of Mohen Jo Daro. Harrappa was excavated in 1911 and a huge mass of artifacts from the Indus civilization was found here. You will see the Harrappa Site and museum in Detail. Evening Special Dinner at the famous food street in Lahore Overnight at hotel
Day 10 Lahore
Full day tour of Lahore visit Lahore Fort witness the hindu influence on the architecture of Akbar, Visit the Sikh galary to see articals from the Raja Ranjeet Singh and Badshahi mosque. . Evening Drive to Wahgah border to witness the flag ceremony at the Pak-India Overnight at hotel
Day 11 Lahore
full day visit Full day Excursion to Chakwal to see the temple of Katasaraj. Overnight at hotel(Lahore)
Day 12 Airport
Morning drive to Wagah border for onward journey into India/air port.