Exploring Sindh Province: a photo story

05/09/2017 14:33

Written by Bradt Travel Guides

Painter and photographer Adam Balogh recently spent ten days exploring the sights and sounds of the Sindh Province, home to some fantastic historical sites as well as Karachi, one of Pakistan's most exciting cities. While visiting friends, he visited some of the region's most interesting corners and was lucky enough to experience Karachi through the eyes of the locals.   

Here are some of his favourite photos from his trip:

Friends, Pakistan, Adam BaloghAdam among artist friends in Karachi © Adam Balogh

Among my artist friends in Karachi. I will never forget this moment.

Mud house Bhambore Pakistan by Adam BaloghMud houses are typical of the region © Adam Balogh

Welcome to the mud house! The ancient city of Bhambore, Sindh Province, some 65km east of Karachi, is home to many mud houses. 

Chaukundi Tombs Pakistan by Adam Balogh Chaukhandi Tombs in peramidal structure, attributed to the Jokhio and Baloch tribes © Adam Balogh 

Just 29km east of Karachi, the Chaukhandi Tombs is an Islamic cemetery renowned for its elaborate sandstone carvings. 

Chaukhandi Tombs Pakistan by Adam BaloghThe Chaukhandi Tombs are renowned for their exquisite carvings © Adam Balogh

The tombs are thought to be the burial places of the Jokhio and Baloch tribes, and were built during the Mughal era some time between the 15th and 18th centuries.

Thatta Market Pakistan by Adam BaloghLocals getting some well-deserved rest at Thatta Market © Adam Balogh

In the south of Sindh Province, Thatta was once the capital of the region. Today it's home to the sprawling necropolis of Makli, as well as a lively market.

Jilebi Thatta Market Pakistan by Adam BaloghThe unforgettable sweetness that is jilbei, on sale at Thatta Market © Adam Balogh

Pretzel-shaped and oh-so-sugary, jilebi are a popular sweet in Pakistan. They are made by deep frying maida flour in batter and adding a coating of sugary syrup. 

Shah Jahan Mosque Sindh Province Pakistan by Adam BaloghThe spectacular dome of Shah Jahan Mosque © Adam Balogh

Thatta's central mosque, the 17th-century Shah Jahan is an impressive structure noted in particular for its elaborate dome. 

Mirzaisa Khan Makli Hill Monuments Pakistan Adam BaloghThe tomb of Mirzaisa Khan at Makli Hill Monuments © Adam Balogh

 A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the necropolis at Makli Hill is one of the largest burial sites in the world, sprawling over an area of almost 10km. The remains provide a unique insight in to the Sind civilisation, who built the tombs between the 14th and 19th centuries.

Trucks Thatta Kirachi Pakistan by Adam BaloghTrucks transporting animal feed between Karachi and Thatta © Adam Balogh

Truck art is a popular form of decoration in Pakistan, and you'll see vehicles covered in elaborate patterns and calligraphy all over the country. 

Karachi Bazaar Pakistan by Adam BaloghFabrics on sale at Karachi Bazaar © Adam Balogh

You'll find bazaars at almost every neighbourhood in Karachi, selling everything from patterned fabrics and exquisite jewellery to fresh fruit and veg.

You can see Adam’s stunning photos in our UzbekistanGeorgiaIranJordan and Armenia guides as well as across our website. For more about Adam and to find out where you can view his work in galleries both in Hungary and internationally, visit his website or Facebook page.

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