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:
Adam among artist friends in Karachi © Adam Balogh
Among my artist friends in Karachi. I will never forget this moment.
Mud 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.
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.
The 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.
Locals 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.
The 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.
The 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.
The 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 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.
Fabrics 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 Uzbekistan, Georgia, Iran, Jordan 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.