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Karachi underrated tourist destination the Chaukhandi Tombs

Karachi underrated tourist destination the Chaukhandi Tombs

Anyone who visits the Chaukhandi Tombs can never forget this experience. The memories stay with you for the rest of your life, but of course not scary. The intricate design and magnificent architecture of the cemetery leave an indelible mark on all visitors.

This necropolis, on the provisional list of UNESCO World Heritage, houses many tombs of the ancestors of a local tribe. The carvings on these structures are one of the most unique features of Chaukhandi. These are typical of the Sindh region.

Let's take a detailed look at the history and architecture of one of Pakistan's most famous cemeteries.

CHAUKHANDI TOMBS - A TOURIST TARGET:

The uniquely beautiful locations in Pakistan, as well as the vibrant culture and rich history of the region, are some of the many reasons the country has always been one of the best destinations in the world. Pakistan is known for its vast mountainous landscape in the north, but there are many historic sites in Sindh that are equally popular among tourists. The 600-year-old Chaukhandi Cemetery is one of those places that welcomes thousands of visitors from around the world each year.

SPECIAL FEATURES OF CHAUKHANDI AT A GLANCE:

  • Houses tombs of warriors of the Baloch families

  • 1,160 different designs on over 600 graves

  • Built between the 15th and 18th centuries

  • Built in the form of a pyramid

DISCOVERY OF CHAUKHANDI TOMBS:

The earliest reference to the Chaukhandi Cemetery was given in a letter from the Scottish historian J. Macleod, which in 1851 was addressed to the British steward Sir Henry Bartle Edward Frere.

These historic tombs, however, were brought to the limelight by H. D. Baskerville, the deputy collector of Thatta in Karachi in 1917. In 1922, the site was included in the monument protection law.

Dr. Jean Philippe Vogel was a Dutch epigraphist who worked for the Archaeological Survey of India from 1901 to 1914. He pointed out that the tombs belonged to the Muslims and were Muslim due to the Arabic script written on the tombs.

The alignment of the graves was in the direction of Mecca - a practice that is only associated with Muslims.

After independence, serious studies were conducted by scholars and historians. The tombs of these tombs were exhibited internationally, which aroused the scholars' interest in learning more about the works of the Chaukhandi Tombs.

HISTORY OF CHAUKHANDI TOMBS:

The Chaukhandi Necropolis is one of the most visited historical places in Karachi and is very popular with historians. It is attributed to the Jokhio tribe. The cemetery was built between the 15th and 18th centuries during the Mughal period when Islam prevailed.

Apart from the Jokhio tribe, many Baloch tribes were buried here with Rajput roots. The reflections of the Rajput tribe can be seen in the way the graves are shaped.

The monumental pedestals and slabs in the stepped tombs and the simple decoration of some tombs, such as a human face drawn by a child, point to Rajput's origins. In some tombs, which are based on Islamic beliefs, there are no human figures.

LOCATION OF CHAUKHANDI TOMBS:

The hotel is located 29 km east of Karachi and can be reached in about 40 minutes. These ruins are one of the best places in Karachi, as they speak volumes about skillful mastery of the masons at that time.