0800 hours leave by road for Hyderabad via National
Highway. Visit Chaukundi Tomb (30 kms from Karachi). This is the site of
graveyards from 16th to 18th centuries. The sandstone tombs of these
graves are exquisitely carved in relief with intricate motifs.
After visiting of Chaukundi - proceed to Bhanbore. This archaeological
site is believed to be the ancient port city of Debul, which flourished
in the 8th century AD. It is also where Arab conqueror Mohammed Bin
Qasim first touched the shores of the sub-continent in 712 A.D. and
where, after a fierce battle with the then reigning Raja, the Arabs
consolidated their hold for subsequent expansion. Bhanbore is 64 kms
from Karachi. Popular folklore has it that in the vicinity of Bhanbore
was the trysting-place of the star-crossed lovers, Sassi and Punnu,
celebrated in local stories and song.
After visiting Bhanbore, proceed to Thatta (100 kms from Karachi).
Thatta is the biggest Necropolis with more then one million graves and
tombs spread over an area of 15 sq.kms. There are Tombs of Kings,
Queens, Saints, Scholars and Soldier of bygone eras, renowned for their
culture and learning between the 16th and 18th century. The gravestones
and mausoleums at Makli (Thatta) are masterpieces of stone carving and
perforated stone work represented by the style of their ornamentation.
Also visit Shahjehan Mosque, representative of Muslim architecture. It
was built in 1647 AD by the Moghal Emperor Shahjehan.
Proceed to Hyderabad (about 90 kms from Thatta). Check in at Hotel,
overnight stay at Hyderabad.