Gwadar district is connected with other parts of the country by air and road links. The total length of roads within the district is 983 kilometers.
The most attractive Coastal highway along the coast with total length of 650 kilometers approximately, connects Gwadar with Pasni, Ormara, District Lasbela and Karachi is almost complete.
The project of 515 Kilometers long railway track has been approved by the Ministry of Railway Government of Pakistan to connect Gwadar with already existing rail network.
Pakistan International Airlines is playing an important role as a means of communication through air. There are 2 focker flights flying almost every day from Karachi to Gwadar and Gwadar to Karachi.
There is a beautiful and scenic 5 star Pearl Intercontinental hotel, right at the hammerhead, in Gwadar City. A good room with an excellent view can be available for as little as $50 (remember … Gwadar is taxfree!)
Things to do & see
Historically this city was ruled by various conquers, as Mughuls, Arab Muslim army, Omani Empire, and now Baloch tribes. In the past, the economy of this region been dependent mostly on fishes, and now this city is emerging as a trade hub and a transit for Chinese oil imports and natural gas exporter in South Asia.
Today Gwadar is famous for 3-things – fishing village, 5-star hotel on the hammerhead, and the famous Gwadar port, which was opened in 2007 by former President Pervez Musharraf. However, the journey to the city itself is a tour to be had and we will tell you why!
As for the Hammerhead, it’s a projection protruding out on the ocean, and looks like front of a hammerhead shark. This rocky mass was created by ancient mud volcanoes which covered this region. Majority of the mountains carved on the coastal highways are results of mud volcanoes. The hammerhead on its southern side gives a beautiful view of the Arabian Sea, and on its north end the Gwadar City.
Ormara is approx 240 km from Karachi. This city is also at a mid-point between Karachi and Gwadar. The city belongs to Pakistan Navy as several of their vessels, are stationed here. A large hammerhead formation protects Ormara from the sea. It is also a small fishing village, and a pit stop for fuel and nourishment. The beach at Ormara is beautiful; sandy, clear, and untouched. A small airport also serves the local population.
Ormara is also an ancient city, and Alexander the Great’s route is linked with it. The city got its name from one of Alexander’s General, Ormuz, who died here.
Makran Coastal Highway (MCH)
MCH is not just a highway .. it’s a highway that pass right beside the sea for hundreds of miles and the natural scenery is breathtaking and dramatic.
MCH is the same route Alexander the Great took on his way back after sightseeing the Indian Subcontinent, and it was the treacherous Buzzi pass where he lost many of his legions
Hingol National park
has been designated as a National Park by Government of Balochistan. Here the scenery definitely resembles a mini-Grand Canyon. The road climbs to approx 1500 feet only, and on both sides there is something to see. On various spots small streams are flowing, or small crater type lakes are visible.
It’s mainly a rocky pass that you will encounter on a road journey on the MCH, however, this rocky pass has one of the most spectacular sceneries. Starting from Kund Malir where the MCH starts to climb and going all the way till you reach Ormara (approx. 100 km from Kund Malir), one is treated to unimaginable sceneries.
From a distance it looked like the replica of the Sphinx in Egypt. A naturally carved object on top of a range, the formation resembles the famous man-made structure.
This is situated well before Princess of Hope. The formation is within the Buzzi Pass. One cannot miss it.
Nani Mandir (Temple of the Grand Mother)
From the coastal highway at Aghore, a dirt track leads towards Nani Mandir, a Hindu temple carved inside the mountain, and is situated approx. 10-15 km inside the Hingol mountain ranges. One now needs a 4×4 to reach this site, as you may have to cross the Hingol river.
Mythology states that to calm Lord Shiva down when he was in his trance performing Tandava/dance, Lord Vishnu carved Sati (first consort) into several pieces, and spread it around the sub-continent. The head landed at Hinglaj.
Ex-Indian foreign minister of BJP, Jaswant Singh, made a pilgrimage to this Mandir in 2006.
Devotees part of pilgrimage is to visit the Mud Volcano first, Baba Chandrakup, and than travel to Nani Mandir.
The geographical terrain of Hingol National Park was created millions of years ago by various mud volcanoes which existed in this area. Very few (some say 18) active volcanoes are left, and one of them is called Baba Chandrakup (approx 200-300 feet high). It is also claimed that this is the largest mud volcano in the world. The mud it spews out is not hot, but cold.
On the Makran Coastal Highway there is huge sign directing one towards the mud volcano, but one needs a 4×4 to reach this volcano – or walk 7 km towards it.
The mud volcano is part of Hindu mythology, where devotes on their pilgrimage camp overnight at the base and offer “Roti” (bread) in the morning, and confess their sins. Those who do not confess are separated from the pilgrimage and asked to go back. After the completion of their rites, the pilgrims proceeded towards Nani Mandir, approx 27 km from here.