A day of exploration tour opportunity in Sindh

A day of exploration tour opportunity in Sindh

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20 Mar 2021: The Thai Consul-General started his one-day exploration tour of Sindh on 20 March 2021 at 7:30 AM and ended at 8:00 PM. There were four places of his visit.

First was Excavation Bhanbhore Site which used to be a sea port during 1st century BC to 13th century AD. The presence of the imported ceremic and metal goods underneath the site reinforced pivotal role of Bhanbhore linking the Indian Ocean with interior of Sindh. The connecting role was gone when the Indus shifted its course and the creek silted up.

The second place was Haleji Wildlife Sanctuary which was officially opened by HRH the Duke of Edinburgh, President of World Wildlife Fund on 26 February 1982. Haleji Lake was a saline lagoon until the 1930s and was converted into a reservoir to provide additional water to Karachi. During World War II, additional water was required for troops stationed at Karachi. The then-British Government of Sindh Province decided to increase the capacity of the lake by introducing a feeder canal from the Indus River. Salt water was drained out and an embankment was constructed around the lake which was fed with fresh water through a canal. The work was placed on a war footing and was completed within 24 months. At present, Haleji Lake is a wintering site for waterfowl such as cotton teal, Indian spot-billed duck, purple moorhen and pheasant-tailed jacana. It is also a breeding site for egrets and herons.

The third place of his one-day tour was Makli Necropolise site which was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981 as an outstanding testament to Sindhi civilization between the 14th and 18th centuries.

Lastly, his final visit was Keenjher Lake or Kalri Lake, one of the largest man made lake in Pakistan, built in the 12th century as a water reservoir for Thatta, the former capital of Sindh. Nowadays, the lake plays an important ecological role in the functioning of the Indus River basin and houses a wide variety of breeding, passage and wintering waterbirds.

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