Chaukhandi Tombs: Memories of Karachi’s Long-Forgotten Past

Chaukhandi-TombsKarachi, one of the largest cities of Pakistan, ranks as one of the preferred entry points among international tourists booking flights for the country as the metropolis is home to one of the busiest airports in the sub-continent. Though this part of the nation is more famous as a hub for commercial activities, Karachi features a number of historic monuments that have impressed travellers from across the world. One of the often-overlooked historic sites close to city is the Chaukhandi Tombs, the relics of a long forgotten past in this historic land. Read on to know more about the memorable experiences on offer in case you are planning to book flights to this top urban centre of Pakistan.

The Little Known History

The Chaukhandi Tombs are characterised by elaborate and delicate designs that are sure to leave tourists at Karachi awestruck with their sheer brilliance. These early remnants of Islam date back to the later medieval times and house the remains of prominent members of the Baluch and Jokhio tribes. As an example of architectural styles originating in Sindh, they truly have no equal and being located close to the Karachi city they are easy to reach for anyone who lands from flights at Karachi.

The Unique Architectural Confluence

Though the entire area features influences of early Islamic architecture, there is also evidence of Rajput-style of architecture that dominated the region before the Mughal era. The geometric designs though carved out of stone are so delicately and beautifully done that they seem similar to patterns commonly associated with woodwork and textiles. Another unique aspect is the dedication of tombs to both women and men, which bear different markings. Jewellery designs (necklaces, bracelets, earring etc.) denote the remains of women while turbans, swords, daggers etc. denote men, but, human figures are few if any, according to Islamic beliefs.

Tour Options

Travellers who plan a visit to this necropolis after arriving at Karachi can look forward to an enjoyable daytrip far from the bustle of the city. Apart from the chance to get a peek at the region’s rich historic heritage, the experience is also sure to be memorable as one of the best picnic during holidays in Pakistan.