Exploring Southern Pakistan's Makran Coast

Discover the allure of Southern Pakistan's Makran Coast: where history meets modern coastal life amidst stunning landscapes.

Before the construction of the Makran Coastal highway, Karachi was linked to Gwadar via a ruptured road that required two days of highly uncertain travel to reach Balochistan. Post Makran Coastal, this time has been reduced to just six to seven hours on a well-made road.

The bends of the buzzi pass (2021)SOCH Outreach Foundation

The Hidden Makran Region

Makran is a partial desert stretched across Balochistan, neighboring the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf.

The bends of the buzzi pass (2021)SOCH Outreach Foundation

There are two alternating stories about its name.

The first being that Makran is derived from the word “Maka'' which was the name of an area of the First Persian Empire.

The second theory is that it comes from the word “Makar'' which translates to “sea dragon”.

Top shots of Makran Coastal Highway (2021)SOCH Outreach Foundation

Rugged Landscape

The construction of this highway was an unprecedented, challenging task. The unpredictable geography, such as the mountains of Aghore, made the carving out of a road an extremely dangerous task.

Top shots of Makran Coastal Highway (2021)SOCH Outreach Foundation

Making Travel Possible

Efficient communication systems like roads and highways are hallmarks of progress and are thereby important for any nation.

Gwadar and Ormara road signs (2021)SOCH Outreach Foundation

Constructing the Highway

The highway was built in three segments, the first one connecting Lyari to Omara in 222 km. The local inhabitants of the Makran strip are people of culture and tradition. In the habit of rearing cattle and utilizing sea food as a major source of nourishment, they are considered to be some of the strongest people, capable of surviving harsh weather conditions.

Coast To Coast, The Makran (2023)SOCH Outreach Foundation

Coast to Coast

Travel along the Makran Coastal highway through our film.

There many virgin beaches along the makran coastal highway and Golden beach is one of them. (2021)SOCH Outreach Foundation

Breathtaking Sights

There are many scenic sights along the way as one travels through Omara via Pasni, like the Timar forest, that is host to different species of fishes whilst also functioning as a shield against storms from the Arabian Sea.

The Princess of Hope as seen from the Highway (2021)SOCH Outreach Foundation

The Princess of Hope

As you journey through, keep your senses attuned for a remarkable sight: the Princess of Hope. This name was attributed by Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie herself, commemorating her visit to Hingol Park in 2002.  

Hingol National Park road sign (2021)SOCH Outreach Foundation

Hingol National Park

The Hingol National Park is one of the highlights of the highway, which is now fully accessible for tourists to visit.

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The Virgin Coastline

As we pass through the changing landscape from deserts to mountain ranges to the deep blue ocean, we cross a multitude of beaches such as Ormara, Pasni, Gwadar, Ganz and Jiwani.

The Kund malir beach coastline (2021)SOCH Outreach Foundation

Jiwani - 'The Last Coast of Pakistan'

Jiwani stems out of the word 'Jammu Day', which translates to “Jammu’s home” - Jammu being the leader of the Raees Clan and the first one to inhabit the area.

Golden beach is one the many beaches that lie on the southern coastal belt of balochistan (2021)SOCH Outreach Foundation

Ganz Beach

Ganz is located at the western corner of Balochistan near Iran, between Jiwani and Gwadar. This stunning beach lies relatively undiscovered and off the beaten track.

Top shots of Makran Coastal Highway (2021)SOCH Outreach Foundation

Lifeline of Southern Balochistan

The Makran Coastal highway has helped solve a lot of safety and transport issues that existed previously, by creating a safe passage for tradesmen to commute as well as help accommodate for a potential boost in the tourism sector in the future.

Credits: Story

Produced by SOC Films
Project Director: Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy
Producers: Syed Ayub , Sameer Khan
Project Manager: Huma Shah
Director of Photography: Murtaza Ali
Photography: Asad Aman
Photography Editor: Murtaza Ali
Exhibits Writer: Raania Durrani
Exhibits : Syed Ayub , Sameer Khan
Video Editor: Asad Aman
Color Grade: Sourath Behan
Sound Design: Sameer Khan

Credits: All media
The story featured may in some cases have been created by an independent third party and may not always represent the views of the institutions, listed below, who have supplied the content.
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