Hyderabad is one of the oldest cities of the subcontinent. Before the creation of Pakistan, it was known as the Paris of India, for its roads used to be washed with perfume every day. Founded in 1768 on the site of the ancient town of Nirun-Kot by Ghulam Shah Kalhora, the saintly ruler of Sindh, it was named after the prophet Mohammed’s son-in-law, Ali, also known as Haidar. It remained the capital of Sindh under the Talpurs who ruled after the Kalhoras until 1843 when, after the nearby battles of Miani and Dabo, it surrendered to the British (when Sir Charles James Napier conquered Sindh). The capital was then transferred to Karachi.
Located on the eastern bank of River Indus, Hala is home to ancient handicrafts that is popular for its glazed ceramic, earthenware and terracotta. It contains the Makhdum Nuh of Hala mausoleum which attracts many pilgrims. Hala is an extremely historical, literary and spiritual town of Sindh.
Bhit Shah is best known as the home of the shrine of the Sindhi Sufi poet, Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai, who gave his name to the town. The shrine of Bhittai, located in the centre of town, was built by Mian Ghulam Shah Kalhoro, who ruled over Sindh during the late 1700s. Kalhoro ordered the shrine to be built in 1772. The final resting place of Shah Latif is under the central dome of the building. His grave is enclosed by a carved wooden screen and lies under a beautifully painted fresco. Musicians are often seen serenading the constant trickle of devotees who visit the shrine. In Bhit Shah the Ajrak, a block printed cloth which is a hallmark of the Indus Civilisation containing special designs and patterns, is made through a very long process that makes it unique and keeps it long lasting.
Hyderabad, Hala, Bhit Shah
Religious, Leisure, Educational, Spiritual
Hyderabad, Hala and Bhitshah
- Drive from Karachi to Hyderabad, sightseeing of Hyderabad
- Visit to the Glass Bracelets Factory
- Visit to Hala with its famous blue pottery
- Visit to Bhitshah with its tradional Ajrak production
- Visit to the Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai Tomb
- Drive back to Karachi