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In Pakistan there are more than 80 active mud volcanoes in Balochistan province. In the province's Miani Hor-Hingol Valley region, the heights of mud volcanoes range between 800 to 1,550 feet (243.8 to 472.4 m). The most famous is Chandragup. The biggest crater found at 25°33'13.63"N. 65°44'09.66"E is about 450 feet (137.16 m) in diameter.

First pitstop for brunch at a roadside cafe at Winder tehsil in Balochistan. — Photo by Ali Umair Jaffery
First pitstop for brunch at a roadside cafe at Winder tehsil in Balochistan. — Photo by Ali Umair Jaffery
A view of the Makran Coastal Highway while we were enroute to the Hingol National Park. — Photo by Ali Umair Jaffery
A view of the Makran Coastal Highway while we were enroute to the Hingol National Park. — Photo by Ali Umair Jaffery
A view of the flooded Hingol River over the Hingol bridge on our way to the Hingol National Park. The flooded river prevented us from reaching our intended destination. — Photo by Taimoor Hussain
A view of the flooded Hingol River over the Hingol bridge on our way to the Hingol National Park. The flooded river prevented us from reaching our intended destination. — Photo by Taimoor Hussain
Crossing the Hingol bridge on our way to Hingol National Park in Hingol Valley. — Photo by Ali Umair Jaffery
Crossing the Hingol bridge on our way to Hingol National Park in Hingol Valley. — Photo by Ali Umair Jaffery
Daihatsu Rocky going towards the Hingol National Park. — Photo by Taimoor Hussain
Daihatsu Rocky going towards the Hingol National Park. — Photo by Taimoor Hussain
The spirit of adventure saw us stuck in the flooded Hingol River and despite our best efforts we had to turn back. -Photo by Ali Umair Jaffery
The spirit of adventure saw us stuck in the flooded Hingol River and despite our best efforts we had to turn back. -Photo by Ali Umair Jaffery
After the disappointment of not being able to continue along our trail, we changed our destination to Buzi Park. — Photo by Ali Umair Jaffery
After the disappointment of not being able to continue along our trail, we changed our destination to Buzi Park. — Photo by Ali Umair Jaffery
A view of the Hingol valley. — Photo by Baber Kaleem Khan
A view of the Hingol valley. — Photo by Baber Kaleem Khan
A view of the Hingol landscape and surrounding areas from the Buzi pass. — Photo by Baber Kaleem Khan
A view of the Hingol landscape and surrounding areas from the Buzi pass. — Photo by Baber Kaleem Khan
The Kund Malir beach in the Uthal tehsil of Balochistan. — Photo by Ali Umair Jaffery
The Kund Malir beach in the Uthal tehsil of Balochistan. — Photo by Ali Umair Jaffery
Sunset at the Kund Malir beach in the Uthal tehsil of Balochistan. — Photo by Baber Kaleem
Sunset at the Kund Malir beach in the Uthal tehsil of Balochistan. — Photo by Baber Kaleem
On our way to the Chandragup mud volcano. — Photo by Taimoor Hussain
On our way to the Chandragup mud volcano. — Photo by Taimoor Hussain
According to some claims, Chandragup mud volcano in Jhal Jhao tehsil of Balochistan is the largest and highest volcano in the world. — Photo by Ali Umair Jaffery
According to some claims, Chandragup mud volcano in Jhal Jhao tehsil of Balochistan is the largest and highest volcano in the world. — Photo by Ali Umair Jaffery
The Hingol mud volcano is regarded sacred by members of the Hindu community and is moreover an important stop for pilgrims while undertaking a journey to Devi’s shrine. — Photo by Ali Umair Jaffery
The Hingol mud volcano is regarded sacred by members of the Hindu community and is moreover an important stop for pilgrims while undertaking a journey to Devi’s shrine. — Photo by Ali Umair Jaffery
Burned incense  sticks at the top of the Chandragup mountain which is  a holy site for Hindus. — Photo by Ali Umair Jaffery
Burned incense sticks at the top of the Chandragup mountain which is a holy site for Hindus. — Photo by Ali Umair Jaffery
A view of the Chandragup mud volcano in the 
Jhal Jhao tehsil of Balochistan. — Photo by Taimoor Hussain
A view of the Chandragup mud volcano in the Jhal Jhao tehsil of Balochistan. — Photo by Taimoor Hussain

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N.Sid Aug 04, 2014 07:10pm

Rugged and rustic landscape is truly stunning. Looks like rocky mountains, Colorado, US. Mekran coastal highway passes some amazing territory and emerald green beaches. Looks surreal.

Nazir. S Aug 04, 2014 07:19pm

Pakistan ranks in the group of ten countries in the world with the most varied landscape, all seasons, all type of terrain, from deserts to glaciers, from mountains to plains, from beaches to landlocked mountains. Some of the largest glaciers are in Pakistan which is a source of fresh water. Need to preserve the bio diversity and sustain the environment. It is actually good that northern areas and many other parts are less and sparsely populated.

Goga Nalaik Aug 04, 2014 08:17pm

Good to note that Dawn is promoting Tourism in Pakistan.

Thumbs Up!

Moiz Omar Aug 04, 2014 11:25pm

Our Pakistan is a country with tremendous natural beauty.

rama Aug 04, 2014 11:34pm

Absolutely stunning. Pakistan has beautiful landscapes and peoples.

Khawar Aug 04, 2014 11:46pm

Simply stunning.

Pune-MH Aug 05, 2014 01:07am

are there still Hindus in Baluchistan???

@H__3 Aug 05, 2014 01:10am

Stunning camera work!

arsil Aug 05, 2014 11:48am

@Pune-MH yes there are.

Sunny Aug 05, 2014 12:58pm

@Pune-MH Hindus are the largest minority in pakistan, checkout following

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Taimoor khan Aug 05, 2014 04:06pm

From lush green snow capped valleys of north to rugged south. Only thing Pakistan doesn't have is tropical land. Must appreciate Dawn of promoting places in Pakistan which are not known even to Pakistanis themselves.

Chaker Aug 05, 2014 04:39pm

Very nice pictures.

Shehryar Aug 05, 2014 04:45pm

Majestic landscape also the naan/roti made in balochistan is among the best

Reality Bites Aug 05, 2014 08:21pm

A nice but amateur log of the trip. Would have been better if Dawn would have given some geological facts about the 'mud volcano'. Looks quite similar to the mud geysers in Yellow Stone National park in Wyoming, USA. With all the natural beauty and geological attractions (beach and Hingol Valley) this area could be developed for tourism.

Adeeb Aug 05, 2014 11:00pm

@Sunny Wonderful documentary.. Thanks for sharing

Muhammad Zeeshan Aug 06, 2014 02:21pm

good work dawn team for giving a positive view of Pakistan, keep it up

commoner Aug 06, 2014 03:43pm

It is Chandragupt Volcano please !! It is very mean practice to make Takshashila sound like Texla, Chandragupt like Chandragup !!!

Rab Nawaz Aug 06, 2014 09:16pm

Nice work. Need more articles on such places in Pakistan

Dr. Cajetan Coelho Aug 06, 2014 10:42pm

Awesome pictures. Thanks.

Jamil ahmed Aug 07, 2014 12:03pm

@Pune-MH yes. There are

sms Aug 07, 2014 05:40pm

Excellent photography -- good journalism. a picture is worth a 1000 words was never more applicable.

Rajiv Bagga Aug 07, 2014 05:46pm

Rugged but beautiful landscape. Access to this place is a bit dicy. Love to visit it God willing..............

Anjum Arshi Aug 08, 2014 06:47am

It is great to see my home district in pics! I was born and raised in Bela. Kund Malir is undoubtedly the most beautiful white sand beach in Pakistan. So serene and peaceful.

Rashid Aug 08, 2014 08:45am

Breathtaking... very much like New Mexico.

Saifuddin Takhtawala Aug 08, 2014 08:11pm

Beautiful. I wish we have peace in our country so that we can show the world our treasure.

Akram Aug 08, 2014 08:45pm

great pictures.

awais Aug 08, 2014 11:54pm

Simply beautiful

Najam Aug 09, 2014 03:11am

Good pictures

ahmedj Aug 09, 2014 02:25pm

@Pune-MH ... Let them live in their peace. Don't disturb them from across the border.

asad ullah Aug 09, 2014 06:35pm

nice photography.