Whenever someone thinks of the natural beauty in Pakistan, they think automatically of places like Gilgit Baltistan or Swat Valley. Seldom people think about the beauty stored away in the far south.
Kirthar National Park is the oldest and second largest natural park reserve located in Sindh. Established in 1974 and stretching over 1,100 square miles, it contains a wide array of wildlife from leopards to the local Sindh Wild Goats.
The park is also home to the famous and ancient Ranikot Fort. An enormous fortification built on barren hills in the extreme north-eastern part of the park. Ranikot is believed to be one of the largest forts in the world and is a major attraction in the region due to its mind boggling size: the fort’s massive 10m-high walls of dressed sandstone are 26km in circumference. Seen from a distance, portions of its ramparts resemble the Great Wall of China, as they dip and turn to the contours of the hills.
A majority of large predators have been killed off, with the last remaining leopard shot in 1977.
The park is accessible by four wheeled vehicles and also contains two government guest houses that are available to the public.
It is a tragedy to the beauty of this park that it has become only a remnant when it comes to talk about beautiful Pakistan. We as people cannot let this park be forgotten.