Wednesday, February 1, 2012

2012-01-21 Hunting Trip to Khipro, Sindh

Total Participants – 14

Per Head Cost – PKR 3,182

Total Time – 46 Hours

Departure from Karachi – 21 Jan 2012 @ 02:15 am

Arrival at Karachi – 23 Jan 2012 @ 11:55 pm

Transport Type – Hiace Low Roof (14 Seater)

Transport Rent – PKR 7,500

Fuel Cost – PKR 6,880 - Petrol PKR 3,500 and CNG PKR 3,380

Total Kilometers Travelled – ~ 600 km

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Stop by after crossing Hyderabad for a cup of Tea. It was extremely chilly out there and probably the lowest temperature we experienced in our tour.


Were close to Mirpurkhas when sun rises.


Reached Mirpurkhas Main Bus Stop at around 7:00 am

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The tire went flat soon after we left Mirpurkhas for Khipro. 7:15 am.


After 15 minutes of wait, we assembled again and left for Khipro at 7:45 am.


At 8:30 am we reached Noman Liaquat Qaimkhani’s House at Khipro. Noman’s father, pictured above.

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Had a scrumptious breakfast at 9:00 am. Noman’s family’s hospitality was unforgettable for sure.


After a six hour drive and a superb breakfast, a 15 min nap is all you want and so did we Smile

At 10:00 am we left for Salt Lakes at the out skirts of Khipro.


We witnessed the amazing Salt Lakes at around 11:00 am.


And another nearby beautiful Lake.


At around 12:00 pm, we left for Hathingo to get supplies for our night stay at Desert.


Reached Hathingo at around 12:30 pm. Arrange supplies, hire 4 x 4 and left for Desert at around 3:00 pm. In case you didn’t noticed “that” flag… see below image.


Jeeeeaaaaaayyyyyy Mahajir!!!
La hola wala quwwata illa billa… Confused smile


Around 4:00 pm, we reached the Desert and settled down at our chosen spot close to a big Lake.


Had a delicious Chicken Biryani in Lunch arranged by Noman’s friend. 4:30 pm.


Hunt some birds on our own Winking smile
What??? you don’t believe this? check below image

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See!!! that’s me… and that’s the real double barrel gun with real bullets… isn’t that enough for the proof? Open-mouthed smile

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And the onslaught continues till the Dusk. Man! I was tired by that time… after all the whole party was relying on my hunting skills Winking smile

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Erecting tents on Desert sand was a tricky task too. Initially we inserted the wooden nails vertically, but the wind pressure uproot them very quickly due to frictionless desert sand. Then one of the local dig the sand by hand and inserted the wooden nail horizontally in the hole and dump the sand on top of it. That trick work well and soon we be able to erect the complete tent.

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Mmm… the Sajji setup was all set by the Dusk at around 6:00 pm.


Yes, there was an option for Camel ride too!

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Had a hot cup of Tea, soon after maghrib prayers. It was really good… may be because it was cooked on wood fire.


And finally we left for Rabbit Hunting in the night. It was a once in a lifetime experience. We left in three 4x4s, the designated hunter has to sit on the bonnet of the jeep and the helper hang on the side with a big torch in his hand. As the jeep moves slowly into the desert the helper moves the torch light around in search of wild rabbits. As soon as one is sighted, helper focus the torch on to it and the rabbit became stand still for few seconds. The hunter has to take the shot during that few seconds, if not the rabbit recovered from the shock of intense light and run away.

Unfortunately we were not able to hunt any rabbit because we failed to follow the guidelines i.e. we made a lot of noise during our hunt which led the rabbits away from us. We did spotted 3 wild rabbits but all at odd times Confused smile so much for the luck of the rabbits Smile


Had a wonderful dinner at around 10:00 pm. Sajji, Steam Roast, Chicken Karhai, Cold Drinks and Special Kheer, again, from Noman’s family.

We also enjoyed the BBQ of the birds we hunt during the day.


After dinner, we sat around the bonfire and crack jokes and share stories

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And, play cards


At around 2:00 pm, most of us went to sleep.


At around 5:30 pm, we woke up and left the desert for Hathingo.


Offered fajir prayers at Khipro Jama Mosque.


Had a cup of Tea offered by Noman’s cousin, the young “Daakter Saab” (MBBS Graduate) Smile. Finally, we say good bye to Noman’s father, brother and cousin at around 9:00 am and left for Karachi.

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With some stops, here and there, we reach Karachi by 11:00 pm. And by 11:55 pm we were at home. Home Sweet Home Smile


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