Thatta is a historic town of in the South-east, Sindh province of Pakistan. It is an ancient city of the Indus delta. The city is situated about 100 kilometers from Karachi. It had great importance in history and today is famous for its archaeological sites and centuries old monuments which serve as great tourist attractions.Some of major tourists spots are listed below.
Makli Necropolis is one of the largest funerary sites in the world, spread over an area of 10 square kilometers near the city of Thatta. In the1980s UNESCO listed the Makli necropolis as a World Heritage Site because of its cultural and archeological importance. The most preserved area of the necropolis is Makli Hill, which comprises about 35 monuments and contains four different schools of architecture and art made from stone to brick and glaze.
Shah Jehan Mosque
The mosque is a combination of Turkish and local artwork, which is profusely used on tile work in the ceiling decoration of semi-domed and domed chambers; as well as in the fillings of interlaced arches. The Shah Jahan Mosque is architecturally very different from those built-in Lahore and Delhi in the same period. It was built by Emperor of Hindustan Shah Jahan and completed in 1647.
Also known as Kalri Lake, Keenjhar Lake is such an eye catching place to visit when you are in Thatta. This lake is very famous among tourists because of its beauty and eye-catching views. Keenjhar Lake is a must visit place if you are a lover of natural beauty. Shah Abdul Latif Bhatai praised this place in his poetry.
Kalan Kot Fort or Samma Fort was built probably in 14th century along with Thatta. It is located 5km south of Makli. The fort was in use up until Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb ruled India, and no one knows why or how the fort was destroyed.
Haleji Lake is a perennial freshwater lake in Thatta District. It is Asia’s largest bird sanctuary.There are also some crocodiles and fishing cats. Haleji became one of the major sources of water supply to the increasing population of Karachi as well as an exquisite refuge for waterfowl.
Tomb of Jam Nizamuddin
The tomb was built using yellow Jodhpuri stone imported from Indian Gujrat. This tomb is also unique in its conceptions and detail of decoration. It is also believed to be the only example of Sindhi-Islamic art in the whole subcontinent.
Muhammad Bin Qasim Mosque
The mosque was built by Muhammad bin Qasim after he conquered this area. The ruins of the mosque still presents on the top of the hill in Arore which is 10 km away from Sukkur. He always remains in the memories of the people as he brought Islam in South Asia. This Mosque is the proof of his achievements.
Tomb of Isa Khan Tarkhan II
The tomb is built on a stone carved platform. Isa Khan II’s tomb is a double story building with a carved pillared gallery. The tomb was built with yellow Jodhpuri stone and has since suffered damages. However old and broken stones have been replaced by new ones.
So visit the ancient city of kings and get mesmerized by the beautiful architecture of Muslim history.