An incomplete quest | 5 Days Road Trip to Northern Pakistan | Part 2

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Our next stop was at Sukkur. ***If you haven't read the first part of this blog, [click here](https://peakd.com/hive-163772/@shahzad-ansari/5-days-road-trip-to-northern-pakistan-or-part-1).***

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We were moving on the national highway towards our next destination, after passing through Petaro, Qazi Ahmad, Moro, Naushahro Feroze, Kandiaro, Ranipur and covering a distance of about 290 km, we saw a grand sky-high fort. So I requested the driver to stop the car here for some time and then searched the location on Google which revealed that it was the Kot Diji Fort built in the town of Kot Diji in Khairpur district.

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According to the official records of the Sindh Archeology Department, this fort was built hundreds of years ago by the Talpur family between 1785 and 1795 in the town of Kot Diji in Khairpur district on the edge of the Sindh desert. Today it is known as Kot Diji.
The journey from Karachi to Balkinai was more than twenty four hours and during the journey we had to take breaks for tea, food and rest. When the driver gave us this feeling, we realised that we don't have time to capture this magnificent fort in pictures and explore the place. I saved some pictures of the fort in my camera while sitting in the car.

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Spread over an area of ​​5 km, this fort is built on a 110 feet high hill and the walls of the fort are another 30 feet high. Strategically, there are also three towers with a height of around 50 feet. The Kot Diji fort was constructed using limestone and locally made bricks.

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Accommodation and security arrangements were found to be poor while locals said that the place is safe in terms of security. Despite government inattention, poor planning and security concerns, the growth of Pakistan's tourism sector is nothing short of a miracle.

Great city of ancient Sindh
Well, we continued our journey and after about 50 km drive we entered Sukkur city.

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Lansdowne Bridge Sukkur
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The historic city of Sukkur is a city of Satiyaan, minarets, domes and mosques, beautiful bridges and barrages.

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Sukkur Bridge view from Saatiyan.
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Famous for its traditions, cultures and civilizations, Sukkur is the third largest city of Sindh, situated on the western bank of the Indus River. Where the village lifestyle is still present along with the modernity. Sukkur and Rohri are twin cities like Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Just as the Hudson River separates New York and New Jersey, the Indus River passes between Sukkur and Rohri. This city has kept its own culture within itself, which is why you will find here modern bridges and thousands of year old shrines on the other side. But the reason for our familiarity with this city is because of our grandparents. As a child, we used to spend our summer vacations in Sukkur with our relatives and cousins ​​and had a lot of fun. This is the reason why every time we come to Pakistan, we must visit Sukkur.
We reached Sukkur at 7 pm. My two uncles, aunts, my two cousin sisters, Kainat and Sadaf were standing at the door to welcome us. My two lovely nieces were also there.

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We had a long journey ahead, so we suggested the drivers get five hours of sleep.
My younger aunt prepared delicious dishes.

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My sister Kainat also gave gifts to our entire family. After the meal we drank Sukkur's famous lassi and Limka soda. And so we spent five hours with our loved ones in Sukkur.

It is not possible to write a whole 4000 km journey in one blog, so I will continue it in the next blog.

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is this a tomb photo?

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Travel 4000 kilometers must be a lot of stories and experiences. I'm waiting for your next story.

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Yes, you marked it right, These are strange looking graves. The largest grave seen in this picture is the grave of Abul Qasim Namkin, who was the ruler of Bhakkar, all the members of Abul Qasim Namkin's family are buried on the same hill. A local person told us that a governor of Mughal Emperor Akbar is also buried on the same hill. But the reason for the fame of this place is the shrine of seven sisters. You will be surprised to know that in this men's society, there is a place where women come to fulfill their wishes for the birth of a daughter.

This shrine of seven sisters located near Lansdowne Bridge on the banks of the Indus River is called "Satian Jo Astana", we had heard many traditions about this shrine since childhood. According to tradition, these seven sisters came to Sindh around 1300 years ago with the caravan of Muhammad bin Qasim, while according to another tradition, these sisters were present in this area when Muhammad bin Qasim arrived in Sindh. To reach this shrine, now Stairs have been constructed on the hill but the path is still rough, the shrine has 5 balconies from where the Indus River can be seen. .

Different stories are told about the seven sisters who made this hill their home.

These seven sisters had to face a severe test when Raja Dahir's bad eyes fell on them and he ordered his slaves to present them before him. When seven sisters came to know about this order, they began to pray to Allah, asking Allah to protect our honor. The ground split open and the sisters fell into it. In this way they survived the abdication of Raja Dahar and since then this place became famous as a holy place.

This is really hard for me to believe this story. Because after praying to God, the punishment should have been given to the king and not to the seven sisters.

Long after this event, a formal shrine was built here, this shrine is located in the cave on the hill where these seven sisters lived, a little higher than the place on the hill where they prayed before Allah. Men are strictly prohibited to entering this cave of Seven sisters shrine for any reason whatsoever.

A special corner has been established for the worship of women who come with prayers to the shrine.

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