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Hingol National Park

Hingol National Park

190 kilo meters away from Karachi and situated on the coast of Makran, Hingol National Park is the largest park of Pakistan covering about 1,650 km². It covers three districts of Balochistan

which are Gwadar, Lasbela, and Awaran with its boundaries of 610, 043 hectares. In 1988, first time it was declared reserved.The area of park grows vegetation of many types and nurtures a host of species including 185 types of birds, 65 species of reptiles and amphibians, and 35 species of mammals. More than 250 types of plants have been reported so far in the park.

Birds in the National Park are Eagle owl, Brown rock pipit, Egyptian vulture, Painted sand grouse, Finche larks, Striped buning, Eurasian griffon vulture, Cinereous vulture, Grey partridge, Houbara Bustard, Red-headed merlin, , Imperial eagle, Tawny eagle, Golden eagle, Kestrel, Close-Barred sandgrouse, Lagger falcon, Spot-billed Pelican, Stone Curlew, Coronetted sand grouse, Shrikes, Bonnelli’s eagle, Sind pied woodpecker, Indian sand grouse, and Hoopoe.

Reptiles and amphibians include Green Marine Turtles, Olive Ridley, Desert Monitor lizard, Marsh Crocodile, different types of chameleons and lizards, and Yellow Monitor lizards. Mammals found in the National Park are Sind Wildgoat, Indian Grey Mongoose, Rock Mouse, Indian Fox, Cairo Spiny mouse, Hedgehog, Honey Badger, Porcupine, Chinkara Gazelle, Sindh leopard, Jungle cat, Blandford’s Urial, Indian Pangolin, and Jackals.

Nani Mandir in the Hinmgol National Park is a remarkable Hindu pilgrimage in the vicinity of Makran Range mountains. 120 km away from the Indus River Delta and 20 kilo meters from the Arabian Sea, the pilgrimage is respected by the Hindus and the Muslims both.

The atmosphere is sultry for the most part of the year and the suitable months to visit the park are December to mid March and mid October to November. Drift sand can be seen on the long and large tracts. The visitors are supposed to bring their food and water with them as there are no facilities to the tourists in or near the park.

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