September 27 – World Tourism Day
The federal and provincial governments can achieve the challenging but possible task through public-private partnership and spread the aroma of our culture, history and civilization to everywhere in the world and boost the economy by promoting tourism.
By Sapna Nusrat
The world was discovered through travel by ancient eminent tourists like Marco Polo (1254 – 1324), the one, who traveled to Asia and explored a number of places; Christopher Columbus (1451 – 1506) was a navigator, who completed four voyages across the Atlantic ocean, in which he found passage to Asia, by sailing through west and proved dynamic in discovering different places by his expediency; Vasco da Gama (1460 – 1524), a Portuguese explorer and the first European to reach India by sea; Ibne Battuta (1304 – 1369), a Muslim scholar and explorer, who traveled widely the medieval world and many others.
Travel enlightens and expands one’s compressed visions. We explore new avenues of contemplation by visiting different places. The learning process keeps refreshing while roving. We learn each day, if our observation is perpetual and experience is on-going. Journey gives us deliberation to accelerate the thought-process. By virtue of the voyage, we can be aware of the colors of life. Poets and writers express their ingenuity through travel more effectively, as tourism increases their creative capability.
The World tourism day is commemorated on September 27 every year to enrich its value throughout the globe, to remind us of the connotation of culture and heritage. There are several incredible landscapes on our planet, which are worth seeing and matter of learning since they are interpreters of thousand-year old history of manifold civilizations, like the ‘Great Wall of China’, Agra’s ‘Taj Mahal’ in India, Egypt’s Pyramids, the ‘Leaning Tower of Pisa’ in Italy, the ‘Eiffel Tower’ at Paris, ‘Louvre Museum’ in Paris, the ‘Statue of Liberty’ at New York USA and numerous spots like these, which talk history and amaze us.
If we unveil our very own motherland – Sindh, it is the pivot of 7000+ year’s Indus valley civilization and retains in its lap, the treasures of tangible and intangible history and culture. Some of its significant and remarkable cyphers include: the archaeological site of ‘Mohen jo Daro’ near Larkano (which is the hub of Indus valley civilization), several spots of near and far past in Thar and Parker region, including the giant and unique ‘Kaaroonjhar’ Mountain range rubbing its shoulders with the ‘Rann of Kuchh’, ‘Keenjhar’, ‘Haleji’ and ‘Hadero’ Lakes in Thatta districts, ‘Manchher Lake’ half lies in Dadu and half in Jamshoro district, ‘Drigh’ and ‘Langh’ Lakes in Larkano and Kamber Shahdadkot districts, ‘Chaahoon jo Daro’ at Nawabshah (Shaheed Benazirabad) district, ‘Jhukar-jo-Daro’ near Larkano, ‘Kahoo’a Jo Daro’ near Mirpurkhas, the great ‘Amarkot Fort’ at Umerkot town, ‘Kotdiji Fort’ near Khairpur, ‘Naonkot Fort’ on the border of Thar the desert and the Barrage sector of Sindh, ‘Mehrano’, ‘Faiz Mahal’ and ‘Dilshad Manzil’ at Khairpur, ‘Makli Necropolis’ at Thatta, ‘Bhanbhore’, said to be the parental land of Sassui and so on… ‘Gorakh’ Hill station in Dadu district is another giant tourist attraction being the coldest spot in the province, where the temperature during summers falls less than 10 degrees at night. Ranikot Fort also known as ‘the great wall of Sindh’ is another local sightseer attraction. The shrines of saints and pious entities throughout Sindh are another attraction for the believers and disciples, and hub of thousands of tourists a day. The resting-places of soldiers, commanders, scholars and other outstanding persons are also scattered all over the region, to attract the local as well as international visitors. These are the landmarks of our cultural heritage. Local and global tourists, explorers, travelogue-writers, poets, writers and filmmakers can get personification and evolve their creations through these sites, if guided properly.
Sindh has more than 550 marked tourist sites, which are under the custody of the Department of Culture, Tourism and Antiquities, Government of Sindh, which include the archaeological sites, graveyards, lakes, shrines, battlegrounds, parks, mosques, temples and other places of worship, hills and mountains, old routes of rivers including the Indus, Haakrro, Sarsawati etc. and Corel reefs and other beings, which were once under the sea and many more. Thousands of sites are still scattered all over the region, which need not only to be identified, but also taken care of and adopted by the government, and several sites are recently vanished, due to the negligence of the government and vigorous tactics of the encroachment mafias.
Folks from all over the world regularly visit Sindh to observe these sites to witness our civilization out of the inquisitiveness of research, but this lure can be multiplied hundred times, by developing the proper infrastructure to reach these sites and proliferate the information about these all, properly.
The federal and provincial governments can achieve this challenging but possible task through public-private partnership and spread the aroma of our culture, history and civilization to everywhere in the world and boost the economy by promoting tourism this way, which is the need of the hour, through which, we can enable the forthcoming generations to know about this very civilization, which needs to be explored and disseminated more.
The author is a pharmacy student in People’s University of Medical and Health Sciences for Women, Shaheed Benazirabad (Nawabshah) and is a Pharmacy Doctor in making. She is fond of reading since 2012 and writing blogs and write-ups since 2016.