A Road Trip To Jamshoro And Beyond – Part 2

The trip is not over yet!

The wonderful road trip I enjoyed last Saturday with my family extended into a little detour as we drove from Jamshoro towards the Hala.

Check out the first part of this trip by clicking here.

As we drove further into the country side, the frequency of agricultural farms on both sides of the highway increased.

For an urbanized person like me, this was certainly the views of a lifetime.

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The friend of my brother, who took us on his car for this amazing trip, gave us plenty of information about these fields as his family owns farming lands in Khanpur, Punjab.

He pulled over several times before we reached the city of Hala.

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We made our first stop at a mango farm, where mangoes weren’t hanging on the trees sadly. But seeing trees like this one, with their branches and trunks just above the ground, gave me the idea of them being so wonderful.

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Uzair felt quite amazed upon seeing trees like these and he gently pulled a trunk of one such tree.

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We then drove ahead and made another stop, right next to a banana farm, where not-so-giant banana trees were harvested and were loaded with heavy amount of green bananas.

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Uzair looked at those green bananas in pure amazement as he hadn’t seen them before.

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Driving ahead towards Hala, we crossed several small localities on both sides of the road, which provided a very short glimpse about the life on the countryside.

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Uzair repeated one question mostly during this whole trip: How do they provide water to such big fields?

Well, the answer was waiting for him just a few kilometers ahead from that banana field we checked earlier!

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We spotted several tube wells along the trip but they were all turned off for reasons unknown. But upon seeing an active one, we made another stop and headed out into the field to check it up and close.

Pretty up and pretty close that is πŸ™‚

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Uzair felt immense joy upon playing a little from that tube well pipe as water was being poured out from the well for the fields.

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He enjoyed this so much that he even refused to go ahead on the trip as he wished to stay right next to that tube well, for as long as it was running up.

But this wasn’t possible, so we moved ahead and Uzair felt a bit sad about leaving that running tube well water. He even thought about taking a bath in it, which was strongly denied by me and Jia.

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The next field we checked out was of cauliflower. I saw it for the first time and felt amazed upon noticing just one cauliflower, hiding beneath so many greens leaves.

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My mother showing a hidden cauliflower to Uzair on the field.

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As afternoon was almost ending up, we finally reached the city of Hala, just in time to enjoy a nice lunch at Hala Haveli, a roadside restaurant right in the heart of the Hala.Β 

I gave my smartphone a little rest at this stop and enjoyed a lovely local cuisines of Chicken Handi and Mutton Handi. Uzair ordered fries over there as well, which was the first thing he spotted in the menu.

The lunch was indeed very tasty. My mother and Jia browsed through some local shops after lunch and bought few gifts items from there.

While I was more interested in checking out the red bricked structure of Hala Haveli, which is very much common in the countryside.

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These red bricks are made by clay from the banks of Indus River, which is then baked at high temperatures. I spotted several brick making workshops during my trip but they were located far away from the highway and there wasn’t enough time for another detour.

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I also spotted the vast green fields located right behind Hala Haveli.Β 

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After taking a much needed rest and enjoying our lunch, we headed back on the road.

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Upon spotting a field of green chilies ahead, we made another stop to check out this field.

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My mother even picked few chilies from the field while Uzair stayed a little behind this time.

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The sun of such a wonderful day was settling down but the green fields along the road weren’t just ending up.

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On one such field, we spotted a tractor which was ploughing the field for harvesting. Uzair had only saw tractors on TV till now and upon spotting a one running in the field made him excited again.

We made another stop and asked the farmer, who was driving the tractor, to give a little ride to Uzair. He happily said yes and Uzair co-piloted the ploughing process of a field, which is certainly a unique experience I say.

And yes, the countryside farming vehicles are always decorated like this in Pakistan.

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We finally called it a day as we drove back home while watching the sun settling down, which certainly handed over such a wonderful set of memories to us.

Spending a day out in the countryside, especially for an urbanized person like me, was something I didn’t knew I needed.

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But I’m very much glad that I went on this trip with my family and enjoyed a fun filled day in the most amazing way possible.

And I’m also very much thankful to you for joining me and my family in this amazing road trip πŸ™‚

20 thoughts on “A Road Trip To Jamshoro And Beyond – Part 2

  1. Andrew Blair December 5, 2020 / 10:19 AM

    Hi Hammad,
    Uzair’s amazement at all those unknown wonders surely must have been delightful and I’ve never driven a tractor. I enjoyed the virtual journey with the occasional visit to Wikipedia. Sometimes they bring the Bush kids down here to see the ocean but I have not come across it the other way around, yet.

    Where we live it is both Suburban and agricultural with the Chinese Market Gardens – 200 years old nearby the Cemetery and Community Gardens everywhere some growing tall banana trees, they only bear green bananas since it is too cold for them to ripen here, but small cauliflowers. Lately we have been harvesting sweet cherry tomatoes from our own Community Garden, just around the corner.

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    • Hammad Rais December 2, 2020 / 10:28 PM

      It was indeed a great experience for both of us. Thank you so much for joining us πŸ™‚

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  2. calmkate November 30, 2020 / 4:19 PM

    wow oh wow what an amazing time! So glad you all got to see our food growing, cauliflowers and broccoli are such large plants for such little return.

    Sounds like Uzair took full advantage of every opportunity … that tractor looks very clean and new to the ones I saw. But the truck decorations are what impressed me most when I travelled there.

    Thanks so much for sharing your trip with us … next time the beach πŸ™‚

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    • Hammad Rais November 30, 2020 / 7:17 PM

      Thank you so very much for joining us on this trip, Kate. The main purpose of this trip was to show Uzair the countryside as he was longing to see them for so long.
      He enjoyed stepping over those fields and seeing the blooming crops himself, which was certainly a unique experience for him and for me as well.
      Since winter is here, so trip to beach may not happen so soon but fingers are crossed πŸ˜€

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    • calmkate December 1, 2020 / 2:09 AM

      not too soon after your rural trip Hammad, save it up for a treat in a few months time πŸ™‚

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  3. Notes To Ponder November 29, 2020 / 2:37 PM

    This post warmed my road trip heart. So few people bother to road trip these days, yet alone embrace the journey. Truly appreciate your willingness to stop and explore. Great post and photographs.

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    • Hammad Rais November 30, 2020 / 7:26 PM

      This comment of yours just made my day πŸ™‚
      Thank you so very much!

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  4. Lorie Staffan November 29, 2020 / 9:36 AM

    Thank you so much for sharing your trip! My father was a farmer here in the state of Ohio in the USA. I really enjoyed seeing farming in Pakistan and am glad you got to visit some farms. They are such special places!

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    • Hammad Rais November 29, 2020 / 12:49 PM

      Another friend of my brother belongs to a farming family in Shahadadpur city of Sindh. We may plan a trip there for next year and may stay for couple of days, which will be a great experience I’m sure.
      Thank you so much for joining me on this trip πŸ™‚

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  5. Carol anne November 29, 2020 / 3:00 AM

    So glad you went on that road trip! It was awesome to read about it!

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    • Hammad Rais November 29, 2020 / 12:52 PM

      Thank you so much for joining me on this trip, Carol. It was really great 😊

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  6. bushboy November 29, 2020 / 2:34 AM

    I am so glad that Uzair has had a chance to know where food comes from and has seen it growing, talked to framers and rode in that wonderfully decorated tractor. Australian tractors are boring compared to that beauty. I enjoyed reading of your experience in the farmlands πŸ™‚

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    • Hammad Rais November 29, 2020 / 1:03 PM

      Uzair is still talking about the trip and he is now asking to plan an extended one for next year.
      Over here in Pakistan, the truck art decoration is a staple of heavy transport vehicles and public buses. Even a rickshaw is turned into a work of art before being put on the road. You can read more about Pakistani truck art on this link: https://www.dawn.com/news/1278386
      Thank you so much for joining me on this trip, Brian πŸ™‚

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    • bushboy November 29, 2020 / 1:27 PM

      I have seen many a Pakistani truck on the many TV shows, Most Dangerous Roads among others and delight in their decorations. I laughed at the people from the US and Europe who were quite surprised at the decorations and driving these trucks.
      I loved the bus I went on in South Korea that had pom poms and other decorations inside

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  7. SRIKANTH November 29, 2020 / 12:28 AM

    That’s a nice road trip you had Rais ! Wonderful photography too πŸ‘πŸ€

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