Tourist Destination Type
The site- which houses over 500,000 tombs- is spread out over an area of 10km near the Sindhi city of Thatta. The tombs were built over a 400 year period and belong to royalty, Sufi saints, and admired scholars.
Makli began when Sufi saint Shaikh Jamali established a sort of Sufi gathering site and was eventually buried there. Later on in the 14th century, Trakhan ruler Jam Tamachi wished to be buried there as well seeing as he venerated Shaikh Jamali, and so began the tradition.
The site rose in importance during the rule of the Samma dynasty, and like many historical places in Pakistan, the most architecturally significant tombs were crafted during the famed Mughal Era.
The necropolis was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981 and is located about 2 hours from both Hyderabad and Karachi.
Visiting Hours: Always open
Entrance Fee: Free