Following a route once taken by Alexander the Great's army, the Makran Coastal Highway is considered one of the most scenic – and fascinating – in South Asia.
Thirty kilometres west of central Karachi, on the border of Balochistan province, members of Pakistan's Anti-Terrorism Force were waiting for me.

With AK-47s in hand, they approached the vehicle to check my passport and NOC (No Objection Certificate), the official, government-issued permit that allows foreigners to travel in sensitive areas of the country. Once they were satisfied that everything was in order, I set off, accompanied by my guide and members of the Anti-Terrorism Force, in convoy towards the Makran Coast – the starting point of my road trip towards the Iranian border.

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Makran Coast Range Pakistan Asia