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Hinglaj Mata Festival Hingol National Park report

Hinglaj Mata Festival Hingol National Park report



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This report presents the Ecological impacts of Hinglaj Mata Darshan on Park and its resources.
This report presents the Ecological impacts of Hinglaj Mata Darshan on Park and its resources.

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Published by: Mohammad Yahya Musakhel on Jul 03, 2010
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Yahya Musakhel Report
April 9 - 13, 2006Mohammad Yahya Musakhel
Protected Areas Management Project, Hingol National Park, Uthal
Yahya Musakhel Report
Hingol National Park is the largest of National Park of Pakistan. It is on the Makran coastin Balochistan and is approximately 190 km from Karachi. The area was declaredreserved in 1988. The park area covers parts of the three districts: Lasbela, Gwadar andAwaran of Balochistan province. It contains a variety of topographical features andvegetation, varying from arid sub tropical forest in the north to arid montane in the west.Large tracts of the NP are covered with drift sand and can be classified as coastal semidesert. The National Park includes the estuary of the Hingol river which supports asignificant diversity of bird and fish species.Hinglaj Mata is one of the holy and religious places for the Hindu community in the worldlocated in the heart of Hingol national Park. People of various regions and countriescame to perform their religious worship for centuries. The purpose behind the campaignlaunching was to aware the people about the Park, its Biodiversity and globally importantspecies, and count the No. of people come for pilgrimage. Asses the impacts ofYatrees1on social, socio-economical and biological environment. Beside the parkcampaign, local embroidery was also introduced by displaying various handmade items.The purpose behind the display, to strengthening and empower local women and tosupport income generating activities
 _______________________________________________________________ 1. Pilgrims
Yahya Musakhel Report
Hinglaj Mata Darshan
Hinglaj Mata is one of the holy and religiousplaces for the Hindu community in the worldlocated in the heart of Hingol national Park.People of various regions and countries came toperform their religious worship for centuriesHindupeople came from whole parts of the country aswell as aboard the country.Each year thousands of people come in thisfestival as well in other occasion. the people wereinterviewed for coming here, 32% of interviewedpeople came for the first time, 24% have secondtime, 12% have 3
time, 4% people have 5
time,20% people came 5-9 times and 7% camebetween 10 to 15 times. Mostly people came fromSindh, other parts of Balochistan and some camefrom Punjab. Given in graph 2. People stay 4days and nights, 30% stay 3 days, 19% stay for 5 Days, 10% stay for 6 Days, 4%stay for one day and only 1% people stay in Hinglaj for two days. 73% came onlyfor Religious purpose and 27% people came for both recreation and religiouspurpose. The interviewed people were asked for traveling time and days. 42%people reached here between 4- 10 hours, 32% reached between 11 – 16 hoursand 26% reached here between 17 to 35 hours to Hinglaj Mata.99% of interviewed came in group and only one percent came alone. The groupsize ranges from 5- 50 persons. 55% people group was 26-50 persons, 19% ofthe group consists on 2-5 persons, 16% was of 6- 15 persons and 10% was 16-25 persons.66% of the interviewed people shared the view that they came here throughspecially hired vehicle, 19% reached here with their own cars and 15% peoplecame in public Transport. Car parking was a big issue. No proper and specifiedsystem for parking. The owner of the car/ bus park the vehicle, where they foundsuitable place. Due to the scare place, the big busses were face problems ofturning. Some accidents were happened because of un-availability of parkingarea. In this festival, 83 big buses/ coaches, 34 coasters, 23 mini bus, 24 Jeeps,69 cars, 12 Land cruisers and 4x4 pickups,4 police vehicle, 4 Ambulances, 4police van, 13 Shahzore, 3 Trucks, 4 water tanks, 2 Tractors, 30 motor cyclesand 16 cycles were counted.

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