Driving the scenic Makran Coastal Highway
Running along Pakistan's Arabian Sea coastline, Makran Coastal Highway is one of the most scenic coastal drives in the world.
How long is the Makran Coastal Highway?
The road, officially known as National Highway 10 (N10), is totally paved. It’s 683 km (424 miles) long, running from Karachi (in Sindh province) to Gwadar (in Balochistan province, on the border with Iran). It tops out at 323m (1,059ft) above the sea level, by Buzi Pass. The road is pretty defiant, cut through often impossible terrain. It is narrow and often steep.
When was Makran Coastal Highway built?
Construction of the road, also known as Balochistan Coastal Highway, started in 2002 and was completed by 14 December 2004. It follows a route once taken by Alexander the Great's army.
Why is the Makran Coastal Highway very important?
The road is truly a symbol of pride for all Pakistani's. Previously there was a muddy track linking Karachi with the town of Gwadar. The construction of the road was essential to the development of the port of Gwadar.