Exploring Balochistan- The land of Beauty and culture
Balochistan- the land of beauty is one of the four provinces of Pakistan. It is the largest province in terms of land area, forming the southwestern region of the country, but is the least populated. Its provincial capital and largest city is Quetta.
If one wants to explore the land, he will have a chance to explore the different aspects of the province. Balochistan is laden with a vast majority of historical, archaeological and very beautiful spell bound beautiful natural places. The beaches of Balochistan one cannot resist which add the beauty to the tour, if one really wants to explore this majestic province.
We have identified top seven beautiful places based on visitors feedback, statistics and area alignment in terms of travelling, environment and status.
1. Pir Ghaib Waterfalls
are waterfalls situated in the Bolan Valley, 70 km (43 mi) from Quetta in Balochistan,Pakistan. Here a waterfall cascades down rocky mountain side making its way through many streams and ponds among the shady palm trees
The journey from Quetta to Bolan, which is something over two hours by road, takes some 45 minutes to transition from bustling city life to reposeful terrains which dominate the vast emptiness of the province.
According to a local Bangulzai tribesman, whose people own the picturesque area of Pir Ghaib, there is more to his ancestral land than what meets the eye. Per his account, the region once served as trial ground for the sinful, in a fashion hauntingly similar to the witch trials of Salem. “The accused would be thrown into the stream. The guilty would drown while the innocent would survive. It was like the water was the judge, the jury and the executioner,” the tribesman narrated.
The paradise reveals itself after a long but straight sailing journey, thanks to the well-built network of roads linking Quetta and Bolan district.
2. Moola Chotok, Khuzdar
- This tourism deprived sight is known as Moola Chotok in Khuzdar, Balochistan. Amidst stronghold of nationalists in the Jhalawan belt, Chotok seemed like a lost cause at first. Ever since the military operations in Khuzdar division, Chotok has been swiped clean of all dangers and is now open to locals and tourists to go and witness the unfathomable beauty.
a hidden ravine located in the middle of in the southern province of Balochistan . It is situated approximately 105 kilometres (65 mi) north-east of Khuzdar at an elevation of 1,237 metres (4,058 ft). Surrounded by tall cliffs, the cascading waterfall, known , is one of the biggest waterfalls of Sub Tehsil Moola
In summer, it is one of the hottest places in the country like sibi and dhadar In winter, it is one of the coldest places. Temperatures vary wildly throughout the year, with summer highs commonly exceeding 120 °F (48.9 °C) and winter minimum temperatures sometimes falling below freezing point. Weather conditions can greatly affect hiking and valley exploration, and visitors should obtain accurate forecasts because of hazards posed by exposure to extreme temperatures and late summer monsoons.
3. Urak valley and Hanna lake
- A valley surrounded by mountains in the Quetta valley of Balochistan Pakistan. . Urak Valley is located near Hanna lake , and 28 kilometres (17 mi) from Quetta city. A small Waterfall at its end marks entrance to the adjacent Wali tangi Dam.
Urak Valley has a population of 10,000, and Almost all Kakar a sub tribe of Pashtun is one of the largest tribes in Pakistan. Agriculture in the valley includes growing apple trees of good quality and a few other fruits.
Hanna Lake is in the hills close to where the Urak valley begins, 17 kilometres (11 mi) east from Quetta city. The reservoir was constructed in 1894 during the British Colonial era on the land of local tribesmen, and is one of the main attractions in the city. It forms a great historical bridge wall between two mountains, the depths like battlements of a fort for the storing of water.
Hanna Lake is one of the most visited and accessible lakes in Balochistan. There is a lakeside restaurant with picnic tables shaded by pine trees at the end of the river, where families can enjoy the food and weather. On the eastern side of the lake stands the Hayat Durrani Water Sports Academy (HDWSA), the first and only rowing, canoeing, kayaking and sailing training and championships organising centre in Balochistan Province, with provision of rough swimming facility.
- A city in the Ziarat district situated in the Balochistan.. It is 130 km (81 mi) from the capital city Quetta, The Quaid-e-Azam Residency is in the valley, where Quaid-e-Azam (the founder of Pakistan) spent a few of his most memorable days.
ZIARAT: Balochistan. The land of seemingly untouched beauty and stark wilderness rarely recognised in today’s mainstream tourist destinations. However, foreigners are starting to get intrigued, and locals are starting to venture more into this magnificent land that has – for a long time – been sorely misunderstood.
Ziarat is surely one popular destination that comes to mind when you think of heading out somewhere from the capital city of Quetta. Located in the North West of the province, Ziarat is a three-hour drive from Quetta and if you end up going straight you’ll reach the Afghan border. It’s predominantly a Pushtun city with smaller pockets of nomadic tribes passing through the mountains with their livestock.
Ziarat has a continental climate (Koppen: Dsa) and remains quite cool in summer compared to other cities in Pakistan.
It is good to place because it has good hotels, restaurants and you can get every type of thing in this small valley.
5. Waddi -e- Bolan and Bolan pass
Waadi-e-Bolan is a long stretch of a mountain gorge with blue waters running in-between. The place has historical and picturesque importance. It was where the first railway system of Pakistan was established by the British, also the valley that cradles Pir Ghaib and Bibi Naani’s shrine.
The Bolān Pass is a mountain range through the Toba kakar range in Balochistan, 120 km (75 mi) from Afghanistan border. The pass is an 89 km (55 mi) stretch of the Bolan river valley from Rindii in the south to Darwāza near kolpur in the north. It is made up of a number of narrow gorges and stretches. It connects Sibbi with Quetta both by road and railway.
The capital of Harnai District in the Balochistan province of Pakistan. It was previously in Sibi District. It is located in the northeast of Balochistan province. The town is surrounded by the cities Ziarat, Loralai and the state capital, Quetta. The population is predominantly Pashtun followed by Baloch. Wanetsi, a unique and archaic dialect of Pashto, is spoken in the town. The town is inhabited by Marri, Bugti, Jamali, Babar Baloch tribes with Pashtuns as majority like the Kakars, Zamands, Sherani, Miani, Harifal and Babar.
The minimum and maximum winter temperature of the area is -2˚C to 20˚C. The summer is extreme in the area and the minimum and maximum temperature fall between 20˚C to 48˚C. Harnai has a fertile rainy season during monsoon time. In general, Harnai has pleasant weather in winter season.
7. Hingo National Park or Hungol National Park
- the largest national park located in the Makran coastal region. The park covers an area of about 6,100 square kilometres (2,400 sq mi) and is located 190 km from Karachi in the three districts of Gawadar, Lasbel Awran in Balochistan. Hingol was declared a national park in 1988.
The park is named after the southern part of the Hangul River which flows along the shores of the Arabian Sea and is home to large numbers of waterfowl and marine life. Hangul National Park contains six distinct ecosystems as well as both desert and plains regions, making it especially unique among the Pakisatn National Parks..
The park is bordered by a dense forest to the north, a barren mountain range to the south, and the Hangul River tributary, which is home to thousands of migratory birds and swamp crocodiles. The Gulf of Oman and the Arabian sea are also to the south.
Unique rock formations draw tourists from all over the country, especially since the completion of the Makran coastal Highway in 2004.