BALOCHISTAN – THE LAND OF BEAUTY

Balochistan is wealthy in exhaustible and renewable resources; it is the second major provider of natural gas in Pakistan. But No one knows it’s a great place with respect to tourism and has untouched beauties there to explore….. It is a magical Place One Must Visit …..

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.

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Balochistan is the land which is enriched with traditions, arts and culture. The province has numerous beautiful places, especially archaeological sites. The incredible remnants of Balochistan’s diverse and extensive past which emphasizes its history are worth experiencing.The historical and archaeological places are Chakar Fort, Kharan Fort, Sher-e-Roghan (Purana Ghar/Godrani), Sassi Punnu Fort, Quetta Fort (Miri Fort), The Shirin Farhad Tomb, Lahoot-La-Makan.
These sites hold historic value and are rich in beautiful architecture.
Endowed with natural treasure trove, captivating scenery, significant sites of multifold importance, variety of flora and fauna, diversity of climates and unique geology, the province possess huge potential for development of tourism. Unfortunately, no efforts were made to develop tourism industry in the province at official level over the past six decades. The decision-makers in Islamabad tried to keep Balochistan a ‘dark region’ denying its natural endowments. Hence, the province remained unattractive for foreign tourists and investors.

Balochistan Famous Places

The famous Visiting sites in Balochistan are Quetta, Ziarat, Khuzdar, Gwadar City & Port, Balochistan Beaches, and Coastal Areas of Balochistan-Makran Coast. Balochistan acquired international fame and attention for wonderful paleontological discoveries. These are considered to be a value addition to the worth of Balochistan. The first dinosaur fossils of Pakistan were discovered in the Vitakri area of Barkhan district, in Balochistan. With the discovery, Pakistan is now among the few countries of the world, which possess dinosaur fossils and have witnessed their extinction around 65 million years ago. This discovery has generated tremendous interest not only in the world scientific community but also in the national and international electronic and print media.
Tourism in Balochistan is a developing industry, and is overseen by the Tourism Directorate under the Government of Balochistan. Balochistan is known for its long coastal belt which extends from Karachi through Sonmiani, Ormara, Kalmat, Pasni, Gwadar, Jiwani and all the way up to Iran. It is also popular for its hill tops and rugged mountainous terrain

Quetta

Quetta, formerly known as Shalkot, is the provincial capital and largest city of Balochistan, Pakistan. Quetta was largely destroyed in the 1935 Quetta earthquake, but was rebuilt and now has a population of 1,001,205 as of 2017, while the Quetta District has a population of 2,275,699. Quetta is at an average elevation of 1,680 meters above sea level, making it Pakistan’s only high-altitude major city. The city is known as the “Fruit Garden of Pakistan,” due to the numerous fruit orchards in and around it, and the large variety of fruits and dry fruits produced there. Located in northern Balochistan near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, Quetta is a trade and communication centre between the two countries. The city is near the Bolan Pass route which was once one of the major gateways from Central Asia to South Asia. Quetta played an important role militarily for the Pakistani Armed Forces in the intermittent Afghanistan conflict.

Ziarat

A visit to Quetta is incomplete without a trip to Ziarat. Situated 133 kilometers (3 hours by car) from Quetta at an altitude of 2449 meters above sea level, Ziarat is a holiday resort amidst one of the largest and oldest Juniper forests in the world. It is said that some of the Juniper trees are as old as 5000 years. The name Ziarat means ‘Shrine’. A local saint, Kharwari Baba, is believed to have rested in the valley and blessed it. After his death he was buried here. People frequently visit the saint’s shrine, which is 10 kilometers from Ziarat.
Ziarat with its attractive scenery, healthy and cool environment, Juniper forests and historical importance endears tourists. Ziarat residency is the place where Quaid-e-Azam, founder of Pakistan, spent his last days of life. Ziarat is a hill station at an altitude of 8,500 feet above sea level in Balochistan. Juniper forest of Ziarat is second largest in the world spreading over an area of 51,335 hectares. The wildlife here comprises of wolf, Markhor and wild birds. Overall, Ziarat can be developed into a remarkable tourist site if serious efforts are made at official level.

Quaid-E-Azam Residency

Quaid-e-Azam residency with its lush green lawns, chinar trees and flower gardens commands a striking view of the whole valley. It is of historical importance, as the Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the Founder of Pakistan, stayed there during his last illness. It houses the relics of the Father of the Nation. The Residency was built in 1882 by the British and used by the Agent to the Governor General as his summer headquarters.

Hingol National Park-Heaven on Earth
Hingol National Park is spread over an area of about 1,650 sq km² along the Makran Coast and is the largest of National Park of Pakistan. It is located approximately 190 km from Karachi. The area was first declared reserved in 1988.
The park area covers parts of the three districts of Lasbela, Gwadar and Awaran containing a variety of topographical features and vegetation, varying from arid sub tropical forest in the north to arid mountains in the west. Large tracts of the Park are covered with drift sand and can be classified as coastal semi desert. The National Park includes the estuary of the Hingol River which supports a significant diversity of bird and fish species.

Hanna Lake

A little short of the place where the Urak Valley begins and 10 kilometers from Quetta is the Hanna Lake, where suitable rest rooms and pavilions on terraces have been provided. Golden fish in the lake found swimming right up to the edge of the lake. A little distance away, the waters of the lake take on a greenish blue tint. Right where the water ends, have been planted pine trees on the grass filled slopes. The greenish-blue waters of the lake provide a rich contrast to the sandy brown of the hills in the background. One can promenade on the terraces.

Minerals of Reko Diq

Rocks and minerals sites loving people will find Reko Diq a very interesting site. Reko Diq is a small town in Chagai District, Balochistan, Pakistan. It is located in a desert area, 70 kilometers north-west of Naukundi, close to Pakistan’s border with Iran and Afghanistan. The area is located in Tethyan belt that stretches all the way from Turkey and Iran into Pakistan.
Reko Diq is a remote location in the North-West of Chagai district. Chagai is a sparsely populated western desert district of Balochistan. It is mostly low relief and thinly populated desert. The weather of Chagai ranges from very hot summers of 40-50 °C to very cool winters of up to -10 °C with less than 40 mm precipitation (winter rain and minor snow). It also exhibits periods of high wind and dust/sand storms which have a demobilizing impact on the local activities and trade. Access to the Chagai district is via the Zahidan – Quetta highway also known as the London Road.

Minerals of Reko Diq

Rocks and minerals sites loving people will find Reko Diq a very interesting site. Reko Diq is a small town in Chagai District, Balochistan, Pakistan. It is located in a desert area, 70 kilometers north-west of Naukundi, close to Pakistan’s border with Iran and Afghanistan. The area is located in Tethyan belt that stretches all the way from Turkey and Iran into Pakistan.
Reko Diq is a remote location in the North-West of Chagai district. Chagai is a sparsely populated western desert district of Balochistan. It is mostly low relief and thinly populated desert. The weather of Chagai ranges from very hot summers of 40-50 °C to very cool winters of up to -10 °C with less than 40 mm precipitation (winter rain and minor snow). It also exhibits periods of high wind and dust/sand storms which have a demobilizing impact on the local activities and trade. Access to the Chagai district is via the Zahidan – Quetta highway also known as the London Road.

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