Ever since Balochistan became a part of Pakistan, the province that makes 44% of Pakistan’s total area still remains a mystery to the whole world. The mineral rich ingenierous and gifted lands of Balochistan has a side that trumps its resourcefulness; that side is astonishing and mind-boggling beauty, catering travelers to the top attractions of Balochistan.
Since many Pakistanis have traveled to Balochistan or know much about the province, the tourist attractions usually go unnoticed and unseen. However, the locals of the province, make sure they benefit from the picturesque landscapes and mountains of the gold-laden province.
Here are the top 10 tourist attractions in the mysterious province that is Balochitan
1. Pir Ghayb (The Invisible Saint) Waterfalls – Bolan, Balochistan
Pir Ghaib Falls, Bolan – This is an awe-inspiring view of Pir Ghaib, Balochistan. Locals here believe in the myth of the Invisible Saint (Pir Ghaib), who was saved by the Almighty, after a wicked King’s men attacked him. The Saint struck a stick in the mountain from which the water still pours out till date, believe it or not.
2. Moola Chotok – Khuzdar, Balochistan
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.
3. Quaid-e-Azam Residency – Ziarat, Balochistan
Quaid-e-Azam Residency, Ziarat – Father of the nation, Quaid-e-Azam Mohommad Ali Jinnah spent his days of affliction in this wooden cottage in Ziarat, Balochistan. Definitely one of the top tourist attractions of Pakistan. The place holds historic importance and is the perfect place to chill when you’re in Ziarat.
4. Hannah Jheel (Hannah Lake and Urrak) – Quetta, Balochistan
The Hannah Jheel, Quetta – This is how the Hannah Lake looks in winters, frozen, frosted and astounding. This is where people from all over Pakistan go first when they visit Quetta. Only about 18km away from the city, the Hannah Lake serves as the perfect escape for the locals.
5. Waadi-e-Bolan – Bolan, Balochistan
Waadi-e-Bolan, Bolan, Balochistan – 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.
6. Hingol National Park – Hingol, Balochistan
Hingol Nationa Park, Hingol, Balochistan – Exotic looking mountains, rare and exotic animals including the Markhor and several others of the deer family, surrounded by shallow blue waters. What more could one ask for in a tourist attraction of Balochistan?
7. Kund Malir Beach – Kund Malir, Balochistan
Kund Malir Beach, Kund Malir, Balochistan – The Kund Malir Beach is one of the most exotic beaches and definitely one of the top tourist attractions in Pakistan. In the last couple of years, a lot of people who started traveling to Kund Malir and companies from Karachi have milked as much money as they could out of it. Still, whatever makes Balochistan a little more unseen helps.
8. Pir Chattal Noorani Gandhawa – Jhal Magsi, Balochistan
Pir Chattal Noorani Gandhawa, Jhal Magsi, Balochistan – An oasis in the middle of nowhere. An astonishing natural habitat amid desert plains with a mythical story to follow. The awe-inspiring oasis caters to thousands of rare fish in the water. Legend has it, that if you catch or eat one of Pir Chattal’s fishes, you’re bound to either die of poisoning or the fish comes out of your mouth alive in one piece. This myth is a huge tourist attraction of Balochistan.
9. Astola Island – Gwadar-Pasni, Balochistan
Astola Island, Gwadar/Pasni – Astola Island, also known as Jezira Haft Talar Satadip or ‘Island of the Seven Hills’, is a small uninhabited Pakistani island in the Arabian Sea. Also the largest island in Pakistan, it is the epitome of Balochistan’s undermined beauty. A great tourist attraction indeed.
10. Jhal Magsi Desert Rally – Jhal Magsi, Balochistan
Jhal Magsi, Balochistan – Famous for its desert safari and the yearly desert rally, caters huge crowds and sponsors every year. Rally enthusiasts from all over Pakistan round up in one place for stay till the rally ends. The desert like plains of Jhal Magsi offer the best route in Pakistan for people who like to off-road. Definitely one of Pakistan’s top attractions.
Call yourself a traveler? When are you packing your bags and leaving for Balochistan?