Balochistan is one of the four provinces of Pakistan. Balochistan is known for its stretched coastline, rugged mountains and traditional living modus operandi.
Balochistan is enriched with many tourism-worthy sites and places. The tourist attraction and places of interest in Balochistan lack the much needed promotion.
A good network of roads and railways has always been an issue for tourists to reach out to these sites. The Government of Balochistan is consistently trying to lift up the growing tourism industry by allocating a greater budget to the tourism sector. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor(CPEC) is an another hope of improving tourism in Balochistan by providing a good road network.
Here are the top 10 tourist sites in Balochistan:
10. Wali Tangi Dam – Urak Valley
It’s a small dam situated in Urak valley, some 20 kilometers east of Quetta city. The water that it stores usually come from the melting snow. It’s a source of fresh water for the people of Urak Valley.
The site has attracted tourists from all over Pakistan. The design and its location in the middle of a valley makes it a scenic tourist attraction. People who go for hiking in the Urak Valley usually end up camping at the dam and having picnics.
9. Chiltan National Park
Chiltan National Park is located in Mastung District, some 20 kilometres southwest of the city of Quetta. The park was established in 1980 to protect the wildlife of the surrounding areas.
The place attracts tourists in the spring season when the wildflowers bloom. It’s a very famous hiking site for the nearby people. There are also government rest houses where you can be given accommodation if you want to stay and explore for a longer time.
8. Hingol National Park
Hingol National Park, stretching over an area of 6,100 square kilometres, is located in Lasbela District. The park was established to protect the wildlife of the surrounding areas.
Many tourist locations fall within the area of Hingol National Park. Let’s check out the visiting points of Hingol National park.
Princess of Hope:
An eye-catching natural rock formation scripture which mimics an standing princess.
The amazing natural phenomenon is clearly visible while crossing the buzzi pass on Mekran Coastal Highway. People often stop on their way to Karachi to take pictures and closely notice the site. It’s a famous location all over Pakistan. People living in Karachi usually visit the area on weekends. The famous Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie visited the site in 2002.
Like Princess Of Hope, Balochistan Sphinx is also a natural rock formation, located within the vicinity of Hingol National Park. It resembles a sphinx.
Hingol Mud Volcanoes:
These mud volcanoes are located within the area of Hingol National Park. They are a total of ten clusters. The most important clusters of mud volcanoes are Chandragup and Khandewari volcanoes.
7. Ziarat Juniper Forest
Ziarat Juniper Forest, located in Ziarat District is the biggest juniper forest in Pakistan. The forest is home to some of the most ancient trees in the world.
Ziarat is one of the most beautiful districts of Balochistan. Ziarat is famous for its hiking and picnic spots. It’s a famous winter resort where people all across the province visit to enjoy the snowfall. It also has the famous Quaid-e-Azam residence where the founder of the nation spent the last days of his life.
6. Moola Chotok Waterfalls
Moola Chotok is located in Khuzdar District, some 105 kilometres north-east of the city of Khuzdar. The small waterfall surrounded by tall cliffs is known as chotok.
The place is a famous camping and picnic point. Famous vloggers of Pakistan including Irfan Junejo have represented this scenic location in their vlogs.
5. Pir Ghaib
Pir Ghaib waterfalls are located in Bolan Valley, some 70 kilometers from the city of Quetta. There are also ponds and running streams. It’s a famous picnic location. People also enjoy swimming in the ponds in the summer season.
4. Jiwani Beach Sunset
Jiwani is a small town located along the gulf of Oman in Gwadar District. It is also a commercial port for the local population.
Its beautiful and clean beach is a popular tourist site for the people of Balochistan. The sunset here in Jiwani is a very scenic view. People across the province visit Jiwani, especially for experiencing the beautiful sunset.
3. Gwadar View Point
The port city of Gwadar offers you a lot of scenic places to visit. From its beautiful beaches to its amazing marine drive, you will enjoy touring Gwadar.
The complete view of Gwadar city from the peak of Koh-e-Batil is the most dramatic view of all. The Pearl Continental Hotel, located at the peak of Koh-e-Batil, is a 5 star luxury hotel. It offers a perfect service with the beautiful view of Gwadar city.
2. Kund Malir Beach
Kund Malir beach falls in the vicinity of Hingol National Park. It is situated on Mekran Coastal Highway at a distance of 236 kilometers from Karachi.
Kund Malir is one of the most popular and scenic beaches of Pakistan. People all across the country come for enjoying their summers on the beach. It is also popular among the international tourists.
Not only the beach, the sand dunes along the beach also make Kund Malir a very striking location for the tourists. The drive between the beach and sand dunes of Kund Malir on Mekran Coastal Highway gives you amazing vibes.
1. Astola Island
Astola Island, also known as Island of the Seven Hills, is a small island located at a distance of 39 km southeast of the fishing port of Pasni. It’s Pakistan’s biggest offshore island.
It’s a popular tourist attraction site. The island can be accessed through rental boats from the city of Pasni. Its beaches are clean and beautiful as the area is inhibited. People often go for camping and fishing. Tourists love spending the night there under the shinning stars.