One of the most despondent feelings arise when you ask a Pakistani about Balochistan – Travel Guides or Places to Visit in Balochistan or foods to eat in Balochistan– and the reply is a faint No Idea.
I understand where this ignorance comes from, but being at sea about the largest province in Pakistan leaves me pained.
A beauty in itself, a hub of energy and trade corridor, a link to South-Asian countries and a gem on Earth in terms of Natural Resources, Balochistan is a must-visit place.
Of course, with a few travel bans and restrictions to some parts (mainly for foreigners), you need to be fully informed before planning a trip to any part of Balochistan. Reach out to the Nearest Travel Agent in Pakistan to get filled in on all necessary particulars (e.g. Eventica Travels).
Explore Baluchistan, I urge you. Because if not, you will miss a major sight-seeing adventure. There is more to Baluchistan than just places to visit. The food is a hidden gem in flavors and cooking styles.
From the famous Sajji to Khurud, Aboogosht to Khaddi Kabab, Baluchistan is a culinary gateway for food lovers.
And when you count the tourist attractions, there are many.
I would like to shed light on a few in this blog (and follow up some more popular ones in the next blog) so we can see how exciting a trip to this dry land of Pakistan can be.
Here is a list of the few places you can start exploring Baluchistan with.
1. Kund Malir
A beach spot in Balochistan located in Hingol National Park, about 150 kilometers from Zero-Point on Makran Coastal Highway, Kund Malir Beach is scenic and is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in this world.
2. Visit Ziarat
With Khalifat Hills as the highest peak with an altitude of 11,400 feet (3,500 m) in Ziarat district, Ziarat is home to lush green gardens and vast plains.
Ziarat has some of the oldest Juniper forests in the world. It is also home to orchards of apples and cherries. The Ziarat is famously known for the residence of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, who spent last days of his life in Ziarat Residency in Ziarat.
It is also sacred for some as it houses a shrine of the famous Muslim saint Mian Abdul Hakim (who is also known as Kharwari Baba), who fled here from Kandahar in Afghanistan.
3. Visit Ormara Beach
Ormara is an old coastal town. Its historical routes are linked with Alexander the Great, who stayed here with his army for a few days on his way back from the Indus region after conquering Sindh, Punjab, and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa regions in 400 BC. One of his generals, Ormoz, died there, and the present-day city was named after him.
Ormara is a breathtaking view for tourists. With fun in the waters at day and bonfires and camping at night, it is the most sought-after place to visit. Many travel and tour companies in Pakistan are promoting trips to the Ormara Beach in Balochistan.
The Jinnah Naval Base of the Pakistan Navy is located at Ormara, hence, making it a safe spot for families who need to get close to nature once in a while
4. Moola Chotok
Although Balochistan is mostly comprised of dry hills and desert areas, several places are examples of Nature’s beauty and magnificence.
This amusement site is located in the Moola area of Khuzdar district of Balochistan. In the Brahui and Balochi languages, the word ‘chotok’ is used for certain types of water falling from the top.
With several waterfalls in the region, the place is an absolute view of serenity and entertainment.
Other famous and sight-seeing spots in the region include:
Sonmiani Beach Sapat Beach Hanna Lake Gadani Beach Mehrgarh Prrincess of Hope
If you ever get a chance, do explore the inner side of Balochistan and touch Gwadar port to see the magic of Nature and Man-made structures coming together in peace.
Do remember, Baluchistan is still surfacing as a tourist destination so a lot of basic amenities are still missing. But that doesn’t stop a travel enthusiast anyways, does it?
Follow up on the next part of the blog to have an insight on some of the most popular and most loved tourist attractions in Balochistan.