Balochistan has the strongest history among all the 4 major provinces of Pakistan. It is known as the land of sufism and the hub of natural resources in the country. Unfortunately, the province remains as an unknown territory to most of the countrymen and visitors. But those who wander around found some absolutely stunning places in between the barren lands.
It’s high time that Pakistan’s government should start exploring the potential of Balochistan’s breathtaking beaches, deserts, rugged dry mountains and picturesque lakes and promote them in order to push the tourism industry upwards.
Surprisingly, Balochistan also has valleys which does not only give a wide range of special fruits but also can serve as an ideal picnic spot for visitors. Here is the list of top 4 valleys of Balochistan you can visit to enjoy the hidden beauty of the province:
Quetta is the provincial capital of Balochistan with a population of over one million people. Located at an elevation of 5,500 feet above sea level, Quetta is Pakistan’s only high-altitude major city and also has the famous Quetta valley. It is also referred to as “Fruit Garden of Pakistan” due to abundance of fruit orchards and large variety of dry fruits being produced over here. The valley experiences significant variation in weather during summer and winter season. Temperatures reach as high as 42C in summers and as low as -18C in winters. The valley is situated at an elevation of 9,000 feet and bears juniper trees as old as 700 years old. While you will find the Quaid-e-Azam Residency, Ziarat, Zarghoon Mountains and Chiltan National Park around the Quetta valley, don’t forget to visit its markets as well for more surprises.
The valley is divided into another part which is known as Pishin. Pishin valley originating from Quetta valley is located at 50 kilometers from Quetta city. Its lakes, picturesque greenery and high snow-clad mountains have made it as the top spot for the locals to visit. The valley contains thousands of fruit orchards and all kinds of crops are grown there as well. The way everything blossoms up in spring here is a treat to watch.
Approximately 8 kilometers from Ziarat, Quaid-e-Azam Residency is also a part of valley where Muhammad Ali Jinnah spent the last two months of his lifespan. It is a wooden landmark in the middle of rich green lawns, chinar trees and fruit orchards.
Zarghoon Mountains are located in the east of Quetta with the highest peak at approximately 12,000 feet above sea level. Its base camp is a dense forest of 200,000 acres consisting mostly of juniper trees. It is an attractive site for camping because the surrounding area is covered with pine trees, green meadows and cold-water streams.
Quetta valley also has three of the most famous bazaars known as Suraj Ganj, Kandahari and Liaqat Bazaar. These conventional bazaars are known for local handworks, Balochi mirror fancy works, jackets, pelt coats, ornaments and shoes of all kinds.
Urak valley is situated at 12 kilometers from Quetta city. It possesses some mesmerizing tourist spots which include Hanna Lake, Urak Waterfall and Wali Tangi Dam.
Due to its little distance from Quetta, Hanna Lake is one of the most visited and easily accessible lakes of the valley. Its crystal clear blue water has snow-covered mountains around it. Wheel boats and jet skis can be hired to take a tour of the beautiful lake.
Urak Waterfalls is right in between the gardens of peach, apple and pomegranate. One can enjoy the fresh fruit with the sight of a waterfall.
Chaman valley is located in Qilla Abdullah District and shares the border with Afghanistan. This region has the widely known Khojak Pass which leads you to the Chaman border of Afghanistan. You have to cross a four-kilometer tunnel, Khojak Sheela, to reach the border. From there a water clogged passage separates Afghanistan from Pakistan. The passage contains awe-inspiring sceneries with streams of sea green water in between the hills.
Moola Chotok Valley
Moola Chotok is a very small valley in Khuzdar District, Balochistan. It is located at 80 kilometers from Khuzdar at an elevation of 4,000 feet. Temperature here varies significantly between different seasons. In summer, it is one of the hottest places in the country with temperature rising above 48C. In winter, the temperature gets as low as freezing point.
It is an isolated and quiet valley in the middle of nowhere. Chotok waterfalls surrounded by tall cliffs and green scenery offer delightful landscapes to the tourists. They are also known for the massive textured rocks and hot streams. A small beach is also located nearby which adds up as a serene experience.