Balochistan is the most charming and largest province in terms of area but least populated, forming the southwestern region of the country. Tourism in Balochistan is a developing industry and has a lot of potential. Balochistan has immense opportunities in beaches, mountain valleys and deserts. Numerous famous attractions, stands out and become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Pakistan. Here is a list of few attractions to explore.
Hingol National Park
National Park is over 6,000-square-kilometres and contains incredibly unique rock formations, vast canyons, various animal species and even a mud volcano. The ocean adds to all its other assets. Hingol is only 3.5 hours from Karachi. This National Park is full of wildlife and nature close to sea. The park is counted among the most important natural reserves in Pakistan which is best known for hosting some of the most popular tourist spots in Balochistan. There are few more spots to visit in Hingol national Park.
- Princess of Hope
- Lion of Balochistan
- Hindu Temples
- Natural Oases
- Kund Malir Beach
- Hingol Mud Volcanoes
Kund Malir Beach
Kund Malir is huge sandy beach out of about two dozen beaches in Pakistan which is arid landscape located in the Hingol National Park.The Makran Coastal Highway is a grand highway that leads to the beach and has coastal views on one side and mountains on the other. Kund Malir is a great place to escape the crowds and become immersed in nature as it’s never crowded. The stunningly beautiful beach has a 20-room resort and dhaba-style restaurant and truck stop. While here, you can also visit the Princess of Hope statue, a rock statue created by strong winds and rain, and the ancient Hinglaj Temple.
Pir Ghayb (The Invisible Saint) Waterfalls – Bolan
Settled in the Bolan Valley, nearly 70 kilometers eastwards from the provincial capital, Pir Ghaib is a picturesque miracle particularly grand and sublime. The spot which procures its name from an old legend, the myth narrated by locals of the Invisible Saint (Pir Ghaib), who was saved by the Almighty, after an underhanded King’s men went after him. The Saint struck a stick in the mountain from which the water actually spills out till date, in all honesty. It is the latest darling of local tourism. Owing to the collaborative work of the Frontier Corps (FC) and the government, the tourist destination now has various attractions including a zip line, a food point, a walking track, a water slide, a mosque and several green-corners by its waterfalls.
Astola Island – Gwadar-Pasni
Astola Island, Gwadar/Pasni, 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. Astola is a tough yet popular destination for camping and eco-tourism. People usually set up camp at the beach and go snorkeling, deep sea diving and even hunt fish under water. A great tourist attraction indeed. You have to sail to the Island on a boat with a team of 15-20 members. Since there are no facilities on the island, we had to pack everything from water, food, to camping supplies.