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Urak Valley

            The Urak Valley is 21 kms away from Quetta City. The road is lined on either side with wild roses and fruit orchards. Peaches, plums, apricots and apples of many varieties are grown in this valley. The waterfall at the end of the Urak Valley, which is full of apple and apricot orchards, makes an interesting picnic spot.

Hanna Lake

10 kms from Quetta a little short of the place where the Urak valley begins is the Hanna lake. The golden fish in the lake comes swimming right up to the edge of the lake. A little distance away the waters of the lake turn on a greenish blue tinge. Where the river ends pine trees have been planted on the grass filled slopes. The greenish blue waters of the lake provide a rich contrast to the sandy brown of the hills in the background. It is accessible by local transport. It has plenty of picnic spots, which the tourists can enjoy.

Other Places To Visit Beside Quetta



Elevation 2449 meters (8200 feet)

Ziarat is situated in the province of Balochistan, it is 133 kms, away from Quetta Valley and it takes 3 hours by car to reach Ziarat from Quetta.


Summers in Ziarat are pleasant, while winters are extremely cold People Inhabitant of this region are mainly Muslim who maybe Pathan, Balochi or Brahui, Nomadic tribesmen also pass through the valleys in spring and autumn


Pushto, Persian, Balochi and Brahui are the local languages, though Urdu and English are also spoken.


Some of the largest and oldest Juniper trees in the world are found in Ziarat, some even as old as 5000 years.   This is why Ziarat is also referred to as Juniper Valley.


Pakistan has a number of beautiful valleys, enchanting their spectators with enthralling beauty but Ziarat's is importance and an archaic treasure of Junipers forests. Situated about 122 km in the north of metropolis city of Quetta in Baluchistan, this popular picnic resort is at the elevation of 8,200 feet from the sea level.The summers in the valley are always pleasant, attracting a number of tourists, and the winters extremely harsh. Junipers forests, which are one of the world oldest, are the main source of lush green vista of the Ziarat valley. some of the trees in Junipers forests had been sowed as long as 5000 years ago, making Ziarat as the second biggest Junipers valley in the world. The word Ziarat means a 'shrine' (grave of a holy man). A folklore tells a saint, Kharwari Baba, who is believed to have stayed in the valley and blessed it. He was a member of Sarangzai tribe and his original name was Mulla Tahir. Later he became a disciple of Nana Sahib. A number of miracles are attributed to Khurwari Baba. The shrine of Khurwari Baba, after which Ziarat was named, is located 8 km away from Ziarat and is visited by a large number of people to pay attribute to the divine soul.

Ziarat takes pride in hosting Quaid-i-Azam Muhammd Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan on a number of occasions. He also spent the last days of his life in a government residency there.This monumental residency was built in 1882 by the British government and till independence was in the use of the agents of the British governor general for India as their summer headquarters. The residency is embellished with beautiful lawns, covered with grassy carpets and with roses, dancing at the rhythmic tunes of wind, all around the garden. From there one can have a striking view of the picturesque valley.

Places of Interest In Ziarat

The Shrine of Baba Kharwari

The shrine is 8 kms from Ziarat town. A large number of people visit it to offer sacrifices in memory of the saint. During Eid (the traditional festival of the Muslims), tribesmen gather around the shrine and wrestling and marksmanship contests are held.  

Chashma Walk Between the hillside and the deep ravine lies a stretch of level ground a mile long, ideal for a peaceful walk. It leads to the springs or `Chashma' which provide water to the town. It is 2kms from the PTDC Complex.  

The Quaid - Azam Residency This is the place of Quaid i Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah's (the founder of Pakistan) stay during his last illness and houses the relics of the Father of the Nation. It was built in 1882 by the British and used by the Agent to the Governor General as his summer headquarters. It has beautiful lawns and flower gardens, and offers a striking view of the whole valley.  

Prospect point

This lies at a height of 2713 metres (8,900 feet) and is about 6 kms from Ziarat. Although the track is jeepable, a walk is extremely invigorating, and the view seems all the more rewarding. From a nearby cliff, one can see the highest peak among these hills, known as khalefat (3487 metres/11,440 feet). A small rest house is located close by. Reservation many be made earlier through the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Sibbi at Ziarat.  

Fern Tangi

This is about 10 kms (20 minutes by jeep) from Ziarat. It is a 2-km walk from the main road to Quetta, leading to a small waterfall formed by a mountain spring.  

Sandeman Tangi

This waterfall is just 4 kms from Ziarat and is worth visiting.   

Chutair Valley

Tangi About 13 kms (30 minutes by jeep) from Ziarat, on the way to Loralai lies the Chutair Valley. It is ideal for a visit. There is a rest house of one wishes to stay longer. The huts made out of the bark of juniper trees are strikingly different from dwellings in other villages. Other gorges are the Kahn and Kawas which are also easily accessible.   


Sibbi is famous for its Horse and Cattle Show, which is held in February every year. It also houses a fort built by the fearless tribal warrior, Mir Chakar Khan. Balochistan is an arid region, but has numerous natural springs known as `Karez' which form gorges when water falls through narrow openings among the mountain rocks. some famous gorges are:    Access Quetta, the capital of Balochistan, is linked by air, rail and road to all major cities of Pakistan. There is a 133 kms long road linking Ziarat to Quetta.   RCD Highway This route connects Pakistan with Iran and Turkey. It enters Pakistan at Taftan at the Pak-Iran border in the province of Balochistan, and goes via Dalbandin, Nushki, Quetta, Kalat, Khuzdar and Bela on to Karachi. It is 5,174 kms long.

Pir Ghaib

70 kms from Quetta
This is a very popular picnic spot. Here a waterfall cascades down the rocky mountainside making its way through many streams and ponds amongst the shady palm trees. You need a jeep to reach the spot from the main road. 
(Check out the Quetta Gallery to see the pictures of Pir Ghaib).

Pishin Valley

50kms from Quetta
This valley has numerous fruit orchards, which are irrigated by Karez a kind of artificial spring, made by boring holes into rocks to bring to the surface the subterranean water.

Bund Khushdil Khan

16 kms from Pishin Valley
This is a beautiful man-made lake. Its cool and gentle waters attract many visitors for duck shooting in early winter.

Source : Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (information Services)


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