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Explore these 3 Beautiful Places in Baluchistan, Pakistan

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Balochistan Province of Pakistan is mostly a rugged mountainous area and most of its land is barren and without water but at places, one may find oasis and green fields with the most beautiful landscape.

The northern areas of Pakistan are famous for their beauty and high mountains in the world. Most of the people traveling to Pakistan just miss out on the beautiful places in the southern part that are worth seeing as well.

Baluchistan province is in the southern part of Pakistan that has some awesome locations to explore. Here is just a glimpse of the beauty of the Baluchistan. The following 3 beautiful places will force you to plan your next trip to the southern part of Pakistan.

Hanna Lake:

The lake is located a little short of the place where the Urak Valley begins and 14 km from Quetta, capital of Balochistan Province, Pakistan. The reservoir was constructed during the British Colonial era in 1894 and is one of the main attractions in the city.

The lake is just 14 kilometers away from the city of Quetta, the provincial capital of Baluchistan. The lake was built by the British as a water reservoir in 1894 during their rule in the province. The beautiful lake is surrounded by mountains and has an impressive appearance.

The brown exposed environment with a picture of a water mirror gives it a stunning look that is generated by the water source of the lake. You can wander around the islands in the middle of the lake by hiring a steamboat or speedboat.

The terrain of Hanna Lake is irresistible to visit when you are in Quetta. The lake is covered in snow during the winter season that just makes it a stunning place.

Urak Valley:

Not far away Hanna Lake is the Urak valley. The valley is located at a distance of 22 kilometers from the provincial capital, Quetta city. The valley is also known by the name of “Hometown of Orchards”. There are many orchards in the valley that produce fruits such as pomegranates, peaches, apples, and many more. You can enjoy the fresh fruit of the season while visiting Urak.

There is a small dam in the valley named Wali Tangi Dam. This dam stores the freshwater produced from the melting snow of Zarghoon Hills. These hills are part of the Sulaiman Range of mountains in Baluchistan.

On the other end of the Urak Valley that is adjacent to Hanna Lake as well a mesmerizing waterfall awaits you. This beautiful waterfall is at the convergence point of Urak valley and Wali Tangi Valley. The Twitter account of the Pakistan government has shared a glimpse of the Hanna-Urak waterfall that you just want to see yourself.

Pir Ghaib Waterfalls (The Invisible Saint):

After 2 hours of drive and traveling a distance of 90 kilometers from the city of Quetta, you will reach the waterfalls we are talking about. The road to these waterfalls is carpeted one except the final part where you can go through some bumps. But the beauty of the waterfalls is worth the challenge of traveling this area. Here is a look at the crystal clear waterfalls.

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The Crystal Clear Cascading Waterfall of Pir-Ghaib, Bolan, Baluchistan. History & Introduction: According to local folklore, a reverend noble saint and His sister (Bibi Nani) came to Bolan Valley for inviting locals towards Islam. The locals don’t know the exact era when this even happened, but they do tell that at that time Zoroastrians ruled this area. The locals were infuriated by the invitation and set forth to destroy the saint and His sister. The saint fled towards the mountainous gorges and His sister went a bit further where her tomb is still located approximately a 10 minute drive further… The reverend saint prayed to the Almighty be rescued… The locals believe the rock gave way to the revered Saint, and the Saint vanished into the rocks, however, left a hole from which water immediately started coming out and it still continuing… The reverend saint then came renowned as Pir Ghaib a.k.a. The Invisible Saint. Thousands of locals as well as people from all walks of life and various type of worshipers amass in to this place, where a specific place of worship has also been made. Furthermore, this place contains various ponds, streams, and waterfall, amongst them this is the most prominent one. How to get here: The Approach to this beautiful & scenic place is very easy. The total time from Quetta it takes is just around a petty 2 hours traveling towards Sibbi and the total mileage is around 90 kilometers. After crossing Mach town, there is a picket of F.C. where a signboard points towards the right hand side to an open mountainous area signaling “Pir Ghaib”. The road is totally a carpeted one, except for the place from where the above signboard starts and the last 15-20 minutes are rather a bumpy one and is partly carpeted, partly 4×4. However, putting the journey to a side, the comforting effect this waterfall provides is so serene one just cannot imagine. The adjoining area is totally rocky and mountains are totally devoid of any type of trees, but when you approach this place, it enfolds like an oasis, with palm trees and streams flowing all over the place… a complete soothing experience I must say… By the way, the waters of these ponds are war

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These waterfalls have a local history and are named after the Pir Ghaib (the invisible Saint) due to that history. The story says that a nobleman along with his sister came in this area to preach Islam to the local people. The local people and the ruler of the area got infuriated and wanted to kill both.

The saint and his sister ran into these mountains. The tomb of the sister is a further 10-minute drive from the waterfalls. The saint himself entered into the rock and disappeared. But he left the hole in the rock from where water started falling. The time of the incident is unknown but the name of the waterfalls is known as Pir Ghaib for long.

Here is another beautiful picture of the Pir Ghaib Waterfalls in the Bolan valley of Baluchistan.

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