WEB DESK: If you love to travel and northern areas of Pakistan’s breathless beauty are too far to go then there is news for you; Southern Pakistan is as beautiful as the northern Pakistan. Here are 17 places which are equally breathtakingly beautiful and rich with culture, heritage and diversity to visit sometime.
The lake is located a little short of the place where the Urak Valley begins and 14 km from Quetta. The reservoir was constructed during the British Colonial era in 1894 and is one of the main attractions in the city. Golden fish in the lake can swim right up to the edge of the lake. Also there is a lakeside restaurant with picnic tables shaded by pine trees.
The Bolan Pass is a mountain pass through the Toba Kakar Range of Balochistan about 120 kilometres from the Afghanistan border. It connects Sibi with Quetta both by road and railway. The pass itself is made up of a number of narrow gorges and stretches 89 km from Rindli north to Darwaza near Kolpur in the Baluchistan province of Pakistan.
The Arabic influence upon Gwadar is strong as a consequence of the Omani era and its close proximity to the Arabian peninsula. The legacy of the Omanis is observed in the local Makrani population who can trace their lineage to Afro-Arabs and Zanj slaves, who settled in the town during Omani rule. They have an Arab dance and music called Liwa, which is also performed in the Arabian Peninsula.
Astola Island is a small uninhabited Pakistani island in the Arabian Sea approximately 25 km south of the nearest part of the coast and 39 km southeast of the fishing port of Pasni, Balochistan. And the island can be accessed by motorized boats from Pasni, with a journey time of about 5 hours to reach the island.
The Pishin Valley is about 50 kilometers from Quetta city in District Pishin in the northwest of Baluchistan. It consists of thousands of acres of fruit orchards. The valley is a fertile land where several crops and fruits are grown. Pishin Valley is renowned for the greenery and is also the primary place for crop production.
The Ranikot Fort is a historical fort near Sann, Jamshoro District, Sindh. Ranikot Fort is also known as The Great Wall of Sindh and is believed to be the world’s largest fort with a circumference of approximately 26 kilometers.
You’re the historical archeology type of person this one is a treat. Chaukhandi is an early Islamic cemetery situated 29 km east of Karachi. The tombs are remarkable for their elaborate sandstone carvings and the style of architecture is typical to the region of Sindh. Generally, the tombs are attributed to the Jokhio and known as the family graveyard of the Jokhio tribe.
Keenjhar Lake is situated in Thatta District, Sindh. It’s the second largest fresh water lake in Pakistan. It provides a favorable habitat for winter migratory birds like ducks, geese, flamingos, cormorants, waders, herons, egrets, ibises, terns, coots and gulls (basically a whole lotta birds). So, you can definitely go there and enjoy a picnic, have a swim, go fishing, or boating.
Khewra Salt Mines
The Khewra Salt Mine is located in Khewra, north of Pind Dadan Khan. Its Pakistan’s largest and oldest salt mine and the world’s second largest. You can get all sorts of cool salt things like sculptures, keychains, and plain big rocks of salt.
The Cholistan Desert is about thirty kilometers from Bahawalpur, Punjab and covers an area of 26,300 square kilometers. Might not be everyone’s cup of tea but if you’re a nature person then you’d probably love it in all its forms. Interesting thing: the people of Cholistan lead a semi-nomadic life, moving from one place to another in search of water and food for their animals.
Located in Bahawalpur, the Derawar Fort is a large square fortress. The forty bastions of Derawar are visible for many miles in Cholistan Desert. The walls have a circumference of 1,500 meters and stand up to thirty meters high. Also, the fort was built by Hindu Rajput, Bhati of Jaisalmer.
Located in Katas Village near Choa Saidanshah in the Chakwal district of Punjab in Pakistan, Katas Raj is a Hindu temple complex. Dedicated to Shiva, the temple has, according to Hindu legend, existed since the days of Mahabharata and the Pandava.
Hingol National Park
Approximately 190 km from Karachi, Hingol National park is located in Balochistan on the Makran coast with its mountains, Hingol River, desert and deep blue Arabian Sea. The park includes the estuary of the Hingol River which supports a significant diversity of bird and fish species.
Located near Rawalpindi, Taxila is another important archaeological site. Some of the earliest ruins in this area date back to the time of the Achaemenid or Persian Empire in 6th century BC.
Located in Sindh, Mohenjo-Daro is an archeological site. The Indus River Valley civilization, built the city of Mohenjo-Daro in what is now Pakistan about 4,500 years ago. Built around 2500 BCE, it was one of the largest settlements of the ancient Indus Valley Civilization, and one of the world’s earliest major urban settlements.
Located in Sindh, Tharparkar is one of the five major deserts of the country and is the only fertile desert in the world. It also stretches till the areas of Rajasthan and Gujarat in India.