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Astola Island And Corals
Astola Island, also known as Jezira Haft Talar Satadip or ‘Island of the Seven Hills’, is a small uninhabited Pakistani island in the Arabian Sea approximately 25 km (16 mi) south of the nearest part of the coast and 39 km (24 mi) southeast of the fishing port of Pasni. Astola is Pakistan’s largest offshore island at approximately 6.7 km (4.2 mi) long with a maximum width of 2.3 km (1.4 mi) and an area of approximately 6.7 km2 (2.6 sq mi). The highest point is 246 ft (75 m) above sea level. Administratively, the island is part of the Pasni subdistrict of Gwadar District in Balochistan province. The island can be accessed by motorized boats from Pasni, with a journey time of about 5 hours to reach the island.
Koh-e-Mohrdar (Mohrdar Mountain) is a peak located in the Mohrdar mountain range of the Sulaiman Mountains System, located in the East of Quetta District, in western Pakistan. The highest peak of Koh-e-Mohrdar mountain range is at one of the “Salore Ghasha” peaks, 3,184 metres (10,446 ft).It is the fourth highest peak in Quetta District and sixth highest peak of Balochistan
Sulaiman Mountain Range
The Sulaiman Mountains or Kōh-e Sulaymān (“Mountains of Solomon”) are a north–south extension of the southern Hindu Kush mountain system in Afghanistan and Pakistan. They rise to form the eastern edge of the Iranian Plateau and the northeastern edge of the Balochistan Plateau. They are located in the Zabul, Kandahar and Loya Paktia regions of Afghanistan, and in Pakistan they extend over the northern part of Balochistan province, and some parts of southwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab. Bordering the Sulaimans to the north are the arid highlands of the Central Hindu Kush, whose heights extend up to 3,383 metres (11,099 ft), and to the east are the plains of the Indus River valley.
The Bolān Pass is a mountain pass through the Toba Kakar range of Balochistan province in western Pakistan, 120 km (75 mi) from the Afghanistan border. The pass is an 89 km (55 mi) stretch of the Bolan river valley from Rindli in the south to Darwāza near Kolpur in the north. It is made up of a number of narrow gorges and stretches.It connects Sibi with Quetta both by road and railway. Strategically located, traders, invaders, and nomadic tribes have also used it as a gateway to and from South Asia.The Bolān Pass is an important pass on the Baluch frontier, connecting Jacobabad and Sibi with Quetta, which has always occupied an important place in the history of British campaigns in Afghanistan.
Hanna Lake is in the hills close to where the Urak Valley begins, 17 kilometres (11 mi) east from Quetta city. The reservoir was constructed in 1894 during the British Colonial era on the land of local tribesmen, and is one of the main attractions in the city. It forms a great historical bridge wall between two mountains, the depths like battlements of a fort, for the storing of water. Hanna Lake is one of the most visited and accessible lakes in Balochistan. There is a lakeside restaurant with picnic tables shaded by pine trees at the end of the river, where families can enjoy the food and weather. On the eastern side of the lake stands the Hayat Durrani Water Sports Academy (HDWSA), the first and only rowing, canoeing, kayaking and sailing training and championships organising centre in Balochistan Province, with provision of rough swimming facility.
Chandragup Mud Volcano
Chandragup is an active mud volcano located in Hingol National Park in Balochistan, Pakistan.Also known as Chandrakup, the volcano is considered holy by Hindus and is an important stop for pilgrims on their way to the shrine of Shri Hinglaj Mata temple. The Chandragup mud volcano is worshipped as an embodiment of the Hindu god Shiva, and called Baba Chandragup. Pilgrims to the volcano believe that the Shri Minglaj Mata temple may only be entered only after paying homage to Baba Chandrakup. Traditionally, the pilgrim stays awake all night, fasting and meditating on the sins they will confess at the rim the following day. They bake roti made out of ingredients contributed by all the yātrīs.On the next day they ascend the slope of Chandrakup, and the roṭi is served as an offering to Baba Chandrakup. Nowadays, coconuts, betel nut and dal are also offered. At the volcano’s peak, the pilgrims must introduce themselves with their full name and place of origin and then call out their sins in front of the group. According to the bubbling of the mud and the reaction of the wind, the chaṛīdār is able to tell if the pilgrim’s sins are forgiven.
Hazarganji-Chiltan National Park
Hazarganji Chiltan National Park is a national park in the Mastung District of western Balochistan Province of Pakistan. It lies between Chiltan on its west and Hazarganji on the east. The park was established in 1980 to provide the habitat to rare Chiltan ibexes found in the area. It was established in 1980 and covers 325,000 acre of land located close to the Koh-i-Chiltan mountain in Quetta’s outskirt. The park is located in the Sulaiman Mountains, with desert and forest habitats, about 20 kilometres (12 mi) southwest of the city of Quetta. The name comes from the travelling route between the mountains called “Hazarganji”, which means (of a thousand treasures) in native language as it was a historical passage for the Greco-Bactrian, the Mongols, the Scythians and migrating hordes of Baloch tribes. The biodiversity of this park comprises 30 species of mammals (9 species of large mammals and 21 species of small mammals), 120 species of avifauna (36 resident and 84 migratory) and 30 species of reptiles. Flora The trees in the forests include Pashtun Juniper (Juniperus macropoda), pistachio, almond, and ash trees. Fauna The fauna comprises about 300-400 rare Sulaiman Markhor and around 800 Chiltan ibex survive within the park boundaries.Few urials still survives in the western slopes between 1,500m to 2,100m. Other fauna includes Indian wolf, striped hyena, Baluchistan leopard, caracal, common jackal and Indian crested porcupine. Birds includes the very rare Houbara bustard, griffon vulture, Egyptian vulture, crested honey buzzard (winters only), laggar falcon, peregrine falcon, common kestrel, Eurasian sparrowhawk (winters only), Indian scops owl, Indian cuckoo, European bee-eater (breeding only), chukar partridge, European nightjar (breeding/summer only), long-billed pipit, Eastern Orphean warbler, variable wheatear, blue rock thrush, whinchat, white-browed bush chat and Lichtenstein’s desert finch and reptiles are also found here likes of monitor lizards, Russell’s viper, saw-scaled vipers and spiny-tailed lizards.
Moola Chotok Khuzdar
Moola Chotok is a hidden ravine located in the middle of the Khuzdar District in the southern province of Balochistan, Pakistan. It is situated approximately 105 kilometers (65 mi) north-east of Khuzdar at an elevation of 1,237 metres (4,058 ft).Surrounded by tall cliffs, the cascading waterfall, known as Chotok, is one of the biggest waterfalls of Sub Tehsil Moola.
Nushki is a municipality that lies in the plain south-west of Quetta and is at a height of about 2,900 feet. It is also called the city of Golden Desert because of a breathtaking desert which is stretched westward towards the river named Helmand. Touring around a desert may sound boring but Golden desert will be a game-changer with many interesting activities like sightseeing. It is at a distance of 135 km from Quetta.
Gadani is a coastal town of Lasbela District located in the southern part of Balochistan along the Arabian Sea, Pakistan. It is also a Union Council of Hub Tehsil and is just a 1-hour drive away from Karachi, Sindh. The population of Gadani was estimated to be around 10,000 in 2005. More than 97% of the population is Muslim with a small Hindu minority. The majority of the population speaks Balochi and there is a small Sindhi speaking minority. They belong to the Sanghur, Kurd, Sajdi, Muhammad Hasni, and Bezinjo tribes. Gadani Beach is a beach on the Arabian Sea located near the Hub River and Cape Monze in Gadani, Lasbela, Balochistan, Pakistan. Gadani Beach is the location of Gadani ship-breaking yard, which is one of the world’s largest ship-breaking yards.
WaterFalls at Peer (Ghaib,Ibrahim)
Located in the south-west of Pakistan with an area of 347,190 sq. km. (134,050 sq. mi.), this province of Balochistan is a land of dry mountains, which usually receives a very little amount of rainfall all year round. The presence of a natural oasis like the Charo Machi waterfall in such a hostile natural environment is no less than a wonder. Cocooned in the wilderness of one of the most barren places on earth, the Charo Machi waterfall is located 45 kilometers south-east of the city of Khuzdar.
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