Ziarat is a hill station and holiday resort about 130 km away from Quetta. It’s the perfect summer getaway due its mild temperatures during this time. Ziarat is very popular during the Eid holiday, especially if Eid falls in summer. Ziarat is most famous for housing the Quaid-e-Azam Residency, the residency where Muhammad Ali Jinnah spent the last two months of his life, but it offers plenty more for the intrepid holiday goer.
Best time to visit Ziarat
The best time to visit Ziarat is from May to September. Outside of these months Ziarat is cold and dry, and not a very pleasant place to be unless you have cold weather equipment.
Best things to do in Ziarat
The most famous landmark in the city, and the place where Muhammad Ali Jinnah spent his last months before he died. The building was originally constructed in 1892 during the British Raj, and is made almost entirely of wood. The building was completely renovated in 2014 after being attacked by terrorists in 2013.
Prospect Point is the highest point in the area that cars can reach. At 2,713 meters above sea level, it offers stunning views of the surrounding area. Prospect Point is roughly 6 km from Ziarat.
Sandeman Tangi and Dumiara
Sandeman Tangi, 4 km from Ziarat, is home to a dramatically cascading waterfall. Dumiara, another beautiful waterfall, is 9 km beyond Sandeman Tangi.
Shrines of Ziarat
Ziarat and its surroundings houses several shrines to local tribal leaders. Although nothing spectacular, they make for an interesting half day trip by foot.
The closest to the city is the shrine of Nau Gaza Baba, roughly 1 km from Ziarat. Nau Gaza Baba, whose real name was Kareemdad Khan, was the chief of the Essakhail Sanerzai tribe. He holds a significant position in local legends, and many locals will be able to conjure up interesting tales surrounding him.
Another 8 km from town is the shrine to Baba Kharwari, a member of the Sarangzai tribe named Tahir. Visiting his shrine during Eid can be especially rewarding, as local tribesmen hold wrestling and marksmanship competitions.
Ziarat Juniper Forest
Home to Pakistan’s largest juniper forest, and believed to be the second largest juniper forest in the world, this place is great for hiking, trekking and picnicking. The forest is home to several species of animal, including Markhor and black bear. Ziarat Juniper Forest is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Best places to stay in Ziarat
Ziarat is one of the main tourist destinations in the region, and thus offers a decent range of accommodation.
- Budget: Camping – Ziarat and its surroundings are great for camping. Ask around if there are any designated campsites or if there are places you aren’t allowed to camp. And remember to bring all your trash back when you’re finished camping.
- Mid-range: PTDC Motel Ziarat – Offering the standards that you can expect from a PTDC Motel.
- Mid-range: Sadakat House Hotel – Offering good service and a charming atmosphere, this is a great place to stay.
Best places to eat in Ziarat
Most restaurants in Ziarat are attached to a hotel or guest house.
How to get to Ziarat
Ziarat can only be reached by road. The town is about 130 km away from Quetta, and the ride from Quetta to Ziarat takes about 3 hours. If you’re coming form Punjab, you can take the N-70 from Multan.
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