Ziyarat is a district and a popular hill station situated in the north of Baluchistan province. It is well known holiday resort in Baluchistan. About every tour from Karachi to Quetta stops at this resort. In Ziyarat District, the Khaliffa Hills are the highest hills with a height of 11,400 feet. Among all the districts of Baluchistan, Ziyarat has the major “Human Development Index”.
The Ziyarat name has been derived from “Shrine”. Baba Kharwari’s shrine is located about 8 km from the Ziyarat town. His name was known to be Tahir. He became the follower of Nana Sahib. A large number of miracles are assigned to him. An increasing number of devotees come here and provide sacrifices. During the festival of Eid, the tribal men accumulate around the shrine and arrange wrestling and marksmanship competition.
There is also situated the shrine of Baba Nau Gaza about 1 km from Ziyarat. It is encircled by gigantic graveyards. The actual name of Nau Gaza Baba was Kareemdad. It is a myth that when he lost his life, his body became large by 9 yards. Therefore, people started to label him Nau (nine) Gaza (yards) Baba. Many people from all around the country visit his shrine to pray.
This spectacular district is a famous tourist place. The founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, spent his last days in “Ziyarat Residency”, Ziyarat. It is a place worth-visiting. The entire complex has a wooden structure constructed beautifully and has charming architectural significance. It was earlier meant to be medical clinic and but then was transformed into the summer residence of the Governor General’s Agent. Now, this amazing structure is a national monument. The monument catches the tourists’ attraction due to its distinctive locale.
Juniper forests are very popular in Ziyarat. The second major juniper forests in the world are Zarghoon mountain ranges with some other hills located in Baluchistan. These juniper forests are the precious worth of Ziyarat. It surrounds the major area of about 247,000 acres. There are numerous precious species of birds, plants and animals which are founded in the ecosystem. Some trees in Ziyarat are very old approximately 5000 to 7000 years old. When snow falls in winter seasons, the juniper valley becomes the most beautiful paradise in the world.
The valley has abundance of fruits in winters and summers season, especially the orchards of apples and cherries. The most fascinating thing about the Ziyara is its honey. Its honey is very popular all around the globe. The weather is really peaceful and pleasant in summer season but is very critical and severe to survive in such intensifying winters in Ziyarat.
Written By Aqsa Zahid