Hanna Lake, Baluchistan

Lakes in Pakistan- Hanna Lake - Quetta, Baluchistan

Hanna Lake is one of the picturesque sights of Baluchistan province of Pakistan. It is located 10 km from the capital city of Quetta. The streams and melting snow from nearby mountain ranges as well as rain are the main water sources of the Hanna Lake. During the reign of the British, a channel was built to divert the water from the gorges towards Hanna Lake. The channel is now in dire need of repairs and much of the water is being wasted.

Hanna Lake is a popular tourist spot. Against the backdrop of brown hills, the clear blue waters of the Hanna Lake are a wonderful sight. Pine trees planted around the lake have added to its beauty. An artificial island has also been made in the middle of the lake. The lake is a bound with golden fish. The well known Hayat Durrani Water Sports Academy (HDWSA) is located to the East of the lake.

Hanna Lake offers tourists lots of facilities as well as activities. Boating and hiking can be done here and later you can relax at the lakeside restaurant. It is very strange that though it is a perfectly safe picnic spot, almost every year people drown here in boat accidents. May be a more careful approach should be followed while picnicking at Hanna Lake.

Agricultural Products of Balochistan

by on October 31, 2009
in Agriculture in Pakistan

Cholistan: Farmland in Balochistan

Balochistan is a land of diversity. Not only are there dissimilarities in the topography of the region, the climate varies as well.

Basically Balochistan is dry and barren and receives little rainfall thus making it difficult for people to live and crops to grow. No wonder being the largest province area wise it has the smallest population. While most of the area is covered with scrub vegetation, (short thick bushes) some regions of Balochistan are blessed with extremely fertile soil. The temperature of Balochistan ranges from temperate to tropical.

The rich soil along with the suitable temperature is ideal for the growth of fruits. As a matter of fact, Balochistan produces a variety of fruits in surplus and is nicknamed as “The Fruit Basket” of Pakistan.

Out of the total fruit crops of Pakistan, Balochistan produces;

FRUITS PRODUCED       VARIETIES GROWN     TOTAL PERCENTAGE

APPLES                               52                              34
CHERRIES                           15                              90
ALMONDs                           05                              90
APRICOT                             32                              60
POMEGRANATES               04                              60
GRAPES                               22                              90
DATEs                                 130                             70
PEACH                                  —                              60
OLIVES                                11                               —
PLUMS                                 30                               —
PISTACHIO                          04                               —

Because of their high quality, the fruits are also exported abroad especially to the Gulf States.

Although wheat and rice are grown in Balochistan but due to the lack of resources and shortage of water the production is quite low. The wheat and rice grown here are not sufficient for Baluchistan’s own needs and it relies on Sindh and Punjab to fulfill its requirements. The recent successful attempts to grow sugarcane and cotton have been encouraging for both the government and the people.

If proper measures are taken then agriculture can also flourish in Balochistan.

Climate of Pakistan

PAKISTAN MAP

The climate of Pakistan is as diverse as its topography. In the north the home of mountains, the winters are extremely cold with temperature in minus. Most areas remain covered with snow for most part of the year. The severe cold at times forces people to migrate to warmer places. The summers are cool and the best time to visit these places. The northern areas receive their fair share of rains.

The plains of Punjab have hot sultry summers and cold winters. They also receive a lot of rain during monsoons.

Baluchistan has very hot summers and cold winters. Some parts of Baluchistan like Ziarat and Quetta receive snowfall during winter. Baluchistan gets its rain during winter.

The coastal areas of Sindh and Baluchistan enjoy mildly cold winter season. The summers are hot but the cool sea breeze makes it bearable. They receive erratic rainfall. Upper Sindh experiences very hot summer and cold winters and it rains mostly in monsoon.

Pakistan is a unique country from climatic point of view. Within the span of Pakistan, almost all kinds of climatic conditions can be experienced. From the mild small range climate of the coastal regions where oceanic effect is also felt in winters, the extreme continental climate with very hot summers are also experienced in Pakistan.

Reasons to visit NWFP (now KPK), Punjab, Sindh and Baluchistan

by on October 7, 2009
in Travel Pakistan

Masjid wazir Khan

NWFP  (KPK-Khyber Pakhtoonkhwah) is nicknamed “the Switzerland of Pakistan” because of its spellbinding beauty. It is a land of mountains covered with Alpine and coniferous forests, sparkling streams, dancing water falls and glaciers. It is guarded by the three mighty mountains the Hindu Kush, Karakoram and the Himalayas. Relics of the Gandhara –Buddhist era are scattered all over the northern areas. So if you are a nature’s freak or interested in mountain climbing, hiking and trekking then do visit the northern areas of Pakistan.

Punjab is famous for its hospitality and historical places. A number of buildings from the Mughal era are found in the plains of Punjab. Punjab is a land of lush green fields. It is also the land of five rivers. The tributaries of the River Indus snake through Punjab.

Sindh has a rich history. The remains of the world’s oldest civilization are found at Moen Jo Daro. Other historical sites include Rani Not Fort, Pucca Qila, Makli Hills Tomb, Chaukhandi Tombs and Shah Jehan Mosque. There are some shrines as well which are thronged by thousands of devotees whole year round. The Karlri Lake, Keenjhar Lake and the Kirthar Natural Park are some places worth seeing.

Karachi the capital of Sindh is a coastal city and a valid reason to visit Sindh. Karachi is the most modern and biggest city of Pakistan. It has a number of buildings from the colonial era. Karachi is famous for its shopping centers and beaches.

Baluchistan is mostly dry but there are some interesting places which allure the tourists. The juniper forests, Hanna Lake, Ziarat, Quetta and Chaman are some places of interest in Baluchistan. There are many beaches in Baluchistan such as Gadani, Somiani etc. The coastal city of Gawadar is being developed with all modern amenities for the future.


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