The Zhob Valley: A must visit place
Zhob Valley is one of the most fascinating places in Balochistan. If you are planning to visit Balochistan then this place is highly recommended. It has bearable summers and cold winters with snowfall. The best time to visit Zhob is during April when spring season rules the valley.
Zhob Valley lies in the Zhob District obscured by the imposing hills. It is situated 60 miles north east of Quetta on the plains near the eastern bank of River Zhob. It is at an elevation of 4,500 feet above sea level.
Zhob Valley was previously known as Apazai. In the late 1880s, the British noticing its proximity to Afghanistan took it under their control. They established Zhob District and made Apazai its capital. Apazai was then christened Fort Sandeman after the Governor General Robert Sandeman. The British took keen interest in its development. In 1976, Fort Sandeman was renamed Zhob by Z.A Bhutto the then prime minister of Pakistan.
Like other valleys, Zhob too has fruit orchards in abundance where you can find varieties of apples, peaches, grapes, pomegranates and dry fruits such as walnuts and almonds. The valley is abounding with exotic flowers as well, some popular flowers being tulips, lavenders, hyacinths and poppies. Apart from the orchards, the Chromites mine also offers a spectacular site as well as the ruins of the castle Fort Sandeman. It was the residence of the British political agent during the British rule.
Few people know that Zhob valley is also an archaeological site. The remains of an ancient civilization have been discovered here.
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