Balakot is a town in Mansehra District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan. The city was destroyed during the 2005 earthquake but was later rebuilt with the help of the Pakistani government and the Saudi Public Assistance for Pakistan Earthquake Victims (SPAPEV), a Saudi aid organization. It also serves as a gateway for tourists visiting the northern regions.
Location of Balakot
Balakot is located on the right bank of the Kunhar River. It is almost two-thirds the length of the river from where it rises at the Dharam Sar lake deep in the Kaghan valley, before its confluence with the Jehlum River.
The lower region below Balakot, sometimes referred to as the Nainsukh Valley, is mild, while the Kaghan Valley above the town is cold enough to turn the entire area into a frigid one in winter. Kaghan Valley is a pleasant summer destination. Its upper part from Naran upstream lacks the monsoon, but the lower part is well forested.
It is now a sprawling city and hub in the remote northern parts of Pakistan. Smaller villages are located in the terraced mountains around it.
The weather in Balakot Pakistan is humid subtropical with hot summers and cold winters. The rainfall in the city is much higher than in most other parts of Pakistan. The heaviest rainfall occurs either in late winter (February–March) associated with frontal systems, or in the monsoon season (June–August); however, all months experience significant precipitation on average.