Ziarat Balochistan is a town in Ziarat District located in Balochistan. It is 130 kilometers (81 mi) from the capital of eastern Balochistan, Quetta.
City was established as a district on 1 July 1986, having previously been part of Sibi District. Quaid-e-Azam Residence is located in the valley where Quaid-e-Azam (the founder of Pakistan) spent some of his most memorable days.
On October 29, 2008, at around 4:00 am, a twin earthquake hit Ziarat and its surroundings. The first 6.2 magnitude tremor lasted for a few seconds and was followed by a 6.4 magnitude tremor that lasted nearly 30 seconds and destroyed many mud houses and several government buildings.
The earthquake also hit neighboring villages hard. More than 200 people were killed and more than 50,000 were left homeless. Landslides have cut off many roads, making the area more difficult for rescuers to access. Pakistani military helicopters were used to reach mountainous and remote locations to rescue people.
Valley is surrounded by lush green juniper forest, locally known as Sanober, home to the largest area of juniper forest (Juniperus excelsa) in Pakistan with an area of about 110,000 hectares.
The forest is believed to be the second largest of its kind in the world. It also contains the species Juniperus macropoda and Juniperus excelsa polycarpos. The indigenous tribes here are Kakar and Tareen (including Raisani).
It was established as a District in July 1986, formerly part of Sibi District. The district with a population of 52,855 is divided into two tehsils Ziarat and Sanjawi, the latter being the most densely populated with a population of 32,456 while Tehsil has a population of 18,000. The district contains a total of ten union councils.
Demographics & Population of Ziarat Valley
At the time of the 2017 census, the district had a population of 160,095, of which 82,161 were men and 77,912 were women. The rural population was 156,703 (97.88%), while the urban population was 3,392 (2.12%).
The literacy rate was 45.36% – the male literacy rate was 58.84% while the female literacy rate was 31.43%. 417 people in the district were from religious minorities. The predominant language is Pashto, spoken by 97.61% of the population.
Ziarat has a continental climate (Koppen: Dsa) and remains quite cool in summer compared to other cities in Pakistan.
Tourism in Ziarat Balochistan
Ziarat City is a good place to visit because it has reasonable hotels, restaurants, and you can find different type tourist attractions in this beautiful and little valley.