Figuratively, the meaning of Ziarat valley is a place of pilgrimage, while local names of Ziarat valley were ‘Gwuski and Kowashik’. In 1886, the Gwuski & Kowashik was changed into existing name Ziarat OR often known as Ziarat Valley.
The word Ziarat drove from a shrine which means a holy grave of a man. The legends revealed that a Sufi man named Kharwari Baba lived in this valley. After his death, he was buried here. The saint belonged to a Sarangzai Kinsfolk and his real name was Mullah Tahir. Afterwards, he converted himself into followers of Nana Sahib. There are few other graves existing in the famous graveyard of Ziarat valley, which belongs to the locals of the valley. The tomb of Saint, after whom Ziarat has been named, has the tomb just at the 8km distance from the centre of the Ziarat valley. A large number of people and tourist all around Pakistan come and visit the saint’s shrine, offer ” Fatiha & chadars”, and many of them visit there to ask “manats” a local word which means ‘desires’.
Talking about best tourist places in the world, world tourism organizations, sustainable tourism, famous tourist attractions, and best tourist places near me; and would not mention the name of beautiful Ziarat valley, I must say, it would be a big injustice with the tourism department and with the pure beauty of nature.
Pakistan is full of a number of beautiful tourists places or beautiful natural scenery which attracts visitors and tourists with fascinating loveliness. Ziarat valley is also counted among these beautiful tourists places. Ziarat valley has a huge significance due to the presence of pre-historical treasure of Juniper Forest. It is located about 122 km from the capital city of Balochistan, Quetta. Ziarat valley is among the best tourists places in the world, very popular picnic point, and it is 8,200 feet above from sea level.
The founder of Pakistan, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, who was suggested to spent the last days of his life in this place. Because he spent his last days here, this is why the valley is also known as the last residency of the founder of Pakistan, one of the great leaders of the world, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. This valley was selected for a sick leader because the climate of Ziarat valley is so peaceful and favourable to provide ease to the soul. Particularly, when people lived so stressful and busy life, and when they come to visit the valley, they just feel that they have nothing to do else and wanted to remain calm around beautiful green mountainous nature of Almighty ALLAH.
This place opted for the leader, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah because Ziarat valley is more beautiful and favourable in the summer season. Not only the climate but also Jinnah liked this place personally. Jinnah felt relaxed in Ziarat. The residency of Jinnah is still maintained very well that tourists can experience the past of Jinnah even now, Quaid’s bedroom, dining room, the “Sehan” all the old furniture are placed in a way that it feels like Jinnah is still living somewhere in his residency. For this incentive, Ziarat possesses a national monumental status in Pakistan.
The hill of Ziarat valley is surrounded by the number of ancient Juniper trees. These Juniper trees of Ziarat called the treasures of Ziarat because some of the trees of Junipers are 5000 to 7000 years old and still alive. In the snowy season of winter, the trees of juniper look beautiful. Substance ephedrine has huge medical importance and it is extracted from the herb of the ephedra Sinica found in Ziarat. This substance specially used in the syrups of the cough.
The refreshing greenery, the following streams and the waterfalls can take your heart away and make you feel in heaven. The sweet and tasteful orchards of cherries and apples are very sweet and a very interesting fact is that the visitors and tourists are free to eat these delicious fruits by plucking directly from the trees.
The hotels and ‘Dhabas’ serve tourists all kind of Desi (local) dishes and drinks. The `Sajji´ is a native dish of Ziarat valley and famous among the tourists. The Ziarat handicrafts, Shawls and other decoration pieces are very famous which are hand made by Ziarat women. Thus, it makes this place among the best tourist places in the world.
Ziarat snowfall is famous all over Pakistan. So in December and January peoples from all over the country and from other countries as well come to enjoy that rare scenes of snowfall in Ziarat valley.
The law & order situation in Ziarat is much better for sustainable tourism. So tourists feel free to explore Ziarat and its beauty. Ziarat considered being the cold area. In winter it can cross the feeling of Moscow’s coldness but in summer its weather becomes moderate and pleasant.
If you are a tourist and looking for better tourists attractions, want a good and healthy environment to relax your mind and soul then destination Ziarat is for you. In 1883, the British government select Ziarat as a health resort, on that time it was an aloof area only a limited number of mud houses were present. World tourism organizations also recommend the Ziarat valley as a place of a health resort.
Pakistan government, in the leadership of great Prime Minister Imran Khan, is working hard to enhance tourism in the country. Ziarat Valley is also in a focus point to this great cause. So, this place is now more expected to be flourished to make it more tourism sustainable and to make it count in the best tourist places in the world.
Note: The author was supervised By Mr Farhan Ali Soomro (PhD Scholar) & Teaching Assistant Department of Public Administration, Faculty of Management Sciences, Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur.
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