Gwadar’s importance has increased manifold due to the emergence of CPEC. Besides the economic potential, the port city has some amazing places to visit.
So let’s look at the beautiful and happening places of Gwadar.
1- Astola Island
Astola Island, also known as Jezira Haft Talar Satadip or ‘Island of the Seven Hills’, is a small uninhabited Pakistani island in the Arabian Sea. Also the largest island in Pakistan, it is the epitome of Balochistan’s undermined beauty. It is quite an isolated place, lending great beauty to it. You can enjoy camping, scuba diving, and fishing here.
A great tourist attraction indeed.
2- Ormara Beach
Ormara Beach lies between Karachi and Gwadar on the Makran Coastal Highway, and is a base of naval operations. At 240 kilometres away from Karachi, driving here takes under 5 hours. Ormara was one of the pit stop for Alexander the great, and one of his generals died here, named ormuz, thus the name Ormara.
It is quite an impressive sight as you get to see various naval carriers from the beach, and is one of the best untouched natural beaches in the country.
Resembling the shape of the hammerhead whale, this mass of rock was created by the mud volcano that erupted. Majority of the rocks in the Gwadar district were created through the eruption of these volcanos. Hammerhead provides a spectacular view of the Arabian Sea on its southern side and a breathtaking view of the Gwadar city on its north.
4- The Sphinx
Ever wondered how it would feel to see the wondrous sphinx in Egypt, up front and not in pictures? Gwadar has its own naturally carved sphinx, located on the top of the range, it exactly resembles the man-made sculpture. Its beauty and wonder has brought about many visitors from all over.
5– Princess of Hope
Located in the largest national park of Pakistan, Princess of Hope is another one of the major tourist attractions. People believe that the formation was man made however history claims that it was carved in the same way as the sphinx and the hammerhead- through the eruption of the Mud Mountains that covered the regions.
It is shaped like a primitive statue of a female and is quite impressive to see due to its immense size and seemingly man made shape.
6- Buzzi Pass
Main reason to travel to Gwadar, is known to be the Buzzi pass itself. It presents us with the most spectacular scenery on each side, one can simply not help hold their breath in wonder and awe. Overlooking the Hingol National Park and the wondrous natural carvings, it provides a spectacular view. Fact about Buzzi Pass that is known to be famous is that Alexander the great passed by here and on tis pass, he lost many of his legions.
Passing by the Hingol river bridge, is the coastal semi dessert that offers the locals and tourists a chance at desert safari on its sand dunes. It is yet again one of the reasons why the tourist gathering at Gwadar has increased.