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5 Amazing Places of Gwadar you must visit once in your lifetime

Gwadar with no doubt is a story of tranquillity, seafood and all the colors of the rainbow. The way we can enjoy the variety of taste and color of seafood from one part to another part of the world is what makes Gwadar the best place to visit. Gwadar carries enchanting flavors of nature with songs via every single wave and every whisper of the wind that comes to us when we enter the vibrant city of Gwadar. This place is gifted well by nature and is rich with natural and breathtaking beauty with friendly and amazing people everywhere. The contract of the blue sea and the White Mountains is something that can take you to the fairytale world in no time.

Although being a part of Pakistan the Gwadar was unknown for decades and all of its beauty was hidden from the world until the amazing idea of CPEC hit the world. With each passing day, the world is witnessing the amazing capacities of Gwadar is many different ways of life. And surely it is surprising the world with its amazing offers to visit it every holiday season.

Here is what you can visit and enjoy in Gwadar, have some blessed time with family or hang out with your dear friends while relaxing far away from the hustle and bustle of the city. These areas will surely give you a taste of being on a holiday in Dubai while spending merely 1/3 of the amount that you may have to lose to have a trip to a destination like that of Dubai. Also, you will surely feel different by visiting Gwadar areas:

The Gwadar Port

Gwadar Port

Surely top one on the list is the Gwadar port. Who in this date does not have the idea of the financial potential of these areas but let’s look at the other side of the picture now. Gwadar is a warm deep-water seaport located on the Arabian Sea and can be visited in the Province of Balochistan in Pakistan. The Gwadar port is located on the three connection cross-roads named as the Central Asian Countries, the Pakistan and the Oil Rich Middle East region of the world. Gwadar port is connecting Pakistan with all the major trading points giving it strategic importance as well as an undeniable attraction for the tourists from around the globe. It is surely a potential idea of business and is thus coming up with some amazing developments in the localities that are worth watching.

The Astola Island

Astola Island

Are you known to the fact that you can see an island being in Pakistan? Yes, you can do that by visiting Gwadar. Astola Island is also known as the Haft Talar in the local language.it means the seven rocks. It is a small island in the Arabian Sea that is about 40 KM far from the Pansi area. You can access the island by using motor-boats that you will need to take from the Pasni and it will take you on a ride of about 5 hours to reach the island.

The island is about 7KM long and is about 2.5 KM wide and is a popular tourist place. If you are planning to visit the place, make sure you have all the necessary things with you as you will not find any shops or restaurants on that place and you will need to camp to spend a night there.

What you can enjoy being there is the scuba-diving, fishing, and campaigns and all of these are really popular among the visitors. During your journey to the island, you can also see a lot of dolphins and green turtles and if you are lucky enough you may see the Hawksbill turtle that nests on the beaches at the bottom of the cliffs.

Unfortunately, the population of the seabirds has fallen with over the years the cats can be seen on the island. Do not get surprised these cats are brought to the island by the fishermen. But a bird lover must not get disappointed as they can see a lot of gulls, sanderlings, and plovers.

The ancient temple of the goddess “Kali Devi” is something that is of great importance when we talk about this island. For this reason, the island is very famous among the Hindus. You can also find a prayer yard built for Khwaja Khizr who is said to rule the oceans and is believed that he still visits the area occasionally and another prayer in that yard. This prayer yard is mostly used by the fishermen in the fishing season that goes from September to May each year.

The Ormara Beach

Ormara Beach

This beach is located about 240Km from Karachi and is the midpoint of Gwadar and Karachi. The area lies under the supervision of the Pakistan navy and is the place where the vessels scattered all around giving the tourist a captivating sight of the working of naval forces of Pakistan. There is a mountain named as Hammer-head that protect the Ormara region from the sea and keeps it away from the water and beaches. This place is also of importance as history claims it to be pit spot for Alexander the Great. It is also said that one of his generals died here who was called Mrmuz and with that reference, this place is named as Ormara.

The Sphinx

Sphinx

Yes, from far it does looks like the Sphinx in Egypt but surely it is not. This sphinx is a naturally carved object that lies on the top of the range that resembles the Sphinx- a man-made sculptor in Egypt. This natural formation is located in the Buzzi pass and can be found well before the Princess of Hope in Gwadar.

The Princess of Hope

Princess of Hope

Named as Ling, the Princess of Hope is the statue of a princess that was established in the Hingol National Park in the Makran coast of the Balochistan province. It is located about 190 KM away from Karachi.

The Princess of Hope is a natural rock formation that gives and glimpses of a princess gazing beyond the horizon- may be in search of hope. The Arabian Sea breeze has worked for years to craft this amazing piece of work giving a beautiful sculpture to the tourists. The princess of hope is standing high in the mountains alongside the Makran coastal highway. This area is covered with Mud Mountains and rocks. The climatic changes and the rains along with strong winds from the seas and turned the rocks into finely sculptured objects. Surely princess of hope is one of them.
Moving far from the amazing artworks of nature you can also visit other places like the desert in Gwadar, the baba chandrakup, or the Buzi pass if you have enough time to witness all the amazing perks of being in Pakistan, in a single visit. If not, you can go back, re-boost your energies and get back to the area with new excitement and enjoy the rest of it. Surely there is much more to witness than what we have shared with you now.

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Significance of Gwadar- A brief Overview

Gwadar is a port city located on the southwestern coast of the Balochistan province of Pakistan. The city is located on the shore of Arabian Sea and is about 700Km away from Karachi. Located near the border of Iran the Gwadar city is located to the east of the Persian Gulf and right opposite to Oman.

A Quick History of Gwadar:

Form the history, the Gwadar was a small to medium size setting with the economy mainly based on the artisanal fishing. The strategic value of Gwadar was initially appreciated in 1954 when it was identified as a suitable deepwater seaport by the geological survey conducted by the United States of America. That survey was conducted on the request of Pakistan. At that time the Gwadar was under the possession of Oman.

Despite having the idea of the value of Gwadar, its actual potential remained unveiled up till 2001. By the year 2001, the initial construction of the Gwadar Port was initiated. With a net cost of $248 million, the first phase was inaugurated by General Pervez Musharraf.

After construction, the port remained under-utilized for a number of reasons including insufficient investment, security issues and the failure of the Pakistani Government to transfer land as per promised to the port of Singapore Authority (they were the port operators that time).

The CPEC Project:

By the year 2015, China showed its intention of developing Gwadar port city with an investment of $46 billion under the name of CPEC (China- Pakistan Economic Corridor). China aimed to develop a One Belt- One Road with the idea to facilitate the trading activities using this road. The Gwadar is majorly featured in the CPEC project. It is also foreseen as a link between the Maritime Silk Road and the One-Belt, One Road project.

Investments in Gwadar:

Almost $ 1.153 billion worth infrastructure is planned to be invested in the Gwadar city, apart from the major CPEC projects. The aim of this initiative is to link Western China with Northern Pakistan to this deepwater seaport. The Gwadar city will also be a site for storing transported floating liquefied natural gas that will be a part of the Iran-Pakistan Gas Pipeline Project.

Importance of Gwadar Port:

With the changing time, sea politics is getting complex with the massive involvement of economic prosperity and commercial activities, on a global level. The Gwadar port holds huge economic and strategic significance for Pakistan and is the third important seaport of Pakistan after the Karachi and Qasim Port.

Being located at the cross junction of the international shipping and the oil trading routes, the Gwadar port has become of massive global advantage for all the economies of the world, including Pakistan. This is the reason why Gwadar is considered to be acting as a trade hub in Pakistan. with its direct link to three major regions of the globe stated as; South Asia, Middle East, and Central Asia, the Gwadar port will be a new investment opportunity that will have a positive impact on therewith of Balochistan.

With Gwadar, Pakistan will be able to explore minerals, gas and oil resources and hydrocarbons, etc. the port is also attracting a massive amount of tourist and foreign investors and can be seen serving as a foreign reserve and free trade zone. All these features will surely help and play a role in the prosperity of Pakistan. It can also help to enhance the commercial and trade activities in the country.

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At the same time, it is believed that the Gwadar will make Pakistan be a monitoring part of the Sea Line of Communications that comes from the Persian Gulf. With a strategic leveraging of investments and opportunities, the Gwadar will open up doors for new opportunities of the people of Pakistan and will help them in their economic growth and stability via Trans trading activities and foregone exchange reserves.

Gwadar is also believed to be boosting up the co-operation of Pakistan with other political establishments of the world in terms of energy and oil resources. At the same time the trade, hotel industry, and the state revenue sectors will have a positive impact. As the Gwadar is offering tax-free trade and investment opportunities, it is successfully attractive for foreign investors to open up and invest in pipeline projects and economic plans.

The Geo-Political Importance of Gwadar:

The Gwadar port has massive strategic importance and is increasing the importance and value of Pakistan in a global setting and specifically in the region. Through the Persian Gulf and the Indian Oceans and Southeast Asia, the Role of Pakistan is enhanced. With its close locality to the Strait of Hormuz, it will be a roadway to supply 13 million barrel oil on a daily basis.

Gateway to Central and Southwest Asia:

On its completion, the port is expected to open new vistas for development and cooperation in the region. The port is expected to offer facilities of transshipments, warehousing, coastal and transit trades, industrial as well as commercial facilities for international import-export trades. The above said are specifically referred to the Oman, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, China, Central Asian States, Qatar and other countries of the region.

The Gwadar port is also believed to offer a cost-effective, safe, secure and uninterrupted supply of natural energy. This uninterrupted supply will help all these countries to sustain and smooth industrial development and growth. With its geostrategic position, Pakistan will bridge the transportation gaps and will offer the shortest possible route for energy transportation. At that same time, it will offer the shortest possible route to the warm waters of the Arabian Sea.

Developments at Gwadar Port:

With the partial technical and financial assistance of China, Pakistan has successfully completed the first phase of the deep-sea port in the Gwadar. The Gwadar port was initially inaugurated on the 20th of March 2007. A number of projects are already completed for about 50% and the rest of working is on the go. Phase 2 of Gwadar will include; a major cargo terminal; a ro-ro terminal, two oil terminals, and four container berths.

A- The Kara-Koram Highway:

Decided as to up-grade the KKH as the upgraded road is believed to be providing a short route to the sea and will be superficially beneficial for the product manufacturers from China. The KKH is also believed to be serving as an overland route for trading between India and China. It will also facilitate Pakistan and China in terms of trade and energy improvement, development of the railway links, oil and gas pipeline linkage and the fiber-optic connectivity along the highway under one project.

B- The railway System:

Along the KKH a railway line is developed and will be connecting China and Pakistan and is considered as a vital part of the energy and trade corridor. The aim of this railway web is to facilitate the trade activities as well as transport energy in case other means are not operational for any reason. This rail track will be linked to Gwadar as Gwadar will be carrying the oil-refining as well as storage facilities.

C- The Energy Pipelines:

The framework of the agreement on energy cooperation was initiated back in 2006. According to this agreement, an energy pipeline of 30-inch diameter will be installed from Khunjerab to Gwadar. This pipeline will pass through Awaran, Pir Muhammad, Khuzdar, Shikarpur, D. I. Khan, Kundian, Mianwali, Talagang, Pindi Ghraib, Fateh Jang, Haripur, Mansehra, Patan, Dasu, Chilas, Bunjil, Gilgit, Sust, and Khunjerab pass.

Benefits of Gwadar Port for Pakistan:

Top on the list is that with Gwadar, Pakistan can fulfill its energy needs and it can also secure benefits including; enhancement of trades with middle east and Cars; relations with the regional and neighbor countries will be improved; trades will be enhances; TAPI and IPI pipeline projects may lead to neutralized relations with India. Pakistan can also earn massive foreign exchange through transit fees and thus can improve its fore exchange reserves. With Gwadar port, the backward areas of Pakistan will improve gradually but significantly. There will be improvements in the literacy rate and the living conditions of backward areas of Pakistan and a lot of new jobs will come up due to foreign and local investments in the area. With the improvement in the overall economy, there would be an improvement in the hotel and tourism industry as well.

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It is amazing that a fishing village to yesterday is soon to become the hub of regional trade activities supplying Pakistan with the most needed support in all ways possible. The amazing significance of the Free Economic Trade Zone and the Gwadar Port is well known to the Government of Pakistan and is thus working on many different aspects of the idea to promote the value of Gwadar to international investors and to provide them will all what it takes to convince them of any kind of big or small industrial or residential investment. Expected is to have a brighter future as soon as the Gwadar Port is completely operational and playing in the field.

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Best Places to Visit in Gwadar in 2018 and After

Gwadar with no doubt is a story of tranquillity, seafood and all the colours of the rainbow. The way we can enjoy the variety in taste and colour of seafood from one part to another part of the world is what makes Gwadar the best place to visit. Gwadar carries enchanting flavours of nature with songs via every single wave and every whisper of the wind that comes to us when we enter the vibrant city of Gwadar. This place is gifted well by nature and is rich with natural and breathtaking beauty with friendly and amazing people everywhere. The contract of the blue sea and the White Mountains is something that can take you to the fairytale world in no time.

Although being a part of Pakistan the Gwadar was unknown for decades and all of its beauty was hidden from the world until the amazing idea of CPEC hit the world. With each passing day, the world is witnessing the amazing capacities of Gwadar is many different ways of life. And surely it is surprising the world with its amazing offers to visit it every holiday season.

Here is what you can visit and enjoy in Gwadar, have some blessed time with family or hang out with your dear friends while relaxing far away from the hustle and bustle of the city. These areas will surely give you a taste of being on a holiday in Dubai while spending merely 1/3 of the amount that you may have to lose to have a trip to a destination like that of Dubai. Also, you will surely feel different by visiting Gwadar areas:

The Gwadar Port

Gwadar Port

Surely top one on the list is the Gwadar port. Who in this date does not have the idea of the financial potential of these areas but let’s look at the other side of the picture now. Gwadar is a warm deep-water seaport located on the Arabian Sea and can be visited in the Province of Balochistan in Pakistan. The Gwadar port is located on the three connection cross-roads named as the Central Asian Countries, the Pakistan and the Oil Rich Middle East region of the world. Gwadar port is connecting Pakistan with all the major trading points giving it a strategic importance as well as an undeniable attraction for the tourists from around the globe. It is surely a potential idea of business and is thus coming up with some amazing developments in the localities that are worth watching.

The Astola Island

Astola Island

Are you known to the fact that you can see an island being in Pakistan? Yes, you can do that by visiting Gwadar. The Astola Island is also known as the Haft Talar in the local language.it means the seven rocks. It is a small island in the Arabian Sea that is about 40 KM far from the Pansi area. You can access the island by using motor-boats that you will need to take from the Pasni and it will take you on a ride of about 5 hours to reach the island.

The island is about 7KM long and is about 2.5 KM wide and is a popular tourist place. If you are planning to visit the place, make sure you have all the necessary things with you as you will not find any shops or restaurants on that place and you will need to camp to spend a night there.

What you can enjoy being there is the scuba-diving, fishing, and campaigns and all of these are really popular among the visitors. During your journey to the island, you can also see a lot of dolphins and green turtles and if you are lucky enough you may see the Hawksbill turtle that nests on the beaches at the bottom of the cliffs.

Unfortunately, the population of the seabirds has fallen with over the years the cats can be seen on the island. Do not get surprised these cats are brought to the island by the fishermen. But a bird lover must not get disappointed as they can see a lot of gulls, sanderlings and plovers.

The ancient temple of the goddess “Kali Devi” is something that is of great importance when we talk about this island. For this reason, the island is very famous among the Hindus. You can also find a prayer yard built for Khwaja Khizr who is said to rule the oceans and is believed that he still visit the area occasionally and another prayer in that yard. This prayer yard is mostly used by the fishermen in the fishing season that goes from September to May each year.

The Ormara Beach

Ormara Beach

This beach is located about 240Km from Karachi and is the midpoint of Gwadar and Karachi. The area lies under the supervision of the Pakistan navy and is the place where the vessels scattered all around giving the tourist a captivating sight of the working of naval forces of Pakistan. There is a mountain named as Hammer-head that protect the Ormara region from the sea and keeps it away from the water and beaches. This place is also of importance as history claims it to be pit spot for Alexander the great. It is also said that one of his generals died here who was called Mrmuz and with that reference, this place is named as Ormara.

The Sphinx

Sphinx

Yes, from far it does looks like the Sphinx in Egypt but surely it is not. This sphinx is a naturally carved object that lies on the top of the range that resembles the Sphinx- a man-made sculptor in Egypt. This natural formation is located in the buzzi pass and can be found well before the Princess of Hope in Gwadar.

The Princess of Hope

Princess of Hope

Named as Ling, the Princess of Hope is the statue of a princess that was established in the Hingol National Park in the Makran coast of the Balochistan province. It is located about 190 KM away from Karachi.

The Princess of Hope is a natural rock formation that gives and glimpses of a princess gazing beyond the horizon- may be in search of hope. The Arabian Sea breeze has worked for years to craft this amazing piece of work giving a beautiful sculpture to the tourists. The princess of hope is standing high in the mountains alongside the Makran coastal highway. This area is covered with Mud Mountains and rocks. The climatic changes and the rains along with strong winds from the seas and turned the rocks into finely sculptured objects. Surely princess of hope is one of them.
Moving far from the amazing artworks of nature you can also visit other places like the desert in Gwadar, the baba chandrakup, or the buzi pass if you have enough time to witness all the amazing perks of being in Pakistan, in a single visit. If not, you can go back, re-boost your energies and get back to the area with new excitement and enjoy the rest of it. Surely there is much more to witness than what we have shared with you now.

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The Beauty of Gwadar- breathtaking places

For decades, the Northern Areas of Pakistan are considered to be the beauty hub of Pakistan and the tourist attraction. But the last decade introduced us to the beauty of south. The small towns like Gwadar, Gorakh, Thatta, and others have seen quite a revamp by the government and private bodies. With the increase in discussion about Gwadar and its scenic views, the tourists have started to experience it for real.

Are you looking for an adventure-packed retreat to the most picturesque place of Pakistan? Here are some of the major highlights of Gwadar for your next travel and your plan to stay.

Gwadar Port

The port is famous for its economic significance due to CPEC and its strategic location connecting all the Asian countries. This port connects the Middle Eastern countries, Central Asian countries and Pakistan at one point which works wonders for our country.

The place is famous for the deep clear water sea and the view from the top. You will find its serenity soothing and unexpected.

Buzzi Pass

Fundamental motivation to go to Gwadar is known to be the Buzzi pass itself. It presents us with the most awesome landscape on every side, one can basically not help hold their breath in ponder and amazement. Certainty about Buzzi Pass that is known to be acclaimed is that Alexander the considerable go by here and on tis pass, he lost a large portion of his armies.

Desert

If you have ever wondered how it would be to sleep on the desert sand, Gwadar will give you a chance to experience a big, steamy desert.

Astola Island

Otherwise called the “island of the seven slopes”, it is situated in the Pasni ‘area of Gwadar. The island extends 6.7 km and profundity of 2.3, the most elevated point if the island is 246 ft. over the ocean level. It gives an excellent perspective of the Arabian Sea, keeping up a fairly endemic living style because of its separated area.

It is known to bolster a vast rearing waterfowls and animals yet need in any kind of greenery. There is no wellspring of crisp water and all the rural exercises rely on upon the incidental precipitation.

One really want to visit these territories in view of magnificence and the chances of adventurous outdoors, scuba jumping and angling.

Hammerhead

Taking after the state of the hammerhead whale, this mass of shake was made by the mud spring of gushing lava that ejected. The dominant part of the stones in the Gwadar area was made through the ejection of these springs of gushing lava. Hammerhead gives a tremendous perspective of the Arabian Sea on its southern side and a stunning perspective of the Gwadar city on its north.

The Sphinx

Gwadar has its own particular normally cut sphinx, situated on the highest point of the range, it precisely looks like the man-made model. Its magnificence and ponder has achieved numerous guests from everywhere.

So plan a special expedition to Gwadar, sightseeing the beautiful places and enjoying the wilderness!

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