Hingol National Park - Largest Park in Pakistan (Balochistan)
Hingol National Park, or Hungul National Park, is situated along the Makran coastal line in Lasbela district, Balochistan. It is the second largest park in Pakistan, covering an area of 6,100 square kilometers. Some of the its area is also located in Gwadar and Awaran. It is located at the distance of 717 km from the main Quetta city and 243 km from Karachi on the Makran Coastal Highway.
Hingol National Park is the largest national park in Pakistan, and situated near Sapat Beaach in the Makran Coastal region. It lies in three districts, Gwadar, Awaran, and Lasbela and covered an area of 6,100 square kilometers. It was established as national park in 1988. Its name is due to the Hingol River that finally ends in the Arabian Sea. It has six distinct ecoystems with deserts and plains. It was bounded by a dense forest to the north side with a barren mountain range to the south, and the Hangul River and its tributaries.
The Hingol River and its tributaries are homeland for migratory birds, marsh crocodiles, and significant diversity of fish species. It is 560 km long river and flows throughout the Hungul Valley and Makran Coastal Range. It flows all over the year, whereas most of rivers and streams in the Balochistan province are seasonal. It is the main water source in the area of Hingol National Park.
Hingol National Park, or Hungul National Park, is a natural sanctuary for various kinds of plants and wildlife including endangered species. It has more than 250 kinds of plants and more than 280 different kinds of animals including mammals, aquatic animals, reptiles, amphibians, and migratory birds. It also famous for unique herbs which have importance in the field of medical. In coastal areas, a large number of aquatic life including dolphins, marsh crocodiles, green turtles, and olive turtles. It is ideal place for various mammals including Sindh ibex, Baluchistan urial, and Chinkara.
Hangul National Park has the most unique rock formations that attract number of tourists throughout the year due to their attraction and beauty. As per research, the process of erosion and sedimentation has played an effective role in the erosion of rocks for centuries in which the waves of the sea had cleaned the soil and rocks were left over there.
The Balochistan Sphinx, also called as Lion of Balochistan or Abul-Hol, is natural rock formation like a sphinx and visible from Buzi Pass on the Makran Coastal Highway.
The Princes of Hope is one of the most spectacular land-form in the park, also known as a hoodoo. It looks a statue of a tall woman looking on the distant horizon to find something. The name is given by Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie, when he was on UN goodwill mission in 2004.
Hingol mud volcano are abundantly available in Hingol National Park in the Mid-Hor area at an elevation of 800 to 1500 feet. They are famous due to their uniqueness and natural beauty. These can be easily accessible from the Makran Coastal Highway.
Hinglaj Mata mandir, also known as Nani Mandir, is an important Hindu shrine in Pakistan and thousands of visitors this location during spring season. It is a cave older than two hundred thousands years in Hingol National Park. Tourists have to cross the Chandra Gup Moutain to access the site. Muslim tourists can also visit the temple.
There are number of beautiful beaches on the Makran Coastal line, in which Virgin Beach in Kand Malir and Spat Beach in Boji Koh are famous. Due to the Makran Coastal Highway, these can be easily accessed and good place for full-day picnic.
Lasbela is a coastal district in Balochistan Province at the distance of 125 km from Karachi on the Karachi-Quetta Highway N-25. Lasbela is famous for its unique geographical structure of mountainous regions, largest national park in Pakistan, and the most beautiful beaches of the world.
Lasbela is bounded by Awaran, Gwadar, Khuzdar, Dadu, Jamshoro, and Karachi districts. The Karachi-Quetta Highway N-25 is main road that runs across the district to access all of its major locations. The Makran Coastal Highway N-10 runs from Kehinwari in the district and can be used to access Gwadar along the Makran Coastal line. Dureji Road runs along the Kirthar Mountain range to access the towns in the eastern side of the district.
Most of the land of the district is mountainous and scattered between various mountain ranges with small valley. The Kirthar mountain range separates it with the Sindh province and the Hala mountain range divides it from Awaran district. Most of these mountains are barren and not suitable for irrigation. The Porali River, the Hub River, the Phor River, and the Hingol River are the main rivers in this district. Water of these rivers, their tributaries, and small seasonal streams are the main source of irrigation in district. Most of the people involves in the agriculture and forming business. Agriculture is not well developed in the region, but fruit orchards are developed in proper ways on various places. Scattered trees of dates and plum are also seen at various locations. Jawar and sunflower is the main crop in the district. The most common fruits produced in the Lasbela district are grapes, cherries, peaches, etc.
Stone ruins at Gondakeha in the Kud town about 16 km from Bela city, indicate ancient Arab occupation during 711 AD by Muhammad Bin Qasim. Same passage was already used by Alexander the Great in 325 BC. It was princely state in the British Regime and was acceded to Pakistan in 1948.
Gondrani Caves are located at a distance of 18 km from Bella city in the Lasbela district. It can be accessed via Karachi-Quetta Highway N-25 or RCD Highway. These are mysterious ancient caves related to unknown civilization. There is small darkened chamber like rooms. Some historians believe that these were built in 7th century by the Buddhists and these were part of a large Buddhist kingdom. Locals believe that there was an old holy lady known as Mai Gondrani who had sacrificed her life to kill the demons and saved the local people of Gondrani. The lady was buried there and it was famous shrine there. Few peoples also believe that the daughter of the King Solomon, whose name was Badiul Jamal, was haunted by six demons. In order to free her daughter, he had invited seven heroes. Prince Saif-ul-Muluk released his daughter and killed the demons.
Hingol National Park is the largest national park in Pakistan, and situated near Sapat Beach in the Makran Coastal region. It lies in three districts, Gwadar, Awaran, and Lasbela and covered an area of 6,100 square kilometers. It was established as national park in 1988. Its name is due to the Hingol River that finally ends in the Arabian Sea. It has six distinct ecosystems with deserts and plains. It was bounded by a dense forest to the north side with a barren mountain range to the south, and the Hangul River and its tributaries. The Hingol River and its tributaries are homeland for migratory birds and marsh crocodiles. It has a unique rock formation that attracts thousands of tourists from all over the country.
Gadani is a coastal city along the Arabian Sea in the Lasbela district. Gadani ship-breaking yard is located at a distance 40 km from Karachi and is the third largest ship breaking yard in the world. It is 10 km long beachfront site to hold ships with 132 ship-breaking sections.
Gadani beach is located near the Hub River and Cape Monze. One side of beach is rocky, whereas other side is yellowish sandy. It is a good place of a whole day enjoyment with various activities like camel riding, water games, etc.
Hub Dam is situated on the Hub River at a distance of 56 km from Karachi in the Lasbela and Karachi districts. It is a reservoir dam over an area of 24300 acres and used as drinking water for people living in Karachi. It is also an important habitat of local as well as migratory birds and also declared as a Ramsar site. It is also a famous tourist location and people visit for one-day picnic and also enjoy swimming and fishing there.
Siranda Lake is situated in the southern side of Lasbela district on the Karachi-Quetta Highway N-25. It is the most beautiful and the longest lake of Balochistan. It is 40 km long and 3 km wide. It is a homeland for different migratory birds and thousands of waterfowl resort to it in cold weather. The Polari River and Kharrari River are the main water source of this lake in the monsoon period. Due to desert layout outside the lake, the lake gives one of the most splendid view of golden sunset.
Miani Hor is swampy lagoon in town of Uthal on the coast of Lasbela district. It covers an area of 7471 hectares and designated as a Ramsar site. The Porali River and the Windor River enter into it in the monsoon period. It has unique species of mangrove forests. It is also homeland of various kind of wildlife including migratory birds.
Somiani Beach is one of the most famous beaches near Karachi in the Lasbela district in the Somiani Bay of the Arabian Sea. It is homeland to Portuguese Man of Wars, a kind of marine hydrozoan, and various kinds of fish.
Lasbela is also famous for number of archaeological sites and historical monuments and shrines. Tomb of General Muhammad Ibn Haroon, Tomb of Sir Robert Sandeman, Shrine of Shah Bilawal, Lahut-e-Lamakan, etc. are the most famous monuments. There are some springs in which Sassi Spring and Kumbh Shirin Spring are important.
Kund Malir is located on the Makran Coastal Highway and there several beautiful beaches on its coastal line.
Spat Beach is located in the Hingol National Park and one of the most beautiful beaches in the coastal line of Balochistan. It is a rocky beach with beautiful rocks touching the sea water and gives the most superb panoramic view of the ocean.
The weather of Lasbela is hot and dry in summer season, whereas winters become cool and pleasant. The coastal towns has moderate weather all over the year. It receives limited amount of rainfalls in the monsoon period and in the winter season due to sea breeze.
Hingol National Park is famous for Unique rock formationHingol National Park is famous due to its unique rock formation due to erosion and ocean water.
Hingol National Park Map
Hingol National Park Photo Gallery
Treks in Hingol National Park
Treks inside the peaks in the Hingol National Park are the one of the most beautifully trek in Pakistan. The Hingol National Park is most beautiful tourist location for the visitors in Balochistan. Tourist can enjoy the beauty of treks inside the Hingol National Park, which become the memories for tourists.
Beautiful Peaks of Hingol National Park
Hingol National Park is composed with mountainous structure with patches of coastal desert along the Makran Coast. Peaks are beautiful curved which add an extra value in the beauty of the Hingol National Park. The Hingol River is the main source of water in Hingol National Park.
Broad view of Hingol National Park
Hingol National Park is the second largest park in Pakistan covering more than 6,100 square KM. It is the habitant place of hundreds of species including mamals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, etc.
Beautiful view of Hingol National Park
Hingol National Park is popular in tourist due to its pictureous beauty with different landscapes. It is also lovely place for wildlife lovers and researchers. There are hundreds of different species of mamals, birds, reptiles, etc. It is also a place of different type of plants and herbs.