Dispersed with beauty, Pakistan is one of those countries which consists of varying yet beautiful landscapes and topography in all of its provinces. This beauty of nature is embedded in sparkling sand of deserts, sky high peaks of mountains, scenic valleys and gushing rivers. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit Baltistan are known for their weather and magical sceneries and wonders of the world such as Shandur Polo Ground, Karakorum Highway etc. Amidst these myriad places which will make you fall in love with nature all along – lies the city of history and culture, Balakot.
Embanked at River Kunhar, situated north-east, at a distance of 30 Km from Mansehra city, Balakot is one of the main cities of Mansehra district. Besides the captivating natural beauty, this city is also known for having a diversified culture and historical background.
Balakot – the City of History
Having clings embedded in Harappa civilization and freedom struggles of Muslims of sub-continent, this city holds immense historical significance. After the decline of the Mughal Sultanate, Balakot was taken over by the Sikhs. After being requested upon by the Muslims, Syed Ahmad Barelvi took the lead and fought the Sikhs in Akora which went indecisive. However, in 1831, the major battle took place in Balakot between the Muslims and Sikhs in which the Muslims were defeated and the martyrs were buried in the city, including Hazrat Syed Ahmed Shaheed and Hazrat Shah Ismail Shaheed. Their shrines are also a reason why tourists visit the city of Balakot. They are a symbol of a major historical incident which holds a significant statement among locals and tourists alike.
Balakot – the City of Culture
Besides being a city of history, Balakot is also known for the rich culture it holds. Being a place with multiple ethnic groups residing, their is a mix of cultures and traditions here. Each group follows its own rituals and ceremonies, hence, creating an extravaganza of culture in Balakot. These groups are: Swatis, Dhund Abbasi, Gujjars, Syeds, Awans, Rajputs, Kashmir’s, Maliars, Bangash, Yousufzais, Tanolis, Hassanzai, Qureshi, Karlugh Turks, Afghan refugees and many others. As a result, the number of languages spoken here are also numerous. Hindko is considered as the primary language of Mansehra, while other languages are also spoken here. From Pashto, Kohistani, Pahari, Majhi to a touch of basic Urdu language, you will find a range of languages adopted by the residents of Balakot. Different cultural values, norms and traditions are observed here – making this place a treat for people holding taste to indulge in different cultures.
If you are a person who loves nature, art, history and architecture, then Balakot is definitely a place worth your visit. Besides, the Balakot weather is also pleasant even during summer, which makes it one of the must visit places during trips up north to Naran, Kaghan and surrounding areas. The Balakot weather remains cool most of the year, but gets cold during winters. Plan your trip with Tripkar, a company which will not only help you in A to Z trip planning but will also find reasonable accommodation options for you.