This is the Geographical Location: 30'17'N-67*13'E and this is a
Physical Location 20 south-west of HazarganjiChiltan National Park
Total Area: 15,555 hectares
Date Established: 1980
Hazarganji literally means "Of a thousand treasures". In the folds of these mountains, legend has it, that, there are over a thousand treasures buried, reminders of the passage of great armies down the corridors of history. The Bactrian, Scythians, Mongols and then the great migrating hordes of Pashtuns, all passed this way.
Hazarganji Chiltan National Park, is another beautiful national park of Pakistan. The area is mountainous with precipitous slopes divided by ravines. The Chiltan Hills and Hazar Ganji Range lie west and east, respectively, of the north-south Chiltan divide. It can easily be reached from the provincial capital Quetta and attracts many visitors. Facilities include a museum, picnic spots and accommodation in rest houses.
In the HazarganjiChiltan National Park, 20 km southwest of Quetta, Markhors have been given protection. The park is spread over 32, 5000 acres, altitude ranging from 2000 to 3200 meters.
Nature lovers, students, scientists and researchers are welcome to visit the park at any time of the year. For overnight stay, accommodation is available at the Forest Department Rest House located five kilometers inside the Park.
Park Rangers help the visitors to see animals. Access trails have been developed in the park for visitors. A small museum of natural history is located near the Park entrance.
Flora and Fauna In Hazarganji-Chiltan
Hazarganji-Chiltan National Park had been set-up in order to protect the Chiltan Wild Goat, which was very rare on the other ranges around Quetta but found in some numbers still on the Chiltan Peak. The Chiltan Wild Goat is endemic to this area. The name of the park consists of two parts, and two areas. Chiltan is one of the highest peaks around Quetta, along with Koh-i-Murdar and Zarghun. The second section of the park is Hazaranji, or the land of a thousand treasures.
This park was primarily establised to provide refuge to the endangered Chiltan wild goat or Markhor. In the 1950s it was said to exceed 1,200, but in November 1970 the population was estimated to number about 200, based on a total count of 107 individuals. At present the total population of the Chiltan wild goat is estimated to be about 800. The Suleiman markhor is also present in the northern part of the Chiltan Range and a few urial still survive on the western slopes between 1,500m and 2,100m. Carnivores include Stripped hyaena and Red fox.
Mammals in the park include--Chiltan wildgoat or Markhor (T), Suleiman Markhor (T), Urial sheep (Gad) (V), Indian wolf (R), Stripped hyena (V), Leopard (?), Caracal (?), Jackal (C), Red fox (C), Porcupine (C) and Desert hare (C).
Note: T=Threatened, V=Vulnerable, R=Rare, C=Common? =Unknown.
Birds in the park are--Houbara bustard, Griffon vulture, Egyptian vulture, Honey buzzard, Laggar falcon, Peregrine falcon, Kestrel, Indian sparrow hawk, Scops owl, Common cuckoo, European bee-eater, Rock partridge, European nightjar, Long-billed pipit, Orphean warbler, Variable wheatear, Blue rock thrush, Stonechat, and Lichtenstein's desert finch.
Reptiles in the park are-- Monitor lizard, Russell's viper, Saw scaled viper and Spiny tailed lizard.
When to Go
The Best Time to Visit this place is from March to September
How to Reach
To get to the national park we drove onto the Quetta to Karachi Highway in a southern direction eventually turning right onto a metalled road which became a 4-wheen drive track. The national park is between 20 -30 km from the provincial capital Quetta. Once onto the track there is a national park welcome board giving some basic information about flora and fauna of the park. The park boundary we fenced off and vegetation in evidence. Although the area is generally quite barren what vegetation there was has been over-grazed and a recent drought has made the situation worse.