Located in the Balochistan province of Pakistan, this beautiful sculpture of rock, forged by nature itself is called the Princess of Hope. Until a few years ago this sculpture was completely unnoticed or probably ignored. Maybe, no one stopped to take a closer look or cared to wonder about how magnificent this marvel of nature is. This sculpture of rock looks like a Princess standing with large crown or turban over her head. It’s becoming a popular place for tourists.
Not much is known about the history of this statue and the mystery surrounding it makes it even more majestic and just makes you wonder about it. I wonder how long it’s gonna stay like this given the rains and winds in the area which are constantly modifying its shape. I think steps should be taken to try to conserve its shape, like perhaps building an enclosure around it, to prevent high pressure winds and rainfall from eroding its shape.
Facts about the Princess of Hope:
- The statue lies in the Hingol National Park near the Makran Coast in Gwadar, Balochistan.
- It’s about 190km away Karachi and about 717km away from the provincial capital, Quetta.
- It was named ‘Princess of Hope’ by actress Angelina Jolie when she visited the area in 2002 as a Goodwill ambassador from the United Nations.
- The statue was created due to winds and strong rains in the area for centuries. Erosion and winds from the Arabian sea have carved out the rocky terrain into a beautiful noble woman.
- Historians believe that this statue of rock is at least 750 years old.
- Not far away is another famous natural rock formation that resembles the man-made Giant Sphinx Pyramid in Giza, Egypt.
However, since people started visiting the statue, many have scribbled their names or other text on the statue and this is destroying the overall beauty of the Princess. Local government says they are taking steps to prevent this, and will fine people who vandalize the Princess of Hope.