|Elevation||2,069 m (6,788 ft)|
| • Estimate |
|Time zone||UTC+5 (PST)|
Balouch or Baloch is a town in Sudhanoti District, Azad Kashmir. It is the highest most peak in Sudhnoti district parallel to but not in balanced surface proportion with the Bisarh'i peak.[clarification needed] The third peak is Baithak. It is located at 33°38'40N 73°49'25E with an altitude of 1769 metres (5804 feet).
Nearby villages include Berry, Upper Keemar, Lower Keemar, Norsa, Upper Kahala, Lower Kahala, Kanjeri, Saran, and Manjhari.
The Pir Panjal range is visible from the town and if a person hikes up to Irh'iryari. In winter, tourists gather in the area. It receives annual snowfall. Mainly it is in the month of January when snowstorms come.
People survive on stocks of food because in winters it is not feasible to fetch due to extremes of cold air popping in from the Pir Panjal range. The most famous animal of this city is the lamb. Dozens and sometimes up to hundreds of sheep could be seen in the city in broad daylight and sometimes helpless at night.
The majority of the population in this area is Muslim, almost 99 percent. It is in the south of Sudhnoti district but its' elevation is very unique. 3G and 4G internet service is available in Balouch and surrounding areas.
There are two major shrines in Baloch area. One is of the Noshahi order Sufi Hazrat Ghulam Muhammad Qadri Noshahi and the other is on the east of Baloch named Sain Chall'ha Darbar or sometimes Jhandiyaan. Two spiritual personalities which are linked to Balouch are Sain Allah Hoo and Sain Nazar. More graves include Baba Makhdoom Jahaniyaan and Baba Sakhi.
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- Tribes & Castes of Punjab & North West Frontier Province by Ebbetson.
- The Sudhan Revolt (The News 19 October 1997.) By Sardar M. Saleem Khan.
- Introduction to Azad Kashmir