Balakot is a small city located in the Mansehra District of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan. It is situated in the picturesque Kaghan Valley, which is known for its natural beauty and scenic landscapes. Balakot gained international attention in 2005 when it was severely affected by a devastating earthquake. The city is surrounded by lush green hills and serves as a gateway to several tourist destinations in the region. It is known for its pleasant climate and is a starting point for travelers exploring the northern areas of Pakistan.