Quetta, the capital
of Balochistan, 1692 meters above sea level, lies at
the mouth of Bolan Pass. It has three large craggy mountains.
Chiltan, Zarghun and Koh-e-Murdar,that seem to brood
upon this pleasant town. There are other mountains that
form a ring around it. Their copper red and russet rocks
and crests that are powdered with snow in winters add
immense charm to the town.
A small waterfall splashes
down into an irrigation channel and Pathan farmers gather
nearby to drink tea and pass the time of day.
offer a rich assortment of fresh fruit, including
grapes, peaches and apples. The colorfill orchards
of the surrounding countryside gave this part of
Baluchistan a special charm, unique in Pakistan.
The Urak Valley, about twenty-two kilometers from
Quetta. seems bathed in eternal spring, with the
green and russet hues of the apple trees offset
by the pale blue of the sky.
Quetta lies at the altitude
of 1,675 meters. It is a small city of about 1 Million
people. It is one of the few planned cities of Pakistan.
The pleasantly tree-lined streets of Quetta are all
rebuilt after the earthquake of 1935, The city offers
little historical interest Except the Museum at Toghi
Road which houses the artifacts from Mahargarh 9000
years old village culture of Pakistan, though the food
and goods on sale in the bazaars give it a certain Central
Asian feel and a reason to see it.
when he was an instructor
at the Quetta Staff College, it is the academy which trains
Pakistan's military elite . The same route out of town
leads after 11 kilometers to a Hanna Lake, which is a
scenic lake with beautiful picnic spots around it. If
you continue 22 kilometers on the same road there are
the orchards of Urak Tangi. An other great spot to have
a relaxed picnic under the apples & pomegranates orchids.
have brought with them fresh crafts like the distinctive
Hazara rugs, to add to such traditional items as
Balouch mirror work, wooden crafts from Sind &
Punjab and many other merchandise from Iran &
Afghanistan. In the cantonment north of the city
is Staff College , there is a small military museum
in a bungalow once occupied by Field- Marshal Montgomery