Places in Balochistan
Quetta to Sibi
The village of Kolpur, 24km south of Quetta, lies at the entrance to the Bolan Pass. The Bolan River rises near here, and Kolpur has many fruit orchards and date palms. The larger settlement of Mach, further along the road beside the railway line, is a typically dry and dusty collection of mud huts.
Hazarganji-Chiltan National Park
This 15, 555-hectare national park in the mountains, about 20km southwest of Quetta, is a showcase of the sort of ecosystems that were once far more widespread in Balochistan. Amid juniper, pistachio, almond and ash trees, a huge variety of bird life is present, from tiny warblers to vultures and eagles. Harder to spot is the impressive array of large mammal species.
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