Introducing 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. About 24km beyond Mach, after several coalmines, a rough track running right off the main road leads to Pir Gheib. This beautiful rockpool is fed by a cascade and is enclosed by cliffs and trees. There’s another pool with calmer waters slightly downstream. Near the pool is a small shrine to a saint.
Foreigners need a special permit to come to both the shrine and Pir Gheib – for the latest details ask at the PTDC office in Quetta. With your own vehicle, a day trip from Quetta is just about feasible.
Five kilometres beyond the turning to Pir Gheib is Bibi Nani, the site of a historic bridge washed away by heavy rains in 1986.
Just off the main road, 26km before Sibi, the tiny settlement of Sirajabad is set in a small forest at the base of a hill. It has an attractive rockpool where you can swim, with both hot and cold water. This is one of the most pleasant retreats in Balochistan.