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Introducing Fort Munro

En route to Quetta, about 80km from DG Khan, Fort Munro was built as a hill station by the British and is still the only such resort in south Punjab. It’s named after a Colonel Munro, at one time commissioner of DG Khan. Many tribal chiefs of Balochistan and a few government officials have summer residences here, but it’s more or less empty in winter. There is a small British cemetery at the top of the hill. Even if you don’t plan to stay here, the breathtaking drive up onto the Balochistan plateau is its own reward.

You can stay at TDCP Motel (0346-9931435; r Rs 500). Advance reservations are recommended (especially from June to September).

The settlement of Khar, 5km before Fort Munro, has an interesting fort built by the British and now used as a levy station. Here the road forks; left to Fort Munro, right towards Balochistan. The Rakhni Valley on the other side of the provincial border has verdant orchards.