Admiring its near-vertical backdrop of mountain cliffs, you don’t need to be a military commander to see why Kalat has historically made the ideal last holdout for rebels on the run. It was one of the only places to have resisted the armies of Tamerlane, and it’s still widely called 'Kalat Naderi' for Nader Shah, who is said to have hidden the priceless plunders from his Indian campaign somewhere hereabouts. Kalat's main attraction beyond its setting is Nader's unusual tomb-palace, now the centrepiece of a park.
Many Kurds were settled here during the Safavid dynasty to guard against northern invaders, and some women still wear Kurdish costumes. Spring is the best time to visit, when the countryside turns emerald green and nomad tents dot the foothill grasslands, especially along the Kalat–Dargaz road.