Quetta About this sound pronunciation is the provincial capital of Baluchistan province of Pakistan and is the largest city in the province.
Quetta is connected to the rest of the country by road, rail and air. The highway connects it to Karachi and then on (via Koh-e-Taftan) to Tehran, Iran, 1435 kms away. The road to Sibi connects it with Punjab and upper Sindh. The road via Loralai – Fort Monro -D.G. Khan and Multan is a shorter route for Punjab. The Chaman Road is a link between the country and the Afghan border. Quetta is linked by PIA with Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad.
Strategically, Quetta is an important city due to its proximity to borders with Iran and Afghanistan. There is a huge military base just outside the city. Historically, Quetta owes much of its importance to the Bolan Pass which links it to Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Quetta is a major tourist attraction owing to its exciting location and the adventures it offers. Hana Lake is a prominent tourist attraction with its serene blue waters and the sandy brown hills in the backdrop.
Pishin Valley is an enticing site where visitors can view vast vineyards and orchards. The rich yield of various fruit like peaches, plums and apricots can also be seen just a short distance from Pishin.
Shoppers can revel in the various markets like the Kandahari Bazaar, Alamdar Road and Toghi Road, where handicrafts, embroidery and carpets are available.
Quetta also has excellent restaurants with various culinary delights such as the Lal Kabab, Tabaq, CaféFarah and Café Baldia.
Sajji is a native dish of the desert province of Balochistan, Pakistan that is popular in Balochi cuisine. It consists of whole lamb, in skewers (fat and meat intact), marinated only in salt, sometimes covered with green papaya paste, stuffed with rice, then roasted over coals. Sajji is considered done when it is at the ‘rare’ stage. It is served with a special bread “Kaak”, “roti” or “naan”, which is baked in an oven, wrapped around a stone”tandoor”.