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Quetta

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Quetta is the provincial capital city of Baloachistan. It occupies the area of total 2653 square km. The population of Quetta is around one million. The city is also known as the city of fruits garden. Since, variety of fruits and dry fruits as cultivated and grown here. People of Quetta speak Pashto, and other language includes Brahui, Balochi, Hazaragi, and Punjabi. Urdu is spoken as a national language. It has a big market for fruits within the country and internationally. The climate in summer is very hot, and freezing cold in the winters. The boarders of Quetta join with Iran and Afghanistan. The location holds a strategic importance for Pakistani Forces. The City is surrounded between four hills i.e Chiltan, Takatu, Zaghoon and Murdar; forming the city into a fortress. The Kasi’s, were the early settlers of Quetta. Sultan Mahmud Ghaznavi, Mughal emperor Humayun also ruled Quetta. The city was then captured by the Britishers after the first Afghan War. Britishers built the city infrastructure as the location was strategically important. After Partition Quetta was added to the Islamic State of Pakistan. The economy of Quetta is based on handicrafts, Mineral Extraction, Tourism and General tradings.

Tourist Attraction:
The wildlife of Quetta is the major attraction for the tourists. The wildlife exhibits both plants and animals in the region. It is said that there are 255 species of plants (herbs & Shrubs) are located in the region of Quetta. Following is the list of animal and plants that survives the fierce climate of Quetta;

Animals
· Mammals such as Markhor (wild sheep).
· Leopards.
· Wolves.
· Hyena.
· Rabbits.
· Wildcats and porcupines are to be found in the Quetta region.

A local bird species include partridge.
· Warblers.
· The blue rock pigeon.
· Rock Nuthatch.
· Golden eagle.
· Sparrows.
· Hawks.
· Falcons and
· Bearded vultures.

Plants (Herbs and shrubs)
· Pistachios,
· Juniper,
· Wild olives,
· Wild ash and
· Wild almonds.
· Also found are shrubs including wild fig,
· Barberry,
· Wild cherry,
· Makhi and
· Herbs such as ephedra intermediate and
· The Gerardiana.

Hanna Lake
A beautiful picnic point is located in the east, at a distance of Ten kilometers away from the city. It is a beautiful place, where water flows at the foot of the hills. People come here with their friends and families for a picnic and to enjoy nature. People hire boats to roam around and enjoy the ride. The restaurants around the lake offers various types of refreshments and special cooked foods. It is also a place for hikers and campers. At one end of the lake, Durani Water sports Academy plays its role in training water sports to the people of Baloachistan. The area is surrounded with greenery and mountains.

The Hazarganji
The Hazarganji Chiltan National Park, located at a distance of 20 km, southwest of Quetta. It is a sanctuary where many endangered species of animals are kept under protection to preserve and breeding. People come here to enjoy the wildlife and a safari ride. The city can be viewed from Chiltan viewpoint situated in the park.

Pir Ghaib
It is a natural waterfall and a picnic place. It is located at a distance of 70 km from Quetta City in Bolan valley. The place is also full of many species of animals and plants.

Other popular places for tourists may include the city of Kirani and Ziarat, and the Quetta Geological Museum, where rocks and fossils found in Baloachistn are exhibited. For arts and crafts of Balochistan, visit Balochistan Arts Council Library.

Shopping Malls/markets
The two famous shopping places of Quetta are Liaquat Bazaar and Suraj Gang Bazaar and Kandahari Bazaar. Here visitors can find colorful handicrafts items. This includes Balochi mirror work, Pashtun embroidery, Afghan rugs, fur coat, embroidered jackets, waistcoats, and sandals.

Favorite Food in Quetta
The Pashtun traditional dishes such as;Kadi kebab, Lamb Roash and Balochi Saji are traditional dishes of Balochistan. Best quality traditional dishes are offered by the hotels on Prince roads, Jinnah Road and Serena Hotel. The Pashtun tribal dishes “Roash”, which is recognized as “Namkin. Some of the finest mutton in the country is cooked in Quetta. Another famous Pashtun tribal dish, “Landhi”, is made of a whole lamb, which is dried and kept fresh during the cold winters. Famous hotels of Quetta are Usmania, Tabaq, Green Hotel, Gulab Hotel, Lal Kabab, and the Abasin Hotel all serve both Pakistani and western food while the Cafe China is one of the oldest Chinese restaurants.

Transportation:
The city is connected to other major cities of Pakistan through roads and railway networks. Transportations within the city is no problem. You have private cars, Taxies, busses to move around the city. Quetta has its own international airport, from where many different airlines operate their flights. The city has its railway station, which is used for transporting people and trade goods. A railway track also connects Quetta to Iran, but it's temporarily suspended.

Quetta Hotels:
Below are few hotels available for tourists, who can book their accommodation.

· Serena Hotel Quetta
· Lourdes Hotel Quetta
· Shees Hotel Quetta
· Hotel Marina Quetta
· Hotel Quetta International Quetta
· Prince Hotel - Prince Rd, Quetta, Pakistan
· Baloom star Hotel -Quetta, Pakistan
· Hotel Gulf
· Komelion Hotel
· Malik Hotel
· Basmillah Hotel
· Green Zairat Hotel
· National park hotel
· Faran Hotel
 
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