admin   January 27, 2005   Comments Off on SPRING BLOSSOMS IN BALUCHISTAN

jeep10Whereas Baluchistan is the largest province of Pakistan covering 44 percent of the land surface it has a population of only 4.5 million, making it the least populated province of the country. Almost half of this population lives around Quetta, the provincial capital of Baluchistan. The areas north east of Quetta are known for their fruit orchards where apples, almonds, apricots, pears, peaches, cherries, plums and pomegranates grow in abundance. Most of these orchards are irrigated by the centuries old (traditional) “Karez” methods: a system formed  by under ground water channels. The Sulaiman mountains, which separate Baluchistan from the rest of Pakistan, are known for the Juniper forests of Ziarat and for the amazing rock formations which are dramatically contoured and twisted, caused by the earth’s violent geological movements millions of years ago. Rich in minerals, these mountains and hills reflect many shades of purple, red, black, green and gray making the land look like a veritable moonscape. The best time to visit these areas is during spring, when all the orchards are in blossom and the valleys are filled with the scents of blossoming trees.

Our very special “BALUCHISTAN BLOSSOMS JEEP SAFARI” trip covers this fascinating area in spring, visiting Fort Munro, Ziarat, Quetta, the historical Bolan Pass, the pre-Moenjodaro period excavation sites of Mehargarh which date back 6000 B.C., the shrine of Pir Ghaib with its waterfalls and turquoise green water pools surrounded by palm trees,. You will also visit Zangi Nawar, a salt water lake sitting amidst the high sand dunes of the Nushki desert  besides many interesting little villages and nomad camps of the “Kochi” tribes which migrate every spring to the summer pastures with their camels and herds of sheep and goats.