centuries, the Bolan pass has been the main entrance to Quetta
district. It is historically significant, used as the gateway
by most of the immigrants from central Asia in their drive to
discover new homelands in South Asia. The two other important
passes are the Lak Pass between Quetta and Kallat and the
Khojak Pass near the border with Afghanistan at Chaman.
Along Bolan Pass where the road winds through picturesque
mountains one is reminded of the huge odds that the armies
from Central Asia and the north must have faced in their raids
on the plains of the present day Pakistan. In winter, trains
of camels, as they slowly plod their way through to the top,
look fascinating. The Bolan links Quetta with the plains of
the Punjab and the upper Sindh through the town of Sibi by
road and train. The train passes through 21 tunnels.
Lak pass is located between Kallat and Quetta at a point where
the highway makes a turn for Koh-e-Taftan, Saindak copper
mines and Zahidan in Iran and the other section links Karachi
via Kallat, Khuzdar and Bella. PTDC Model at Khuzdar and
Taftan caters for motorists. The view from the top of the pass
is interesting. Trucks, trailers and lorries laden to their
brim with merchandise and passengers move along at great
speeds. Down below these kiosks sell beverages. On the hills,
unmindful of the presence of the motorized transport and the
human beings, hundreds of sheep browse upon the scant herbage
The Khojak Pass is 7575 ft. above sea level. It leads directly
to the border of Afghanistan at Chaman which is 153 kms away
from Quetta. The train passes through the longest tunnel of
the sub-continent. The scenery is breath-taking as here as it
is at Bolan Pass.
The entire population of Hardware Baba and for that matter of
the entire Ziarat, migrates to Harnai in extreme winter.
Harnai Pass, about hours drive from Loralai, is just as
spectacular as the Khyber Pass near Peshawar
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