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Quetta is the capital of Balochistan and the cultural and provincial capital of the state as well. Due to the large variety of fruits and dry fruits being produced in Quetta and its holding of numerous fruit orchards in and around, the city is termed as the Fruit Garden of Pakistan. Quetta is located in northern Balochistan, near the Pak-Afghan border and it goes through rather extreme climatic conditions throughout the year as compared to the rest of the major cities. Pleasant summers are followed by winters characterized by plenty of snow. Quetta’s cuisine is termed as one of the most delicious in Asia and definitely one that stands out from others. With a blend of Pashtun and Balochi dishes, Quetta enthrals its visitors with a variety of delightful dishes like the Balochi Sajji, Kadi Kebab and the lamb Rosh. Located at about 6 miles east of the city, Hanna Lake is a turquoise water body that provides a beautiful reflection of the surrounding hills. The facility of a boat ride is offered to visitors and a proper restaurant has also been developed on the embankment, offering delicious meals. The Hazarganji Range is a protected park area spread over thousands of acres ranging from the altitudes of 2000m to 3600m. Legend has it that over the centuries the Mongols, the Muslims and the Bactrians have buried hidden treasures under the mountains. There are multiple bazaars like the Kandahari and the Liaqat, with colourful handicrafts and embroidery works that are admired all over the world. The city’s archaeological museum provides useful insight and observations on a rare collection of antique guns, swords and manuscripts.
The Quetta International Airport is located about 12 kilometres south west of the city and is spread over an area of 35 acres.
Airlines that fly from UK to Quetta include Pakistan International Airlines, Turkish Airlines and the Emirates.
The airport parking is usually filled at all times with taxis and auto rickshaws looking to get a customer to their desired destination. However it would be better for a visitor to arrange a rental taxi service beforehand which is offered from quite a few of the hotels in the city.
Getting around the city can be convenient in taxis and the train. However visitors should use an auto rickshaw while going to the inner city bazaars.
Average flight time from London to Quetta is 8 hours and 50 minutes.
There are no airlines operating direct flights to Quetta.
There are a variety of hotels for tourists to stay in ranging from mid-range and local resorts to high range hotels. However the most recommend one is the Lourdes Hotel due to its location in the city centre and also because of its high quality of service. The local hotels facilitate extreme hospitality for foreigners as their special guests, and do save a lot on the budget. If you choose to go for the wild side among one of the national parks or the main trade routes leading across the border, then the official Rest Houses facilitate standard accommodation for guests.