Balochistan is thought of to be dry and barren with only sand and rocks to adorn it. How wrong you are!!! Balochistan is abundant in beauty; from breathtaking waterfalls to deep valleys and fruit trees. It is a land that has beauty oozing out of every corner. Even the rocks and sand are unmatchable in their beauty.
Balochistan is a land of contrasts. It has places with rugged mountains like Chiltan, Takatu, Sulaiman, Sultan etc. and plains stretching hundreds of miles. It has fertile land such as in Nasirabad and the tracks which are thirsty for centuries in the Pat section of Sibi district and the Makran desert zone. It has the hottest place in the country like Sibi and has towns with relatively cooler climate such as Quetta, Valley of Bolan, Kan Mehtarzai and Kalat where temperature in winter goes much below freezing point and the areas remain under a thick cover of snow.
These contrasts in Balochistan’s topography are beautifully depicted in a Balochi war song:
“The mountains are the Balochi’s forts;
The peaks are better than any army;
The lofty heights are our comrades;
The pathless gorges our friends.
Our drink is from the flowing springs; our bed the thorny bush; the ground we make our pillow.”