Quetta, a city apart from anywhere else in Pakistan, seems like a frontier town surrounded by stony deserts and a mountainous terrain. Tourists will find here a diverse population, with Pashtuns, ethnic Balochis, and Brahuis, as well as a sizeable Afghan refugee community, living among a number of interesting landmarks. One can visit here through Quetta International Airport, located about 12 kilometres southwest of the city.
Spreading over an area of 14 hectares, Quetta Airport is the second-largest port of entry in the South Region. It handles an average of 100,000 passengers every year and is linked to local cities and central hubs. The terminal building consists of several facilities for domestic and international flights, with an annual capacity of 250,000 passengers. More work is planned for the airport, though, to make it accommodate more travellers and cargo.
Where to go
Lahore, the cultural hub of Pakistan, is a place not to be missed. Its forbidding Mughal monuments and the trappings of its British colonial past are fascinating, especially when one rambles around the Old City. The Lahore Fort, which was built, demolished, and rebuilt again until 1566 makes a pleasing landmark to check out. The enormous Alamgiri Gate serves as its entrance on the western side, which can accommodate several elephants carrying the members of the royal family as they come in at the same time. There is also the Faqir Khana Museum, which feature priceless antiquities and relics of the Prophet Mohammed, early Qurans, miniature paintings, Islamic artworks, and more. There are also the Royal Baths to see, which are surrounded by high walls guarded by 13 gates.
The cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi are also cities to add to the list. Islamabad, the modern capital, complements Rawalpindi, a sprawling hub that rose from a backwater village. The Shah Faisal Mosque at the foot of the Margalla Hills is one of the largest in Asia, which features contemporary and traditional styles. Lok Virsa Museum, on the other hand, has a fascinating range of handicrafts such as embroidered costumes, old jewellery, and intricate carvings.
Dubai, the most cosmopolitan city in the Persian Gulf, is a fascinating mix of culinary delights and top fashion, music, and performance shows. Cultural landmarks are also well preserved, which allow visitors a glimpse of traditional landmarks. One can look out for the sight of Burj Khalifa, a ground-breaking feat of architecture, from afar. Going here will let tourists go up to the 124th and 148th floors, where there are observation decks or to the 122nd, which has a restaurant. One can then look forward to a contrast at the Madinat Jumeirah, a contemporary Arab village with a souq, palm-fringed waterways, and cream-coloured hotels. The Heritage House, a 1890 courtyard house was built from coral and gypsum. It once belonged to the Sheikh Ahmed bin Dalmouk, the founder of Al Ahmadiya School, the city's oldest learning pens.
Going to Seville, one of the major cities of Spain, can take some time due to the need for connecting flights. One will find many intriguing sights here, though, which can take away the fatigue. There is the Alcazar to see, a UNESCO World Heritage site which was originally a fort for the Cordoban governors. Muslim rules added to the structure until Alcazar was captured by Fernando III in 1248. The Parque de Maria Luisa is also an elegant landmark, with its brick-and-tile construction built for the 1929 Exposicion Iberoamericana. The Museo Arqueologico can be visited from here at the southern end of the park, where there is a depository of Roman sculptures, mosaics, and statues.
How to get out
When going out of Quetta International Airport, tourists can book flights via the following airlines: Air Arabia, Air Indus, flydubai, Pakistan International Airlines, and Shaheen Air. They take passengers to different parts of the country, and a limited number of international destinations such as Dubai and Jeddah.
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