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At least 10 buses daily leave Quetta for Taftan, 608 Kms away on the Iranian border - a journey of between 15 to 24 hours. The road is surfaced for the first 500 kms, or as Nokundi, where you can spend the night in a local 'hotel'. You leave Quetta to the south and follow the Kallat road over the Lak Pass. At the foot of the pass, about 30 kms from Quetta, the road forks and a sign in English informs you it is 2256 kms to Tehran and 686 kms to Zahidan. The Pakistani customs post stops all incoming and outgoing traffic here.

It is a long haul to Iran, mostly across undulating desert. The first stop is "Nushki", 115 kms away, the next Dalbandin, about 180 kms further on. near here are the onyx mines which provide the stone for the green ashtrays, candlesticks and goblets on sale in the Karachi bazaars. It is another 166 kms to Nok Kundi with a stop for food in Yamaha. The is being surfaced to the border, so while works are in progress it is slower going for the last 110 kms to Taftan, where there is another customs and immigration to negotiate before you cross the border to Mirjawa and the Iranian authorities. It is still about 100 kms to Zahidan.

The train to the border runs only twice a week and is extremely slow. There was a weekly PIA flight on Sundays from Quetta to Mashad, Iran, but this has been temporarily discontinued. There is a PTDC information center in Taftan.

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