Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province of Pakistan, lies 800 kms North of Karachi, beyond the historic Bolan Pass at an elevation of 5800 Feet ASL. Quetta has a dry and healthy climate with no factory chimneys to pollute its fresh, reinvigorating air. Winter sets in by November and lasts till end February. Snowfall is light, though it is not unusual to have one as late as March. Quetta winters are severe and temperatures as low as 10° F / -12° C are not uncommon. Quetta can boast of the best spring and autumn in Pakistan. Although the summers are warm, the maximum temperature rarely exceeds 90° F / 32° C. Evenings are extremely pleasant, characterized by a cool breeze that springs to life an hour or two after the sunset.
Command and Staff College is situated short of the entrance to the picturesque and delightful Urak Valley, famous for its apples. To the north, south-east and south-west stand the lonely sentinels of Takatu, Murdar Garh and Chiltan, rising to heights of 10,000 to 11,000 feet. For almost a century, they have seen mortals at work and play in the Staff College. They have witnessed their qualities of wisdom and courage and they have silently watched their passions of love and hate. If they could only speak, theirs would be an interesting tale.
Lower than the Murdar Garh and closer to the Staff College, the Sleeping Beauty displays her charms, undiminished by the ravages of that dreaded hangman, Time. This hill feature, takes its name from uncanny resemblance to a lady in repose. She is at her best when the winter snow throws her in sharp relief against the sky-line.