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Old 19 Jun 2013
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Thanks for getting back to me so fast...

From your response below I take it that hotel doesn't have email? Would he have to write the confirmation out and then send it via post?

Would your contact be ok if I got in touch? How could he help me? Is he a member of the police force?

Do you have contact information on a reliable visa agency?

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I forgot to ask.... Can you recommend a hotel in multan to stay and get a provisional booking to satisfy the embassy?

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Old 19 Jun 2013
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In one of my old messages here,a photo of the pakistani police car escorting my friends on 2 bikes in Multan last oct. available..

For hotel reservations:
Have great friends in Multan,quetta,and lahore..Local bikers with great hearts and they are really doing their best for Brother Pakistan Tourism..

Fastest way to overcome that reservation problem is:
Contact them online,send them your personal details and planned dates for hotel staying, ask a written hotel reservation..I sincerely believe they will get the written hotel document and mail it to you with pleasure..I know them for several years and their support to Pakistan Tourism is always being appreciated by all the bikers who have been there..Thats how we do it here.

Add big hello and selam from me in your messages..


Many photos of my Turkish friends following escort police available here..

Dr.Omar is marvellous old friend and president of map.
he is also ın Hub forums when has time...

If this will be your first visit there,Pakistan is the most friendly country with many natural beauties and colors to discover..Just obey the escort rules between taftan and lahore..Its also possible to get the wednesday train from quetta to lahore..(hope not changed)
Sure Pakistani friends will be glad to answer all your questions...

Its very hard to explain but we name it spirit of adventure travelling here.. Meet foreign bikers and support them with what you can do when at home..

Make a file with brief and true information about your bike,your trip,your dreams going to realise, your desire to discover beauties,colors,realities of the country and to prove your friends that reality is not same as told on media,and what you have left behind for this trip..
If possible, have a blog and include the link saying that your trip is followed by many bikers in your country...

If you need any inf. for turkey,just send me a message.

Wish you happy,safe,lucky and healty trip.

All the best.
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You can probably do it in a day, we thought the same

I came through from Iran with a bunch of other guys last October. We hoped to get to Multan from Quetta. We thought it would take a day to Quetta and another day to Multan.

But we were wrong ... see the happened
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In 2011 I crossed and was asked to write this letter and fax it through to them. You will be able to find their details on their website.

The Secretary,
Home Department, Government of Balochistan,


Dear Mr.

I, Miss Danielle Murdoch of Motomonkey Adventures (One Adventure, One Woman, 70,000km, 2 years) spent the last 12 months travelling from Australia on my Suzuki motorcycle. Currently I am in Islamabad travelling through Pakistan and about to head towards the Iran border through Balochistan. My travelling details are as under:

Name: ***
Nationality: ***
DOB: ***
Passport No: ***
Date of Issue: ***
Date of Exp: ***
Issue Authority: ***
Motorcycle: ***
Chassis No: ***
Reg. No: ***

I have been made aware that foreigners now require a No Objection Certificate (NOC) before crossing Balochistan. My visa in Pakistan expires on 6th October, 2011 and Inshallah expected to arrive in Quetta on 3rd October, 2011.

It is therefore, you are requested to kindly issue a ‘No Objection Certificate’ to cross Balochistan as soon as I arrive in Quetta on 3rd October, 2011 and obliged please.

Kind Regards,

Danielle Murdoch

Mr Rao Amin Hashim,*Inspector General of Police,*Government*of*Baluchistan, Quetta
Phone:0819201366*Fax: 0819201267

As for hotels -

For your Visa - just book it through Lonely Planet website. I think I had to pay a $5 deposit to make a booking and included it in application. I never actually stayed there.

Along the road -
The police escort will take you to the places to stay! I didnt like Bloomstar guy and requested another hotel (There is a cheaper one down the main road behind the theatre)

Another hint - Do not pay the escorts! On both sides!!
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I am undertaking a Drive between Ireland and Australia. The biggest i am coming up against is getting a Paksitani Visa in Dublin. Initially they flatly refused, however thanks to Horizons and the posts you guys leave i have convinved them that while these areas are unstable at times, with the proper preparation and precaution, people are doing these trips everyday, so.... They have agreed to give me a visa under 4 conditions
1 - Get an Iranian Visa (No Problem)
2 -Provide the Carnet Du Passage (No Problem)
3- Provide provisonal bookings for hotela in Quetta & Multan

Can any of you recommned hotels in both towns that i could make a provisional booking? In most hotel search engines, there is either little or no information. When i went to book in the Serena Hotel in Quetta, it says there is no availability at any stage over the next 12 months??

4 - Provide evidence of an armed escort
here lies the biggest issue. While it's obvious from these forums that Police escorts are provided by the police, the Pakistani embassy in Dublin never heard of them and i had to show them threads of this site to show their existance. So now they want officail confrimaton from the Police in Pakistan that there will be an armed escort when we arrive at the border in Taftan.

The only way i can see is that i call hotels in both cities and somehow contact the police and look for an email? Am i missing something or is there the only way to go?

thanks and would appreciate any insight

I would suggest you to join the MAP facebook page and post your queries there. We have members from all parts of the country and should be able to help you.
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Hotel Quetta

I believe tripadvisor and booking.com can find you a place, however we stayed at a place called the Gardenia Resort. Quite why it was called a resort we could never figure but the food was OK and they sourced some for us so I was happy. The parking is within a fenced area so bike will be ok.

Cant remember the cost but it was fairly cheap.

Regards to Police escorts, we travelled from Iran and had escorts in Iran from outside Zahedan all the way to the border. From there the Pakistani's escorted us to Quetta. It took us 3 days to reach Quetta from border as we had a bike problem plus the changeover of guards can take so long. We had to get a permit to continue beyong Quetta and sadly they gave us a permit to go to Karachi, the wrong way. In Karachi we escaped escorts to travel alone up to Sukkar and Lahore. Agree with pnot paying escorts. The Iranians had to syphon petrol to keep going with us, one their guys asked me for money in Zahedan, which I refused. However, they were kind enough to feed us so mustn't complain. None of the Pakistani guys asked for money.

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