( previously British India - Pre 1946 )
1ST TRIP TO QUETTA
MAY - JUNE 1923
The following images are of Malir, near Karachi, Sibi Railway Station and the Bolan Pass and Quetta Railway Station.
Meher Baba and his group left Karachi on the train for Quetta at 9:30 am, On the way the temperature rose considerably and the sand dust from the desert was blowing.
At 5:45 am the following day they reached Sidi junction. They
stopped for an hour as a security requirement, everyone was examined medically and the police checked their travel papers, because of the frontiers people. They headed off again an hour later for
Quetta taking them through the Bolan Pass, with security very tight all along to Quetta.
A larger display of images can be viewed on the main page for Quetta on this website.
The city of Quetta was destroyed about 2 years after his initial visit in late May 1933.
They reached Quetta at 5:30 pm 9th June and were quickly taken by carriages to a rented house on Bruce Road next door to Rusi Irani's home. Baba stayed on the 1st floor and the men upstairs. Rusi owned a restaurant and took care of his guests with food, etc. he was a confectioner and also an amateur magician and would perform to Baba and the group throughout their stay.
Being at 5,000 feet above sea level, it was very cold. Everyone refreshed themselves upon arrival.
Pilamai's brother Rusi Jehangir Irani, was residing in Quetta with his wife Khorshed with eir 2 daughters. Khorshed's sister was married to Gulmai's nephew Dinshaw, Sarosh's brother. They had all attended Rustom's wedding and had met Meher Baba.
The real reason for the trip was Baba wanted to meet Rusi's daughters - Goher ( 7 years old ) & Katie ( 3 years old ). Rusi gave Baba a tour of the city - the orchards & Garden of Jamasp. Baba also met a mast opposite his house.
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RUSI & KHORSHED IRANI MEHER BABA IN QUETTA 1923 KHORSHED & HER CHILDREN
The above images of Quetta were taken in the 1920s & 1930s & after the May 31st devastating earthquake. Click on the images to enlarge them & their details.
On the 9th July, Rusi took Baba and the group a sight-seeing tour of Quetta and it's many gardens and orchards.
The following day the 10th July, they walked and inspected the Kabari Markets and the following day 11th July, they visited Sandham Hall and its fine grounds, the local museum, which was closed and nearby the large Town Hall building, including the very fine rest houses and shelters.
The following day, 12th July, they walked to see the road known locally as Thandi Sadak
( Gloucester & Lyntton Roads ) for the tree canopies over the road. They also saw British military aeroplanes buzzing the skies and the Scottish Highlanders marching past twice daily, in full dress and bagpipes playing.
Baba bought up forth a new plan, passing the next 6 months in India before going to Persia, possibly taking a walking tour from Kashmir to Bombay with long stays along the way. The next day, 13th July, at 6pm Baba had a desire to climb the large hill over-looking their house. Everyone dashed through the town to the foot of the hill over several miles and the climb was abandoned.