Multan - City of Saints (Punjab)
Multan, the premier center of southern Punjab, is located on the banks of the Chenab River at the distance of 338 km from Lahore. It is accessed via Lahore - Abdul Hakeem Motorway M-3 as well as National Highway N-5. Multan is the fifth largest populous city of Pakistan. Multan is also known as cultural center in the province Punjab. Multan is also known as city of saints due to number of shrines of Sufi saints.
Multan is also known as the City of Saints as there are a number of shrines of different well-known Sufis in Multan. The most popular of those are shrines of Bahauddin Zikarya, Shah Ruke Alam, Pir Adil Shah, Shams Tabriz, and Khawaja Awais Kagha.
Multan is located between the Sutlej River and Chenab River. The Chenab River separates it from Muzaffargarh, whereas the Sutlej River separates it from Bhawalpur district. It has common boundaries with Muzaffargarh, Dera Ghazi Khan, Lodhran, Bahawalpur, Vehari, and Khanewal districts. The National Highway N-5 runs in the center of the district and the fastest way to access Multan is through Lahore - Abdul Hakeem Motorway M-3. Multan is also located on the main railway track between Lahore and Karachi. Multan International Airport provides all of the national as well as international air services.
Multan is a historical city, the impact of various regime is still seen in the various locations in the city. You can different historical sites and ruins belongs to different rulers in this area. Due to massive damage by the British in their early times, most of its historical buildings are vanished totally. There are number of archaeological sites related to the Early Harappan period of the Indus Valley Civilisation.
Multan Fort is located in the center of city near the Shrine of Shah Rukn-e-Alam. It was built by Katoch Dynasty Rajput, then rebuilt by Ranghar chiefs. It was badly damaged by the British as a revenge of the death of Lieutenant Alexander Vans Agnew. It memorial obelisk also located inside the fort. Multan Fort was equipped with military installations and used for city defense.
Multan was also a walled city, encircling the old city of Multan. It was badly damaged during the Siege of Multan and by the British. It is rehabilitated under the Multan Walled City Project. There are six gates to enter in the city.
Tomb of Shah Rukn-e-Alam was Sufi saint in 1251-1335 A.D. It is located inside the Multan Fort. It was constructed in Multani architecture by using red bricks with blue and green decorations. Its doom is the second largest in the world.
The Prahlandpur Temple is located adjacent to Tomb of Shah Rukn-e-Alam in the Multan Fort. It is ruin due to its destruction in 1992 by people in retaliation of the destruction of Babri Mosque in India.
Ghanta Ghar, Clock Tower of Multan, is located in the center of the city. It was built in 1884 during the British Regime. There is a hall with the Clock Tower called as Jinnah Hall and used for meetings and cultural programs.
Multan is also famous for mango and citrus forms due to its alluvial and flat plains. The best quality mangoes are exported to the countries to earn foreign exchange.
Multan is one of the hottest places in summer in Pakistan, but it has a pleasant weather in winter. In summer, temperature may rise above 48 centigrade. So winter is good time to visit the historical buildings as well as shrines of Sufi saints of Multan.
Multan is linked with all type of transportation including Multan International Airport. It is used for local as well as flights for the Gulf States. It is also connected with the main railway track Karachi and Peshawar.
Multan is famous for its sweet dish, Sonh Halwa. There are number of shops selling Sonh Halwa at the various locations in Multan. Visitors in Multan always prefer to purchase Sonh Halwa as gift of Multan.
Multan is famous for Sonh HalwaMultan is famous for its delicious Sonh Halwa that is a sweet dish. It is popular in all over the Pakistan as well as exported to other countries. People love to eat in winter season. You can see number of shops selling Sonh Halwa in the Multan City. It is also available in different varieties of nuts.
Tour places in Multan
Clock Tower Multan
Ghanta Ghar or Clock Tower of Multan is located at the distance of 5 km from Multan Railway Station, on Abdali Road, It was constructed in 1884 during British Raj. It has three clocks on top of its building on three side. It is accessible through Daewoo Express Terminal Multan via Saheed Younis Road.
Tourism in Clock Tower Multan
CSD Park is a beautiful park for a one-day picnic and located at Sarwar Road at the distance of 4 km from Multan Railway Station via Sher Shah Road and turns right for the park after Multan Cantonment. It is the famous park in town where tourists can spend their time for a day. CSD Park is full of beautiful plants with colorful flowers and shady trees.
Tourism in CSD Park
Multan Fort, also known as Fort Kohna, was built for the defense purpose between 800 and 1000 B.C. by the Katoch Dynasty in Multan on Qilla Kohna Qasim Bagh Road, near the Shrine of Shah Rukn-e-Alam at the distance of 3 km from Multan Railway Station.
Tourism in Multan Fort
Shrine of Bahauddin Zakariya
Bahauddin Zakariya, 13th century saint, is one the most popular sufi saint in Punjab region. He is considered as a founder of the Suhrawardiyya order of Sufism. His shrine is located at the distance of 5 km from Multan Railway Station via Shaheed Younis Road, near Fort Kohna. His tomb was build during his life and all of the expense were also paid by him. It is beautifully constructed in two-tier architecture in square shape. Same design is also followed in construction of other tombs in Southern Punjab.
Tourism in Shrine of Bahauddin Zakariya
Tomb of shah rukn-e-alam
The Mazar of Rukn-i-Alam is located at the distance of 5 km from Multan Railway Station via Faizee Road, near Fort Kohna. It is beautifully constructed and represents the true glory of Multan. One can see its huge dome from a distance coming from any direction.
Tourism in Tomb of shah rukn-e-alam
Tomb of Shah Shams Tabraiz
The tomb of Shah Shams Tabraiz or sharine of Shah Shams Tabrez is located at the distance of 7 km from Multan Railway Station on Baba Safra Road via Shaheed Younis Road. He was a great Muslim saint who is spiritual instructor of Mawlana Jalal Al Din Muhammad Balkhi, also known as Mawlana Rumi. He came from Persia, so this tomb was considered as holy location by Shia sect. It is considered as World cultural heritage center by UNESCO.
Tourism in Tomb of Shah Shams Tabraiz
Multan Photo Gallery
Yadger-e-Shaheedan is another well-organized and beautiful park and located at Sarwar Road at the distance of 4 km from Multan Railway Station via Sher Shah Road and turns right for the park after Multan Cantonment. It is very clean and full of natural beauty and a favorite place for kids as well as young.
MNS University of Agriculture
MNS University of Agriculture Multan is situated on Old Shujabad Road at the distance of 15km from Multan Railway Station. University offers number of degree programs in various specialization related to agriculture.
Shahi Eid Ghah Mosque
Shahi Eid Ghah Mosque is located on Khanewal Road in Multan at the distance of 7km from Multan Railway station. It was built in 1735 in the reign of Mughal Emperor Muhammad Shah Tomb by the Governor of Multan, Nawab Abdul Samad Khan. The mosque was severely damagaed during the rule of Sikh and British.The mosque was severely damagaed during the rule of Sikh and British.
Tomb of Ghaus Pak Noorani
Tomb of Ghaus Pak Noorani is located near Tomb of Rukn-e-Alam on Qila Kohna Qasim Bagh at the distance of 5km from Multan Railway Station.
Tomb of Ahmed Saeed Kazmi
Tomb of Ahmed Saeed Kazmi is located on Khanewal Road near Shahi Eid Ghah mosque Multan at the distance of 8km from Multan Railway Station. He was an Islamic scholar and also had taken part in Pakistan movement. He had written number of books related to Quranic Tafseer and explanation of Hadees.