Sheikhupura - the Rice Valley (Punjab)
Sheikhupura, also called The Rice Valley, is an industrial city at the distance of 38 Km from Lahore on the northwest side in Punjab on the old G. T. Road. Its old name was Jahangirpura developed by the Mughal Emperor Jahangir in 1607, as it was a major area to stay at the time of the Mughal Empire while visiting the military headquarters in Lahore Fort.
Its name is also mentioned in the Tuzk-e-Jahangiri, an autobiography of the Jahangir. Its name was derived from a nickname of Jahangir, who was known as Sheikhu called by his mother, wife of Akbar the Great. Sheikhupura was also known as Virkgarh due to the large number of Virk Jatts living there.
There is a number of buildings constructed by the Jahangir during his reign. In which, Sheikhupura Fort and Hiran Minar are important historical places to visit. Hiran Miran was an area for royal hunting and its name was given due to his beloved pet deer.
After the Mughal Empire, the city was under the Bhatti tribe, who were defeated by the Sikh and then the city was governed by Lehna Singh, who was strong allies of Ranjit Singh. After that the British had captured the city in 1857 from the Sikh.
Sheikhupura Fort was built by the Emperor Jahangir in 1607. It was just use for the purpose of temporary stay while the Royal movements from Lahore to Dehli. It was used by the Emperor Jahangir, while he was on hunting in this region. It is located in the center of the old Sheikhupura city. During the reign of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, fort was used by his wife and his mother. He had also constructed some of the buildings in fort and grant. Then it was used as house arrest of his last wife after the getting the control of sub-continent by the British. Fort is in ruin and not in good condition. Most of its inner buildings are converted into ruin except the outer walls. Now fort is not opened for public to visit.
Hiran Minar was also built by the Emperor Jahangir in 1620 as a monument for his beloved pet deer. The complex was build in the area reserved for the Royal hunting. Some part of that jungle is still part of the Hiran Minar, that is available for tourist to explore the history of the Mughal Empire. In the front of minaret, there is a pavilion inside the center of large sized water pool. It is a good place for one-day picnic and there are large number of families on holidays.
Number of popular industries are in operation in the city. Two major industrial areas, Rachna Industrial Park and Quaid-e-Azam Business Park Sheikhupura, are developed there to encourage the people to establish industries in the area.
The weather of Sheikhupura is hot and dry. Summer season is much hot and warm, whereas winter season is pleasant. So if you want to explore the historical buildings of the Mughal time, then you have to plan it in winter season.
Tour places in Sheikhupura
Clock Tower Sheikhupura is beautiful clock tower in square form constructed with red bricks. It is situated at Saddar Chowk on Lahore-Sargodha Road.
Tourism in Clock Tower Sheikhupura
Hiran Minar, also known as Royal hunting resort, was built by Mughal Emporer in memory of his pet Antelope, named Mans Raj, in 1607 in Skeikhupura, also known as Jahangirpura. It is located at the distance of 5 km from Sheikhupura Railway Station and accessed via Hafizabad Road. A 30-meter high tower was constructed on his grave, which is circular and tapers toward its top on the flat platform. There is a spiral staircase having 108 steps inside the tower that leads to the top of the top. There are 210 square holes in the outer surface of the tower to accommodate the birds living in the surrounding jungle.
Tourism in Hiran Minar
Khanpur Canal, also known as Canal Upper Chenab, starts from the River Chenab at Head Marala and ends in the River Ravi. It is a beautiful lake within the shades of trees, which gives it a very splendid view at various locations. One of that beautiful and charming locations is near Sheikhupura on Lahore-Sargodha Road. People often stay there to enjoy the cool breeze and pleasant atmosphere of Khanpur Canal.
Tourism in Khanpur Canal
Sheikhupura Fort was built in 1607 in Sheikhupura in the reign of Emporer Jahangir, designed by Sikander Moeen. It was altered in the Sikh regime and many of the decorations of buildings inside the fort have Sikh-style frescoes. It was used by Jahangir for accommodation during his visit to a hunting place, known as Hiran Minar.
Tourism in Sheikhupura Fort
Siphon is the important fishing point in Sheikhupura district near Lahore city at the Ravi River, near the border between Pakistan and India. It can be accessed through G. T. Road, turning left from Jallo near Wagha Border at the distance of 28 km from Lahore Railway Station. It can also be accessed from Lahore - Islamabad Motorway M-1, Lahore-Kala Khatie Narang Road and turn right to Ghazi Kakka Road at the distance of 69 km from Sheikupura Batti Chowk.
Tourism in Siphon Fishing Point