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Multan
Faisalabad
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Multan
Province Punjab

Multan is a city in south central Punjab province. It is built just east of the Chenab River. About 966 km from Karachi and more or less right in the center of the country lie the ancient city of Multan. Multan, the 'City of Pirs and Shrines' is a prosperous city of bazaars, mosques, shrines and superbly designed tombs.
A circular road around the rampart gave access to the city through thirteen gates. Some of the imposing structures of these gates are still preserved. In the bazaars of the Old City one still comes across tiny shops where craftsmen can be seen busy turning out master-pieces in copper, brass, silver as well as textiles in the traditional fashion.

The old city has narrow colorful bazaars full of local handicrafts and narrow winding lanes. There are many places of historical, cultural and recreational interest in the city. Multan is a commercial and industrial center, it is connected by road a rail with Lahore and Karachi and by air with Karachi, Quetta, and Faisalabad. Industries include fertilizer, soap, and glass factories; foundries; cotton, woolen and silk textile mills; flour, sugar and oil mills; and a large thermal-power station.

A view of Multan city
Multan Qila
Bazar of Multan
Multan Bazar

It is famous for its handicrafts (ceramics and camel-skin work) and cottage industries. There are hospitals, public gardens, and several colleges affiliated with the University of the Punjab. The University of Multan was established in 1975. Large, irregular suburbs have grown outside the old walled town, and two satellite towns have been set up. The numerous shrines within the old city offer impressive examples of workmanship and architecture.

The Shams-e Tabriz shrine is built almost entirely of sky-blue engraved glazed bricks. That of Shah Rukn-e Alam (Tughlaq period) has one of the biggest domes in Asia. The shrine of Sheikh Yusuf Gardez is masterpiece of the Multani style. Other shrines include the Pahladpuri Temple and the Idgah Mosque (1735).
Mangoes of Shujabad district are the best in the world. Multani khussa (shoes); embroidered clothes for ladies; embroidered cholas for men; earthenware pottery, painted potter, camel skin ware (e.g. lamps); carpets wooden products, especial lacquered wood.

Faisalabad
Province Punjab

Until 1979 Faisalabad was formerly known LYALLUPUR. It is a city and division of Punjab province. It is connected by air, rail and road with Multan and Lahore and by air with Lahore and Karachi. When founded in 1890, it was named after Sir Charles James Lyall, lieutenant governor of the Punjab, It became headquarters of the Lower Chenab colony and in 1898 was incorporated as a municipality. Industries produce chemical fertilizer, synthetic fibers, drugs and pharmaceuticals, canned products, ghee (clarified butter), oil, soap, textiles, hosiery, sugar, and flour. It is also wholesale Market for cloth and grain. Amenities include two parks, several schools, Agriculture University Faisalabad (established 1961), and a number of affiliated with the University of the Punjab. The chief crops are wheat, cotton, and sugarcane.

A view of Multan city
Faisalabad
Bazar of Multan
Faisalabad

 

Hyderabad
Province Sindh

Hyderabad is a city, district, and division in the Sind province. The city is an administrative headquarters and it lies on the most northerly hill of the Ganjo Takkar ridge, just east of the Indus River. The third largest city in Pakistan, it is a communications center, connected by rail with Peshawar and Karachi and with Indian railways via the border towns of Khokhrapar and Munabao.
Founded in 1768 on the site of the ancient town of Nirun-Kot by Ghulam Shah Kalhora, the saintly ruler of Sind, it was named after the prophet Mohammed's son-in-law, Ali, also known as Haydar. It remained the capital of Sind under the Talpur rulers, who succeeded the Kalhoras, till 1843 when, after the nearby battles of Miani and Dabo, it surrendered to the British and the capital was transferred to Karachi.

Incorporated as a municipality in 1853, it is an important commercial and industrial center. Economic activities include textile, sugar, cement, and hosiery mills, manufacture of glass, soap, ice, paper, and plastics. 'There are hide tanneries and sawmills.

A view of Multan city
Hyderabad
Bazar of Multan
Hyderabad

Ornamented silks, silver-work and gold-work, and lacquerware are also produced. Noteworthy antiquities include the tombs of the Kalhora and Talpur ruler, palaces of the former amirs of Sind, and a for (built 1782). Newly developed settlements and industrial estates surround the congested old city area. Characteristic of the city is badgirs (wind-catchers) fixed to housetops to catch sea breezes during the hot season. A hospital, municipal gardens, zoo, sports stadium, and several literary societies are in the city. The Ghulam Mohammed (Kotri_ Barrage, including a lock to facilitate river traffic, provides flood control. The University of Sind with 32 affiliated colleges, founded in 1947 in Karachi and moved to Hyderabad in 1951, lies across the Indus. Other education needs are served by numerous government colleges, the Liaqat Medical College, and specialized vocational institutions.

Muzaffarabad
Province Northren Area's
Situated at the confluence of the Jhelum and the Neelum rivers. Surrounded by mountains, it looks like a walled town. It is the administrative capital of Azad Kashmir. Behind the Secretariat to the east is a road climbing above the town from where one can walk upto Pir Chinasi at 2,900 meters with good views of the Jhelum Valley and the higher mountains above the Neelum to the north. From the cool on the Abbottabad Road, you can walk along the ridge looking over the Jhelum and Kunhar rivers.

Past the Red fort, crossing Neelum river at Ghori, a few km way is 'Makra mountain' 3,890 meters which is visible from Muzaffarabad and continues on to Shogran in the Kaghan Valley. This is a superb short trek, although you need to camp overnight halfway.

The upper Jhelum valley makes another interesting scenic excursion from Muzaffarabad. Follow the Jhelum upstream, taking the road beneath the Domel Bridge. This was the old route to Srinagar. The valley is broad with raised terraces above the river.

A view of Multan city
Muzaffarabad
Bazar of Multan
Muzaffarabad
  Rice and maize are widely grown. Some 10 kms out of Muzaffarabad the river widens to from a small lake. A landslide created this some years ago. There is a small Angler's Hut here, which makes a pleasant picnic spot. It is possible to take boats out on the river. Book through the Tourist Department in Muzaffarabad.

The city was founded by Sultan Muzaffar Khan of Bamba dynasty and was the seat of an independent State for quite a long period under his successors. The city is now a combination of old and knew buildings and a blend of different cultures and languages. It has besides official buildings; farms, parks and the historic forts standing on the banks of the Neelum, Muzaffarabad, Mirpur, Rawlakot and Kotli are connected with Pakistan by the Micro-weave system of telephone.

There are rest houses, good hotels and guesthouses in Muzaffarabad City where the tourists can stay. The rather sleazy bazaar in Muzaffarabad can be explored for its walnut carvings and its Kashmiri shawls. It is sometimes possible to get a good bargain.

Rawalpindi
Province Punjab
Rawalpindi, the commercial center of the Potowar plateau, is one of the largest cities of Pakistan. It is a glamorous mixture of ancient culture and modern traditions. In the past few years,Rawalpindi has grown rapidly. Modern shopping complexes have sprung up through out the city and it now boasts a collection of High-Rise buildings. It has grown from a mere village to the largest city in the area.
Rawalpindi is ideally located in the foot of the Margalla. It therefore holds the unique status of being the staging ground for tourists from around the world.
Throughout the ages, Rawalpindi has been on the route of invaders. The first muslim invader, Mahmood of Ghazni (979-1030 AD), gifted the city to a Gakkhar chief, Kai Gohar. The town however, being on the invaders route, could not prosper and remained deserted until Jhanda Khan, restored it and gave it the name Rawalpindi after the villiage Rawal in 1493 AD. Rawalpindi remained under the rule of the Gakkhars until Muqarrab Khan, the last Gakkhar ruler was defeated by the Sikhs in 1765 AD. The Sikhs invited traders from other places to settle here. This brought the city into prominence. Sikhs lost the city to the British in 1849 AD.
A view of Multan city
Rawalpindi Stadium
Bazar of Multan
Rawalpindi
The British, seeing the strategic importance of the city, turned it into a military garrison in 1849 and established a military cantonment south of the old city. It soon became one of the major centers of the British Indian army. In 1879, the Punjab Northern Railway was extended to Rawalpindi but the train service was formally inaugurated on January 01, 1886. After the partition of the subcontinent, Rawalpindi was made the General Headquarters of the Pakistan Army and began to grow rapidly. Today, it is one of the most important cities of Pakistan, both politically and economically.

Ayub National Park is located beyond the old Presidency on Grand Trunk (G.T) Road, It covers an area of about 2,300 acres and has a play-land, lake with boating facility, an aquarium, a garden-restaurant and an open air theater. 
The vast expanse of greenery at the Ayub Park, which incidentally is the largest park in Pakistan, attracts people from far.
Ayub Park is the most beautiful place in Rawalpindi and is full of greenery. People enjoy visiting it. Here is a beautiful scene of one of the lakes of Ayub Park in which water lilies are groomed.
Those who care for their health go to Ayub park for tracking and exercising early in the morning and in evening.
The water lilly lake of Ayub park is known through out Pakistan. It is a natural lake in which Water Lillies blossom through out the year.




 
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