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Multan

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Multan
: a city of Pakistan is famous for a number of Shrines, heavy Storms, beggars, and graveyards. The city is recognized as, “Madinat-UL-Auliya.” Since, it is a birthplace of many famous saints and poets. Multan remained the battlefield for many years, and left behind the traces of famous conquerors. The history reveals that Hindus and Buddhists governed this land for more than 1000 years. Afterwards, Muslims came here and ruled the land of Multan for many years. According to historians, the Alexander the Great also visited the land of Multan. Here, during the battle, he was stricken by a poisonous arrow, which later took his life. Muhammad bin Qasim, Mahmud of Ghazni, Al-Biruni, Ghaznavids, Muhammad Ghori’s, Mughal’s, Maratha’s, Sikh’s and the British raj: all a part of history associated with Multan city. After the independence in the year 1947, Multan became the permanent part of Pakistan. Multan is located near river Jhelum. The climate is hot in summer and cold in winters. The soil is fertile and astonishing, suitable for agricultural growth. Mostly, people are associated with agriculture and livestock business. Hybrid buffalo, sheep, and cow breeds are famous for their meat and milk. Wheat, Cotton, Sugar Cane, Mangoes, Citrus, Guavas, and Pomegranates are famous crops of Multan. The goldsmiths of Multan are very famous for making gold jewelry. They inherited this art from the Hindus and Buddhists who first came to this region.

Old Multan city: still have old constructed building and houses, which are evident that the people living there were highly skilled in the field of construction. The wooden gates, doors, and windows now consider as antiques: reflect the superb craftsmanship of the people of Multan. Historic places have been isolated and preserved. A separate government department is set up to take care of heritage.

New Multan city: with the passage of time, people realized the need to reform societies and plan new town and houses. There are thirteen gates or roadways to enter and exit the city. To improve transportation network, new roads and flyovers are constructed. Parks and playgrounds are now mandatory for the approval of plan for new towns and housing schemes.

Food and desserts in Multan
: are popular throughout the country and internationally. The official language is Urdu, but people communicate in Punjabi and Saraiki. This means that varied community lives here, and the taste of food and recipe represents all the communities. Anyways, the most popular dessert of Multan is Multani Halwa. People carry a special request for this dessert and take it as a gift for family and friends. The most famous fruit of Pakistan is Mango, grown in Multan. Mangoes are listed top in taste and quality for export.

Means of livelihood in Multan: Mostly people living in Multan earn their living from agriculture and livestock. Being, one of the largest agro-based region, need for advance industry was soon realized. Further, The road and railway network allow Multan to link with other cities like Karachi, Lahore, Gujranwala, Quetta, Faisalabad and other small adjoining areas where skilled people are available easily. This link with other major industrial cities of Pakistan helped to enhance the industrial sector in Multan and created employment opportunities for the people living in the city, and in the nearby areas. The fertilizer units, cosmetics, glass manufacturing, cotton processing, textile mills, flour and sugar mills of Multan, livestock feed processing plants, poultry, and cattle meat processing units has contributed to the economic growth of Pakistan.

Handicrafts of Multan include: A special type of foot ware called Khussa, Carpets, Ceramics, Carved wood furniture, pottery, Camel-skin ware, surgical instruments, and embroidery dresses. All these products have high demand within the country as well in the foreign countries. Manufacturing of handicrafts, has created chances for employment and promoted cottage industry of Pakistan.


Other Industries in Multan: being an agro-based city; the cotton processing units; livestock feed mills; poultry, goat and buffalo meat processing plants; leather processing plants, and pharmaceuticals has potential for growth that can create more employment.


An attraction for tourists in Multan : Unfolding the history, we come to know about many cultures, religion, languages, and civilizations exited in Multan. Every civilization upon leaving the place left the traces from which we can evaluate their skills and the type of people they were. From these historic traces, some are mentioned below.

Mazaars or Shrines in Multan : Shrine of Baba Farid Ganjshakar (First Punjabi poet), Shrine of Shah yousaf, Bahauddin Zkria, Bibi Pak Daman (900 years old Grave), Shah Shams and Shah Rukn-e-Alam are very famous, and thousands of people come to Multan and pay visit at these Shrines.

Famous Mosques and buildings in Multan : Jaima Mosque (constructed by Mohammad-bin-Qasim in 712 AD), Sawi Mosue, Mosque Baqarabadi, Mosque Ali Muhammad Khan, Fort of Multan, The Multan clock Tower, The Shai Eid Ghah, Bhah-ud-Zakria Medical University are famous for the art, decorative and architectural work performed by the engineers and workers of that time.

Famous Gates in Multan: allow entrance to the city and exit from the city, these are thirteen in numbers and hold historic importance. Traces of these gates are still present. Out of thirteen gates, people visit the following six gates most often:
• Haram gate.
• Bohar gate.
• Dolat gate.
• Dilli gate.
• Lahori gate.
• Pak Gate.

Transportation in Multan: Plenty of transportation is available in the city. Private cab, Busses, Rent a Cars facility is frequently available. Network of railway track is prominent. Daily many people come and from Multan, using trains. People can also travel to Multan by air, since many airlines are conducting operations from Multan airport.

Hotels in Multan : Chain of five star hotels is present in the city at affordable prices. Guesthouses are also readily available all over the city. Low cost room near the airport and city railway stations are available. For local or people of Pakistan have no problem in finding places to stay, but foreigners must ask someone (holding good reputation) to arrange hotel, guesthouse, or appropriate place to stay; prior your visit to Multan.
 
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