Multan City Information
Multan is being described in an old Persian saying as the city of heat, saints, dust, burial grounds and beggars. But today the picture of Multan is changing. Multan is the main city of Southern Central Punjab province. The city has an access through thirteen gates, whose imposing structures are still preserved. Multan has always enjoyed a great importance in the past. Multan is known to be the oldest living city and even became the abode of Sufism in South East Asia. Today, Multan is a combination of the old and new Pakistan culture. There is a big hustle-bustle in the Old town and comfort of a five star hotel and sound streets in the New city. There are many historic, cultural and recreational places of interest in Multan.
The old and new Multan
The Old city has a very interesting bazaar full of local handicrafts and many elaborately decorated Shrines of the Sufi saints. The numerous shrines within the old city offer impressive examples of workmanship and architecture. These shrines are the foremost attractions for tourists. Large, irregular suburbs have grown outside the old walled-town, apart from this, two satellite towns have also been set up. The new Multan is a commercial and industrial center.
Shrines, Forts and Mosques
The Shams-e-Tabriz shrine is built almost entirely of sky-blue engravings with glazed bricks. The shrine of Shah Rukn-e Alam (Tughlaq period) has one of the biggest domes in Asia while the shrine of Sheikh Yousuf Gardez is considered to be a masterpiece of the Multani style. Other shrines may include the Pahladpuri Temple and the Idgah Mosque (1735). Multan Fort is located on a mound separating it from the city by the river Ravi. Its date cannot be fixed with accuracy. This massive 6,600 ft. tall structure has 46 bastions. it has four gates i.e., Delhi Gate, Khizri Gate, Sikhi Gate and Rehri Gate. The famous Qasim Bagh and a stadium are located within the walls of the fort. Tourists can have a panoramic view of Multan from the highest point in the fort. Some of the famous mosques of Multan are Wali Mohammad Mosque in Chowk Bazar built by Ali Muhammad Khakwani in 1758 A.D., Baqarabadi Mosque built by Baqar Khan in 1720 A.D., Mosque Phulhatt in Chowk Bazar built by Emperor Farrukh Siyar, and the beautiful Eidgah Mosque built by Nawab Abdul Samad Khan in 1735 A.D.
Handicrafts and Bazaars
Tourists can buy various types of souvenirs, such as Multani Khussa (shoes), embroidery work, thread and 'Aar' work costumes for ladies, embroidered cloths cholas or kurtas for men, painted and glazed earthen pottery. Camel skin products, carpets and lacquered wooden products etc. are available in the narrow colourful bazaars. In the bazaars of the Old City one can still come across tiny shops where craftsmen can be seen busily turning out master-pieces in copper, brass, silver and textiles in traditional fashion.