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The Sufi Mystics of Multan, Pakistan

The Sufi Mystics of Multan, Pakistan
 

A city with a unique past, a colorful present and a bright future, Multan has a large number of shrines and Sufi saints located in the city. Multan is situated near river Chenab where a bend created by five rivers of the Punjab province. Due to its location at the intersection of the four provinces, it highly represents the vast cultural diversity found in Pakistan and consists of Saraiki, Punjabi, Baloch, Pashtun, Sindhi and even Urdu-speaking people. However, English can be understood by the educated.

Rukn-e-Alam Mausoleum, Multan Pakistan

Rukn-e-Alam Mausoleum, Multan Pakistan
Image Credits: Kashif Mardani

A city with a unique past, a colorful present and a bright future, Multan has a large number of shrines and Sufi saints located in the city. Multan is situated near river Chenab where a bend created by five rivers of the Punjab province. Due to its location at the intersection of the four provinces, it highly represents the vast cultural diversity found in Pakistan and consists of Saraiki, Punjabi, Baloch, Pashtun, Sindhi and even Urdu-speaking people. However, English can be understood by the educated.

For decades, it has been widely known as country’s religious and pilgrimage centers and is an interesting stop for travelers. The city consists of a large number of bazaars selling mystical artifacts, cosmetics, perfumes, arts and craft, blue tiles, pottery and Multani Jewelry which is popular all over Pakistan due to its unique designs, colors and sizes. Multan is also prominent for its crops: wheat, cotton and sugar cane as well as mangoes, citrus, guavas and pomegranates so you can have them fresh and at first hand.

When to Go and How to Get There

Multan features an arid climate with very hot summers and mild winters and hence it is best to travel to Multan in spring and autumn. The city has a dry port and excellent transport links. Multan, a city that values art and architecture to a great extent, is a commercial centre and is thus connected with the rest of the country through rail and air; it has an international airport as it is connected with Dubai through PIA. Multan is amongst many Pakistani cities that have a craze for cricket and so it is extremely likely that you may catch a game at the Multan Cricket Stadium especially in cricket season, which is from September to February.

Another major cause of the excitement lies in the fact that the national captain and star batsman Inzamam-Ul-Haq is a local to the city. The stadium not only offers cricket but also other national sports such as hockey, badminton and football.

What to See

Besides the mausoleums of many saints including Shah Yousaf Gardez, Bahauddin Zakria, Bibi Pak Daman and Shah Rukn-e-Alam, tombs of various travelers and important people within the old city of Multan, other places worth visiting are the Sun Temple, Multan Fort, Rukn-e-Alam, Multan Museum and the Clock Tower. After the day’s fun filled and informative travel, you may rest and make yourself comfortable in one of the five star hotels like Ramada Multan, Fiesta Inn or Regent Villas. When its time to fill your appetite, Multan offers a great variety with specialties including Multani Sohan Halwa and in the mango season, it offers the juiciest, thickest and the most succulent mangoes in the world which may be worth an international flight! In summers, Falsa Cola is another specialty.

Keeping in view its cultural heritage, United States has granted $22,358 for the shrine of Hazrat Musa Pak Shaheed and restoration works for Hazrat Shah Shams Tabraiz’s shrine is currently underway. A city where much importance is being given to saints and Sufis is surely “City of Saints and Sufis”!


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