Multan Diaries: Exploring the City of Saints

Multan is a bustling city, and we spent four days here meeting with family and exploring the area.

NEVER come here during the middle of the summer (our mistake). Multan is very close to the desert and it’s BOILING hot in the mornings/afternoons. At night it gets very cool and that’s why most of our pictures didn’t come out right (we only went out at night).

Multan is also titled as the City of Sufis, City of Saints  because of a large number of shrines and Sufi saints from the city. The city is blanketed with bazaars, masjids shrines, and ornate tombs. Multan is located in a bend created by five rivers of central Pakistan.

Multan is one of the oldest cities in the world dating back 6000 years.

Our first was the very famous Shah Rukn-i-Alam’s tomb, which is the mausoleum of the Sufi saint Sheikh Rukn-ud-Din Abul Fateh

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Inside, people prayed to these graves

In front of Shah Rukn-i-Alam’s tomb was the Multan Fort

The Multan Fort, a military installation, was a landmark of Indian defense and architecture. According to some estimates,the original fort was built between 800 and 1000 B.C.

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Sorry for the bad picture quality

Next, we saw the shrine of  Baha-ud-Din Zakariya who died in 1268, and his mausoleum (Darbar) is located in Multan. Many pilgrims visit his shrine,  we saw many coming to pray to his grave.

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Beware of the bugs walking around here, you are required to take off your shoes so wear socks or something.

We also went to this place where you could see Multan from above.

We also got to see Ghanta Ghar Chowk, and the clock tower was really nice!

Overall, Multan is a nice place to visit to get to know the religious history of Pakistan, it takes you back many centuries to that old way of life that focused on darbars and saints.

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