Multan is spread over an area of 3,721 square kilometers, comprising four tehsils: Multan Cantonment, Multan Sadar, Shujabad and Jalalpur Pirwala. In 2005 Multan was reorganised as a City District composed of six autonomous towns and cantonment area
It makes the Northern parts of the city and comprises the localities of Gulgasht, Officer Colony, Meherban Colony, Sadiq Colony, Tibba Masood Pur,Alamdi Sura,Taraf Mubarak Doem, Neel kot, Durana Langana, Jahangirabad, Binda Sandeela, Nawabpur, Saleh, Mahay, Punjkuha, Lutfabad, Bosan, Alam Pur, Abbas Pur, Matti Tal, Quadirpur Ran, Qasim Bela, Garden Town and Jakhar Pur.
Where Gardezi Family stayed for generations, located in the old city
Now renamed as Musa Pak Shaheed. Eastern and Southern suburbs
lies further South from the Cantonment area and stretches all the way towards the eastern bank of the Chenab river. The localities include Ashraf Colony, Timber Market, Latif Abad, Glass Factory, Gulnar Colony, Abbas Colony, Khanqah Inayat Shah, Hasan Perwana, Guldin Colony, Qadeerabad, Shadman Colony, Rangeel Pur, Kayan Pur, Muzzafarabad, Bakhar Arbi, Bili Wala, Kabir Pur, Lar, Qasba Maral, Ayyazabad, Maral Khokhar, HamidPur, Kanora and Sher Shah
South of the main city
Southern most suberb
Multan is one of the oldest cities in the Asian subcontinent.According to Hindu legends, it was the capital of the Trigarta Kingdom at the time of the Mahabharata war, ruled by the Katoch Dynasty. Its current name is derived from the Sanskrit name Mulasthana named after a sun temple. Multan has frequently been a site of conflict due to its location on a major invasion route between South Asia and Central Asia. It is believed to have been visited by Alexander the Great's army.
Modern Multan was founded by the Sufi Saint Syed Shah Yousaf Gardez upon his arrival from Gardez Afganistan. Multan was conquered along with Sindh by Muhammad bin Qasim, from the local ruler Chach of Alor. Following bin Qasim's conquest, the city was securely under Muslim rule, although it was in effect an independent state and most of the subjects were non-Muslim. The British held it from 1848 until Pakistan achieved independence in 1947.It initially lacked industry, hospitals and universities. Since then, there has been some industrial growth, and the city's population is continually growing. But the old city continues to be in a dilapidated state, and many monuments wear the effects of the warfare that has visited the city.
The city of Multan is in southern Punjab province at almost the exact centre of Pakistan. The area around the city is a flat, alluvial plain and is ideal for agriculture, with many citrus and mango farms. There are many canals that cut across the Multan District, providing water from nearby farms. This makes the land very fertile. However usually land close to the Chenab are usually flooded in the monsoon season.
The Most prominent family of Multan are Gardezi's. There forefathers were the founders of modern Multan. Multan's inhabitants are called Multanis. The majority of Multan's residents speak Saraiki which is the northern variant of Sindhi (the nomenclature 'Seraiki' is derived from the Sindhi language and literally means 'belonging to the north'), while Haryanvi is the second most spoken language. A good portion of the people are conversant in Urdu. English is understood by the educated. The majority of the people are Muslims. However, the city does have significant Sikh and Hindu communities within the district. There are still many temples and Gurdwaras within the city.
Multan features an arid climate with very hot summers and mild winters. The city witnesses some of the most extreme weather in the country. The highest recorded temperature is approximately 54 °C (129 °F), and the lowest recorded temperature is approximately −1 °C (30 °F). The average rainfall is roughly 127 millimetres (5.0 in). Dust storms are a common occurrence within the city.
Multan International Airport mainly caters to the population of Multan and its surrounding towns. The airport is made up of an international and domestic departures and arrivals area. The arrival lounge can handle up to 135 passengers. It is made up of a few snack shops with one moving conveyor belt system. The departures lounge can handle up to 300 passengers. It has a prayer room, toilets and dining area. The check-in area has roughly twenty counters. There is a CIP lounge to handle premium and VIP guests travelling through the airport. PIA has three weekly flights from Dubai to Multan with seasonal routes to Medina and Jeddah. Moreover, it has direct flights to/from Faisalabad, Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad. Currently PIA and the budget airlines Shaheen and FlyDubai serve the city of Multan. Shaheen Airlines fly's to/from Karachi. Recently PIA has announced twice weekly flights to Quetta. Multan airport is also served by flydubai, the budget carrier that allowes the city to connect to Dubai as well as allowes code shared flights by Emirates airlines to connect the city of Multan to the world after a lay over in Dubai.
The expansion project at the airport is near completion and more international destinations would be added soon. At least two bays will be available for wide-body aircraft such as A340, B777, B747 and cargo planes. The modern passenger terminal and allied facilities are part of the phase two which will be completed in two years to transform the facility into the most modern and state-of-the-art international airport to ease the discomfort being faced by passengers.
Trolleys are provided for free at the airport and porter services are available.
The airport is located very much in the city in the Cantonment area. A ride to the Cantonment center just takes 5 minutes and that to the city center takes 20 minutes.
At this point, the only way out from the airport is by hiring a cab. Expect to pay 200-500 Rs (3-5$) depending on the destination.
Parking at the airport is adequate and is charged at 25 Rs flat rate
Passengers can be picked up from the kerb without parking, however cars must take into account long waiting times at security check-post at the premises entrance.
Multan has three major stations: Multan Cantt, Multan City and New Multan City. Multan Cantt station is the main station serving the majority of the trains. Multan lies on the main railway line (Peshawar to Karachi) of Pakistan Railways (PR). Therefore, it is well connected with every major city of Pakistan. The major train lines that stop at Multan Cantt Station are Shah Shamas Express, Khyber Mail, Tezgam, Awam Express, Jaffar Express and Quetta Express.
Direct buses to Multan are to be found at almost every major city bus terminal of Pakistan. Most of the buses arrive at the New Bus Stand which is located at the Northern part of the city. Daewoo Bus Service  has luxury bus service for Multan from almost all of its stations including Karachi. Buses from Lahore leave at every hour and the trip costs around 2850 Rs. Faisal Movers and Bilal Daewoo Bus Service, Ali Express Bus Service run a service from Lahore from 5:30 in the morning and then every half an hour up till 2:30AM. Fare is around 800 Rs. There are frequent services from Faisalabad, D.G Khan, Sahiwal , Pakpatan, Rahim Yar Khan, Sadiq Abad, Sukkur, Karachi, Peshawar, Dera Ismail Khan, Islamabad and Bahawalpur. Multan has a modern new bus terminal where a service to any city can be found at almost anytime.
Bus Service UAN NO
Daewoo Bus Service (061) 111-007-008 Bilal Daewoo Bus Service (061) 111-287-444 Faisal Movers (061) 111-224-488 Ali Express Bus Service (061) 6770689
The N-5 National Highway connects the city to all parts of Pakistan. From Karachi the distance is around 900 km, and from Lahore 400 km. The road otherwise, known as GT Road, allows connections to Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Faisalabad, Karachi, Lahore as well as Bahawalpur.
Multan recently got a major overhaul of its roads and travelling times have reduced significantly. There are still roadworks going on so watch out for detours.
Multan Metro Bus is a bus rapid transit system is Multan with dedicated lanes and stations. Fare is 20 rupees per passenger each way. Feeder bus service, popularly known as Speedo transport passengers from various areas to the metro bus stations.
Public buses are run by Khan Brothers. There are no passes or prepaid tickets. Payment is thru cash to the conductor and a ride can cost anywhere between 10 Rs to 25 Rs. Mini-vans also ply various city routes, are quicker but crowded and congested.
Public buses are run by Faisal Movers (GREEN BUS) (LTC) Lahore Transport Company Govt of Punjab. There are no passes or prepaid tickets. Payment is thru cash to the conductor and a ride can cost anywhere between 10 Rs to 30 Rs. Mini-vans also ply various city routes, are quicker and AC VIP Busses.
If you want to go to the Cantonment area, catch a bus or van which is going to Aziz Hotel chowk or Dera Adda.
They are still the most popular and efficient form of travel and are universally found. Expect to pay anything between 20Rs to 100Rs depending on the distance.
The rickshaws have rendered taxis out of business. Taxi's can be found though at the airport and at the major bus stands.
Multan has enough to keep the visitor interested for 1 or 2 days - the highlights are the old fort and tombs, and the excellent Institute of Blue Pottery. Be aware that if you are not of south Asian appearance you will receive a lot of attention, from both locals and the authorities - be prepared for a lot of hassle.
The Multan Fort on a high mound of earth which separated it from the old branch of the river Ravi. There are now only remnant of this old fort, which was considered as one of the best fort (defense wise) built in the sub-continent. The fort was destroyed when the British took over. During its haydays the fort walls were was almost 1.6 km long. The fort is in the middle of the city, close to Multan Cricket Club (MCC) next to Shah Rukn-e-Alam’s Mazar. The huge sprawling ancient complex had seen kings and empires fall or rise before its huge walls. Its initial origins are disputed, but the site was destroyed by the British garrison stationed here during the raj. There is a park called the Fort Qasim Park. It has some memorials from the Raj era apart from having some electric rides as wall. On to the western sight of the fort there is a place called 'Damdama'. It provides a wonderful viewpoint of the city. Try locating an art shop called Nigar Khana on the left as you walk your way towards the Damdama entrance. It is, for unknown reason, located underground. Its a cool shop though with a large collection of traditional Multan handicrafts. Plans are underway to renovate or build a new damdama.
Pak GATE This gate named Pak Gate not due to Pakistan, but because of the Saint Hazrat Musa Pak Shaheed. When he died on 33rd Shahban 1010 H, Firstly he was buried in Uch Shareef near his Father Syed Hamid Gunj Buksh. Then when his son saw his Grand Father in Dream Instructing him to get Musa out from his foot side, then he was buried again at "Moza Mungay Hatti". After 15 years his son have another dream who lives in Multan to give Musa back to Multan. Your followers have full faith on you. So, they bring you to Multan. The Gate used to bring your body at that time is still called Pak Gate. 300 feets inside Pak Gate you will find the Mazar of Hazart Musa Pak Shaheed.
HARAM GATE The Gate used to bring your "Haram" is still there and called Haram Gate.
DELHI GATE This Gate is named "Dehli" as this faces twoards the Dehli-India and this road leads towards Dehli. During Mughal Period, when ever the Kings or State Guests visits Multan they entered through this gate.
DOULAT GATE This City Gate is vanished in early days. Only the name is alive & the place where it was to be. It is thought that the Gate called "Doulat Gate", because of the Mazar of "Pir Doulat Shah" which is on the front of the Gate. The Mazar is still there and people come and pay visits. Now due to modernization and enhancements of circular road across the city this "Mazar" comes between the two road & only the tomb area left. The Green Tomb of the Mazar is now between the two busy roads.
BOHAR GATE This Gate faced towards the River Ravi. Once when Multan was a busy river port. This Gate is the main entrance for the food supply and communication. The gate called Bohar because out side this gate there are too many "Bohar" trees. Now with the passage of time the river changed its way and the trees cut down. Now you can see the commercial centers around Bohar Gate.
The college campus is an old and traditional building. It symbolizes Islamic architecture with central quadrangular.
Multan is famous for its association with saints, sufis and fakirs. The tombs boast a rich architecture with attention to the details. Some of the major shrines to be found and worth a visit are:
Syed Shah Yousaf Shah-e-Gardez He is the founder of Modern Multan. Upon his arrival from Gardez Afghanistan he settled in Multan. His shrine is beautifully made from blue en-carved tile work.
Bahauddin Zakaria The tomb is on top of the old city hillock, behind Shah Rukn-e-Alam’s Mazar. South Punjab’s largest University is named after this Sufi saint, Bahauddin Zakariya University.
Bibi Pak Daman
Shah Rukn-e-Alam Situated on top of a small hillock, behind the old ruins of Multan Fort, the Mazar and its majestic dome is the first landmark visible when you enter proper Multan. Shah Rukn-e-Alam (1251-1335) was a Sufi saint in Multan. He was revered by his followers, and to this date thousands of pilgrims from all over Pakistan come to Multan to pay homage. He was the grandson and successor of another great Sufi Shaikh Baha-Ud-Din Zakariya, whose Mazar is also near this one.
Syed Shams-ud-din "Shah Shams Sabzwari"
Hazrat Khwaja Hafiz Muhammad Jamal Multani
Shrine Khawaja Awais Kagha
Shrine Shah Ali Akbar
Shrine Mother of Shah Ali Akbar
Shrine Mai Maharban A shrine nine hundred years old located near Children Hospital Multan.
Remember to take your shoes off when you enter any of these.
Called the "Ghanta Ghar" in the Urdu language, it is the landmark of the old city. It was built during colonial times. The clock tower square has undergone renovation and is set to become the major landmark of Multan.
Jinnah Park, Multan
Jinnah Park is located on New Multan Road in Shah Rukn-e-Alam Colony Block E, Multan Pakistan. It's a beautiful park having great flowers, tree and green atmosphere. Jinnah Park also provides number of attractions, rides and food courts. Many people daily visit this park with their families to enjoy and relaxation.
Address: Located on New Multan Road in Shah Rukn-e-Alam Colony Block E, Multan Pakistan
A huge but congested market that sells almost anything, famous for local textiles, electronics, spices, carpets, handicrafts, pottery, and the famous Multani halwa. Mind you that without negotiating, you will not get a good deal. Almost everyone are selling the same items, so finding a bargain is quite easy. Haggle for everything you want.
You may be able to catch a game at the Multan Cricket Stadium, which is a traditional venue for a test match and a one day international every cricket season, which runs from September to Feburary in Pakistan. Cricket has a huge following here, as anywhere in Pakistan. The national captain and star batsmen Inzamam-Ul-Haq is a local boy, and any game sets the town into a frenzy of excitement. ODI's are well attended, sell out crowds. For an "at ease" experience, go to a day at the test. Moderate crowds will make it a much more enjoyable experience. The Multan pitch is one of the flatest in the world, so batting feasts are the norm. Good viewing!
Visit these beautiful shrines ranging from 400 to 1000 years old architectures. Tomb Mai Maharban near chowk fawara Shrine of Shah Rukne Alam in Multan fort Shrine of Shah Bahaudin Zikarya in Multan fort Shrine of Shah Yusuf Gardez inside bohar gate Shrine of Shah Shah Ali Akbar suraj miani graveyard Shrine of Khawaja Awais Kagha in dera basti graveyard Shrine of Bibi Pak Daman in dera basti graveyard Shrine of Inayat Wilayat Shrine of Musa Pak Shaheed
Multan has three main shopping districts. Saddar Bazzar, Hussain Agahi and Gulgasht. While there is no big supermarket, tourists and foreigners do their shopping from CSD plaza in Cantonment, Prince Departmental store in Saddar (there is a fine supermarket at the basement where you can get all the imported groceries) and Panda on Bosan Road. Sharif Plaza near the city courts has garment retail shops that sell at a bargain. Food Festival is a local chain of convenience stores with main branch at Nishtar Chowk. HTH stores are located in Shahruknealam colony and Garden town.
Most of the brands are found at Chenone Tower at Abdali Road and Pace at Bosan Road. Feb-March is usually the big sales season
Multan is very famous for its beautiful blue tiles, used in bathrooms and other areas of house /building for decoration.
Multani pottery is very famous all over Pakistan, used as decoration, especially vases.
There are also good local tailors who can wrestle up a fine tunic-trouser combo in fair time. Nice prices.
Very well known all over Pakistan due to its uniqueness of designs, colours and sizes, especially "Multani Har". Hassan Arcade on Nusrat Road has a whole square of Goldsmiths.
'Multani clay' is used as Mass.
Very famous and traditional shoes, worn during weddings and festivals usually. Look for shops near Ghanta Ghar
Multan is known as the city of mangoes for a reason. The mango season, whilst stifflingly hot for non regional visitors, affords an amazing treat. Multan produces the juiciest, thickest and the most succulent mangoes in the world. Worth an international flight alone...almost! There are many types of Mangoes in Pakistan. Consists of but not limited to "SindhRi", "anwar rittol", "langRa" , "Chonsa", "doosairi" and many more. Each of them is different in taste, size, quality of pulp etc.
Special dessert of Multan (sometimes mistaken as Habshi Halwa). It is made of sugar, pure ghee and flour and then jeweled with nuts and pistachios. It can be had at most of the tourist spots and sweets shops . Visit Qadeerabad if you want to see it made fresh and indulge in its flavour when it is dished out right off the stove.
Alcohol is sold at Ramada and Sindbad Hotel to Non-Muslims only.
All types of both local and international propriety soft drinks are available in almost every store and roadside shops. Bottled water is ubiquitously available. Keep yourself hydrated as mercury can rise sharply sometimes.
In summer you can try the local 'falsa cola' (redcurrant cola) which is almost unique to Multan.
Also give a try to the 'Goli Wali Bottle' (Soft Drink Bottle with Marble in it) It can be had at specialized drink shops at Dera Adda or in the old city.
As of 03/2015 foreigners are not allowed to stay in any budget hotel. If you make a reservation be sure to inquire on this point. Multan offers both budget and uptown room and board options. The city's guest houses and budget inns are mostly found in the Area called Altaf Town on Tariq road. Some of the more pricey options are:
Near the fort is a marble mosque which has been modeled after the Red Fort in New Delhi. Getting to the fort is a bit tricky. Although there is a proper metaled road, but there are no sign boards or directions pointing which way to go. From Ahmedpur East , before the toll plaza, a service road takes you to the town main market (if you are heading south on the highway). Take a left, and after every 10 minutes ask for directions.