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A rapidly expanding commercial hub, fly to Sialkot with Qatar Airways and discover one of Pakistan’s industrial powerhouses. Sialkot boasts several manufacturing industries, and is the world's largest producer of hand-sewed footballs, with local factories manufacturing 40-60 million footballs a year, roughly 70% of the total world production.
Flights from Sialkot with Qatar Airways connect to the most important locations in Europe, the Americas and the Middle East including London Heathrow, Manchester, Frankfurt, Istanbul, Rome, Dammam, Abu Dhabi and New York.
Because of its relatively compact size, visiting all of Sialkot’s attractions is easy, and most can be reached on foot from the major hotels. This gives tourists a chance to immerse themselves in the spirit and vibrancy of this city, and is the best way to experience everyday life during a trip to Sialkot. In the very heart of the city is Sialkot Fort, a centuries-old military fort with a dramatic and vivid history.
The most recognisable local landmark is the Clock tower in the Saddar Bazaar, which is a striking brick tower decorated beautifully in white. Around the Cantonment area you’ll find a cluster of sights including the architecturally fine Sialkot Cathedral, the Puran Bhagat Well and the Seerat Study Center.
The birthplace of writer, philosopher and politician Muhammad Iqbal, along with a museum charting the extraordinary life of the man credited with starting the Pakistan Movement, can be found on Iqbal Road in the Old City.
Take a trip to Sialkot and you’ll be struck by the sheer number of open spaces and parks, giving the city a light and airy feel. The main parks are Gulsan i Iqbal Park, Sialkot Park, Garrison Park, Sinbad Fun House (which has plenty of entertainment for children) and Khayaban e Iqbal. Take a relaxing stroll through any of these flower-filled oases of calm.
Head Marala is approximately 40 minutes’ drive from Sialkot, and is a beautifully tranquil spot for an evening picnic.
Sport is hugely important in Sialkot, and in particular football and hockey. Sialkot is the world’s largest manufacturer of footballs, and a tour of one of the many factories is a strangely fascinating experience and something a little different from the norm.
There is plenty of variety when it comes to food and during your trip to Sialkot, and you will be able to sample both local specialities and a plentiful supply of international cuisine, ranging from western fast food through to Chinese and Asian street food.
Head for Ghazi Road for more upmarket eateries, while many of the fast food outlets can be found along Aziz Shaheed Road.
Travel to Sialkot and you’ll discover an industrious city that’s full of small enterprises making everything from leather goods, sportswear, and even bagpipes!
Most shopping and retail is done in the centre of the city, so head for the iconic Clock Tower and then explore the surrounding area on foot to discover hidden gems and small, select outlets in the narrow streets surrounding the Fort and the centre of the Old City.
Flights to Sialkot arrive at Sialkot International Airport, which has the largest runway in Asia.
Visa restrictions for entry into the country will depend on your country of origin, length of stay and whether your trip is for business or pleasure. So before you fly to Sialkot please check the visa and passport requirements.
Currency: Pakistani Rupee (PKR)
Voltage: 220 V 50 Hz
Plugs: Type C / D
Language: English / Urdu
International dialing code: +92