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Multan is a commercial and industrial centre, and as such is very well connected with industrial hubs across the rest of the country. The city is also an important agricultural centre for the region, producing both livestock and crops.
Fly to Multan with Qatar Airways from routes between this busy Pakistani city and key destinations in the Middle East and North America, and you’ll discover a warm, friendly and very welcoming city that’s definitely off the usual ‘tourist track’.
Sometimes referred to as the ‘City of Saint’s, it is Pakistan’s sixth largest city and a commercial hub for the southern Punjab. Flights to Multan take you into a location that is growing quickly, and opening its doors to greater numbers of visitors every year.
It isn’t all commerce and farming in this part of the country. Take a trip to Multan and you’ll also find plenty of interest for lovers of architecture, history and culture, with a host of attractions to visit.
Still visible on a high mound of earth that separates its location from the River Ravi, the Multan Fort was once one of the most important military strongholds in the country. Today, it is an atmospheric ruin, but its battlements can still be seen. For a wonderful view of the city head for a place called 'Damdama' on the western side of the fort.
The region is also famous for its ceramics, and the Institute of Blue Pottery is a great place to see artisans using both modern and traditional methods to create beautiful vases and pots.
Dotted around the city are various Gates that once formed part of the defences. Pak Gate is named after Saint Hazrat Musa Pak Shaheed, while the Bohar Gate faces towards the river and once led out to the busy port.
Sitting on top of a small hillock and the first landmark you’ll see as you enter Multan, the Shah Rukn-e-Alam sits behind the old ruins of Multan Fort. It is the tomb of the 13th century Sufi Saint Shah Rukn-e-Alam, and its characteristic domed roof is a local landmark.
In Pakistan, cricket is a much-loved national pastime. During your trip to Multan you should try and get to see at least one game at the Multan Cricket Stadium, which is one of the best in the country.
Gole Bagh Park is a tranquil spot to relax in that takes you away from the hustle and bustle of the city, while a stroll around the Multan Museum gives you a much better understanding of the history of the region through a selection of fine displays of artefacts, artwork and manuscripts.
Chaman Zar Askari Lake Park is also a peaceful spot with a beautiful lake. But time your visit and you may encounter the park’s annual carnival, where a few rupees entry fee will enable you to watch performers from all around the world.
If there’s one speciality that Multan is known for, it’s mangoes! If you thought there was just one type of mango then travelling to Multan during mango season will open your eyes to a rich choice of varieties, each with their own distinctive flavour. Look out for "SindhRi", "anwar rittol", "langRa”, "Chonsa" and "doosairi".
The people of Multan have a sweet tooth, and the diet-busting Multani Sohan Halwa is a local speciality. It’s made from sugar, pure ghee and flour, to which pistachios and other nuts are added.
Street food is excellent, and is usually chicken-based dishes with Naan bread or kebabs. More upmarket eateries are clustered around the Gulgasht area and include everything from local and international dishes to Mongolian restaurants.
If you travel to Multan for a bit of retail therapy, then you’ll find a great selection of everything from high-end luxury goods through to locally produced crafts.
There are three main shopping districts in Multan - Saddar Bazzar, Hussain Agahi and Gulgasht. Saddar is home to department stores, while Sharif Plaza near the city courts is great for clothing bargains. The city is particularly well known for its blue tiles, which make a great memento of your travels to Multan.
Flights to Multan arrive at Multan International Airport, which is located in the Cantonment area of the city, and is just a 20-minute journey from the city centre.
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 Multan 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