Sitting on top of a small hillock is the first landmark you will see when you travel to 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.
If you are a lover of architecture, history and culture, Multan has plenty to keep you busy. Still visible on a high mound of earth that elevates it from the River Ravi, Multan Fort was once one of the most strategic military strongholds in the country. Today, its crumbling, yet still dramatic, remains include its once-proud battlements. For a wonderful view of the city, head for Damdama, on the west side of the fort.
Dotted around Multan are the gates that once formed part of the city’s defences. Pak Gate is named after Saint Hazrat Musa Pak Shaheed, and Bohar Gate faces the river, which once led out to the busy port.
The region is also known for its ceramics. The Institute of Blue Pottery is a great place to see artisans using both modern and traditional methods to create beautiful vases and pots.