Punjab is the second largest province of Pakistan in physical size. The tourism development Corporation of Punjab regulates tourism in this territory. Punjab cities like Lahore, Sialkot, Gujranwala, and Faisalabad, are famous tourist attractions. But the state has started attracting the visitors towards Southern Punjab as well. Southern Punjab is considered rich in cultural heritage and religious diversity. Numerous worth-seeing visiting spots in south Punjab are yet hidden by the world and the government is trying to reveal these appealing tourist attractions to the world.
Here are 7 top-rated places listed that travelers love to visit:
- Soon Sakesar, Khushab
The soon Valley locates in the region of Sakesar peak that is the highest peak in the Salt range. Sakesar has surrounded the Attock, Khushab, and Sargodha region. It is the only mountain peak in the Punjab that receives snowfall in winter. Mountains of Sakesar consist of a television transmission center. Pakistan air force has used this region to plant a Radar there to monitor the north-eastern region of the land. The soon valley has its largest settlement in district Naushehra. Soon Valley is the home of picturesque scenes, lakes, waterfalls, forest, natural water pools, and ponds.
- Fort Munro, Dera Ghazi Khan
Fort Munro is located in the foothills of the Suleiman range and is on the junction of Punjab and Baluchistan. It is the only hill station in Southern Punjab. Fort Munro is also famous as Nimroo in the Dera Ghazi Khan. Robert Groves Sandman discovered this territory and it was named after the commissioner of the territory Colonel Munro.
Fort Munro is the best place to get escaped from the hot sunny plains of Punjab. Travelers of the fort love the weather of the Dera Ghazi Khan as well as the marvelous fort architecture and heritage appeals to the visitors from all corners of the world.
- Shrine of Taj-ud-din Chishti, Bahawalnagar
The Shrine is known as Roza Taj Sarwar. People called the Shaikh Taj-ud-din Chishti as Taj Sarwar Chishti also. He was the grandson of the Sheikh Farid-ud-din Ganjshakar of Pakpattan. Christian was the home to many tribes. When Taj-ud-din Chishti start preaching in this area, many native tribes became Muslims and bowed their heads to the Dawat-e-Islam. Thus, gradually, Islam started prevailing in this far area of Punjab.
But it was not an easy practice to preach Islam in this area. Shaikh Taj-ud-din Chishti faced furious opponents. In a battle, he was martyred by his enemies and was buried in this place. People visit this shrine and like this monument.
- Tomb of Ghazi Khan, Dera Ghazi Khan
The Tomb of Ghazi Khan was built in the 15th century. Ghazi khan Mirrani settled this area that is known as Dera Ghazi Khan. After the death of Ghazi Khan, Tomb Ghazi Khan was built. The tomb is named “Handeera” by local people. The tomb resembles in the construction with the tomb of Shah Rukn-e-Alam in Multan.
- Mankera Fort, Bhakkar
The fort locates on the Bhakkar highway approximately half a kilometer away from Mankera. Mankera had been ruled by Mekan Raja for 500 years. During Muhammad Bin Qasim’s expeditions in Sindh, one of his General Abul Asswad Bin Zahar conquered this territory. Ahmed Bin Khuzema was the first Muslim governor of the Mankera and he was buried in the fort.
The fort was built in two phases. In the first phase, during the Baloch rule, the brick construction of the fort was completed. Later on, during the Pathan rule, the fort was completed following mud walls and some other leftover constructions. Nowadays, Mankera fort requires the attention of government officials to renovate this heritage. Its adjacent strengthening walls and the fort itself getting ruined and need reconstruction and maintenance.
- Dilkusha garden, Bhakkar
Dilkusha Bagh is considered the construction of Mughal times. This olden time orchard is said to be built by Mughal ruler Humayun or Akbar. But historical routes do not verify this fact as Hamayun never visited the Bhakkar in Punjab. Rather he visited Bhakkar in Sindh to seek help from the ruler of the time. The old magnificent orchard locates on the Sardar Bakhah Road in Bhakkar.
The garden occupies a space of 672 kanals. Dilkusha garden consists of Basra date palm trees. Administration of the garden states that no new tree has been grown since the last 50 years in the garden. This garden requires the attention of the local government as the garden is getting deteriorated due to the lack of apathy from state officials. The garden was beautifully constructed and settled with the fountains and plants. But now it seems on the edge of chaos. A throne was placed in the garden in olden times but now it has been ruined.
- Mehal Umer Hayat Chiniot
Umer Hayat Mahal is famous as Gulzar Manzil. The construction of this mansion was completed between 1923-1935. Sheikh Umer Hayat was a businessman who belonged to Calcutta. This 20th-century haveli is an outstanding masterpiece of the wooden work of Chiniot.
Sheikh Umer migrated from Chiniot to Calcutta during British rule due to getting married against the family will. After the birth of the first son Gulzar, Sheikh decided to move back to Chiniot. He decided to build a magnificent mansion and for this purpose, he contracted the best artisans of Chiniot. This wooden haveli reminds the Mughal architectural style. Its doors, windows, and Jharokas are craved beautifully. In 1990, the governor of Punjab introduced this haveli as a public library and cultural center. Umer Hayat library was issued thousands of books, journals, magazines, and newspapers. Later on, the government refused to allow newspapers and magazines. Now, this mansion is again in despair and seeking the attention of officials.
The southern region of Punjab possesses a great number of shrines and tombs. Local people have great privileges for these places. But there is a lack of tourist facilities. Punjab tourism authorities need to see hotel settlements, daily life necessities, and other safety measures for travelers during the visit to these areas.