Multan & Bahawalpur


Multan's famous blue and white pottery works

Whilst our computer was being repaired in Karachi we continued with our travels in Pakistan. We headed to South Punjab to visit the cities of Multan and Bahawalpur. Multan famous for its shrines, mosques and blue pottery and a major cotton growing area is rarely visited by tourists. It is said to be one of the hottest, driest and dustiest places in Pakistan. Our first impression was not a good one. Toyota Hiace van drivers driving like maniacs and hotels that did not want us because we were foreigners nearly made us leave. The next morning we thought it could have been a test for tourists (that we had successfully passed by staying) because of the beautiful things we saw and the kindness of the people !


The Mausoleum of Sheikh Rukn-i-Alam (left), a colourfully decorated grave (centre) and a shrine surrounded by devotees (right) 


Multan's latest movie offering (left), street life (centre) and traditional preparations for cotton embroidery (right)


Dinner with Muhammad Asif's marvelously hospitable family.


South of Multan in the Thar desert that Pakistan shares with Indian Rajasthan, Bahawalpur was our base to visit Derawar Fort and the Mausoleum of Uch Sharif.


Derawar Fort
Visible for many kilometers, Derawar Fort is a huge square structure built in 1733 as the headquarters of the first nawab of Bahawalpur. Its walls stand at a height of 30 m and the circumference of the fort is 1.5 km. Next to it is a splendid mosque. We drove 80 km into the desert to get to the fort. Needless to say we were the only ones there apart from a few shepherds.



The mosque at Derawar Fort, Thar desert, Pakistan


Uch Sharif
80 km west of Bahawalpur along the Indus river lies the small village of Uch Sharif. This is another place where few foreign visitors ever make it to. Uch Sharif is famous for its sublime Sufi shrines.




Going home after a hard day's work

We are doing well !

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