Sialkot, located 130 kilometer north-west of Lahore; at the feet of the snow-covered peaks of Kashmir and near the Chenab riveris , is a city in the northern province of Punjab Pakistan, Sialkot is about 125 km north of Lahore and only a few kilometers from Jammu It is one of the major industrial centers of Pakistan and is well-known for its manufacture and export of surgical instruments, musical instruments, sports goods, leather goods, textile products and other light manufactures. A Pakistan Army base (Sialkot Cantonment) is situated adjacent to the city. The Sialkot International Airport, Limited (SIAL) and the Sialkot Dry Port serve the Sialkot, Gujranwala and Gujrat region.
It is believed to have been founded by Raja Sul the uncle of the Pandavas, whose heroic deeds are recorded in the epic Mahábhárta. After his death, some 5000 years ago, there is a tradition that the dynasty continued for some 1500 years. The seasonal stream, known as the Aik Nala, that flows through the city is mentioned in the Upanishads.
The old city has a fascinating labyrinth of narrow streets and crowded bazaars. Down a small side street in the old part of the city is the shrine of Hazrat Imam Ali-ul-Haq (Imam Sahib). The path leading to the tomb is often lined with numerous prostrating pilgrims. The mausoleum complex is a maze of narrow corridors leading to several shrines of pirs (holy men). The tomb of Imam Ali-ul-Haq is to the right, through a mirrored gateway tiled with Quranic inscriptions and geometric designs. The courtyard is a fascinating place to sit and absorb the atmosphere. To the rear is a small graveyard where drumming, devotional singing and dancing takes place. The market outside is very photogenic and a large flat roof at the entrance to the shrine offers a panoramic view of the deals being struck. On a low hill in the centre of the old city are the few remains of the Sialkot Fort. The shrine of the pir (saint) Muradala Shah is also on the hill.
Other places of interest include the tomb of the great Muslim scholar, Mian Abdul Hakim and Hafiz Muhammad Alim, on Khadim Ali Road and the former residence of Dr. Muhammad Iqbal (1877-1938) which has been turned into a small museum containing some of his personal belongings and named Iqbal Manzil (Iqbal House).
When to Go
The best time to visit this place is from October to May
How to Reach
Direct flights are available from Sialkot International Airport to Karachi, Islamabad, London, Jeddah,AL-Riyad, Dammam, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Kuwait and Muscat. Now also Shaheen Air operates 2 Weekly Flights to Sharjah and 1 Weekly Flight to Muscat. it has the biggest Haj Flights Terminal. Sialkot Airport has biggest runway in Asia.
On one side, Sialkot is connected to Lahore and Rawalpindi through Wazirabad railway junction and on the other side it is also linked to Lahore and Shakar Garh through Narowal railway junction.
Sialkot is linked with National Highway (N-5) via Gujranwala as well as via Wazirabad. A duel carriage way is under construction between Sialkot and Wazirabad. It takes about 2 hours to reach Lahore and about 4 hours to reach Rawalpindi. Daewoo bus service is available from Sialkot to Lahore, Islamabad, Gujranwala, Faisalabad and Multan, Peshawar & Jhang.
What to Eat
You can get all the eatables here, every desi food dishes and English and continental foods are easily available here.
Where to Stay
Accommodation facility is available here in the form of different types of hotels. You can find here five star, four star and three star hotels easily.
What to Buy
Leather garments (original leather coats, jackets & accessories)
Sports Goods (soccer, volleyballs. rugby balls, basket balls, hockey sticks, tennis rackets, cricket gear, polo sticks, fishing equipments, boxing & other sport equipment).
Sportswear (track suits, T-shirts, Gloves, sports wear & karate uniforms)
Musical Instruments (Scotch Pipe, Drums, Guitars)
What to See
Seerat Study Center is locate on Ghazi Road in cantonment area.
Imam Ali ul Haq shrine is on Imam Sahib Road.
Iqbal's Birth Place (Iqbal Manzil/ Museum) in situated on Iqbal Road in the old city.
Sialkot Fort Centuries old fort ruines are in the center of the city on Fort Road.
Baba Bari Sahib Centuries old Sikh shrine(Bari Sahib) is located on Zafarwal Road.
Jinnah Stadium (International Cricket Test Centre) is located on Circular Road.
Sialkot Cathedral - This 160 years old cathedral is located in cantonment area.
Clock Tower Century old Clock Tower is the most famous landmark of Sialkot, situated in Saddar Bazar.
Puran Bhagat Well - Another historical site situated near cantonment area.
Local Industry - Visit Sialkot Chamber of Commerce to see local products. You can ask them to arrange visit local manufacturing units (Sports goods, garments, leather, surgical instruments, music instruments).
Hockey Academy, Gulshan Park Near Pulaik. Field Hockey Academy, recently added by first Astro Truff in the City.
Sozo water park (Underconstruction) (Sialkot Cantt. Branch (mid 2010)), Garison park. edit
Gulsan i Iqbal Park
Sindbad Fun House
Khayaban e Iqbal