You will see numerous blogs on most popular places to visit in metropolitan cities like Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi, but hardly anyone covers the less popular cities of our country. All cities of Pakistan, whether big or small, have something unique to offer to its tourists. So, we will be covering some of the less popular cities and let you know about the places you can visit.
This post is about the attractions in Kasur. Kasur, lies to the south of Lahore at 50 kilometers. Most people visit Kasur for food and are unaware of other exciting places. But actually, there are a lot of other gems in the city worth exploring.
The ancient name of this historical city was “Kussu Pura,” after the name of Kusa, who discovered it in 1976. During the Mughal rule, this Kasur region was settled by Pashtuns and afterwards by the Sikhs.Kasur is located near the Indian border, Firozpur by road.
Following are the must-visit places if you go to Kasur:
Baba Bulley Shah Tomb
Mr. Charles Fradilt mentioned his birth date and death as 1680 and 1775, respectively, in his book Baba Bulley Shah. Baba Bulley Shah belonged to a Syed family and he is famous for his remarkable poetry. The shrine of Baba Bulley Shah is located in the center of Kasur. Annually the Urs ceremony of Bulley Shah was held in the last week of august (in the season of Sawan Bhadon).
Ganda Singh Border
It is situated near a border named Ganda Singh Wala Border. This border had served the primary crossing purpose till 1986 but closed now. It holds the Joint Check Post (JCP) constructed in 1959 to hold a joint flag’s hoisting ceremony. It is located approximately at a distance of 18 km from Kasur. The flag-lowering ceremony takes place here as well and is also worth attending.
Balloki Headworks started in 1911. It is known as a triple canal project that aims to take the upper Chenab Canal water to the headworks. As the River Ravi remains insufficient for water purposes, so Pakistan Government started to work on Balloki headworks to feed the Lower Bari Doab Canal for the smooth irrigation of district Bahawalnagar. Balloki headworks is situated on the south-western side of Lahore on River Ravi, at a distance of 65 Km. It also fascinates the tourist with a fantastic picnic point.
Changa Manga is named after two brothers. Changa Manga is the largest planted forest that also preserves wildlife. It is interesting to note that British foresters finished in 1866. The wild project’s fundamental motivation was to give fuel resources, haulage of firewood, and timber. It covers 12000 Acres area, including a park of timberland and a lake. The forest park was constructed in 1961-62 and was reduced with many development schemes to meet the growing needs. Now this park is on 134 acres. The facilities in the park include a cafeteria, hanging bridges, log huts, a rest house, a swimming pool and boating.
Gurudwara Hardusahari, Sahari Distt Kasur
In district Kasur, there are two villages named Sahari or Hardusahari – Hardu is a Persian word that means two- having the Gurdwara Sahari Pir in the town’s outskirts and its Samadhi. There is a pool of stagnating water as well. The beautiful building is standing on a spacious area where an annual fair (Urs) is held. Muslim Fakir looks after the shrine of Pir Sahari Chinna Jatt.
Flooded with the deep-rooted cultural essence, unique festivals, and cherished traditions, Kasur museum is standing on the Firozpur Road, embracing history.
This museum exhibits galleries, categorized into five segments. The impressive galleries include the collection of chronological coins, which is a treat for coin collectors. An archaeological gallery to provide the visitors a walk of rare fossils of all ages. Besides this, there is a collection that portrays ceramic, sculptures, and utensils. It reserves the statues of the famous Buddha’s statue as well. An Islamic gallery brimming with valuable treasure has been oriented to provide Muslims with rich Islamic scripts and publications. Later comes the craft gallery. Lastly, here is a Pakistan Movement gallery that exhibits Muslim leaders’ efforts and portrays the history of independence.
How can one forget the fish points of Kasur. As soon as the name of Kasur pops up, images of fish are conjured up. Most of the fish stalls are located near the Circular Road in the Kot Badar Deen market. One of the most popular fish corners includ Javed Fish Corner.
The delicious sweet dish of Kasur, Falooda, is loved by all. People, not just from Pakistan but worldwide, visit Kasur, especially at “Ayub Falooda,” which is serving rabri Falooda for 50 years. It is located at Mian Shahbaz Khan Road. This falooda is stuffed with sweet sheer (sugar molasses), ice, and soft sawaiyaan. Karam deen has been working for 40 years and making flavorful falooda. Other equally popular falooda spots include Kasuri Falooda and Nafees Falooda Corner.
Other interesting spots include:
- Kot Radha Kishen Railway Station -Located in Kot Radha Kishen District of Kasur and is famous for being related to Indian Lord Kishen and his beloved one (Radha)
- Chunian– this is the point of the largest sugar mill in Pakistan
- Pattoki – the vast industrialist area
- Tomb of Hazrat Baba Kamal Chishti– located in Kasur city
- The Tomb of Hazrat Abdullah Shah Bukhari (famous as Baba Sha Jhanda) – located in a village near Pattoki.