We are all well aware of the tourist attractions present in the metropolitan cities. However, hardly anyone is aware of tourist attractions in smaller cities. They are also rich in culture, tradition and heritage. Today we explore Sheikhupura and the adjoining cities within the Sheikhupura district.
The Sheikhupura district is part of the Lahore Division and Sheikupura City is the headquarters of the Sheikhupura District. Sheikhupura is located about 40 kilometers from Lahore and was built by the Mughal emperor Jahangir in 1607. Other cities of the Sheikhupura district include Ferozwala, Muridke, Sharaqpur and Safdarabad.
The Hiran Minar was built in the Mughal era by the Mughal emperor Jehangir. It was built as a hunting resort for the emperors. It consists of a minaret, pool, two-story pavilion and a causeway to connect the minaret with the pavilion. It is a major tourist attraction of Sheikhupura.
Waris Shah Tomb
Waris Shah was a Punjabi sufi poet and had contributed extensively to Punjabi literature. He was born in India to a Sayyed family and is popular for the Punjabi classic ‘Heer’ which was written in the mughal era. His tomb is located on the Sheikhupura-Hafizabad Road.
Sheikhupura Cricket Stadium
The first cricket match was held in 1996. This stadium has the capacity of hosting 15000 people. The first match was a test match between Pakistan and Zimbabwe followed by a test match between Pakistan and South Africa. Two one-day internationals have also been played between Pakistan and Zimbabwe. Wasim Akram scored 257 not out, his highest batting score ever, in the test match between Pakistan and Zimbabwe. The match ended in a draw.
Gurdwara Sacha Souda
Sacha Souda is a temple which is visited mostly by Sikhs. It is located in the city of Farooqabad.
Quaid e Azzam Business Park
Although not exactly a tourist attraction, the Business Park is under construction. This project has been initiated by the Punjab Government. It will be established near the M-2 Motorway. This business park is expected to create employment opportunities for half a million people. It will be built on about 1500 acres and will also have a housing colony for the labor on 200 acres.
Althought not a tourist attraction, but we decided to write about it anyway. Sheikhupura has its fair share of educational institutions. Hajvery University, headquartered in Lahore, has a Sheikhupura Campus in Sheikhupura. Another Lahore-based university, University of Central Punjab (UCP), has its campus in Sheikhupura. Lahore Grammar School, Beaconhouse School and The City School also have branches in Sheikhupura. Most of the students, however, are admitted in colleges and degree colleges affiliated with the Punjab University.
Sheikupura’s tourist attractions can be viewed in a single day. Mostly, people visit for a day with Hiran Minar and the Waris Shah tomb being the major attractions.