Hello my travel buddy,
Hope you all are having an amazing Travelling Thursday. I am extremely happy and nostalgic to talk about something really special to my heart. Today I chose to share my roots with you all, the city where I belong to, the city where my forefathers are from. Chiniot – a historic city of Punjab and a gem of architectural abundance. A treasure full of magic and magnificent places.
Located at the bank river of Chenab, amidst of small rocky hills and 158 Km, north-west from Lahore. When I was back home, I have spent many weekends there, trolling through the historic streets, where my grandfathers, dad, mum and many relatives lived. Seeing and reliving the journey of their childhood was one of my favorite hobbies, and I had the privileged to go there, many times with all of them to understand my own roots. Since, I was very close to my Lt. Grand Father, we both along with dad have been their many times, and he has taken me to places to relish the memories he once had.
Here’s a picture of my Grand Father, Mian Mazher Hussain Anwel – Young chap sailing his own boat in river Chenab. (Rest of the pictures are back home, will surely share once I get my hands on them)
Meanwhile, enjoy a list of historic gems to indulge in while your trip to Chiniot.
Umer Hayat Palace, on of the most treasured attraction. Standing proud in the heart of the city, the palace is one of the most known mahals of Pakistan. Taking its inspiration from Mughal era, the architecture and the facade is worth drooling for.
Shahi Masjid, built by Nawab Saad UlIah Khan during the regime of Emperor Shah Jahan (1628-58), Shahi Masjid is another gem located right there in the city to attract tourist from around the globe.
Trolling through the Streets, is one of the finest thing you can do over there, as one street leads to another and another street to the first one .. haha .. its true. Be fascinated by the rich architecture done on wooden doors as your pass by on every house, or indulge into the meaningful Punjabi conversations with locals. Every single step is worth taking for.
Chenab – one of the five rivers of Pakistan. who doesn’t enjoy an amazing weather a troll by the river side. if you do, then it is a definite spot you must visit.
Another aspect of Chiniot is its artistic approach towards furniture. One of the finest and most intricate works can be seen there. One of my Uncle owns a shop there and we use to visit them very often, – Oh I miss those days … Trust me till date the furniture in our house is from his shop and still shines as it was bought yesterday.
Picture taken at Saeen Sukh Shrine, also known as the ‘Sheesh Mahal’ of Chiniot.
I can go on and on about the richness of heritage by this city, but I have go somewhere. I hope you all have enjoyed this piece, It is surely very special to me, because Chiniot is my identity, my heritage – the very place where I belong to. Let me know your thoughts about this city, and share your moments with me, if you have already visited it. I would love to hear your stories.
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Lots and lots of love xx