Greater Than a Tourist – San Miguel de Allende Guanajuato Mexico 50 Travel Tips from a Local

Tom Peterson was born in New York, New  York, and grew up in that area of the northeast until he decided it was time to start a new life in San Francisco, California, where he moved at the age of 24.  During his first two years living in the Bay Area, he considered new careers in landscaping, carpentry, opening an ice cream shop, a bar/restaurant, and leading unique tours of San Francisco, among other things. What he really enjoyed most was the five trips he took across America those first two years, taking a different route, vehicle, and fellow travelers on each trip.

Before long he had adventured to all 50 states in the U.S. and decided it was time to see more of the rest of the world. His careers in the airline, film, video game, and technology industries, marketing communications, internet telephony, online sports instruction, and higher education businesses, much of it in international business development, opened the door for travel to many countries around the world.

But he longed to live in another country, learn another language, and immerse himself in the culture and with the people of a land much different from the one where he grew up. Looking south to a country he always loved, but to a part of it he had never visited, he moved to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, a 16th-century colonial city in the historical heartland of the high desert mountains of central Mexico, in October 2015.

Living there and loving it for more than a year and a half, Tom felt like he had many interesting stories, and much valuable information to share, with anyone considering traveling to one of the most beautiful, extraordinary, and romantic places in the world.

1.  Visit A Very Unique Best World City Award Location

I obviously was not reading all of the right travel magazines prior to 2015, when I first heard of San Miguel de Allende, in the state of Guanajuato, in the mountains and historical heartland of central Mexico. If I had been I would have known of this still fairly well-kept secret of a jewel much sooner. Among many other best in the world awards San Miguel de Allende (usually just referred to by locals as San Miguel) took 3rd place on Travel + Leisure’s 2016 “World’s Best Cities” list. With a score of 91.19 out of 100, Travel + Leisure explains how San Miguel de Allende qualified for their list: “Readers ranked cities on their sights and landmarks, culture, cuisine, friendliness, shopping, and overall value. We’re looking for the whole package—history, culture, exciting cuisine, modernity, antiquity, and everything in between. It sounds like a tall order, but the world’s best cities offer these attributes and more. San Miguel de Allende has seen a significant transformation in recent years… A UNESCO World Heritage site, it possesses a certain mountain-town charm that not all cities have: its friendly local feel is matched only by its energy and festivals. As one T+L voter described, ‘the plaza is their living room. It’s an art lover’s paradise.’ In addition to 3rd place on the overall World’s Best Cities List, San Miguel also placed as the number one city in Mexico, Central, and South America!” Other World’s Best Cities lists that San Miguel has been included on recently include those from CNN, Condé Nast Traveler, Luxury Travel, and Luxury Living magazines.

 2. Live In An Ideal Climate

If you are interested in the geography and weather in San Miguel, as most travelers are when planning a trip, the municipality of San Miguel de Allende is located in the far eastern side of the state of Guanajuato. It has an average altitude of 1,870 meters (6,135 feet) above sea level. The climate in the area is mostly temperate and semi-arid, with temperatures averaging 22 °C (72 °F). Summers are moderately hot, with a rainy season that generally produces sporadic thunderstorms, similar to tropical locations like Florida and Hawaii, but without the humidity. Winters are very moderate. Moving here from the San Francisco Bay Area, and having now been through almost two full years of weather, the best comparison I can make is with the weather in Oakland, CA. For those not familiar with the Bay Area microclimates, Oakland is warmer and drier than its neighbors, San Francisco and Berkeley, because it does not get the fog from the Pacific Ocean and the Bay, and it is not as hot as the surrounding communities only 10 minutes away, because the hills keep it cooler. It has been said that Oakland has the best climate in the U.S., never humid, or too hot or too cold, and, having been to all 50 states and every major U.S. city in my travels, I believe that is true. That is almost the same climate that we have in San Miguel, except with warmer, milder evenings and mornings. As I said during all of my years living in the Bay Area, and continue to say in San Miguel, “another gorgeous day in paradise”.

3. Experience Spectacular Sunsets Nightly

Having lived most of my life, prior to moving to Mexico, in the New York City metropolitan area and the San Francisco Bay Area of California, I was never more than a short drive away from an ocean and a beach, and loved seeing sunrises and sunsets (mainly sunsets, my favorite time of the day) over the water. I knew that by moving to San Miguel I would be giving up my close proximity to the ocean, but an expected delight has been the spectacular sunsets, on a nightly basis, from any rooftop in San Miguel, and even out my bedroom window at home.

Since the large lake in the area, La Presa, lies to the west of the city, and there are no tall buildings in San Miguel, the routinely enchanting sunsets can be seen from almost anywhere, usually going down over the water.

 

book description

 

Are you excited about planning your next trip?

Do you want to try something new while traveling?

Would you like some guidance from a local?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this book is just for you.

Greater Than a Tourist San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato,

Mexico by Tom Peterson offers the inside scope on San Miguel de Allende.   Most travel books tell you how to travel like a tourist. Although there’s nothing wrong with that, as a part of the Greater than a Tourist series, this book will give you travel tips from someone who lives at your next travel destination.

In these pages, you’ll discover local advice that will help you throughout your stay. This book will not tell you exact addresses or store hours but instead will give you an excitement and knowledge from a local that you may not find in other smaller print travel books.   Travel like a local. Slow down, stay in one place, and get to know the people and the culture of a place.

By the time you finish this book, you will be eager and prepared to travel to your next destination.

Greater Than a Tourist – The Garden Route Western Cape Province South Africa

Stretching out over the expanse of rugged coastlines, lush forestation, treacherous mountain landscapes, and an all-encompassing natural beauty surrounds, you’ll be forgiven if you thought you tripped and landed yourself in either Lothlórien or Rivendell, in Middle Earth, from *‘The Lord of The Rings’ saga.

Comprising of a stretch of Southern African land that is so rich in diversity of vegetation, the most unique and extensive of them all being indigenous to South Africa, and rife in The Garden Route: namely, fynbos. It is this fact that one ceases to wonder why this region got its name as The Garden Route.

Ranging from Mossel Bay, in the Western Cape Province until the Storm’s River, in the Eastern Cape, The Garden Route passes through Mossel Bay, Little Brak River, George, Nature’s Valley, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay – to name just a few.

Li-Anne McGregor van Aardt

Top Reasons to Book This Trip

  • Natural Surrounds: From the beaches, to the forests, the hiking trails, horse-riding trails, mountain trails and waterways, The Garden Route is synonymous with immaculate beauty and boasts accessible ways for everyone to experience this relatively untouched oasis of wildlife and an abundance of fauna and flora to boot.
  • Food: You can be sure to have your taste buds tantalized by the various cuisines on offer through the expansive kilometers that make up The Garden Route. Be it fine wining and dining, classic bistro meals, simple old fast food, or even just a cozy old pub, you’re sure to find just the right setting to enjoying the tasty morsels that this adventure will serve up for you.
  • Rainbow Nation: South Africa is rich with a colorful tapestry of cultures, traditions and it’s people do indeed display this great amalgamation of heritages. Ubuntu is an indigenous word, which refers to the concept of community, togetherness, and striving for common goals while respecting common threads that bind us all. Exploring this great country, getting to know this Rainbow Nation will no doubt be the highlight of your trip to South Africa.

 

Are you excited about planning your next trip?

Do you want to try something new while traveling?

Would you like some guidance from a local?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this book is just for you. Greater Than A Tourist – The Garden Route, South Africa by Li-Anne McGregor van Aardt offers the inside scope on The Garden Route, situated in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. Most travel books tell you how to travel like a tourist. Although there’s nothing wrong with that, as a part of the Greater than a Tourist series, this book will give you travel tips from someone who lives at your next travel destination. In these pages you’ll discover local advice that will help you throughout your stay. This book will not tell you exact addresses or store hours but instead will give you an excitement and knowledge from a local that you may not find in other smaller print travel books.

Travel like a local. Slow down, stay in one place, and get to know the people and the culture of a place. By the time you finish this book, you will be eager and prepared to travel to your next destination.

Press Release | Greater Than a Tourist- Cyprus

A great new guidebook to Cyprus has been published this week in the popular Greater Than A Tourist series that is available on Amazon – either in paperback or Kindle versions.

The book, entitled ‘Greater Than A Tourist – Cyprus’ has been written by Chrissie Stephen (Flint) who lived and worked in Cyprus as a writer and radio presenter for 23 years. For many years Chrissie wrote for Sunjet and Apollo Review – that were the in-flight magazines of Cyprus Airways and she was a regular contributor to both the Cyprus Weekly and Cyprus Mail newspapers and the Paphos based Grapevine magazine. For more than ten years Chrissie worked as a radio presenter on The Taste of Cyprus for BFBS Radio.
The Greater than a Tourist series has proved very popular as each book contains 50 travel tips about the destination – written by someone who knows the place well. In the book on Cyprus, there is plenty of information about lesser known places to visit including the Akamas and the hamlet of Pano Pyrgos that are of interest both for visitors and residents.

Greater Than A Tourist – Cyprus is available on Amazon as a paperback priced $11.97 and for Kindle $7.41

Sample Book: Greater Than a Tourist – Multan Pakistan 50 Travel Tips from a Local

By: Mirza Zeeshan Baig

BOOK DESCRIPTION

TABLE OF CONTENTS

DEDICATION

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

FROM THE PUBLISHER

WELCOME TO > TOURIST

INTRODUCTION

  1. Stop Looking Like a Tourist
  2. Ask Locals for a Nice Place to Live
  3. Interact With Locals
  4. Keep a Good Sunblock in Your Backpack
  5. Best Time to Visit Multan
  6. Rise at Sunrise
  7. Enjoy Fresh Mangoes Being Multan’s Specialty
  8. Buy a Lunch at Siddique Desi Murgh Karahi
  9. Drink Lassi at Dilmeer’s
  10. Visit the Shrines
  11. Start Journey from Shrine of Shah Rukn-e-Alam
  12. Capture the Elegant Shrine of Bahauddin Zikria
  13. Boating at River Chenab
  14. Get Dinner at Billa Ka Dera
  15. Watch the Sunset at Damdama
  16. Take Plenty of Photos
  17. Observe daily life of locals
  18. Get Around by Metro Bus
  19. Grab Tea at Baba Ki Tea
  20. Eat Sohan Halwa, a Specialty of Multan
  21. Walk Around Hussain Aghai Market
  22. Discover the Streets of Old City Area
  23. Watch Movie at Cineplex
  24. Admire the Cultural Show at Multan Arts Council
  25. Keep a Scarf with You
  26. Pay a Visit to Ghanta Ghar (Clock Tower House)
  27. Why Visit Multan Fort
  28. Watch the Splendid Shahi Eid Gah (Mosque)
  29. Smile & Say Hello to Make Friends
  30. Feel the Fun of Getting Lost on Purpose
  31. Where to Shop in Multan
  32. Eat Pizza in Multan
  33. Get a Chance to Buy Souvenirs
  34. Night Life at Chaman Zar-e-Askari
  35. Be Cautious of Multan Traffic
  36. Taste the Best Ice Cream
  37. Cook for Yourself
  38. Catch a Match at Multan Cricket Stadium
  39. Surf the Chase Up
  40. Go to Suraj Kund Temple in Multan
  41. Eat Out at Shangrila Chinese
  42. Travel Around to Other Cities
  43. Greet the Morning at Ramada
  44. Enjoy the High Tea
  45. Listen Local Artists at Cantonment Garden
  46. Wear Multani Khussa
  47. Cleanse Yourself with Multani Mitti
  48. Find Blue Pottery in Multan
  49. Make a splash at Jinnah Water Park

DEDICATION

First and foremost, I would like to thank my wife Mehr, for standing beside me throughout my career and writing this book. She has been my inspiration and motivation for continuing to improve my knowledge and move my career forward. She is my rock, and I dedicate this book to her. I also thank my wonderful children: genius Taha and my lifeline Faiq, for always making me smile and for understanding on those weekend mornings when I was writing this book instead of playing with them. I hope that one day they can read this book and understand why I spent so much time in front of my computer.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mirza Zeeshan Baig graduated from Emerson College, Multan in 1999 and planned to go adventuring in Pakistan the next day.  He not only visited cities, but also spent three or more months to explore the city and all around area. Having been born and bred in Multan, he explored the Multan city on foot. When he’s not traveling, Mirza loves taking pictures, writing, and listening to live music.

As a professional writer, Mirza loves spending his time writing books, blogs and articles.  Apart from writing, travelling and sightseeing is his passion.

And of course, he loves spending time with his family!

HOW TO USE THIS BOOK

This book was written by someone who has lived in an area for over three months.  The author has made the best suggestions based on their own experiences in the area.  Please check that these places are still available before traveling to the area.  The goal of this book is to help travelers either dream or experience different locations by providing opinions from a local.

 

FROM THE PUBLISHER

Traveling can be one of the most important moments in a person’s life. The memories that you have of anticipating going somewhere new or getting to travel are some of the best.  As a publisher of the Greater Than a Tourist book series, as well as the popular 50 Things to Know book series, we strive to help you learn about new places, spark your imagination, and inspire you.

Thought this book you will find something for every traveler.  Wherever you are and whatever you do I wish you safe fun, and inspiring travel.

Lisa Rusczyk Ed. D.

CZYK Publishing

WELCOME TO > TOURIST

 

INTRODUCTION

There is nothing quite like traveling, like seeing a new place for the first time or returning to a favorite place. People of all ages, from all countries, travel to foreign places for many different reasons – namely work, family and leisure. Whether by plane, train, ship or automobile, travel is generally a pleasurable experience, at least for the people who can financially afford comfortable and safe methods of travel. Traveling is an extraordinary experience every person needs. It opens you a whole new world out there and reveals your inner strength. Reading this book will give you a reason for traveling to Multan and staying there longer than you expected.

 

  1. Stop Looking Like a Tourist

If you really want to enjoy your trip in Multan, first of all stop looking like a tourist. Tourists are recognized from a distance because they have a typical look, like they have flip flops, shorts, a silly t-shirt, an SLR camera, a “fanny pack” and other such things that draw attention to them.

Locals normally do not like to mix with foreigners due to their obvious clothing, expensive looking smartphone, Rolex watch and DSLR camera. So, stop looking like a tourist!


  1. Ask Locals for a Nice Place to Live

There are a lot of nice and decent but expensive hotels like Ramada, Hotel Sindbad and Shangri-La Chinese to stay in Multan. These hotels offer quality and professional services to tourists.

But from a local point of view, I would suggest that you should stay at some less expensive hotel like Taj Hotel, Hotel Shabroze and Palace Lodge Hotel.

These hotels are in the heart of Multan city and offer wide range of local delicious dishes. From these hotels you are able to hire cabs and can even board on local buses to visit the shrines and other visiting places. In this way you can enjoy your stay in Multan and also can observe the real life of this particular area.


  1. Interact With Locals

As a tourist, you be inhabit of having long discussions with tourists about the area you are visiting. If you can maintain distance from other voyagers and begin conversations with locals then you can get a knowhow of the delicate moods of these people. Essential English is talked broadly everywhere throughout the world, so it’s less demanding to convey than you may might suspect, particularly when you consolidate hand signals and non-verbal communication.

These locals can also guide you of the places, nobody knows about other than locals. They can enrich your knowledge more than books can do.


4.  Keep a Good Sunblock in Your Backpack

Multan is located in the southern part of Punjab, a province in Pakistan. Multan features an arid climate with very hot summers and cold winters. The city witnesses some of the most extreme temperatures in the country. Heat waves occur during May and June cause stroke problems in the city.

An essential to any tourist visiting Multan is a good sunblock. An expected nasty sunburn is nothing to take lightly and can be extremely painful. An effective sunblock is very expensive to purchase locally; it is primarily a tourist product and not commonly used by the local citizens as they are accustomed to climate.

 

  1. Best Time to Visit Multan

As I already told you that Multan has an arid climate, which means it experiences really hot summers and heavily fogged winters. The months of December to March are the best time to visit this city. This time span offers a very pleasant and enjoyable weather and is also considered the peak tourist season. After this time of the year, hot weather sets in and is really unbearable for foreigners, especially for those who come from cold places. Dust storm occur during summer months with peak in July and August. These dust storms are quite violent. Moreover, fog do occur during the winter season and remains for three days to weeks. Foggy weather also results in closure of Multan Airport.

 

  1. Rise at Sunrise

Rise at sunrise to have the best view of natural sites like agricultural and mango orchards surrounding the city area and also you can have all attractions to yourself while avoiding crowds. No doubt, it’s also a magical time for photography due to soft mellow light and usually easier to interact with locals. If you get up early you can plan visit to far off places and can return in time before sunset.


  1. Enjoy Fresh Mangoes Being Multan’s Specialty

The mangoes from Multan are well known all over the world for their quality traits due to its geographical positioning. The progressive growers bear vast experience for more than 50 years in the professional and business production of mangoes. Multan is famous for export of premium quality mangoes to Europe, Middle East, Gulf and Far East ensuring the safe production practices (for human & environment).

For fresh mangoes, you have to visit in the months of July and August which is the peak of summer season. When I imagine the delicious and unmatchable taste of mangoes and also its varieties, the difficulties of hot weather look very trivial.

Although a lot of varieties of mangoes are grown in Multan region but main varieties are Chaunsa (S.B, Black, White), Dashehari, Langra, Sindhri and Anwar Ratool.

 

  1. Buy a Lunch at Siddique Desi Murgh Karahi

Desi Murgh Krahi also known as Chicken Karahi – Chicken karahi’s are very popular in Multan and don’t take long to prepare it. If you have to fix a quick simple lunch in 30 minutes then make sure you treat yourself with this delicious chicken karahi. However, this dish is spicy in nature.

It is considered an honor to eat Siddique Desi Murgh Karahi from Dolat Gate Multan. This dish is highly pleasing or agreeable to the senses, especially of taste or smell. This food point holds a remarkable place in Multan. Route is quite simple just reach Dolat Gate and you can ask from any one where is Siddique Karahi. What is like about this place is different gravy of karahi. It’s totally different from gravy of other restaurants. Chicken is also cooked to perfection. It’s my all-time choice for chicken karahi. So if you are in Multan someday, do not forget to visit this place. The good thing is food is not expensive but highly delicious.

 

  1. Drink Lassi at Dilmeer’s

Lassi is a sweet or savory Pakistani drink made from yogurt or buttermilk based with water. The experts have whipped up more than 35 different kinds of lassi, some sweet and some with salt. However, the traditional one is salty, made from whipped yogurt, milk and water.

When you are visiting Multan and not having lassi is like going to subway and not having a cookie. In simpler words: Impossible. Dilmeer ki Lassi is the most famous and crowded lassi point in Multan that one has to visit and try. Having sweet and salty lassi both, the place is almost always crowded due to its lassi. Shop is in Multan Cantt Bazar. There are two shops. one shop is old one in busy bazar. Other shop is new and you can ask any person in Cantt and they will tell you. Place is very famous and there sweet lassi is very refreshing.


  1. Visit the Shrines

Despite its historical wealth, Multan is recognized for being the abode and resting place of many Sufi saints, exponents of Sufi belief and culture such as Hazrat Baha-ud-Din Zakariya and Shah Rukn-e-Alam, whose tomb is considered to be the city’s structural landmark. This great mausoleum was built in the pre-Mughal era by Ghias-ud-Din Tughlaq, the dome of the towering structure can be observed from all sides of the city. The dome itself is said to be one of the world’s largest dome and an evidence to the mausoleum’s undeniable architectural value. The shrines of these two saints are a most prominent and identity feature of the city’s skyline. Among a host of at least other saints and Sufi saints whose mausoleums and shrines have their home in the city, are Shah Shams Sabzwari, Mai Mehrban, Bibi Pak Daman, Shah Gardez and Musa Pak Shaheed.

It is also believed that there are a lot of shrines in Multan but the most visited are about 27 in number and each one is matchless from constructional point of view.

 


  1. Start Journey from Shrine of Shah Rukn-e-Alam

The shrine of Rukn-e-Alam is the magnificence of Multan. When the city is approached from any side the most prominent thing which can be seen from miles all around is a huge dome. This dome is the Shrine of Sheikh Rukn-ud-Din Abul Fath commonly known by the title Rukn-e-Alam. In beauty and grandeur, this shrine is unparalleled. As this magnificent building stands on the high ground, this height contributes materially to the majestic and gigantic appearance of the shrine. Besides its religious importance, the mausoleum is also of considerable archaeological and architectural value.

The mausoleum was built in the era of 1340-1350, entirely of red brick, bounded with beams of wood. The mode of construction must have been very difficult but its increased effect is undeniable. You will certainly forget about everything after visiting this place as a peaceful atmosphere prevails the entire area. A lot of pigeons are always surrounding this great shrine and people visiting this place feel happy to feed them.


  1. Capture the Elegant Shrine of Bahauddin Zikria

Journey of Multan is incomplete if shrine of Bahauddin Zikaria is not visited which is co-located  to the shrine of Shah Rukn-e-Alam. Hence, it’s an opportunity to cover both the places at the same day.

The mausoleum was constructed in 1268 after the death of Hazrat Bahauddin Zakariya. People from all around the world visit this shrine every year and it has become a ritual for all to visit this shrine whoever comes Multan.

An annual festival called “Urs” is celebrated for three days in commemoration of great saint and people from all over Pakistan come to celebrate this event.


  1. Boating at River Chenab

River Chenab is near Multan but actually not in Multan. For this you have to drive toward Muzafargarh. After arriving at the great Chenab bridge that joints Multan and Muzafargarh, take the trail towards left and after a short walk you’ll be at the resort where boats will be leaving every now and then. River Chenab is one of the five tributaries of the mighty river Indus and the landscape along boat safari route is truly enchanting with picturesque villages dotting the lush green cultivated areas. Also a great site for camping and barbeque. You can also enjoy day long fishing  here. It is also worth mentioning that river bank is closed for visitors during monsoon season as river is likely to attain high to very high flood level.


  1. Get Dinner at Billa Ka Dera

On your return journey from River Chenab, if you have time then it is strongly recommended to visit Billa Ka Dera, a nice but simple restaurant on Multan-Muzafargarh road. Food is delicious with wide range of menu backed with very reasonable price. You can also try BBQ platter, Afghani Pullao and chicken Karahi etc. Nice sitting place at night for families also.


  1. Watch the Sunset at Damdama

The Damdama is a massive block of a building constructed on a mound of earth fill. It is the highest part of not only Fort Kohna but also of Multan and it was used as watch tower / Gunnery in ancient times. You can have the view of whole city from here. The most exciting view is of sunset with evening breeze. Locals come here to enjoy city view and also antique oil paintings encased in the basement of the building.


  1. Take Plenty of Photos

As per a tourists point of view, you are going to see these places and meet these people only once in your lifetime. So, remember them forever with lots of photos. These photos are going to be your visual memory preserved for your grandchildren and these will put them in a state of awe when they will have a look after not only a long time but from a long, long distance. Great photos are the ultimate souvenir.

These photos don’t cost anything, these’re easy to share with others and don’t take up lot of space in your luggage or even in your laptop.

 

  1. Observe daily life of locals

If you really want to feel the pulse of Multan, then I will recommend spending a few hours sitting in Cantonment Garden or on a busy market like Hussain Aghai by yourself just watching day to day life of citizens happening in front of you.

Just slow down your thoughts and try to pay close attention to the current of life around you. The smells, the colors, human interactions, and sounds. Take it as a kind of meditation and you’ll see things you would have never noticed before.


  1. Get Around by Metro Bus

Metro bus has long route of about 18 KMs from general bus stand to Bahauddin Zakria University which covers almost all the parts of the city. These air conditioned and Wi-Fi buses run on a dedicated road and offer a scheduled visit to any place you like. If you are travelling in groups, this is the best way to travel economically and exploring different parts of city while feeling like a local.

 


  1. Grab Tea at Baba Ki Tea

People of this particular region are famous for taking tea even in the months of extreme hot weather. Baba Ki Tea is right in start of Cantt, on right side when going from Abdalli road to Multan Cantt market. Place is crowded especially in night and tea is refreshing and energizing. You can eat buns with butter or malai with tea and buns are also very good. But there is a drawback that there is no proper sitting place arrangement for families. Families can enjoy tea in their cars only.


  1. Eat Sohan Halwa, a Specialty of Multan

Multani Sohan Halwa is a special sweet dish of Multan. Multan is  recognized for this dish not only all over Pakistan but also in other countries. People, who have tasted this sweet once in their life specially order this even when they are far away from Multan. This is the major take away gift of Multan. Hafiz Ka Sohan Halwa in Hussain Agahi Multan is the oldest place for this sweet. They also make halwa with dry fruits and nuts which is mostly liked in winter season. Locals enjoy this sweet with tea or hot milk and is really tasty and full of energy.

A word of caution is also necessary here, as a lot of brands of sohan halwa are seen in Multan but for the best one, remember the registration No 62517 of Hafiz Ka Sohan Halwa and order for this brand only.

 

  1. Walk Around Hussain Aghai Market

Famous for its embroidered clothing collection, it is one of the most historical markets of Multan. Offering a great variety of Khussa (local shoes made from leather) and other household things, this place is the most crowded and affordable for the locals. People visiting Multan from small towns and village around the city come here for shopping and even for business purpose purchasing.


  1. Discover the Streets of Old City Area

The history of Multan goes back around 5000 years, however; currently old city area reminds us the living style of people during British rule of subcontinent. The streets are very narrow and like a game of puzzle. People who are not aware of these streets are often lost and it’s very difficult to find the way out without the help of local people.

In these streets you can see houses, mosques and temples of the age of hundreds of years. All built with wood, bricks and mud but still in good shape. There are also triple storey  buildings of same age and people love to live in them as they are living there from hundreds of years and a brotherhood has been developed among them which roots back to their ancestors.


  1. Watch Movie at Cineplex

Evenings of a tourist are always alone and silent. They spent evenings in arranging their notes, photos, writing to friends, charging their cameras and  planning for next day. But in Multan there is a chance of making the evening colorful by getting a chance to watch a movie at cinema. Although there are many cinemas in Multan but the best one is Cineplex which is almost full in all shows because of environment, good movie choice and 3D functions. This cinema is located near Dera Adda, near to Cantt and easy to reach.

It would be lucky if you get a ticket on the first day of release of a movie because often all tickets are sold in advance but this place is worthy of taking a chance.


  1. Admire the Cultural Show at Multan Arts Council

Multan Arts Council was founded in 1975 under the statutory provisions of the Punjab Council of Arts and is located on MDA Road near National Book Foundation. Multan Arts Council is famous for musical shows, arts exhibitions or as a regional cultural Centre of Multan city. Multan Arts Council is also playing an important role for encouraging students towards arts and culture.

Students often organize and arrange good stage shows here. It is considered as the school for polishing artistic talents and has produced many actors of this region for the film and drama industry. You can enjoy the cultural shows here that reflect the thoughts of locals.


  1. Keep a Scarf with You

Multan is famous for its hot climate. You can notice the locals are always in possession of piece of cotton cloth (scarf) in summer season. They use scarf for cleaning sweat from their faces and also use same scarf as turban to avoid scorching sun rays. This simple piece of cotton cloth is one of most useful travel accessories in Multan with many different practical applications. It’s great for sun protection, a makeshift towel, carrying stuff around, an eye mask, and much more.

Locals also use this scarf while bathing through tube wells in open area or they make it wet and place on their faces to avoid hot wind blowing in warm afternoons.


  1. Pay a Visit to Ghanta Ghar (Clock Tower House)

Ghanta Ghar (Clock Tower) is a beautiful building which was constructed by British rulers before 1947 and is located in Center of City on Tughlaq Road near Bata Shoe Store. The beautiful landmark is situated at Municipal Corporation Multan’s Office which is one of the busiest areas in the Multan district. Ghanta Ghar (Clock Tower) is recently reconstructed in its original form and shape.

Ghanta Ghar (Clock Tower) is now being converted by the government into a museum. Home to a fine collection of coins, medals and postage stamps, this museum will soon start attracting a lot of traffic.


  1. Why Visit Multan Fort

History of Multan spreads on centuries so as the history of Multan Fort. Multan fort is situated in the center of city. Fort was built by Murad Baksh son of great Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan on a mound separating it from the city by the old bed of river Ravi. Its date cannot be fixed with accuracy. Apart from the shrines, most of the fort was destroyed by the British in 1848-49 to avenge the death of Lieutenant Alexander vans Agnew, killed in Multan by order of the Sikh governor. Agnew’s memorial obelisk stands on a plinth at one of the highest points of the fort mound. A panoramic view of Multan City can be have from the highest point in the fort. The Fort was originally known as Katochgarh and is attributed to have been built by the Katoch Dynasty.

But now you can only see remnants of fort. It is located in Center of City near to Multan Cricket Club next to Shah Rukn-e-AIam’s shrine.

 

  1. Watch the Splendid Shahi Eid Gah (Mosque)

Located on main Multan-Lahore Highway in the Northeast of the Multan, it’s a grand and splendid mosque in Multan built in 1735 AD by the governor Nawab Abdul Samad Khan. It gives huge space for prayers. The floors are created with glazed blue titles with great architectural designs.

People especially on the eve of Eids and Friday pay visit from far of places to offer prayers. A huge crowd also gathers on Islamic festivals and mosque is decorated with lights and flowers.


  1. Smile & Say Hello to Make Friends

Facing trouble interacting with locals? Do you think people are unfriendly? Maybe it’s your perception or you are unaware of the local ways. One tip that I would like to offer to all tourists visiting Multan is to make eye contact and smile as you walk by. If they smile back, say hello in the local language too. This is a fast way to make new friends.

You can’t expect everyone to just walk around with a big stupid grin on their face. That’s your job. Usually all it takes for you to initiate contact and they’ll open up. Locals always expect visitors to start conversation and if you do, they will help you with everything they can offer.


  1. Feel the Fun of Getting Lost on Purpose

If you want to see the parts of Multan hidden from the eyes of tourists where you can observe real life of local people, you need to go visit them without the aid of books and guides. The best way to do this is on foot without knowing exactly where you’re going. But before doing this, write down the name of your hotel so you can catch a taxi back if needed, then just pick a direction and start walking.

Multan is a safe place; so, don’t think too much about stumbling into dangerous neighborhoods either, as locals will generally warn you before you get that far.


  1. Where to Shop in Multan

Ah, shopping. We love it and we hate it. But at a new place we like to add something new and unique to our shopping list. In Multan, there are many nice shopping malls like Chen One Tower, United Mall, Mall of Multan, Bomanji Square and Panorama Shopping Mall.

Chen One is the first shopping mall in Multan which is built on international standards. It gives you all the famous brands under one roof, particularly for garments and readymade fabrics. However you can find some good brands as well like Outfitters, Cougar, Shirt and Tie etc. One restaurant is there named Luna café to entertain the customers when they get hungry while shopping.

Other malls are descent family shopping place where all the top brands are lined up in  nice air conditioned environment. Shopping at these malls has become a status symbol for the locals and normally rich people visit these places.


  1. Eat Pizza in Multan

Pizza has been a favorite of Italian for years, and for almost as long, there has been an ongoing debate over who has the best pizza in the world.

Keep the past days aside, now a days pizza is also available in Multan in many shapes, sizes and styles. Some have just cheese and sauce, others have toppings. There is a type of pizza out there for everyone and from the famous brands of the world like Pizza Hut, Italian Pizza, Papa Gino’s, 14th Street Pizza, Pizza Track and Dominos.

Apart from all, Pizza Hut is the most popular place in Multan. They are offering high quality dining facilities. It’s a well reputed pizza place in Multan. It’s sitting arrangement is fabulous and  dining area is very attractive with relaxing environment. People can enjoy their yummy pizza there.

 

  1. Get a Chance to Buy Souvenirs

Nigar Khana is the art gallery located at Multan Fort from where tourists love to buy souvenirs and gifts crafted by talented people of Multan. It was once magazine (artillery) of Multan Fort used as storehouse of gunpowder and weapons. It was badly damaged during siege of Multan by British in 1848. Pakistani government converted into a Nigar Khana or art house for selling handicrafts.

In this place you can see lots and lots of art work and you can find the talent of Multan in this gallery. There are simply amazing things that represent the culture of this particular region so that tourist can come here and enjoy their precious time as well as they can also purchase some of the artifacts from here to make some memory.


  1. Night Life at Chaman Zar-e-Askari

Chaman Zar-e-Askari is a lake park located in Multan Cantt that comes to life after sunset. Park is well maintained and attractive place to visit with family; however, you can visit alone as there is no restriction on it. Kids love this place for amusement and adults like paddle boats and lake. Other attractions are 5D movie clips which is fun for kids, fast foods and a small zoo. There are colorful fish in the lake which come up on putting popcorns. Watching fish, eating popcorns is my most favorite activity in this park.

Very economical and ample of rides are available for kids. The park is under the administrative control of Pakistan Army and they offer half ticket to the families of defense persons of Pakistan and tourists on all rides .


  1. Be Cautious of Multan Traffic

Multan is the 5th biggest city of Pakistan and largest city of southern Punjab. So, regional business centre  for all the cities, villages and towns surrounding Multan city. Due to this, many people travel to and from here and cause traffic jams. Moreover, city population is around 3.1 million and is active during business hours and at school timings. At this time traffic congestion can be faced at the roads.

The best way to avoid traffic jams is to stay clear of peak travel times; Monday-Friday 7am to 10am and 4pm to 7pm. However, on Fridays traffic is very thin as it is observed as holiday for all business and all markets are closed for business.

 


  1. Taste the Best Ice Cream

While you are exploring Multan, you should pay a visit to famous Chaman Ice Cream who offers a variety of mouthwatering and tasty ice creams. Chaman Ice Creams are built from the ground up with superlative ingredients. Their ice creams have a uniquely smooth texture and buttercream body, with bright flavor and clean finish. Their flavors standalone straight from the pint or melt perfectly into a fruit pie, birthday cake, crumble, crisp, or cookie are the perfect accessory for dessert.


  1. Cook for Yourself

When tourists are on the run, they normally dine out and pay little attention to their diets. If you are bored with dining out, it’s time that you should cook something for yourself. It’s fun to cook for friends when travelling in groups. Making big batches of things and nibbles to share with people can be a small act of love and a source of pride.

But what do you make when you’re by yourself? How do you feel about eating by yourself?

You see, cooking by yourself doesn’t need to be time consuming. Even if no one will know if you ate a pint of ice cream for dinner, you probably shouldn’t. It can be a simple batch of rice, it can be various ways to make eggs for dinner, or a simple dessert of a square of chocolate. The point is to take care of yourself with food.

 

  1. Catch a Match at Multan Cricket Stadium

Multan International Cricket Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Multan. The stadium is located off Vehari Road, in the suburbs of Multan. It is primarily used for cricket matches. International cricket matches are being held here, including test one days and T20. Pak-India test cricket match was held here. The grass of this stadium is world’s best and reason for its fame. This is the place where Sehwag (Indian cricketer) made a triple century in test match and made a record of his life.

If you have a day off from your city exploration and want to relax then you should catch a chance to witness a match at this stadium and this visit is also going to add something informative to your notes.
39. Play Polo at Multan Polo Ground

As a tourist you are adventurous by nature and playing polo is also adventure especially when you are on a trip. Multan Polo Ground is a nice place to spend some time on the horse back.

Imagine yourself: you are on an expanse of green grass nine times the size of a football field. Beneath you an athletic purebred stands poised, waiting to bound into a sprint at your gesture. Two sets of reins are threaded through your left hand, while your right grips four feet of specially made bamboo. At the umpire’s whistle, you and seven other riders take off after a white plastic ball, hurdling at almost 40 mph towards goal.

Seems fun? Yes it is and you can be a part of it, if you like.


  1. Surf the Chase Up

Chase up is a huge and only departmental store of its nature located in Gulgasht, Multan. It is stuffed with all types of items a family needs in daily life and at very economical prices. If you have a desire to observe the shopping sense of middle class people then you must visit this store. They are selling a wide variety of clothing, footwear, groceries, house wares, ladies fabrics and health and beauty products to name a few.

Chase Up’s main focus is on maximizing customer convenience; by providing a wide range of quality goods and services under one roof at the prices that majority of customers can afford to pay.

 

  1. Go to Suraj Kund Temple in Multan

It’s a dream of every tourist to cover each and every renowned place especially historical in nature that comes in tour. Suraj Kund Temple is the most historic place of Multan. Although it’s aside from center of city but visiting this place is thought to be an obligation by every visitor.

Perhaps the oldest surviving thing in Multan is Suraj Kund Temple in Suraj Kund Area of Multan. History of temple dates back to 1000 BC when sun was worshiped in Multan. Correspondingly, it is also called Sun Temple of Multan. Government of Pakistan has approved rehabilitation of this temple.


  1. Eat Out at Shangrila Chinese

When you are tired of routine Pakistani and fast food then you should visit Shangrila Chinese the best place for Chinese food in Multan. Chinese food of this particular place is famous all over Multan, but you may be shocked by its surprising range and variety of ingredients if you’ve only eaten in Shngrila Chinese Multan. Shangrila has countless delicious and fantastic dishes. And local people have different cuisine tastes, which can be bland, sweet, salty, spicy, or sour.


  1. Travel Around to Other Cities

Multan is the largest city of southern Punjab and is centrally located to many small cities. The two most important and nearest ones are Bhawalpur and Dera Ghazi Khan and are in easy access through air conditioned buses within 90 minutes only.

You can have one day visit to Bhawalpur. The history of this city goes back to 1802. There are many historical places but in really very good condition like Darawar Fort, Barbar Mahal, Noor Mahal and Sabiq Ghar Palace. There is also Lal Sohanra National Park; the trip to Lal Suhanra National Park is very interesting for the naturalists.


  1. Greet the Morning at Ramada

If you are staying at Ramada then greet the morning with a smile over free continental breakfast, and catch up on local and international news with a free daily newspaper. Vast choice of continental and Chinese food is also available at brunch with very reasonable price. Before you head out for the day, enjoy a refreshing swim in its outdoor pool and a work out in its state of the art exercise facility. Other services offered by the hotel include free Wi-Fi and free airport shuttle service.


  1. Enjoy the High Tea

While your stay at Ramada with a leisure evening, you can enjoy a great spread of upmarket items like smoked salmon at high tea. They offer plenty of variety of hot and cold, savory and sweet which is absolute value for money. Great ambiance and service can be seen and they even provide a complimentary birthday cake if you have birthday during your stay. Their menu for high tea is a combination of extensive varieties of soup, salads, B.B.Q, continental, sea foods, Pakistani, Chinese, Mughlai, desserts, hot drinks and juices.

 

 


  1. Listen Local Artists at Cantonment Garden

Cantonment garden is located in main Cantt area of Multan and is famous for its greenery and specially its flower show arranged in spring season. Many cultural activities take place here and you can listen to singers and watch local artists performing here. Beautiful views of the garden surrounded by flower and trees make it a must visit place.


  1. Wear Multani Khussa

Multan is famous for its embroidered Khussas (shoes) that are handmade and are considered to be best in subcontinent. Multani Khussa shoes are the latest trends in streets of Pakistan. There are men and women who just felt into its charm and now they are spending a lot to have pair of Multani Khussa shoes for every occasion.

For foreigners and tourists, who you do not like the look of it they should try it once and they will find a matchless comfort in it. It is also taken as souvenir by the tourists and a special gift from Multan.


  1. Cleanse Yourself with Multani Mitti

Multani mitti, better known as the Fuller’s earth is a clay substance that is hugely popular for its healing property against acne and blemishes.  It is very rich in magnesium chloride which helps to reduce acne. This ingredient is greatly used in many skin care products. You can use it as a cleanser, toner and most importantly as Multani mitti facial packs, which are very popular. It’s very pocket friendly and has no side effects either. Go natural with it to have a glowing skin. It is sweat resistant and can also be used to improve your hair condition.

 

  1. Find Blue Pottery in Multan

The very ancient and historical city, Multan of Pakistan, is well reputed for its unique handicrafts. In these handicrafts, the art of painting and blue-pottery have their special encampment. These old arts have become the identity of Multan because of the painting of blue and turquoise blue color. In spite of sub-continent, in the central Asian states and in Arab realms, these arts are approved and also praised. No doubt, the art of painting and blue-pottery have their exalted ranks as excellent arts in Islamic way of life and this art has been recognized as the face of Multan through the world. From A to Z, all accomplishment by the hands of human beings, thousand years old art is a manifestation still today with all of its freshness and shines in mosques, tombs and cemeteries in buildings of historical importance, in palaces and forts.

There are different uses of blue pottery; they are used in different utility articles. These products consists of earthenware, Vases, lamp shades, serving dishes, pitchers, flower pots, soap dishes, dinner sets and some type of trays. You can buy a vase to place fresh flowers at your dining table.


  1. Make a splash at Jinnah Water Park

On a sunny day, when you are disturbed with hot weather then make a splash with fun water games and activities for the whole tourist group at Jinnah Water Park. Jinnah Park is the very park in Multan which is visited by the tourist who come from across the globe to explore the water sports variety at the park. Jinnah Park is located at the very well-known location of Multan that is Shah Rukn-e-Alam Colony. It is the most visited place of the city and equally famous in the tourists also. This park is full of natural beauty and greenery.

 

Top Reasons to Book This Trip

  • Tombs and shrines: The shrines here have historical value.
  • Food: The food is wonderful.
  • Unique Culture: A rich heritage of tradition.
  • Fruits: Mango and water melon are delicious.
  • Sweets: Sohan halwa and dilmeer sweets are perfect sweets
  • People: People are friendly and always ready to help.