Editor’s Note: Rare black & white photos of Gujranwala dating back to 1865 are in the last portion of this page.
Gujranwala is a Division in Punjab Province of Pakistan. It is administratively subdivided in to six districts; Gujranwala, Gujrat, Sialkot, Hafizabad, Mandi Bahauddin and Narowal. The city of Gujranwala is the capital of the division and the district. The Gujranwala district is administratively divided into four tehsils (subdivisions); Gujranwala, Kamoke, Nowshera Virkan and Wazirabad. Gujranwala city is also known as the City of Wrestlers. Gujranwala is famous for its industry of fans, air conditioners, washing machines, sanitary and ceramics. . Gujranwala was a walled city which had five gates; Sialkoti Gate, Sheranwala Gate, Khiyali Gate, Thakur Singh Gate and Brandreth Gate.
Brief History: According to the Imperial Gazetteer of India, Gujranwala was founded by the Gurjjars (milkmen) and renamed Khanpur by the Sansi Jatts of Amritsar who settled there; however, its old name has survived. Many historians also note that the place was named for the Gurjjars who ruled the Gurjara-Pratihara.
Under Muslim rule the district flourished and then declined. The district gazetteer dates the name “Gujranwala” to about the mid-16th century. After the decline of the Mughal Empire, the Sikh Empire ruled Gujranwala. The Muslims faced restrictions during the Sikh rule.The Sikhs dominated the Punjab after the death of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb Alamgir in 1707. Gujranwala became important during the rule of the father and grandfather of Ranjit Singh, who were born in the city. Ranjit Singh, also born there, became the powerful of the Sikh rulers. Hari Singh Nalwa, military commander of the Sikh army, was credited with building the “new” Gujranwala.
Gujranwala Cantonment (Rahwali) Railway Station. Photo by skyscrapercity.com
Charan Singh Villa (ex Passport Office) in Gujranwala. This building is on Bukhari Road near Gujranwala railway station.
Nishan-e-Manzil, Gujranwala Cantt
“TM Chowk” (Brig Tariq Mahmood Chowk), Gujranwala Cantt
Burraq Mart (old name SARHANG), Gujranwala Cantt
Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education, Gujranwala
Main Entrance of WAPDA Town, Gujranwala
Gujranwala City’s Video
An Old Temple in Toomari Village near Gakhar, District Gujranwala. Photo credit Tipoo Fawwad.
Tomb of Maulana Zafar Ali Khan at Wazirabad, District Gujranwala. Maulana Zafar Ali Khan (1873–1956) was a writer, poet and journalist who played an important role in the Pakistan Movement against the British Raj.He was the Editor of famous Urdu newspaper, The Zamindar. Photo by .
An Old Photo of District Court House, Gujranwala, 1865
Tomb of Maha Singh, Gujranwala. Maha Sigh, also known as Mahan Singh, was the father of Ranjeet Singh.
Tomb of Sradar Hari Sigh, Gujranwala. Hari Singh was Commander-in-Chief of Sikh Army. His tomb is located in Baradari Garden, Gujranwala.
The Baradari, Gujranwala, Late 19th Century. It was the residence of Deputy Commissioner.
Sialkot Gate of Gujranwala, 1869
Government Hospital and Dispensary, Gujranwala, 1869. Built by Col Babbage, Deputy Commissioner.
Old and Rare Photos of Gujranwala; A Church in Gujranwala, 1865
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