Photos of Gujrat (Pakistan)

Platform of Gujrat Railway StationGujrat is a district of Gujranwala Division in Punjab Province of Pakistan. The city of Gujrat is the capital of the district. It is situated 160 km from Islamabad on the bank of Chenab River on Grand Trunk Road (G.T. Road), also known as “Jernaili Sarak. The district is administratively divided into three tehsils (subdivisions); Gujrat, Kharian and Sarai Alamgir.
Gujrat was a walled city and the Fort was located within the walls. There were four gates to enter in the city. Please read the details of these gates in a subsequent paragraph of this article. Later a Circular Road was built around the walled city.
Gujrat has a unique distinction that three Nishan-e-Haider recipients; Major Raja Aziz Bhatti, Major Muhammmad Akram and Major Shabbir Sharif, hail from this District. Read more about Nishan-e-Haider recipients……..
There are many historical buildings and ruins in and around the historical city of Gujrat. The tombs of Sain Karam Ellahi (Kanwaan Wali Sarkar), Shahdaula Peer and Shah Hussain are also located here. Sohni, heroine of a popular folk story Sohni Mahiwal, also hailed from Gujrat.
The city is well-known for its industries, such as; electric fans, pottery, wooden furniture and shawls, etc.
Brief History: Gujrat was founded by Raja Bachhan Pal Gurjar in 460 BC. The city’s Raja Porus fought bravely with Alexander, the Great at the bank of the Jehlum River. Mughal emperor Jahangir died at Gujrat while returning from Kashmir. The news of his death was kept secret to avoid any rebellion. His abdominal organs were buried in Gujrat. To this day, an annual festival is held commemorating this event, commonly known as “Mela Shah Jahangir”.
Gujrat was controlled by the Sikhs from 1756 to 1846 before it was annexed by British. Two major battles between British and Sikh armies were fought in this district; the Battle of Chillianwala and the Battle of Gujrat.
Official Website of TMA (Tehsil Municipal Administration) Gujrat:
http://www.tmagujrat.com

Video of Gujrat City. Please see a short video about Gujrat.

The Gujrat Fort. The Gujrat Fort was constructed in 1596-7 by the Mughal emperor Akbar. It reflects the beauty of Mughal architecture.

Gujrat Pictures: A view of Gujrat Fort, built by Mughal Emperor Akbar - Photos of Gujrat Pakistan

Another View of Gujrat Fort

Gujrat Pictures: Gujrat Fort, built by Mughal Emperor Akbar - Photos of Gujrat Pakistan

Gates of GujratIn old times, Gujrat city was located within four gates. At night, the gates were closed and nobody was allowed to enter inside the city. The names of these main gates are;  the Shah Daula Gate (Shahdaula Darwaza, named after famous saint Kabiruddin Shahdoula Daryai) ) in the East, Dhakki Gate (Dhaki Darwaza) in  the West, Sheeshiyan Wala Gate (Shishianwala Darwaza, which was famous for the glass work carved on its roof) in the North and  Shah Faisal Gate (Shah Faisal Darwaza. Its old name was Kalri Gate, named after a small village Kalra) in the South. The Sheeshiyan Wala Gate was famous for the glass work carved on its roof. However, Professor Sharif Kunjahi, a local historian, argues that the word “Shishi” is a Scandinavian word for graveyard. Hence, there would have been a graveyard near the gate and the name stuck to it with the passage of time.
Names of two more gates also strike the memory chord namely; Kabli Gate and Timbal Gate. I am not sure whether these are some separate gates or alternate names of some of the gates mentioned above. The learned visitors of this Post are requested to clear this doubt.

 Gujrat Railway Station

Gujrat Pictures: A view of Gujrat Railway Station - Photos of Gujrat Pakistan

 Welcome to the City of Nishan-e-Haiders, Gujrat

Gujrat Pictures: Welcome to Gujrat, the City of Nishan-e-Haiders - Photos of Gujrat Pakistan

A Village near University of Gujrat: Snow-Covered Kashmir Mountains in the Background. A village near University of Gujrat, Hafiz Hayat Campus. Please note the snow-covered mountains of Kashmir in the distant background. Photo taken from the roof of University of Gujrat on April 7, 2014 by Asfand Yar Masood with his Nikon camera (D 3200 with 200 mm Teli lens).

A village near Gujrat with snow-covered mountains in the background - Photos of Gujrat Pakistan

Zahoor Elahi Stadium (Old Horse Show Ground) Gujrat

Gujrat Pictures: Zahoor Elahi Stadium (Old Horse Show Ground) Gujrat - Photos of Gujrat Pakistan

Gujrat Pictures: Nishan-e-Haider Monument at Gujrat - Photos of Gujrat Pakistan

Nishan-e-Haider Monument-Gujrat

 An Aerial View of Old City, Gujrat

Gujrat Pictures: An aerial view of old city, Gujrat - Photos of Gujrat Pakistan

Eid Gah Masjid on G.T. Road, Gujrat 

Gujrat Pictures: Eid Gah Masjid, Gujrat - Photos of Gujrat Pakistan

A Mughal Bara Dari at Gujrat

Gujrat Pictures: A Mughal Bara Dari at Gujrat - Photos of Gujrat Pakistan

Jinnah Hall, TMA Office, Gujrat

Gujrat Pictures: Jinnah Hall, TMA Office, Gujrat - Photos of Gujrat Pakistan

A Pottery Shop in Gujrat

Gujrat Pictures: A Pottery Shop in Gujrat - Photos of Gujrat Pakistan

 Shrine of Kanwaan Wali Sarkar, Gujrat

Gujrat Pictures: Tomb of Kanwaan Wali Sarkar, Gujrat - Photos of Gujrat Pakistan

Shrine of Shah Daula Peer, Gujrat, Pakistan, ,

Shrine of Shah Daula Peer-Gujrat

Pakistan Chowk (Near Sheeshaan Wala Darwaza), Gujrat

Gujrat Pictures: Pakistan Chowk (Near Sheeshaan Wala Darwaza), Gujrat - Photos of Gujrat Pakistan

Aerial View of University of Gujrat. In 2003, the Punjab government, led by then-Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervez Elahi, established University of Gujrat (UOG) on the vacant land adjoining the shrine of saint Hafiz Muhamad Hayat, who lived in the Mughal period.

Gujrat Pictures: Aerial view of University of Gujrat - Photos of Gujrat Pakistan

Another View of University of Gujrat

Gujrat Pictures: A view of University of Gujrat - Photos of Gujrat Pakistan

Nawaz Sharif Medical College, Gujrat. Located in the Main Campus of University of Gujrat. Photo taken by Asfand Yar Masood with  Casio EX-Z80.

Gujrat Pictures: Nawaz Sharif Medical College Gujrat - Photos of Gujrat Pakistan

Buses of University of Gujrat. Buses lined up on a weekend at the main Campus of the University of Gujrat. Photo courtesy University of Gujrat website.

Buses at University of Gujrat on a weekend - Photos of Gujrat Pakistan

Pakistani flag painted at the wall of University of Gujrat, City Campus 

Gujrat Pictures: Pakistani flag painted at the wall of University of Gujrat, City Campus - Photos of Gujrat Pakistan

Zamindar College, the Oldest College of GujratThe Zamindar Educational Association established a high school in Gujrat in 1921 and Zamindar College in 1937. The college attracted the students from the districts of Attock, Jhelum, Mianwali and Sargodha, as well as Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJ&K). For this reason, Gujrat was declared as the Khita-e-Yunan ((part of Greece) of Punjab.

Gujrat Pictures: Artistic Building of Zamindar College, Gujrat - Photos of Gujrat Pakistan

 Government College for Women, Fawara Chowk, GujratGovt. College for Women Gujrat was established by “Zamindar College Association” for the women education in 1949 in Kidaar Nath Building (کیداد ناتھ بلڈنگ) at Fawara Chowk. Begum Suriya Saleem (ex secretary of Miss Fatima Jinnah) was the first principal of the college. In 1952, Government took the college under its control. Now this college is also working as Girls campus of University of Gujrat (UOG). The old Jail, just across the road, has also been converted into stadium for the college.

Gujrat Pictures: Government College for Women, Gujrat - Photos of Gujrat Pakistan

Aerial view of Fawara Chowk, Gujrat. The white building of Govt. College for Women (located in Kidaar Nath Building) and overhead pedestrian bridge is visible in the photo.

Gujrat Pictures: Aerial view of Fawara Chowk, Gujrat - Photos of Gujrat Pakistan

Another Photo of Fawara Chowk, Gujrat

Gujrat Pictures: Fawara Chowk, Gujrat - Photos of Gujrat Pakistan

Ram Pyari Mahal (Palace), Circular Road, Gujrat. Ram Pyari Mahal (Palace) is a majestic building in Gujrat. It is a combination of Greek and Roman architecture. It has more than 40 rooms and four basements.
Ram Pyari was the third wife of Sundar Das Chopra, a contractor of Dingah town (55 km from Gujrat city), who got constructed this building for his beloved wife between 1910 to 1920 (second decade of 20th century). The road that passes by the building was previously known as Ram Pyari Road, but later it was renamed as Circular Road.
The family of Ram Pyari migrated to India during the Partition in 1947. The building was used as a hostel of  Govt College for Women Gujrat and later, it was handed over to the Punjab Archaeology Department for its renovation for converting it into a museum.

Gujrat Pictures: Ram Pyari Mahal (Palace), Circular Road, Gujrat - Photos of Gujrat Pakistan

“Cheema Manzil”, Kutchery Road, Gujrat. This building was constructed by a Hindu resident on Kutchery Road Gujrat between 1900 and 1910. It was a single storied building when purchased by a famous lawyer Ch. Muhammad Hassan Cheema in 1920s. Later, some major changes/additions were made with excellent woodwork. The building was named as “Bait-ul-Hassan” (The House of Hasan) but it was widely known as “Cheema Manzil”. The building was sold by its owners in 1992 and a few years back it was demolished and converted into commercial shops.  Photo contributed by Ahmed Pervaiz Cheema

Gujrat Pictures: Cheema Manzil, Kutchery Road, Gujrat - Photos of Gujrat Pakistan

Aziz Bhatti Shaheed Hospital, Gujrat

Gujrat Pictures: Aziz Bhatti Shaheed Hospital, Gujrat - Photos of Gujrat Pakistan

Government Swedish Pakistani College of Technology, Gujrat

Gujrat Pictures: Government Swedish Pakistani College of Technology, Gujrat - Photos of Gujrat Pakistan

Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Gharib Pura, Gujrat. Photo by Naseer Ahmad.

Gujrat Pictures: Government Girls High School, Gharib Pura, Gujrat- Photos of Gujrat Pakistan

Government Mission High School for Girls, Gujrat

Gujrat Pictures: Government Mission High School for Girls, Gujrat - Photos of Gujrat Pakistan

 Zamindar High School, Gujrat. This high school was established by the Zamindar Educational Association at Bhimbar Road Gujrat in 1921.

Gujrat Pictures: Government Zamindar High School, Gujrat - Photos of Gujrat Pakistan

Government Comprehensive School, Gujrat

Gujrat Pictures: Government Comprehensive School, Gujrat - Photos of Gujrat Pakistan

OPF Public School, Gujrat 

Gujrat Pictures: OPF Public School, Gujrat - Photos of Gujrat Pakistan

District Courts Complex, Gujrat

Gujrat Pictures: District Courts Complex, Gujrat - Photos of Gujrat Pakistan

Airport (Airfield) of Gujrat

Gujrat Pictures: Airport (Airfield) of Gujrat - Photos of Gujrat Pakistan

Railway Bridge on River Chenab, Gujrat

Gujrat Pictures: Railway Bridge on River Chenab, Gujrat - Photos of Gujrat Pakistan

Road Bridge on River Chenab, near Gujrat

Gujrat Pictures: Road Bridge on River Chenab, near Gujrat - Photos of Gujrat Pakistan

Mian Jee Restaurant on GT Road between Lala Musa and Kharian. It is a stop over for travelers, located almost midway between Lahore and Islamabad. It’s original specialty was Daal cooked in Desi Ghee. It was initially a modest hotel. Another elegant restaurant (shown in the photo) was constructed much later. Photo taken and contributed by Lt Col (R) Shahid Nazir, an old Aviator.

Gujrat Pictures: Mian Jee Restaurant on GT Road between Lala Musa and Kharian - Photos of Gujrat Pakistan

A View of Kharian Cantonment 

Gujrat Pictures: A view of Kharian Cantonment - Photos of Gujrat Pakistan

A Church at Kharian Cantt, Gujrat 

Gujrat Pictures: A church at Kharian Cantt, Gujrat - Images, Photos of Gujrat Pakistan

A Street in Gujrat in 1940s 

Gujrat Pictures - A street in Gujrat in 1940s - Old Photos of Gujrat Pakistan

Show Room of Industrial Co-operative Societies, Gujrat, 1940 

Gujrat Rare Pictures: A Government official visiting the Show Room of Industrial Co-operative Societies, Gujrat, 1940 - Extremely Old Photos of Gujrat Pakistan

Another Photo of Show Room of Industrial Co-operative Societies, Gujrat, 1940 

Gujrat Rare Pictures: Government officials visiting the Show Room of Industrial Co-operative Societies, Gujrat, 1940 - Extremely Old Photos of Gujrat Pakistan

A Train at Lala Musa Railway Station, District Gujrat, 1932  

Gujrat Rare Pictures: The hustle-bustle at arrival of a train at Lala Musa Railway Station (District Gujrat) in 1932 - Extremely Old Photos of Gujrat Pakistan

Ladies Mission Home, Gujrat, 1910. The Women’s Association for Foreign Missions sent their first missionary, Miss E. S. Paterson, to Gujrat in 1888. Unfortunately she had to return home after two years due to ill health. Misses Helen and Mary Mackichan and Miss Hannah Stephenson continued to run the mission with its emphasis on female education and work. Miss Russell, M.B. was responsible for establishing a thriving medical branch and the Dow Memorial Hospital, funded by the Misses Dow of Montreal in memory of their mother, was opened in Gujrat in 1899.

Gujrat Pictures - Ladies Mission Home, Gujrat, 1910 - Old Photos of Gujrat Pakistan

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Comments

  1. Zulfiqar Ali Ahmed says:

    Gujrat is in my heart and it always will remain in my heart.

  2. Muhammad A Chatha, USA says:

    I live in USA but my heart and brain is all the time in Gujrat. I love my Pakistan and my city Gujrat!!

  3. Qila Sardar Atar Singh is situated in district Gujrat, today the township around the fort is known as Qila Sardar Atar Singh. The fort was build by Sardar Gurmukh Singh Lamba one of noted generals of Maharaja Ranjit Singh who was wounded fifteen times and was a recipient of highest military award Izazi-e-Sardari and civil awards of Nimal Bud, Ujal Didar.
    His ancestor Sardar Gyan Singh Lamba was a Divisional Darbari and jagir holder of PindiLala, Do Chack, Kot Sater DoBurji, Nasshera, Shapur and Qila Sardar Atar Singh, Rakh Sardar Gurmukh Singh.
    In 1952, when walls of the Qila started falling due to want of care and non maintenance, the Royal Treasure was found and confiscated by the Government of Pakistan.

    • Let us make a correction. Sardar Gyan Singh Lamba was not a Divisional but a Provincial Darbari. Sardar Hari Singh Lamba, son of Sardar Kehr Singh Lamba of Khewa was a member of the Divisional Darbar.

      • Yes, you are right to some extent. Sardar Atar Singh Lamba died in 1880. Sardar Hari Singh was elder brother of Sardar Gyan Singh Lamba ‘He lived through out in Qila Sardar Atar Singh and died in 1893, without having any son. His bother Sardar Gyan Singh Lamba was a recipient of his hereditary title of Sardar and the seat of Divisional Darbars. During the great Word War, he contributed financial and manpower help to the British Empire. He was greatly respected and very influential personality of Gujrat during his time. He had a “Havali Sardar Gyan Singh”” at Dinga and “Havali and Mohala of Sardar Gyan Singh” Yaki Darwaja at Lahore.
        I appreciate your interest in the family and request for more information if you possess any article or photographs. The Portrait painting of Sardar General Gurmukh Singh is displayed at Central Museum Lahore at serial D-40, I will be grateful if I get a copy.
        With all Regards.

  4. Zamidara Education Society was formed in 1921 where inauguration of Zamidara college was carried out 1n 1937 where chief guest was the Governor of the Punjab and eminent Sardars were there from united Punjab. Inauguration of Zamidara College group photograph should be a part of this text.

    • I agree with Col Lamba. The inauguration of Zamindar College Gujrat was a big milestone in the history of Gujrat. The group photograph of the members of the Zamindar Educational Society was taken at the time with H.E. the Governor of the Punjab as the chief guest. The photograph should be a part of this website.

      • Editor says:

        Dear Col H. S. Lamba and BIW,
        I have tried to find the photo of inauguration of Zamindar College from the Internet but in vain. If you find one, please send me at my email address: rashid.cheema11@gmail.com
        I will then add it in the Post.

  5. nana indonesia says:

    Gujrat is a very nice city….

  6. Shabbir, Quetta says:

    It is very important that Shah Zeb Sheikh from Gujrat should contact me on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/
    He may also contact me on my email: shabbirqta@yahoo.com

  7. Dr. Muddassir Tanweer says:

    I love Gujrat, my native city.

  8. Zubair Hassan Yasin says:

    I love Gujrat because my best friend Akhtar Gujjar lives there. Mein bhi InshaAllah apna ghar Gujrat mein banaoun ga.

  9. Muhammad Ansar says:

    Gujrat is my city. I love this city because my father and mother belong to this city. May ALLAH give day and night progress and prosperity to this city, Aameen.

  10. I love Gujrat & I had spent some days in Gujrat. I need map of Gujrat district. Can u send me the map?

  11. I love my city and district Gujrat. It is the hub of industry in Pakistan. People of Gujrat are very hardworking and artistic. http://www.GujratPakistan.com is also a very informative website of Gujrat.

  12. Very good information about my city, Gujrat. Thanks.

  13. Qazi Daniyal Rajput says:

    Gujrat is the best city in the world, for me.

  14. Qamar Shahzad says:

    I love my city, Gujrat!!!

  15. Dr. Muhammad Riaz Shahid (Associate Professor, Punjabi Govt Degree College, Sarai Alamgir) says:

    Syed Margoob Jelani meray naal WAPDA wich Lahore 1985 tuk milday rahay. Baad wich mein education Dept wich aa gaya. Fair koi raabta na hoya. Ohnan da aabae pind Kakraali Sayedaan, Distt Gujrat si. Koi jaan da hoy tay raabta karay. 0300-6677652.

    Editor: Some visitor of this website will InshaAllah find your friend from Kakraali Sayedaan.

  16. Very nice pics of Gujrat!!

  17. Malik Salman says:

    Nice pics and hats off to your effort.

  18. Faisal Sheikh says:

    Nice city Gujrat!!!

  19. I want to say hi to Hasnain in Gujrat. And I hope you are doing well.

  20. Basharat Butt says:

    I love my city Gujrat. Here is shrine of Shahdola sarkar which is the most important place. It has been missed here.

    • It has not been missed. It is very much included, please see all photos once again, hope you will not miss it this time!! :)

  21. Abdullah Mazhar says:

    I love my Gujrat.

  22. M Adrees says:

    I love my Gujrat. Very nice pics!!

  23. Muhammad Akram Shahid, Gujrat says:

    Very nice pictures. I really enjoyed these.

  24. Where is the Mughal Fort in Gujrat? at which side?

    • What Mughal Fort?? Qila Rohtas??
      If it is Qila Rohas, then it is near Dina, District Jhelum.

      • The Mughal Fort is right in the middle of the city on a high ground. It was constructed in 1596-97 by Akbar, the Mughal emperor.

  25. Mozam Hafeez says:

    Nice pics.

  26. Salman says:

    Nice pictures and very good effort.

  27. Noraiz Mewati. says:

    I am interested in Gujrat but I am not from Gujrat. I belong to Multan district. I just want to have information about historic pics, maps, important buildings, etc. And it is all just due to my beloved someone who loves me too.

  28. Muhabbat Ali says:

    I love my Gujrat city so much that I can’t live without Gujrat……………..

  29. Nazim Ali says:

    Gujrat is a famous city and has rich values in civilization, culture and in history. People of Gujrat are always good hosts for the guests.

  30. Kashif Ali says:

    Nice city, Gujrat.

  31. Bohat khoobsurat. Thanks for upload.

  32. Hasan Nazir Malhi says:

    Do we have any pic of Cheema Manzil?

  33. Alyscia Cheema says:

    We should also add distinguished people having links to Gujrat to a forum here.

  34. M . A . Hasnat. says:

    Pretty good knowledge and a panoramic view of GUJRAT. It certainly added to my knowledge.

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