Photos of Rawalpindi

Editor’s Note: Rare black & white photos of Rawalpindi dating back to 1880s are in the last portion of this page.
Image of Army Welfare Trust Plaza (AWT Plaza), The Mall Road, RawalpindiBrief History: Rawalpindi, locally known as ‘Pindi’, is Pakistan’s prominent city located near the capital, Islamabad. Rawalpindi and Islamabad are called Twin Cities. The name ‘Rawalpindi’ means the abode of Rawals. The Rawals, a jogi tribe, founded ‘Rawal’ at the site where Rawal Dam is located. When Jhanda Khan, a Ghakkar Chief , founded a new town nearby, at the site of an old town known as ‘Fatehpur Baori’ he named it ‘Rawalpindi’. In 1765, a Sikh Chief Malik Singh, after a fierce battle with Gakhars, took the control of Rawalpindi. In 1849, Rawalpindi came under the British Raj and the pace of development increased rapidly.
Army’s General Headquarters (GHQ) is also located here. Rawalpindi is a thriving city ideally located between the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province and Azad Kashmir. This city is a Gateway to Northern Areas. Tourists, mountaineers and local travelers use it as a transit city before traveling towards Gilgit-Baltistan Province in the north. Islamabad’s Benazir International Airport is also located in Chaklala area of  Rawalpindi Cantonment.
A collection of images of Rawalpindi , a mix of old and new photos, is presented on this page exclusively for Pindi lovers.

Fauji Fertiliser Tower, The Mall, RawalpindiThis newly constructed multi-storied building is just opposite Army Hockey Stadium.

Image of Fauji Fertiliser Tower, The Mall Road, Rawalpindi Cantt, opposite Army Hockey Stadium
Army Welfare Trust Plaza, The Mall, RawalpindiArmy Welfare Trust (AWT) Plaza is located on the Mall Road, Rawalpindi. It houses headquarters of Askari Bank, while offices of other corporate entities of Army Welfare Trust are also located in this building.Image of Army Welfare Trust Plaza (AWT Plaza), The Mall Road, Rawalpindi

Infantry Officers’ Mess, Rawalpindi Cantt. One can also see the AWT Plaza, The Mall,  in the background. Photo by WestendRaider.

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Night View of KFC and Namak Mandi Restaurant in Saddar. This building is located at the intersection of Murree Road and Adamjee Road in Saddar, Rawalpindi. Photo by .

Rawalpindi Pictures: Night view of KFC and Namak Mandi Restaurant at the intersection of Murree Road and Adamjee Road in Saddar, Rawalpindi - Photos, Images of Rawalpindi

Flashman’s Hotel, The Mall, Rawalpindi 

Rawalpindi Pictures: Front view of Flashman's Hotel, The Mall Road, Rawalpindi  - Photos, Images of Rawalpindi

A Signboard at The Mall Road, Rawalpindi Near Pindi Club & Flashman’s Hotel. Union Bank seen in the photo has since been shifted.

Intersection of Kashmir Road and Adamjee Road in Early 1960s.It is the intersection of Kashmir Road and Adamjee Road near GTS Stand (Its building is clearly visible behind Capstan signboard). This photograph has been taken from the Massey Gate side. The Tonga Stand on the left of Capstan signboard is still there but now it is Suzuki Stand. The Esso Petrol Pump is no more there. A tyre repair shop is inits place now.

.Image of intersection of Kashmir Road & Adamjee Road, Saddar Rawalpindi---1960s, old Rawalpindi pictures
Intersection of Kashmir Road and Adamjee RoadA mosque has emerged in the corner but GTS Bus Stand and Tonga Stand are still there. Esso petrol pump on the left side has vanished. New high-rise Poonch House building is visible in the background.Image of Intersection of Kashmir Road and Adamjee Road, Rawalpindi Saddar, GTS Bus Stand visible

Video of Rawalpindi.It is a short video from YouTube showing different places of Rawalpindi.

Jinnah Park with Cinepax at the Background

Image of Jinnah Park Rawalpindi  with Cinepax at the background

Pitchers at Jinnah Park, Rawalpindi 

Rawalpindi Pictures: Pitchers at Jinnah Park, Rawalpindi - Photos, Images of Rawalpindi

Night View of Cinepax at Jinnah Park, Rawalpindi

Rawalpindi Pictures: Night view of Cinepax at Jinnah Park, Rawalpindi - Photos, Images of Rawalpindi

Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium

Rawalpindi Pictures: A cricket match being played at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium - Photos, Images of Rawalpindi

Chandni Chowk, Rawalpindi (April 2012)

Image of Chandni Chowk,Murree Road, Rawalpindi

Committee Chowk, Murree Road. While Committee Chowk underpass was under construction.

Committee Chowk, Murree Road, Rawalpindi, while under pass was under construction

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Kamran Market, Saddar, Rawalpindi

Rawalpindi Pictures: Chowk near Kamran Market, Saddar, Rawalpindi - Photos, Images of Rawalpindi

Poonch House. Poonch House is located on Adamjee Road, Rawalpindi Saddar, adjacent to old GTS Bus Stand. It is the property of Government of Azad Kashmir.

Image of Poonch House, Adamjee Road, Rawalpindi Saddar, near GTS Bus Stand

Railway Station, Rawalpindi

Image of Rawalpindi Railway Station

State Life Building, The Mall, Rawalpindi 

Rawalpindi Pictures: State Life Building, The Mall, Rawalpindi - Photos, Images of Rawalpindi

Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC), The Mall, Rawalpindi

Pictures of Rawalpindi: Photo of AFIC building, Rawalpindi - Photos, Images of Rawalpindi

“Calcutta House”, Adamjee Road, Rawalpindi Cantonment. The building accommodates Ministry of Defence offices. Photo by  .

Rawalpindi Pictures: "Calcutta House" accommodates Ministry of Defence offices at Adamjee Road, Rawalpindi Cantonment - Photos, Images of Rawalpindi

A Beautiful Mosque at Gulshan Dadan Khan, Rawalpindi. This mosque is right on the Murree Road at Gulshan Dadan Khan between Cricket Stadium and Faizabad.

Image of a Beautiful Mosque at Gulshan Dadan Khan, Rawalpindi

Pearl Continental Hotel. Pearl Continental Hotel (formerly Inter Continental Hotel) is located on The Mall Road, Rawalpindi. It is a five star hotel which  serves continental and local cuisine.

Rawalpindi Pictures: Pearl Continental Hotel, The Mall, Rawalpindi - Photos, Images of Rawalpindi

Old British Cousulate Building at Rawalpindi. This building was British Consulate on Iftikhar Janjua Road (Old Napier Road) when Rawalpindi was interim capital of the country for ten 10 years 1959-1968. Later this building was named “Fauji Manzil” and hosued a library and some offices of Fauji Foundation. They too have vacated it after construction of Fauji Tower at Tipu Road. Photo by Khanpride.

Rawalpindi Pictures: Old British Consulate Building (Later 'Fauji Manzil') at Iftikhar Janjua Road (Old Napier Road), Rawalpindi - Photos, Images of Rawalpindi

Oldest Building of State Bank of Pakistan Rawalpindi. Situated at Napier Road (now Iftikhar Janjua Road), this building was known as Imperial Bank of India before Partition. After the Partition, National Bank of Pakistan Main Branch was accommodated by this building for some time. State Bank’s Rawalpindi Office was established in 1959 and remained housed here before it was shifted to newly constructed building at The Mall Road on 1st September 1965 (now called as Old Block). Another New Building was constructed in the early 1990s at the place where once this elegant building situated. This picture was taken from the old British Consulate building (Later ‘Fauji Manzil’).

Oldest Building of State Bank of Pakistan, Rawalpindi on Napier Road (now Iftikhar Janjua Road), Rawalpindi - Images, Pictures of Rawalpindi

Old Block of State Bank of Pakistan, Rawalpindi (Facing The Mall Road). State Bank of Pakistan, Rawalpindi was shifted to this building on 1st September 1965 (now called as Old Block). Another New Building, adjacent to this building (facing Iftikhar Janjua Road) was constructed  in the early 90s. Both the buildings are now in use by the bank. Photo by “S.A.Q”.

Rawalpindi Pictures: Photo of State Bank of Pakistan, Rawalpindi - Photos, Images of Rawalpindi

New Building of State Bank of Pakistan, Rawalpindi (Facing Iftikhar Janjua Road).  This Building, facing Iftikhar Janjua Road, adjacent to the Old Block, was constructed  in the early 90s. Both the buildings are now in use by the bank. Photo by Khanpride.

Rawalpindi Pictures: New Building of State Bank of Pakistan, Rawalpindi on Iftikhar Janjua Road (Old Napier Road), Rawalpindi - Photos, Images of Rawalpindi

Yaadgar-e-Shuhada, Rawalpindi.It is located within the boundary walls of GHQ in the memory of all Shaheeds of Pakistan’s Armed Forces. Foreign dignitaries visit this site and lay flower wreaths.

Image of Yaadgar-e-Shuhada located in GHQ, Rawalpindi Cantt

Army Museum, Rawalpindi

Pictures of Rawalpindi: Photo of Army Museum, Rawalpindi - Photos, Images of Rawalpindi

AFID Building in CMH, Rawalpindi. Photo taken fro Sabza Zaar side.

Rawalpindi Pictures: AFID Building in CMH, Rawalpindi, photo taken from Sabza Zaar side - Photos, Images of Rawalpindi

Kashmir Road, Rawalpindi Saddar in 1976 

Pictures of Rawalpindi; Photo of Rawalpindi Saddar in 1976 - Photos, Images of Rawalpindi

The Mall Road, Rawalpindi. It is a famous road of Rawalpindi, the other prominent road is Murree Road.

Image of a decorated tonga on The Mall Road, Rawalpindi Cantt

The Mall Road, Rawalpindi in 1976. Both of the buildings, opposite Pindi Club shops, are still in tact.

Pictures of Rawalpindi; Photo of The Mall Road Rawalpindi in 1976 - Photos, Images of Rawalpindi

An Old Milestone at The Mall Road, Rawalpindi. This old milestone is located on The Mall Road, Rawlpindi, opposite Flashman’s Hotel (near Army Hockey Stadium). Murree Road originates from this very place.  The distances on this marker were originally in miles but were later changed to  kilometres when Pakistan reverted to the metric system.

The Mall Road is actually a part of Grand Trunk Road (G.T. Road) which is also called ‘Jernaili Sarak’. It was made by Sher Shah Suri and connected Delhi to Kabul. G.T. Road, while passing through Rawalpindi, has three different names; its part from Katchery Chowk to High Court is called Jhelum Road, the portion from Katchery Chowk to MH & AFIC (Military Hospital & Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology) is known as The Mall, and the portion onward towards Kohinoor Mills is called Peshawar Road.

Image of An Old Milestone at The Mall Road, Rawalpindi Cantt

Milestone on The Mall, Rawalpindi – 1930sIn this photo, the Milestone, opposite the Flashman’s Hotel on The Malll, can be seen from a distance (The Milestone is encircled). This picture was taken around 1930s. One can also see the sign of Murree Road, which originates from The Mall.

Old and rare Pictures of Rawalpindi; Rare Photo of milestone on The Mall, Rawalpindi, Photo taken in 1930s - Old and rare Photos of Rawalpindi, Rare Images of Rawalpindi

Saint Paul’s Church, The Mall Road, Rawalpindi. Saint Paul’s Church is located in front of Army Hockey Stadium in a corner at the intersection of Mall Road and Murree Road. This elegant building was built in 1908 during British Raj era. Due to its pink colour, on can’t miss it while passing through the Mall.

Image of Saint Paul's Church, The Mall Road, Rawalpindi Cantt, opposite Army Hockey Stadium

Entrance of Chaklala Garrison, Rawalpindi 

Rawalpindi Pictures: A truck coming out of the Main Entrance of Chaklala Garrison, Rawalpindi - Photos, Images of Rawalpindi

Annexe of Mrs. Davies Private Hotel, Rawalpindi, 1983This picture is from 1983 and shows the front entrance of the annexe of Mrs. Davies Private Hotel. The main part of the Hotel was across the road. This hotel has since long been demolished. Photo by Dr. Asif Javed (USA).

Rawalpindi Pictures: Annexe of Mrs. Davies Private Hotel, Rawalpindi - Photos, Images of Rawalpindi

Chaklala Railway Station, Rawalpindi

Rawalpindi Pictures:  Chaklala Railway Station, Rawalpindi - Photos, Images of Rawalpindi

Lal Haveli. The Lal Haveli, located in the bustling centre of Rawalpindi near the famous Raja Bazar, is owned by Sheikh Rashid Ahmad, a politician and former Federal Minister. The Lal Haveli is one of the most visited attractions in Rawalpindi. The magnificent building and the tastefully designed interiors of Lal Haveli attract the attention of tourists.

Image of Lal Haveli, Rawalpindi, located in the centre of Rawalpindi

Fawara Chowk, Raja Bazar, Rawalpindi

Rawalpindi Pictures: Fawara Chowk, Raja Bazar, Rawalpindi - Photos, Images of Rawalpindi

Ayub Park at Topi Rakh, Rawalpindi 

Image of Ayub Park, at Topi Rakh Rawalpindi

Ghost House (Bhoot Bangla) in Ayub Park, Rawalpindi

Rawalpindi Pictures: Ghost House (Bhoot Bangla) in Jungle Kingdom in Ayub Park, Rawalpindi - Photos, Images of Rawalpindi

Ayub Park, Rawalpindi

Image of Ayub Park, at Topi Rakh, Rawalpindi, Jungle Kingdom

Big Coca Cola Bottle in a Lake in Ayub Park, Rawalpindi 

Rawalpindi Pictures: Big Coca Cola Bottle in the Lake in Ayub Park, Rawalpindi - Photos, Images of Rawalpindi

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Car Chowk, near Safari Villas-1, Rawalpindi. Photo contributed by Jalal Hameed Bhatti.

Image of Car Chowk, near Sfari Villas-1, near Bahria Town Rawalpindi

Holy Family Hospital, RawalpindiHoly Family Hospital was established in 1927 by the Christian mission of Philadelphia at Murree Road Rawalpindi. It was designed by an Italian architect, prisoner of World War 2.
The hospital was shifted to the present building in 1946.
It was taken over by Punjab Government in 1977 and affiliated with Rawalpindi Medical College as a teaching hospital.

Image of Holy Family Hospital, Satellite Town, Rawalpindi

Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi.  It is also known as Barani University.

Pictures of Rawalpindi; Photo of Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (also known as Barani University) - Photos of Rawalpindi, Images of Rawalpindi

Fatima Jinnah Women University. Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) is the first Women’s University of Pakistan. It was established on August 6, 1998 in the premises of the Old Presidency, situated at the Mall, Rawalpindi. This Victorian style building was originally built as a residence by two famous Sikh brothers, Mohan Singh and Sohan Singh. It became the Presidency of Pakistan around the mid 1960’s. The first batch of students from FJWU graduated in September 2001.

Image of Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU), Rawalpindi Cantt, the first Women's University of Pakistan

Gordon College. Gordon College, Rawalpindi is the oldest college of Rawalpindi. It was established as a Christian school by the Presbyterians in 1893. The college had many learned professors and principals. One of the most popular principals was Dr. Ralph Randles Stewart who died in 1993 at the age of 103. He joined the Gordon College in 1911 to teach elementary Botany and Zoology. He served as Professor in Botany (1917-1960) and Principal of Gordon College from 1934-1954. Gordonians can read more  here about Gordon College.
Some famous Gordonians are; Shaukat Aziz (Former Prime Minister of Pakistan), two former Prime Ministers of Azad Kashmir (Ch. Muhammad Sultan and Sardar Sikandar Hayat Khan) and Sheikh Rashid Ahmad, a former Federal Minister.

Image of Gordon College, Rawalpindi, oldest college of Rawalpindi, established in 1893

Another Photo of Gordon College, Rawalpindi

Rawalpindi Pictures: Photo of Gordon College, Rawalpindi - Photos, Images of Rawalpindi

Stamp Issued on Centenary of Gordon College. Pakistan Post issued a stamp in 1993 on the centenary of Gordon College, Rawalpindi.

Image of Stamp issued by Pakistan Post in 1993 on Centenary of Gordon College, Rawalpindi

Government College, Asghar Mall. College’s history is very old. It was ‘Sanatan Dharam’ School, established by a Hindu Trust in 1904. The present building shown in this photo was constructed in 1914. After partition, the status of school was raised to status of a college on October 19,1948 and so The
Government College Asghar Mall Rawalpindi emerged.

.Image of Government College, Asghar Mall Road, Rawalpindi

Government College for Women, Satellite Town

Image of Government College for Women, Satellite Town, Rawalpindi

Rawalpindi Medical College, Tipu RoadEstablished in March 1974 at Faisalabad, the college was shifted to its present premises in November the same year.

Image of Rawalpindi Medical College, Tipu Road, Rawalpindi, established in 1974

Rawalpindi Medical College, New Teaching Block at Holy Family Hospital

Image of Rawalpindi Medical College, new teaching block at Holy Family Hospital, Rawalpindi

Army Medical College, Rawalpindi

Image of Army Medical College, Rawalpindi

Rawalpindi College of Commerce 

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FG Sir Syed College, The Mall, Rawalpindi

Rawalpindi Pictures: FG Sir Syed College, The Mall, Rawalpindi - Photos, Images of Rawalpindi

Saint Mary’s Cambridge School, Murree Road, Rawalpindi. St Mary’s Cambridge School is located on Murree Road Rawalpindi between Liaquat Bagh and Committee Chowk. It was established in 1949. The school is housed in an old building of Holy Family Hospital. The hospital moved to Satellite Town in early 1960s and the building was taken over by the school. It is only for boys.

St. Mary's Cambridge School, Murree Road, Rawalpindi - Images, Pictures of Rawalpindi

Junior Section of Saint Mary’s Cambridge School, Murree Road

Junior Section of St. Mary's Cambridge School, Murree Road, Rawalpindi  - Images, Pictures of Rawalpindi

Saint Mary’s Academy, Tulsa Road, Lalazar

Saint Catherine’s High School, Rawalpindi

St. Catherine's High School, Rawalpindi - Images, Pictures of Rawalpindi

Saint Patrick’s High School, Murree Road, Rawalpindi

St. Patrick's High School, Murree Road, Rawalpindi - Images, Pictures of Rawalpindi

St. Theresa’s Girls High School Murree Road Rawalpindi

St. Theresa’s Girls High School Murree Road Rawalpindi - Images, Pictures of Rawalpindi

Odeon Cinema, Rawalpindi. Located near Cantonment Board Office, The Mall Road, Rawalpindi. Photo  by .

Rawalpindi Pictures: Odeon Cinema, near Cantonment Board Office, The Mall Road, Rawalpindi - Photos, Images of Rawalpindi

Plaza Cinema Rawalpindi. It is across the road from Army Welfare Trust (AWT) Plaza on The Mall Road, Rawalpindi.

Rawalpindi Pictures: Plaza Cinema, near Cantonment Board Office, The Mall Road, Rawalpindi - Photos, Images of Rawalpindi

Another Beautiful Pic of Plaza Cinema, The Mall, Rawalpindi 

Rawalpindi Pictures: Beautiful image of Plaza Cinema The Mall Road, Rawalpindi - Photos, Images of Rawalpindi

Capital Cinema, Bank Road, Rawalpindi

Rawalpindi Pictures: Capital Cinema, Bank Road, Rawalpindi - Photos, Images of Rawalpindi

Khurshid Cinema, Rawalpindi

Rawalpindi Pictures: Khurshid Cinema, Rawalpindi - Photos, Images of Rawalpindi

Central Jail Rawalpindi at Adyala, Rawalpindi

Rawalpindi Pictures: Central Jail Rawalpindi at Adyala, Rawalpindi - Photos, Images of Rawalpindi

Nicholson’s Obelisk (or ‘Nicholson’s Memorial’), Tarnol, Rawalpindi. It is a monument situated at Tarnol in Margalla Hills close to the twin cities of Rawalpindi–Islamabad en route to the historical town of Taxila. It was erected in 1868 in honour of Brigadier-General John Nicholson, a famous military figure of the British Empire. The granite obelisk, approximately 40 feet (12 m) tall, stands on a rock overlooking the G T Road (Grand Trunk Road). There is also a small memorial fountain at the base of the hillock on which this Memorial stands.

Pictures of Rawalpindi: Photo of Nicholson's Obelisk (or 'Nicholson's Memorial'), on GT Road near Tarnol, Rawalpindi - Photos of Rawalpindi, Images of Rawalpind

Hustle Bustle in Raja Bazar, Rawalpindi

Rawalpindi Pictures: An Old Photo showing Hustle Bustle of Raja Bazar, Rawalpindi - Photos, Images of Rawalpindi

Shezan Restaurant, Kashmir Road, Rawalpindi-1960s. Shezan Restaurant used to be opposite GPO in Saddar. It sold yummy chicken patties. Photo by Robert B Fish (Thanks to

old image of Shezan Restaurant, Kashmir Road, Rawalpindi Saddar, opposite GPO

A Road in Saddar-1964/65. Intersection of Kashmir Road  and Haider Road, Rawalpindi, with American Centre on the right? Photo by Robert B Fish (Thanks to Facebook Forum of Mangla Dam Memories).

Photo of Intersection of Kashmir Road and Haider Road, Rawalpindi Saddar, with American Centre on the right

Drug Store, Saddar, Rawalpindi. This is 1960s photo of  Drug Store which was located at the intersection of Haider Road and Kashmir Road. Walji’s Stop was next to it where one could board on a VW microbus for going to Islamabad. Its no more there. Now a mattress shop exists in its place. Photo contributed by Shaban Malik.

Pics, images of Rawalpindi- Drug Store at the intersection of Kashmir Road and Haider Road Rawalpindi Saddar

Kashmir Road, Rawalpindi-1960s. It is the intersection of Bank Road and Kashmir Road. Kwangson & Co Footwear signboard is clearly visible. The Chinese owner of the shop used to make flying shoes of Aviation pilots serving in Dhamial Camp. Photo courtesy Facebook Group, Mangla Dam Memories.

Image of intersection of Bank Road and Kashmir Road, Rawalpindi Saddar

Bank Road, Rawalpindi Saddar in 1960s. Photo courtesy Facebook Forum of Mangla Dam Memories.  

 Images of Rawalpindi - Bank Road, Rawalpindi Saddar in 1960s - Photos of Rawalpindi

Double Decker Bus at Chandni Chowk, Rawalpindi- 1963. Photo contributed by Lt Gen Tahir Mahmud Qazi. He took this photo in 1963 with his 120 mm Box Kodak camera which was gifted by his elder brother who was a doctor in Saudi Arabia.

Pics, images of Rawalpindi - Double Decker Bus at Chandni Chowk, Rawalpindi in 1963

The Commissioner’s House, Rawalpindi in early 1960s. Photo from the album of  Syed Ghiasuddin Ahmed who was Commissioner Rawalpindi in early 1960s (Courtesy Syed Ali Hamid).

Rawalpindi Pictures: The Commissioner's House, Rawalpindi in early 1960s - Photos, Images of Rawalpindi

The Bridge Over Leh Nullah, Rawalpindi in early 1960s. This bridge is near Mureer Chowk on the Murree Road. The size of the bridge at that time speaks volumes about the planners of the 1960s. Photo from the album of  Syed Ghiasuddin Ahmed who was Commissioner Rawalpindi in early 1960s (Courtesy Syed Ali Hamid).

Rawalpindi Pictures: The bridge over Leh Nullah, Rawalpindi in early 1960s - Photos, Images of Rawalpindi

Rare Photo of Liaquat Ali Khan before his Assassination in Rawalpindi on October 16, 1951

Liaquat Ali Khan's photo before his assassination in Rawalpindi on October 16, 1951 : Rare Old Pictures of Rawalpindi

Parade of Pakistani Security Guard at Rawalpindi- December 1947. (Photo Courtesy Life Magazine). Members of the newly formed Pakistani Security Guard marching past troops of the regular Pakistani Army during parade review for Quaid-e-Azam, who did not attend due to illness. Spire of Saint Paul’s Church, located in a corner at the intersection of The Mall Road and Murree Road, is also visible at the background.

Parade of Pakistani Security Guard at Rawalpindi-December 1947

Pakistan Army Soldiers in Rawalpindi, December 1947. Members of the Pakistani regular Army raising their left hand in answer to the slogan “Pakistan Zindabad” during parade review for Quaid-e-Azam who did not attend due to illness, but was replaced by the Minister of Refugees. (Photo Courtesy Life Magazine)

Pakistan Army Soldiers at Rawalpindi - Dec 1947

Saddar, Rawalpindi (Intersection of Kashmir Road and Bank Road), 1945-46. The photo shows “Travelers Corner” at the corner and the Chinese shoes shop “Kwangson & Co” and “Nawal Kishore Store” on Kashmir Road.
If you see a black & white photo of 1960s (intersection of Bank Road and Kashmir Road) in this page, it also shows “Kwangson & Co”. However, the “Travelers Corner”  has been closed since long.

Rawalpindi Rare Pictures: Intersection of Kashmir Road and Bank Road in Saddar, Rawalpindi in 1945-46- Extremely Old Photos of Rawalpindi

Fawara Chowk-1940s. This picture was taken in 1940s and shows Fawara Chowk, near Raja Bazar. The photo is taken from the Raja Bazar side. The Tonga stand, seen in the foreground, is no more there.

Image of Fawara Chowk, near Raja Bazar, Rawalpindi-1940s

Queeen Victoria’s Statue, Rawalpindi-1939. Queen Victoria’s Statue was sculpted in England and placed in Rawalpindi during British Raj. It was there in front of Army Stadium Gate No. 1. It was later removed and shifted to British High Commission in 1957. See some large size photos of Queen’s statue at The Mall, Rawalpindi…

Image of Queen Victoria's Statue, Rawalpindi Cantt-1939

Rawalpindi Central Jail in 1920s. The jail is now shifted near Adyala village and a Park (Jinnah Park) has been established at its old site.

Rawalpindi Rare Pictures: Rawalpindi Central Jail in 1920s - Old Photos of Rawalpindi

Raja Bazar, Rawalpindi in 1920s 

Rawalpindi Rare Pictures: Black and white pic of Raja Bazar, Rawalpindi in 1920s - Extremely Old Photos of Rawalpindi

Lalkurti (Red Shirt) Bazaar, Rawalpindi, 1920sThe name Lal Kurti (Red Shirt) has been derived from the red-coloured dress worn by the troops of the Royal British Indian Army. The Lal Kurti Bazaar was formerly known as B I Bazaar (British Infantry Bazaar).

Extremely rare Pictures of Rawalpindi; Lalkurti (Red Shirt) Bazaar, Rawalpindi, 1920s - Old and rare Photos, Images of Rawalpindi

A Rare Photo of The Mall Road, 1915

A Rare image of The Mall Road, Rawalpindi cantt

British Cavalry Barracks, Westridge, Rawalpindi, 1910

Extremely rare Pictures of Rawalpindi; British Cavalry Barracks, Westridge, Rawalpindi, 1910 - Old and rare Photos, Images of Rawalpindi

Saddar Bazar, Rawalpindi-1910This photo was taken from the top of the Massey Gate. Haathi Chowk can also be seen at the end of the road.

A rare image of Saddar Bazar, Rawalpindi-1910

Another Rare Postcard Painting of Saddar Bazar Rawalpindi

Rawalpindi Rare Pictures: A Very Rare Photo of Saddar Bazar Rawalpindi -  Extremely Old Photos of Rawalpindi

Motor Show held at Viceroy’s Body Guards Polo Ground at Rawalpindi- 1907. Natives called the motors as  Shutar-e-Bay Mohar. They also called them Shaitani Charkaha.

Old and rare Pictures of Rawalpindi; Rare Photo of motor show held at Viceroy's Body Guards Polo Ground Rawalpindi in 1907 - Old and rare Photos of Rawalpindi, Rare Images of Rawalpindi

A Rare Photo of Sacred Heart Church, Westridge, Rawalpindi, 1906

Sacred Heart Church, Westridge, Rawalpindi, 1906 : Rare Old Pictures of Rawalpindi

Rawalpindi Manoeuvres during British Rule in 1905 . The Rawalpindi Manoeuvres were held near Taxila.

Rawalpindi Rare Pictures: Rawalpindi Manoeuvre during British rule in 1900 - Extremely Old Photos of Rawalpindi

Lockhart’s Memorial, Rawalpindi- 1900General Sir William Stephen Alexander Lockhart was a British Army officer. He was Commander-in-Chief, India. He died of malaria whilst serving in office in Calcutta on March 18, 1900. Soldiers and their families paid for the construction of an obelisk in a Park on Peshawar Road, Rawalpindi. It is now called Roomi Park and located near AFIC, opposite MH (Military Hospital). The Memorial is still in tact but the cannon is not there.

Old and rare Pictures of Rawalpindi; A very Rare Photo of Lockhart's Memorial, Rawalpindi  - Old and rare Photos of Rawalpindi, Rare Images of Rawalpindi

The Mall Road, Rawalpindi-1890

A rare Image of The Mall Road, Rawalpindi-1890

A Rare Painting of Pindi Club on a Postcard 

Rawalpindi Rare Pictures: A Very Rare Painting of Pindi Club, Rawalpindi on a postcard, band is playing in the lawn -  Extremely Old Photos of Rawalpindi

Rare Picture of Rawalpindi Club, The Mall, 1890s. The verandahon the left side has now been covered and converted into a small library and a Barbar Shop for the Club members.

Extremely rare Pictures of Rawalpindi; Rare Photo of Rawalpindi Club, The Mall, 1890s - Old and rare Photos, Images of Rawalpindi
A Very Rare Photo of West Ridge, Rawalpindi
Old and rare Pictures of Rawalpindi; A very Rare Photo of West Ridge, Rawalpidi - Old and rare Photos of Rawalpindi, Rare Images of Rawalpindi

Massey Gate, Saddar, RawalpindiJain Public Library was on the top of this gate. Probably present day Indus Automobiles shop is at the place of Massey Gate. The street has been renamed as Adamjee Road.

Rare photo of Massey Gate, Saddar, Rawalpindi

Another Rare Photo of Massey Gate Street, Rawalpindi

Rawalpindi Rare Pictures: Another Very Rare Black & White Photo of Massey Gate Street, Rawalpindi -  Extremely Old Photos of Rawalpindi

A Rare Photo of Massey Gate Street, Rawalpindi. See a rarer photo of Massey Gate Street….

Rawalpindi Rare Pictures: A Very Rare Photo of Massey Gate Street, Rawalpindi -  Extremely Old Photos of Rawalpindi

Rawalpindi Railway Station-1885

Image of Rawalpindi Railway Station-1885, rare photo of Railway Station, Rawalpindi

An Extremely Rare Photo of Rawalpindi Railway Station, 1884

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Rare Photo of Rawalpindi in 18842nd Cheshire Regiment at Rawalpindi Camp, 15th February 1884.

Rare Photo of a Street in Rawalpindi in 1883

Rawalpindi Rare Pictures: A Very Rare Photo of a Street in Rawalpindi in 1883 -  Extremely Old Photos of Rawalpindi

An Old Photo of Pindi Club – 1877. Photo shows Out gate of Pindi Club which was on Canning Road, while the main entrance was from The Mall Road. Now the main entrance is from the Canning Road and the view of The Mall Road has been blocked by the construction of Plazas.

A rare Image of Pindi Club, The Mall Road, Rawalpindi-1900

Sardar Sujjan Singh’s Haveli, Rawalpindi. Located at a walking distance from Raja Bazar. This haveli was a grand palace. This haveli’s present dilapidated condition can be seen in the next photo.

Image of Sardar Sujjan Singh's Haveli, Rawalpindi

Sardar Sujjan Singh’s Haveli in a Dilapidated Condition. Due to the criminal neglect by the City District Government Rawalpindi, Sardar Sujjan Singh’s haveli is fast turning into ruins. We have simply no sense of preserving our heritage.

Image of Sardar Sujjan Singh's Haveli, Rawalpindi in a Dilapidated Condition

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  1. Naeem Akhtar Bhatti says:

    I love Rawalpindi because this is my native city. It is very beautiful. I am shocked because there is not a single picture of Liaquat Bagh, Committee Chowk, Govt. College St. Town.

  2. It was lovely to see the old pictures of Rawalpindi. I studied at the St. Marry’s , Murree Road and was delighted to see the photo of the school. We lived at F-Block S/Town and used to take a double decker bus to school and back! There were a lot of students from Lal Kurti and other parts of Pindi. We also lived near Fawara Chowk for some time. What a time it was!!

  3. I am researching the Gatmell family in India and I would appreciate any information about the history of Gatmell’s Motel.

  4. All pics, new and old, are zabardast!!

  5. Shahid Ahmad says:

    Were you or your parents with the UNIMOGIP ? I used to live in Gatmell’s Motel at the same time.

    • No, we were not. By the way, you lost me on “UNIMOGIP.” What organization was this? My father was in the Pakistan Air Force stationed at Badaber (NWFP) and due to a shortage of housing for families, we stayed at Kashmir Hotel for about a year or so.

      • Shahid Ahmad says:

        Hi Nader,
        UNMOGIP was United Nations Military Observor Group India & Pakistan!
        I had a lot of friends whose parents were from Chile at the time working with UNMOGIP. It was a great time to be in Pindi.

  6. Salahuddin Khan says:

    I remember Commissioner Ghias-ud-Din. I used to live on Greagh Road (present name Sir Syed Road) in 1960′s.

  7. Sajjad Hasni says:

    My birth place, Kashmir Road behind Denny’s High School… Proud of being a Rawalian.

  8. Waheed Raja says:

    Excellent!! Rawalpindi’s past was very rich. It is our responsibility today to preserve it.

  9. Zartashia Mehwish says:

    I really liked all these pics and beautiful locations of Rawalpindi,,,,and I just say that Pakistani people should be proud of having these marvelous places. Please also add pics of those buildings and areas which are not so known but have importance in our country.

  10. Kaleem Usmani says:

    Rawalpindi is my city. I am always proud of it. I have spent good time in it. It is the best city in the region.
    It is a great work, good photo collection!!

  11. Hummara Rawalpindi zinda bad.

  12. Nadir Rasheed says:

    A simply wonderful set of old photos. A pity that it is now a vanished world, only alive in our dreams. I lived in Rawalpindi during 1972-1974; I was nine years old. We lived in a place called the “Kashmir Hotel” and I went to school at the nearby (walking distance) Sir Syed school. I clearly remember Flashman’s Hotel and the “Wilson’s” (they sold eye wear) near the intersection. I live in Texas now and went to visit Rawalpindi in 2013 but was unable to locate “Kashmir Hotel.” I’m sure its been torn down. Can someone please let me know if they are familiar with this place? It was built during the time of the British (Late 1800′s, early 1900′s) and was a single story place in the shape of a large “U.” In the middle was a lawn/fountain and the entire building had arches with gargoyle heads for rain water gutters! Thanks in advance to anyone who has any information.

  13. Farooq Ellahi says:

    Really these photos are very rare. A stupendous job was done to place all these relics at one page. It can be called pictorial history of Rawalpindi. Efforts are still required to bring to light more ancient buildings in pictures e.g. there is an inn behind Khurshid Cinema which remains locked but a small sign board ‘musafir khana’ is placed. Will anyone please throw some light on this building of Rawalpindi?

    • Rafique Ahmed Khan says:

      Dear Mr. Farooq Ellahi,
      Among the old buildings in this area were “Baraf Khana” (Ice factory) and this Musafir Khan also called “Saraiy” were well known buildings during pre thirties period. I have a faint memory of another adjacent building called “Astabal” (Cattle yard). Obviously the outside traders used to stay therein along with their cattle drawn two hall wheeled vehicles “Karachees” for their business in the adjacent grain & vegetable markets “Ghalla Mandi” & “Sabzi Mandi”

  14. Shehla Maqsood says:

    Viqar-un-Nisa College Rawalpindi ki pic nahi hai iss may.

  15. Farhan says:

    Nostalgic pictures especially beautiful pic of my college. I was born in this city its in my blood. I no more live there but i still tell my stories about this city to my kids.

  16. M. Bilal Tahir says:

    Sir, it’s wonderful effort, you did such a big job!! I am 27 years old live, I was born in Rawalpindi and still live here but didn’t know these facts which you have mentioned here. Once again you did best job. GOD Bless you.
    I was a student of Gordon College Rawalpindi according to my information which I know from teachers of the college that the first basket ball court in Asia was built there.

  17. Pakistan is a beautiful place but we have to follow human rights as well as the Sunnah of Prophet (PBUH) and Alah’s order which is Namaz, talawat, etc. We must be positive if we want to become a good Nation.

  18. i want see photo of DARBAR SHAHI SHAH CHAN CHRAG in Bahbra bazaar …if it posble please share…

  19. Perveen Rasheed says:

    I am a 62 year old Bangladeshi woman, who lived in Lalkurti Cantt in 1952 -1953 before we moved to Wah Cantt. I was 2 years old when I got lost one autumn afternoon and was found by kind hearted villager somewhere 1.5 miles outside the Cantt. I was returned the next morning through police. I always pray for the kind hearted family who found me, looked after me and took the hassle of finding my people. There used to be camel carts coming in and going out through the road barrier. I am supposed to half got onto it and took a wrong ride. I would be grateful if you can post some old photos of the Lalkurti and the surrounding villages and those camel carts.
    Lal kurti Cantt, tenu Allah salamat rakkhey.

    • Madam Parveen,
      The old Lalkurti must be remembering you, why don’t you pay a visit to this place for which you have such a nice, warm and kind words. We still search those good old days. May Allah bless you.

      • Perveen Rasheed says:

        Thank you Shahin for your warm words and invitation. I have tried for a visit. I grew up actually in Wah Cantt and had to leave everything that’s dear to me till today, in 1965 with the death of my father. Rawalpindi remains in my mind as the once a month shopping spree place.
        Is London Book Depot (Sadder) still around? I still have all my LBD books. Eating sumptuously at Muslim hotel (my father’s favourite), and of course Moti Bazaar, my Mum’s grounds. And of course the Holy Family Hospital where my baby sister and brother were born, but both died after a week or so.
        I will visit Rawalpindi/ Lalkurti/ Wah, to find my memories among the humongous development. A person’s soul belongs to the place where one grows up, transits from babyhood to young child to teenage. We have homeland, motherland, etc etc, but no soul’s land. Mine remains in the valley where seasons’ songs were distinct, There I go again… sorry. I loved the new pictures, especially that of the cigarette packets: my brother and I got ears pulled by Ma for playing ‘paaket’ with street smart guys.

  20. Please add pictures of airport. Deep inside we all know airport is in Rawalpindi. :)

  21. Imran Haider says:

    nice pics. I love rawalpindi

  22. Thanks Admin, I loved these pics.

  23. I am the great great grand son of Sirdar Sujan Singh and was delighted to see the haveli. There was a lot more which I have heard about, including a gurdwara, a public library, a public garden, a place called sardarawala Bagh, etc which were constructed by my ancestors. It is indeed sad to see the dilapidated condition but at least its standing as testimony to the amazing construction skills of yore. Please send more pictures if possible. Thanks for a glorious and most educative article.

    • Dear Ishwar Singh,
      I was so glad to know about your relation with Sardar Sujan Singh Of Bagh Sardaran. If you kindly read my memoirs “MY OLD BUT EVERNEW PINDI” being posted in Nostalgic Articles of Rawalpindi segment of this website (Native Pakistan), you will find some very good & interesting information about your ancestors.

    • Chaudhry Fakhar Zaman says:

      Respective Ishwar Singh Jee,
      I had the honour of meeting late Sardar Gurbachan Singh Jee at their residence at Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi, along with my late father Tariq Azam Chaudhry back in 1993.

  24. Azeem Anwar says:

    Excellent!! Kia baat hai.
    It is the best Post to see Rawalpindi through ages.

  25. Waqas Ahmed says:

    Really nice pics to refresh our old memories.

  26. Muhammad Faheem Sheikh says:

    I love Rawalpindi, these are very nice pictures.

  27. Muhammad Bilal Khan Jadoon says:

    Really very nice to see lovely Rawalpindi. I was born here in Topi Village (now Gulistan Colony). We used to go to Raja Bazaar, Saddar Bank Road, Messey Gate known as Chotta Bazar, Lalkurti, Murree Road, Mall Road and many other places. Simply marvelous!!!

  28. Imran Younas says:

    Nice pictures of Pindi.

  29. Major (Retd) Manzoor Niaz says:

    It was indeed a great treat having seen the fresh and the old historical photos of this Great City. I personally feel, the old buildings should not have been demolished at the cost f expansionism. Did my schooling here. Have lived in old Army dwellings in Chaklala, near Lal kurti Bazaar & at Dalhousie Road opposite Denny’s High School. Every moment spent in Pindi is a history.

  30. Dear, God bless you. How things change, its make me sad. Do you have any pics of Gracey Lines?

  31. Dr. Naresh Kumar, Delhi says:

    I love Rawalpindi. I was born here. It was a land of my forefathers. They were having their houses in Chittian Hattian. Also in nearby villages.

    • Muhammad Shahin says:

      Dr. Kumar, our Rawalpindi has undergone lots of changes since you or your forefathers left the town. It is now a huge unmanageable monster with insurmountable problems. Nullah Leh which used to be called perhaps river Leh in 1920s and was shown blue on the map is now a gunda nullah.

      I wish you once pay a visit to our city and you may still find some things and places which you or your forefathers left. After another few years things will undergo complete change. Regards.

      • Pervaiz Iqbal says:

        Well changes are eminent, so are the people here today there tomorrow, we all are migratory species.

    • Muhammad Usman Sheikh, Finland says:

      Dr. Naresh Kumar,
      I was also born in Chittian Hattian, although now a days I am living in Finland but I still have my home in Chittian Hattian. :)

  32. Adnan Yousaf says:

    Simply awesome pics!

  33. Muhammad Umer Iqbal says:

    Rawalpindi is awesome city, rare pics, great legacy. I love Rawalpindi. May ALLAH bless my whole Pakistan.
    PAKISTAN ZINADABAD.

  34. Memory is the only paradise from which we cannot be driven
    My Rawalpindi

  35. Mubashir Iqbal says:

    Rawalpindi is my beloved city. I lived here once, now it lives in my heart.

  36. Dr. Muhammad Yasir Pervez says:

    I never knew the historical background of Rawalpindi………….Simply excellent.

  37. I love Rawalpindi.

  38. Lt Col (R) Farooque Akhtar says:

    Best historical photographs of Rawalpindi ever seen by me.

  39. Khalil Ahmed says:

    It’s a wonderful collection of pics.

  40. Shaheda Rizvi, Canada says:

    All very beautiful pictures. My special love here is the Rawalpindi Railway Station — a place that I visit over and over again, in my mind, to undo the unsaid-good-bye. Love you Pindi.

  41. My love, Pindi!! Where have you lost?

  42. Yousuf Gul says:

    Lovely pics. It actually took me to the days when my dad Kh. Jan Mohammad (1910-1987) and granddad Kh. Gul Mohammad (1880-1922) would have strolled here and they would have seen these places. My dad used to tell me that he had been going to Murree and Kashmir on Tonga and there was a premium service and they used to replace horses frequently. Ah! Old small nice and cozy Pindi where have you gone?? We miss you and love you!!!

    • Dear Mr. Yousuf Gul,
      There were a few families under the Name of JAN, for example Haji Jan Mohammad of Taxila, Haji Jan Mohammad of Choore Harpaal or Seth Ahmed Jan of Saddar Area etc; If you mean to refer to Kh. Jan Mohammad of Lal Kurti, Then you must be knowing Ex. Capt Jan of PIA. He was known very well by me. After your reply I may proceed further.

      • Adnan says:

        I always want to see a symbolic picture of Rawalpindi city like Faisal mosque for Islamabad, Minar-e-Pakistan for Lahore and Mazaar-e- Quaid for Karachi…is there any suitable building or whatever thing here in Rawalpindi in this regard?? if not then I request Mr. Sheikh Rasheed for building a symbolic building, minar or whatever for our beloved and great city.

        • Editor says:

          I think the magnificent building of Rawalpindi Railway Station can be a symbol for Rawalpindi. You may also consider AWT Plaza, though it is just 22 years old.

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