One of the oldest cities in Pakistan, Sialkot enchants visitors with its rich history, culture and beautiful Islamic architecture. Whether you’re exploring ancient forts, getting lost in colourful bazaars or enjoying a picnic by the river, this laid-back city is the perfect place to experience Pakistan through a local lens.
Things to do in Siālkot
One of the oldest strongholds in Pakistan, Sialkot Fort dates back to the 2nd century. Strolling around the fortress, you’ll be retracing the footsteps of ancient kings and sultans. Baba Bari Sahib is another historic gem and recalls the city’s rich Sikh heritage. The centuries-old shrine is anchored by a magnificent date tree where the famous Sikh guru Baba Nanak once sat.
Housed in a picturesque terrace house, Iqbal Manzil pays tribute to one of Pakistan’s most beloved poets and philosophers. Step inside to learn about the legacy of Muhammad Allama Iqbal and read some of his finest works.
For some of the best views in the city, stock up on picnic supplies and head to Marala Head. This scenic spot is set on the Chenab River and is popular with locals. If you’re in the city for a cricket match, head to Jinnah Stadium to cheer on the local Pakistani team.
From sparkling gold jewellery to colourful spices, Saddar Bazar is one of Sialkot’s signature attractions. The entrance is marked by a handsome century-old Clock Tower. Inside you’ll find an array of locally made treasures, including beautiful leather garments.
Getting around Siālkot
The historic city centre of Sialkot is compact and walkable. It is well-serviced by local buses and auto-rickshaws and taxis are a quick and easy way to get around the city. Sialkot International Airport is a 14-kilometre drive from the city centre.