Tag: Tourist Attractions In Pakistan

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    Anarkali Tomb

    Anarkali Tomb is one of the famous Tombs and Historical  In Pakistan. It Is Located In Lahore, Punjab Pakistan. It is now believed that Nadira Begum (named "Anarkali" due to her red like complexion like a “pomegranate” in full bloom)  died in mysterious circumstances when Akbar was away in Deccan.There are different versions exist on her death. In which one account is her natural death when Emperor Akbar was visiting Deccan and he ordered to build a tomb.In other accounts, which are not verily proved by historian is being poisoned by other courtiers after receiving orders from Prince Salem (Jehangir) when she was concubine of Akbar too and the mother of Danial (Jehangir's brother). And the most popular version is of this s that when emperor was in Deccan, Prince Salim made advances on the beautiful woman, and on learning of this the emperor ordered that she be buried alive so that any misunderstanding between the emperor and the prince be removed. Here, we cannot ignore the fact that court historian had also recorded the natural death of "Danial"s mother.A note from a British traveller William Finch, who visited Lahore in 1608, three years after Prince Salim ascended the throne as Emperor Jahangir. “The King (Jahangir), in token of his love, commands a sumptuous tomb to be built of stone in the midst of a four-square garden richly walled, with a gate and diverse rooms over it,” wrote William Finch. But he failed to provide any other detail and this can be in result of his imagination. The tomb of Anarkali is one of the most significant buildings of the Mughal period.It is an ingeniously planned octagonal building. Circular in shape and roofed by a lofty dome, the tomb once surrounded a garden, called Anarkali Garden, but during the last couple of hundred years it has been put to several uses. Under the Sikhs, the mausoleum was occupied by kharak Singh. Later it served as the residence of General Ventura, the Italian General of Ranjit Singh’s army. Under the British, The tomb was converted into Church (a protestant Church) in 1851 right after 2 years of British Control on Lahore. Few years later, it was converted to St. James' Church in 1857 till 1891. Since then, it has been used as Punjab Archives Museum with an amazing treasure for those interested in the history of British Punjab.

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    Badshahi Mosque

    Badshahi Mosque (transformation in English: Royal Mosque) is the second largest mosque of Pakistan,  located in provincial capital Lahore of Punjab. Badshahi Masjid is a Tourist Attraction and a must visited place in Lahore Pakistan.It was built in 1673 A.D. by the sixth Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb Alamgir. The mosque remained the largest mosque in the world from 1673 to 1986, when it was overtaken in capacity and size upon the completion of Shah Faisal Mosque in Islamabad. It has a total area of 29,867.2 square meters (321, 488 square feet) and can accommodate up to 100,000 worshipers. Now it is an 8th largest mosque in the world in terms of its capacity for accommodating worshipers and 10th largest in terms of total area. Badshahi Mosque with its beautiful Mughal architectural style and historical background is a major landmark and tourist attraction not only in Lahore but in whole Punjab.The mosque was built under the patronage of the sixth Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb Alamgir. It was completed in 1673 under the supervision of Aurangzeb's foster brother Muzaffar Hussain (also known as Fidaie Khan Koka) who was appointed a governor of Lahore in May 1671 and held this post until 1675. He was also Master of Ordnance to the emperor.The construction of the mosque took about two years, from May 1671 to April 1673. The mosque was built opposite the Lahore Fort, illustrating its stature in the Mughal Empire. In conjunction with the building of the mosque, a new gate was built at the fort, named Alamgiri Gate after the Emperor. From 1852 onwards, piecemeal repairs were carried out under the supervision of the Badshahi Mosque Authority. Extensive repairs were carried out from 1939 to 1960 at a cost of about 4.8 million rupees, which brought the mosque to its original shape and condition. The blueprint for the repairs was prepared by the late architect Nawab Zen Yar Jang Bahadur.In 2000, the repair work of marble inlay in the main vault was repaired under the supervision of Saleem Anjum Qureshi. On the occasion of the second Islamic Summit held at Lahore on February 22, 1974, thirty-nine heads of Muslim states offered their Friday prayers in the Badshahi Masjid, led by Maulana Abdul Qadir Azad, the 'Khatib' of the mosque. Recently a small museum has also been added to the mosque complex, which contains relics of Muhammad, his cousin, and his daughter, Hazrat Fatima Zahra.

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    Chaukhandi Tombs

    The Chaukhandi Tombs near Karachi, Pakistan are a unique example of such burials. Buried south to north – unusual for the area and time period – these tombs are constructed out of huge sandstone slabs, which are delicately stacked into a finessed pyramid shape. The slabs were then clearly painstakingly carved with intricate patterns, drawings, and relatable scenes. Built between the 15th and 18th centuries, the Chaukhandi Tombs now form a remarkably well-preserved necropolis that often attracts curious visitors and archeologists alike, but the area is not without foreboding legends.Beyond the elaborate decoration of the tombs, another feature the tombs seem to share with similar necropolis around the world is the conviction locals tend to have that the area is haunted. The tombs at Chaukhandi are renowned for being one of the most haunted sites in the region, and visitors are particularly warned against entering the graveyard at night.Avoiding the tombs at night isn’t bad advice, haunting or otherwise, because the details and drawings on these fascinating artifices are clearly best experienced in the broad light of day. A fact for which many visitors are likely very thankful.

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    DIR Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Pakistan

    Dir is a town in Upper Dir District, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan. It is sometimes known as Dir Proper or Khas Dir to distinguish it from the district. It lies at the foot of the Lowarai Pass, the main motor road to Chitral, on the Dir River, a tributary of the Panjkora River.  Upper Dir is a District of Malakand Division in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province. It lies along the Afghanistan border between Chitral, Bajaur Agency and Lower Dir District. The district was formed in 1996, when Dir District was divided into Upper Dir and Lower Dir.Dir town is the Headquarters of Upper Dir District. It is sometimes known as Dir Proper or Khas Dir to distinguish it from the district. It lies at the foot of the Lowari Pass, the main road to Chitral, on the Dir River. Dir town was founded in the 17th century by Akhund Baba. It was the capital of the former princely state of Dir, until its abolition in 1969. The former royal palace is on a hill above the town. It was replaced as capital by Timergara, before the district was divided in 1996 into two districts (Upper Dir and Lower Dir).Pushto is the main language spoken in the town. A few people speak Hindko, Gujri and Khowar (Chitrali). The majority of the population in this area are Yousafzai (Malizai), Roghani, Utmankheil, and Mianghan while the ruling class was Khosro.Brief History: At the end of the 14th century the territories surrounding Dir were populated by the Pakhtuns who were divided in several clans (khels), who battled against each other. The three great clans which conquered the zone were the Yusafzai, Tarkanrai and the Utman Khel. The Dir territory was populated in the 16th century by the Malizai tribe of the Yusufzai Khel, who took control of the zone by chasing away the previous inhabitants, and within this tribe the most prominent fractions became the Painda Khel and Sultan Khel. Akhund Mullah lIyas Painda Khel of the Malizai tribe lived in Dir in the 17th century. He was recognized as spiritual leader and was known as Akhund (“scholar” in Persian) Baba. Dir village was founded by Akhund Baba. By the 18th century a section of the Painda Khel, coming from the Kohan village in the valley of Nihag (a Panjkora tributary), seized the trade routes with Chitral and Afghanistan.Akhund Baba’s successors expanded the domain into an autonomous political entity which would eventually become the princely state. The clan of Mullah Ilyas Khan assumed the name of Akhund Khel and a dynasty was recognized as Khans (rulers) of Dir. However, till the end of the 19th century, the dominion of the family was limited to the upper Dir.

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    Fort Kohna

    Multan is a Historical city. Its History spread over centuries. Multan is Also Known as the city of “Garma, Gard, Gada, and Goristan”. Multan fort is one of the oldest forts In Pakistan. It is situated in the center of Multan city. Multan is a Historical city. Its History spread on centuries. Multan is Also Known as the city of “Garma, Gard, Gada and Goristan”. Multan fort is situated in the center of the City. Multan Fort was built 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 had 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.

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    Hazuri Bagh

    The Hazuri Bagh Baradari is a baradari of white marble located in the Hazuri Bagh of Lahore. Punjab Pakistan Hazuri Bagh, lined with cloisters for mendicants and holy men, was designed as a court for the grand masjid. The Hazuri Bagh tent that dominates the center of the quad was designed by Ranjit Singh. The opposite (south) is that the Hazuri Bagh Gate, that was designed as a part of a boarding house for students and students hooked up to the mosque. a formidable entrance within the east, the Alamgiri entrance, was designed specially and orientating within the direction of the masjid to produce appropriate stress once entered from the stronghold.Once called Serai of Aurangzeb, the house of worship courtyard would be crowded by the procession of the emperor once he came to supply his Friday prayers at the grand house of worship. Hazuri Bagh provided the stage that the eclat of the Mughal emperor was showcased, his train a throng of mace-bearers, omerah, grandees and nobles. The traveler Francois Bernier recorded that the means from the stronghold would be lined by many troopers in their dazzling uniforms creating a sparkly passage for the emperor.The entrance to the masjid with its lofty footstall makes it imperative to climb its twenty-two steps to succeed on the platform and provides a prospect of the grandeur at intervals the masjid enclosure.Hazuri Bagh has placed along on the orders of Ranjit Singh in 1818 to celebrate the capture of the known Koh-i-Noor Diamond from sovereign Shuja of Islamic State of Afghanistan. Its Mughal character is obligated to the fabric off from Mughal monuments and reused here. The tent was created in 1818 and originally consisted of a basement and 2 level on top of the ground. Elegant lapidarian marble pillars support the baradari’s delicate cuspated arches. The central space, wherever Ranjit Singh control court, incorporates a reflected ceiling. each the garden and also the Baradari, originally a 45-foot, three-story sq. with a basement approached by fifteen steps, suffered intensive harm throughout the fratricidal Sikh wars and was solely rescued and ordered out consistent with the initial setup throughout a people amount. On nineteen Gregorian calendar month 1932, the topmost story folded because of serious violent storm and lightning. attributable to a scarceness of funds the highest level was never restored; but, the primary floor marble lattice banister, that had additionally been severely broken, was restored 3 years later.From up to date illustrations, the planning of the highest level is evident: a chamber perforates by cuspated arch openings, set within the middle of an oversized terrace and well set back from the sting of the bottom floor roof. The Baradari was the main focus of imperial displays throughout the Sikh rule. though the Takht (or throne) was the stronghold, Ranjit Singh used the venue of the baradari for conducting functions of the state. When his death, the tent continuing to be used by his successors. 

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    Hiran Minar Park

    Hiran Minar or the tower of the deer is a Tourist Attraction situated in the city of Sheikhupura. This city is 40 kilometers away from the provincial capital, Lahore. The 4th Mughal King Jahangir built this structure in a beautiful lake. Basically, it is a monument of a deer that is the reason behind its name. It is a structure of the year 1606 which was built on the grave of the “Mansraj” (Royal Deer). The height of this tower is 100 feet. History says that “Mansraj” was the lucky deer which got the status of pet to the Great Mughal King Jahangir. Later on, this tower was used to locate the wild animals to hunt. It gives you the total view of surrounding areas. It is another amazing structure of the Mughal Era. Tourists could observe that age very closely, by visiting this place of Deer’s tower in Sheikhupura.A very large water tank increases its beauty because water covers this structure from all sides. There is a small bridge for pedestrians to connect this building with the land. A slope was built in a side of this pool; it was to facilitate the pet animals of the Royal family. Water collection and water exiting system of this building is really impressive. The location of Hiran Minar is also very impressive so as its environment. It is one of the best places to visit in the Punjab province. When you reach to its roof, it takes you in some other world. The scenes of forest are eye catching. There is a large water pool where peoples seem busy in boating. It is a very cool place to visit in the summer season. There are few places around it where peoples come for hunting.

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    Jahangir's Tomb

    Jahangir's Tomb is a Historical Tomb and tourist attraction Located in Shahdara, Punjab Pakistan. The emperor Jahangir died in camp on a return journey from Kashmir in 1627, and was buried at Shahdara, 3 miles north-West of Lahore at that time. The tomb of Jahangir stands beside a former bank of the Ravi in the midst of a large garden 1,500 feet square, enclosed by a brick wall with a monumental gateway in the middle of the Westside. Brick-paved causeways divide the garden into 16 square flower-beds, with an ornamental tank and fountain at each intersection; and in its prime the “paradise” must have provided a beautiful and fragrant resting-place. It is recorded to have been originally the garden of Jahangir’s celebrated queen, Nur Jahan, and the emperor was buried there at his own request.The tomb of Jahangir itself is also square, with sides of 325 feet, and consists of an arcaded platform with tall octagonal corner-towers and a projecting entrance-bay in the midst of each side. The external walls, including the lowest stage of the towers, are faced with Mathura sandstone, the red colour of which is dominated by a rich panel-decoration inlaid in white and black marble. The panels are partly geometrical and partly of the Persian “niche” design, with representations of vases in some of the niches. The corner-towers are of five stages of which the three intermediate stages are decorated with horizontal zigzag inlay, alternately of white and yellow marble separated by black marble lines.The topmost stages are white marble “Hindu” pavilions. The stages are separated by bracketed balconies. The general design of these towers is graceful and effective. Their prototypes in the Indo-Pakistan sub-continent are best represented in Gujarat and the Deccan, where the culminating example is the famous Char Minar of Hyderabad (A.D. 1591). But there, as at Champanir and elsewhere, the pavilion of the distinctive “Hindu” type is lacking; and it is rather in the use of low octagonal corner-towers surmounted by “Hindu” pavilions at Akbar’s tomb near Agra (A.D. 1612-13) that the immediate forebear of the North Indian series is to be recognized. Octagonal corner-towers of tomb of Jahangir, relatively taller than those of Akbar’s tomb, were also attached to the charming little tomb of I‘timad-ud-Daula at Agra in 1628, contemporaneously with their still bolder inclusion in the design of Jahangir’s tomb.A few years later, in Wazir Khan’s mosque at Lahore (1634), similar towers or minarets stood detached and emphatic, and at the same time four isolated minarets were being incorporated in the design of the Taj Mahal. Later again, in 1673, four independent octagonal towers defined the courtyard of the great Badshahi mosque at Lahore. In all these, the crowning element is the Hindu pavilion, and the group may be regarded as essentially a part of the Mughal Indo-Iranian complex.On the roof of the main platform of Jahangir’s tomb is a central podium which probably, again on a general analogy with Akbar’s tomb, carried a marble pavilion. There is evidence of a former (marble) railing around the outer edge of the podium in the tomb of Jahangir, but the present marble flooring is a relatively modern patchwork which conceals the exact plan of the superstructure. Like so much else, the latter was doubtless removed by the Sikhs at the end of the eighteenth or beginning of the nineteenth century.

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    Jallo Forest Park

    Jallo Forest Park is situated in Lahore. It was established in 1978. Jallo Park is sometimes also called Jallo Wildlife Park. Jallo Forest Park is one of the three main Wildlife Park located in Lahore. Jallo Park is spread over an area of 461 acres of land. Jallo Park contains a lot of facilities to facilitate the visitors. It has a beautiful green forest which has old trees and greenery. It also has Wildlife Breeding center, a swimming pool, and fish lake. There is almost every kind of beautiful fishes in this fish lake. `Moreover, this park also has a coffee shop, restaurant, and a sports complex. The most beautiful part of Jallo Forest Park is recently constructed Butterfly house. This butterfly house almost has 800 to 1000 butterflies that fly freely in the house. The butterfly is a very beautiful and colorful creation of God and to watch these butterflies flying freely gives the visitors an eye-catching view. People of every age enjoy a lot in this butterfly house. To ensure that butterflies survive in this butterfly house, the management takes the extra care of them. The authorities have created the artificial humidity which is necessary for the survival of this beautiful species. This park is created and maintained very beautifully. Families visiting Lahore should definitely visit this park. Apart from Butterfly house and Fish Aquarium this park also has other attractions for its visitors. The park has greenery everywhere which provides a refreshing atmosphere to the visitors. This park also has treetop walkway with is almost 40 feet high from the ground. The visitors can view and enjoy the beautiful scenery of this park from this 40 feet high walkway.

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    Kalam Forest

    The beautiful valley of Kalam is situated in the upper northern portion of Swat valley in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Kalam is located at an altitude of 2000 meter. The valley of Kalam is filled up with natural beauty. Beautiful and eye-catching views are spread all over the valley of Kalam. Beautiful Kalam valley is just 99KM away from Mingora. Sawat river also flows just beside Kalam valley that enhances the beauty of this valley. Kalam hill station has thick forests with the range of beautiful old trees and lush green grass and it is surrounded by tall mountain peaks as far as a human eye can see.Thick forest is the main beauty of Kalam along with beautiful lakes and waterfalls. Kalam forest is filled up with greenery and has a very refreshing atmosphere. Ushu forest is one of the most popular and beautiful forests of Kalam. Thousands of tourists visit Kalam forest every year. Visiting Kalam forest refreshes the human soul. Kalam has eye-catching beauty. Kalam Valley is a very popular for tourism. It has a series of beautiful hotels. There is also a Mall Road where tourist can enjoy shopping of traditional accessories.

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    Kokaltash Tomb

    Kokaltash Tomb is a historical place and tourist attraction in Pakistan, mostly Visit by Foreigners around the world.To reach the tomb of Khan-e-Jahan Bahadur Zafar Jang Kokaltash, you should proceed south on Shalimar Link Road from G.T. Road. You will need to turn right (west) into Canal Bank Road. As you drive along the pleasant bank of the canal, Bahadur Zafar Jang's tomb will appear on your right beyond the canal. Making a 'U' turn on the bridge you will need to travel east for a little distance along the opposite side of the canal, before you can take a sharp left turn on a road that slopes down from Khayaban-e-Anne Marie Schimmel (Canal Bank Road).On your right stands one of the finest brickwork structures of the Mughal Period in Lahore—the magnificent brick tomb of Zafar Jang Kokaltash on a raised podium following the octagonal plan form of the tomb. Although bereft of its facing, it is beautiful, well-detailed brick masonry lends it a character entirely its own. The division of wall surface in a pattern of sunken panels would have lent itself admirably to treatment with fresco painting and possibly even tile mosaic.

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    Lahore Fort

    The fort was initially constructed in 1566 AD by the Mughal Emperor Akbar, on the ruins of a mud fort which existed as early as 1021 AD. The Fort is rectangular. Lahore Fort is one of the oldest forts in Pakistan a tourist attraction for foreigners and locals as well, it is located in the northwestern corner of Lahore, adjacent to the Walled City. It has 13 gates. The main gates are located alongside the center of the western and eastern walls. Located centrally in the city of Lahore, the Lahore Fort is a magnificent fortified palace complex. Its elaborate Mughal architecture is straight out of a storybook of the Mysterious East.The impressive twin-domed entrance leads into elaborately decorated courtyards and pavilions with water features, some with still intact sumptuous wall decorations of inlaid semiprecious stones and painted designs. It's large enough to allow several elephants carrying members of the royal family to enter at one time. There is a flight of stone steps specially built for ceremonial elephant processions.The fort as it stands today is not what it was when it was initially constructed in 1566. Every successive Mughal emperor besides the Sikhs, and the British added a pavilion, palace of the wall to the Fort. Jahangir, Shah Jehan and later Aurangzeb added modifications of massively fortified walls. .It has two gates one is known as Alamgiri Gate build by Emperor Aurangzeb which opens towards Badshahi mosque and other older one known as Maseeti (Punjabi language word means of Masjid) or Masjidi Gate which opens towards Masti Gate Area of Walled City and was built by Emperor Akbar.Currently, Alamgiri Gate is used as the principal entrance while Masti Gate is permanently closed. Akbar got the Diwan-i-Aam (Hall for Commoners) built in the traditional Iranian style, all constructed in red sand stone imported from Rajistan. Shah Jahan also constructed the Diwan-e-Khas, which overlooked Ravi, in 1631-the same year he started the Taj Mahal. Shah Jahan also constructed Moti Masjid (Pearl Mosque) and his own sleeping chambers. Emperor Jahangir extended the gardens and constructed the palaces in the Jehangir's Quadrangle.

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    Lahore Museum

    Lahore Museum is Located at Mall Road Lahore, Punjab Pakistan.The Lahore Museum is one of his kind and considered one of the most famous museums of South Asia. Lahore Museum is witness Pakistan largest repository of cultural and historical artifacts was actually established in 1865-66 at the location known as “Shahrahe-Quaid-e-Azam” or Mall road, and later the site was transferred to the new site previously known as “Tollinton Market” and now the “LAHORE CITY HERITAGE MUSEUM”. Its red-brick building intermingles with the old traditions of Lahore considered as the City of Mughal Empire Architecture.This museum houses the country largest and oldest collection of artistic, cultural and astonishing historical objects, like vast collections of coins, rare manuscripts, miniature paintings and Gandhara sculpture, this place know as a treasure of knowledge for art and history lovers.The current structure of the building was well framed designed by the most legendary architect Sir GANGA RAM.This museum is considered as one of the largest museums in this country due to his massive collection. It houses modern paintings, cultural arts, and incredible crafts that are keen to one's eye and beyond comparison and our main source of attraction for research scholars and tourist from all over the world. It also houses and exhibiting the cross-cultural history of the subcontinent. .It's particularly famed for its display of Gandharan sculpture where the statue of fasting Siddhartha ranks as first in finest specimen available of “Gandhara Art” as one the rare antiquates.The coin collection gallery houses around 40,000 approx. pieces considered one of the largest collection in the subcontinent like (Punch-Marked coins issued in the 6th century BC, where this astounding collection of coins showcasing the history of all the ruling families of this subcontinent along with modern days Pakistani coins, these collection the main source of attraction for the tourists for its rarity and richness. The visitors are amazed by seeing GOLD coins of JAHANGIR with the zodiacal sign (1605-1628). one of the galleries also exhibiting the collection of our oldest civilization INDUS VALLEY, like stone age tools used from Soan valley, “Wheel-Turned Pottery”, “Jewellery Of Terracotta” “Paste And Semi-Precious beads".

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    Malot Fort

    Malot Fort Is One of the oldest Forts In Pakistan. It is located In In Mallot Village, Jhelum Punjab Pakistan. The location of the Malot fort is about 15 kilometers westward form Katas. Here, on a hilltop is the ancient fort, which was built around 980AD. It is said that over here the last Hindu Shahi Raja Mal embraced Islam. In days gone-by the town and fort of Malot covered and area of over 5square kilometers. Two Hindu temples, which are located here, are beautiful specimens of ancient Kashmir architecture.The Malot temples, built of local red sand stones of salt range mountains, are located on the road leading to Malot village near Choi village. The road is linked with main Kallar Kahar road from where it turns from Karuli Chowk towards Malot via Pakistan cement factory and Choi village along with coalmines. It is 12 kilometers away from Kallar Kahar in the east. The Malot was also called Namrod and Ramrod. The name is after the King of MalDev or Malu. The Rajput history claims its name Malot from the word Malik-Kot, as they believed that the title of Malik was given to the one who accepted annexation to the Muslim King of Delhi although in reward the Malik enjoyed the autonomous status with full sovereignty in the assigned area. The Mughal King Baber’s travelogue “Tuzk-e-Babri” attests to the corollary of Malik-Kot, Mal-Kot and then Malot.

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