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sajjanka Chiniot - A travel report by azhar
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Chiniot,  Pakistan - flag Pakistan -  Punjab
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CHINIOT (An Ancient Town With Unique Artistry)

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Chiniot is one of the oldest historical towns of Punjab,on the banks of river Chenab, the second largest river of Pakistan also famous for the tales of Sohni-Mahiwal and Hir-Ranjha.

In ancient times, it was considered among the important cities on the trade route from Khyber Pass to Delhi.Alexander the Great had entered the suncontinent through the same route.A local legend says that the is named after Chandan, a king's daughter who was accustomed to hunting in a man's attire. One day she came to the banks of the Chenab and was to so impressed by the beauty of the spot the she oredered a town to be built here, which was called CHANDNIOT in her honour. The town is celebrated for its wood carving and masonry. The artisans of Chiniot have been renowned for the excellence of their work since the Mughal Period.Masons from Chiniot were employed in the building of Taj Mahal in Agra and Wazir Khan Mosque in Lahore.The town is still known for arts and crafts specially door carving, brass work, inlays and furniture. The skills are passed down from father to son.

Favourite spots:
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Umar Hayat Palace , Shahi Mosque , Qila Rekhtee , Haveli of Sardar Hussain Shah , Bridge of Chenab River etc

What's really great:
Umar Hayat Palace is a masterpiece of indigenous art and architecture, located in the centre of the city. If architecture is frozen musicm the Umar Hayad Palace in Chiniot is the creavity of human spirit, with its breathtakingly beautiful Jharokas(balconies)a-nd exquisitely engraved arches.It has a great attraction for local and foriegn tourists for its beauty.This beautiful four-storeyed palace is adorned with unique art work and is one of the most artistic buildings in the architectural history of the subcontinent.But Umar Hayat could not see and enjoy his masterpiece as he died in 1935 just before its completion.Shahi Mosque is also one of the major sights of the town.It is an exceedingly handsome edifice of hewn stone obtained from the hills near Chiniot.

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River Chenab its new beautiful bridge and ancient beautiful bridge that is all made of iron.

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There is one beautiful rest house near the bank of river Chenab.Which provide the facility for visitors for stay.Other many hotels in town that provide the accommodations.

TajMahal,Lucky,Kandil,People restaurants are the main good resturant of Chiniot.TDCP's stop-over and resort at Chiniot is situated near the Chenab bridge, over looking the river and offering panoramic views of nature.Here is an operational restaurant and sapcious lawns with shaded seating and picnic areas.

Published on Saturday March 18th, 2006

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Thu, Mar 22 2007 - 08:53 PM rating by biya67

A very interesting and well written report! sounds like a beautiful and historic place to visit!

Sun, Mar 19 2006 - 08:18 AM rating by frenchfrog

Shame that photos are not included.

Sun, Mar 19 2006 - 05:01 AM rating by gloriajames

Interesting place but not enough details and adding pics would help.
Sorry cant give u more than 2*.

Sat, Mar 18 2006 - 06:06 PM rating by farnaz

very nice report dear azhar,very informative,i wish it had some pictures as well,but as this is your first report,it is really good.weldone:-)

Sat, Mar 18 2006 - 03:52 PM rating by davidx

A very promising first report. It does need more detail and reports without photos very rarely get 5* but what you have put is interesting reading.

Sat, Mar 18 2006 - 01:44 PM rating by eirekay

I want to read more! Nice start ~ pictures would help. I would like to see the wood carving and lovely Jharokas!

Sat, Mar 18 2006 - 12:23 PM rating by isaacmolina

Very good information ! Thanks.
Unfortunately somebody who, sure, is not a traveller and has no idea of travelling gave you only 1 point, and now I can only give you 3 points. But your report deserves more.

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