Multan: The Mango City
Multan an ancient city represents oldest civilizations in the world and a trade hub of medieval Indian Subcontinent. Multan region is crown of Indus Valley Civilization and is being continuously inhabited for at least 5000 years. A large collection of sufi shrines and a multitude of sufi mystics has earned the city its name of “City of Saints”. Modern city of Multan covers an area of 3,721 square kilometers, comprising four tehsils: Multan City, Multan Sadar, Shujabad and Jalalpur Pirwala. Due to its unique geographical location, the city lies almost in the center of Pakistan.
Multan is called the Mango city for a reason, as its stiflingly hot climate provides the fruit a perfect environment to ripe into juiciest, thickest and the most aromatic mangoes in the world. Some popular varieties of Multani mangoes are ‘Anwar Rattol’, ‘Langra’, ‘Dusehri’ and ‘Chaunsa’. Each of them is different in taste, size and quality of pulp. The major crops of Multan include wheat, cotton, sugarcane, rice, maize, sunflower, fodder crops etc., minor crops involve rapeseed and mustard, pulses i.e. chickpea, lentil, mung bean and mush bean etc., whereas mango, citrus, guava, date-palm, pomegranate, falsa, jujube, banana, strawberry and grapes are among popular fruits grown in the area.
Multani Sohan Halwa, made of sugar, desi ghee and wheat flour and ornamented with nuts and pistachios, is a special dessert, that every visitor to Multan takes with him as a compulsory delight. Beautiful blue tiles, blue pottery, Multani Khussa (shoes), embroidered clothes for men and women and camel skin wares are some other designated products of Multan.