Chakwal, a city located in Punjab, Pakistan, offers a rich cultural heritage, historical significance, and a captivating environment. Named after Chaudhry Chaku Khan, the founder of the city, Chakwal has a diverse history that dates back to the Mughal era. It served as a prominent town in the Dhan Chaurasi Taluka and later became the Tehsil Headquarters during the British era. In 1985, it was elevated to district status. Spread across an area of approximately 10 km², Chakwal boasts a blend of languages and a thriving agricultural industry.
Exploring the city is a delightful experience, with its lush orange orchards, wheat fields, sugarcane plantations, and vibrant markets. Chakwal is known for its renowned personalities, including Colonel Muhammad Khan, Tabish Kamal, and India’s former Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh.
To enter Chakwal, there are four main routes: via Kallarkahar exit, Chakwal exit on the motorway, Mandra exit on N5 GT road, or Sohawa exit on N5 GT road. Once in the city, the primary mode of transportation is through Qinqi Rickshaws, which serve as local and special transport.
Chakwal and its surrounding district are home to numerous historic landmarks:
Kallar Kahar: Nestled in the salt range mountains, Kallar Kahar offers breathtaking landscapes, historic sites, and a famous lake.
Katas Raj: A sacred place for the Hindu and Sikh communities, featuring the world’s tallest temple of Shiva and several other temples.
Malot Fort: Provides stunning views of the Jehlam and Chanab rivers, as well as Sargodha.
Lakes in Chakwal
Chakwal’s lakes have become popular picnic spots due to their natural beauty:
Dhok Taalian lake
Kot Raja lake
Khokhar zer lake
Engage in various activities during your visit:
Karah (Bull race): The most popular source of entertainment in the district.
Shopping and Local Cuisine
Explore the main market of Chakwal, Chappar Bazar, where you can find a wide range of food, clothing, accessories, and electronics. Don’t forget to try the famous Pehlwan Rewrri, a specialty of Chakwal. Indulge in the renowned Zarri Khussa (footwear).
Dining and Refreshments
Experience the local cuisine at various eateries:
Haji’s “daal anda” near Shah Multani, Bhaun road Chakwal
Sheraz Tikka House, Talagang Road Chakwal
Emporium’s Shawarma, Talagang Road Chakwal
Al Qaim Hotel, Tesil chowk (24/7)
Pizza Time, Bhaun Road
Al Mukhtar Royal Palace, Balkassar interchange
Super Balochi Sajji Rice, Talagang road Chakwal
Unique Broast House, bypass road Chakwal
Pizza Hot, Talagang Road
Tasty haleem center, Chaparr Bazar
Italian Pizza, Talagang road
Rahat Bakery, Bhaun Chok
Hafiz Burger, Rawalpindi Road Chakwal
Al Mecca, Talagang Road
Rahat restaurant, Jehlam Road
Pehlwan Hotel; Chicken Pulao, Chaparr Bazar
Madina Hotel; Haleem, a street of Chaparr Bazar
Zalmi Restaurant, Pinwal road Chakwal
Quench your thirst with refreshing drinks:
Pehlwan Juice House’s milkshakes and fresh fruit juices, Chaparr Bazar
Punjab Juice House’s Rubbery Milk, Baab e Chakwal
Nisar Hotel’s lassi, Talagang Road
Rest and relax in comfortable accommodations:
Mecca Hotel, Talagang Road
Azeem International Hotel, Bhaun Chok
Al Murtaza Hotel, Talagang Road
Al Murtaza Restaurant, Talagang Road