Ahmed Sajjad Zaidi

Entrepreneur, trekker, and photographer based in Pakistan
Travel and Places

Pigeons at the tomb of Shah Yousaf Gardez

Shah Yousaf Gardez was an 11th century saint who settled in Multan and is associated with many miraculous feats. It is said that he arrived riding a lion and using a live serpent as a whip. A pair of pigeons also followed him and came to nest at the place of his burial.

Shah Yusuf Gardez shrine, Multan

The shrine’s courtyard is filled with hundreds of pigeons that are said to be descended from that first pair. They often circle the beautiful blue mausoleum in unison and offer a spectacular sight to any visitors.

Mausoleum of Shah Rukn-e-Alam in Multan

Multan is famously known as the City of Saints. Its rich history stretches back to over 2,000 years ago. It is said to be the place where Alexander the Great fought one of his last major battles and received an almost fatal wound. The city is filled with exquisite tombs, remnants of ancient temples and imposing mausoleums.

Shah Rukn-e-Alam was a 13th century sufi saint. Completed in the early 14th century, his mausoleum is the largest in Multan and is the city’s most iconic structure.

Shah Rukn-e-Alam Mausoleum

Built on top of an ancient mound, the site attracts hundreds of thousands of pilgrims and tourists every year. The heritage, the crafts and the city’s friendly people make Multan a must see place. The summers and winters can be extreme so the best time to visit this area is probably autumn or late winter.

Kalyan Minaret of Bukhara

Shot from the base of the Kalyan Minaret in Bukhara, Uzbekistan. The tower is covered with intricate designs, made even more amazing by the simple, sandy color.

Kalyan minaret Bukhara

The 12th century structure was the only one left intact, due to its beauty, after Genghis Khan’s conquest and destruction of Bukhara. It was later used to execute prisoners by throwing them from the top.

Khewra Salt Mine

Khewra salt mine is the world’s 2nd and Asia’s biggest salt mine, producing over 300,000 tonnes of salt a year.

The mine’s Crystal Valley, pictured here, is a tunnel in an area with crystalized white and pink salt that lights up beautifully under colored lights.

Khewra salt mine crystal deposits

The salt deposits were discovered in 320 BC when Alexander the Great’s army was passing through this area and noticed that the horses were licking the rocks. These days, it is a popular tourist attraction and contains a spa, a mosque made from salt bricks and numerous caverns of all types.