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.
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.
Sheikh Baha-ud-din Zakariya was a 13th century sufi saint and the father of Shah Rukn-e-Alam. His mausoleum is located in Multan, close to his son’s grander and more famous tomb. Although relatively small, it is covered in intricate artwork and calligraphy. Here is the side door to the complex:
An excellent blend of sandy bricks and azure geometric patterns.
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.
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.