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Religious Tourism in Pakistan – Sacred Sites Guide

Sacred Sites

Religion holds a very important position in Muslim society and nearly all worldly affairs are regulated by injunction in the Holy Quran and Sunnah. The belief in the oneness of Allah, divine Angels, sacred books, Messengers of Allah and world hereafter are the core fundamentals of Islam.  

Islam has laid strict injunctions on the reverence of all religions. Similarly, the independence of Pakistan apart from the separate homeland for Muslims promised freedom to worship of religion by minorities. Coercive conversion of Non-Muslims is dealt with punishments and strict legal actions are pursued. Due to the message of tolerance, religious freedom and peace by Islam Pakistan is a safe haven for minorities. The fact cannot be denied that in past religious and sacred sites were attached by miscreants and terrorists but all the efforts were made to suppress acts of terror and safeguard the lives and properties of minorities.

Recently, to promote religious harmony many sacred sites have been renovated from grants by the government to attract pilgrims across borders. Buddhist and Sikh pilgrims are encouraged by granting special visas to visit their holy sites.

Pakistan holds a commendable position as it is home to many holy sites. People from across the world visit sacred sites to pay homage to their gurus and saints.

Sacred Sites

Being a Muslim country many pious saints chose Pakistan to preach and promote Islamic teachings. Beside, shrines you will find magnificent, beautiful mosques carved with unique art, high rising minarets and gigantic domes.

International tourists can visit a lot of such sacred sites in Pakistan, many of them are centuries old and holds great significance. Stupas, cathedrals, mosques, shrines, gurdwara’s, temples, etc. signify the presence of diverse civilizations in this region.

Some of the most prominent sacred sites attracting lots of tourists and pilgrims include but not limited to:

Muslim’s Religious Sites:

Sikh’s Sacred Sites:

  • Gurdwara Janam Asthan in Nankana Sahib.
  • Gurdwara Dera Sahib in Lahore.
  • Gurdwara Panja Sahib in Hasan Abdal, Rawalpindi
  • Samadh of Maharaja Ranjit Singh in Lahore
  • Shrine of Guru Aryan Dev in Lahore
  • Bhumman Shah in Deepalpur, Okara

Hindu’s Sacred Sites:

  • Katas Raj Temples in Chakwal
  • Panchmukhi Hanuman Mandir in Karachi
  • Hinglaj Mata Temple in Balochistan

Christian’s Sacred Sites:

  • Holy Trinity in Karachi
  • Christ Church in Rawalpindi
  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Karachi
  • Sacred Heart Cathedral in Lahore

Bhuddist’s Sacred Sites:

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Sacred Sites

Shrines In Pakistan:

Multan

  • Mausoleum of Hazrat Bahuddin Zakriya
  • Mausoleum of Shah Rukn-e-Alam
  • Mausoleum of Shah Shams Tabriz
  • Bad-Shahee Mosque
  • Baba Buley Shah
  • Hazrat Muhammad Shah Yusaf Gardez

Sukkur:

  • Shrine of War Mubarak        
  • Shrine of Sadruddin Badsha
  • Shrine of Khwaja Khadir ( The ‘Green Man’)

Lahore:

  • Data Darbar Shrine
  • Mausoleum of Dadaji Ganjbaksh
  • Mausoleum of Hazrat Mian Mir
  • Mausoleum of Shah Inayat Qadiri Shatari
  • Bibi Paak Daaman / Shrine of Ruqayah Bint Ali

Karachi:

  • Shrine of Mangho Pir
  • Shrine of Abdullah Shah Ghazi

Sehwan:

  • Shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar

Shergarh:

  • Shrine of Shaikh Daud Bandagi Kirmani

Garh Maharajah:

  • Mausoleum of Sultan Bahu

Bhit, Sindh:

  • Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP):

  • Rehman Baba

Parachinar KP:

  • Shrine of Fakhr-e-Alam Baba
  • Shrine of Shaheed Arif Hussain Al-Hussaini
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