Gujranwala is famous as the city of wrestlers. The City and wrestling run neck to neck. It has produced famous wrestlers of the sub-continent, who have proved their skill and strength. This city is proud to attain fame in sub-continent in this behalf with grand titles ever won by any city of the world. Before the independence of Pakistan The Great Gama was the unbeatable champion of Indo-Pak sub continent, but a Gujranwala Wrestler Raheem Sultani wala wrestled twice with the Great Gama and won the title of "Rustum Hind" or "The Lion Of India". The famous Wrestlers (grapplers) were: Rahim Bux Phelwan Sultani wala (Rustum Hind), Younus Phelwan (Sitar-e-Pakistan), Acha Phelwan (Sher-e-Pakistan) and many more were there who entitled the city as the "City of Wrestlers" or "Phelwana da shehur.
Gujranwala is a hot, dusty city and the combination of the two may reduce visibility in the summer. In April through June, temperatures regularly top 40°C, meaning that proper hydration is of the utmost importance. In winter there can be seasonal fog; on particularly foggy days, it can be difficult to see across the street. If you happen to be traveling in or out of city during the winters, be aware of fog-related flight delays. Drink only bottled water so you may avoid any water-related illness. Keep yourself covered in summers to avoid a heat stroke. Drink a lot of water - 3 litres a day - particularly in the summer
Gujranwala is a major centre of rail, highway and river transportation.Tourist finds old steam engine frequently, enjoys rickshaw and chingchi to reach narrow street of clothing market/Bazar. Beautiful painted buses run on the road , painting on truck and buses , is another indigenous form of art performed in Pakistan . With its all colorful floral patterns, depiction of human heroes with creative aspect ratios, calligraphy of poetic verses and driver’s words of wisdom, this form of art is truly a part of Pakistani transport tradition. You can find it all in Gujranwala. The city has a dry port for the export of local products to the rest of the world. The major transporter is City tour.
The city is less than forty minutes' drive from Lahore, the capital of Punjab and three hours drive from Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan.
There are also excellent rail links with major cities in Pakistan including Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar etc. Gujranwala has convenient connections to Lahore and Sialkot airports. The city is in a great location and easy to get to from almost anywhere in the country. The city is served directly by the motorway providing fast links to the rest of the country.
Gujranwala is an extremely accessible city, benefiting from excellent road and rail links. Getting around the city is really easy. It has a bus system and students can travel on the buses to any place in the city. It's simple to visit places further.
The crackling of a rickshaw often breaks the silence of the night. There are some rickshaws whose engine sound resembles the burst of a Kalashnikov.In Gujranwala, this mode of transport is very popular among all classes, directly or indirectly, thousands of families are dependent on them.I loved to discover new facts about cultures of different cities, i used to ask tactfully about culture and daily life issues. Conversations with rickshaw drivers can be revealing as it gives one an insight into their lives — their hardships, meagre earnings, problems with police and passengers, hopes, patriotism and views on politics.Most rickshaw drivers appear rude. This behaviour is less due to their working conditions — smoke, noise, traffic jams, economic pressures
- Gujranwala Business Center
- Boat Point, Peoples Colonypicnic on river side is wonder ful idea in vacations,where yummy chilled mango party take place in your treat,eating out at river side always a fun experience and one more thing to be noted, summer is perfect time to enjoy watermelon,One piece of watermelon provides good amounts of vitamin. when you go at the picnic spot you are in great surprise.fun plus healthy activity will ramp up your happy memories.Add this place in must-see list.
The city has several cinema halls like Zinco Multiplex. Catch a movie at any one of the halls all of which are air conditioned and well maintained. The best cinema halls are located in zimco and Kasmir Mehal. best hall is and second is Rocsy.
- Pace at Gujranwala is an ideal place for shopping and hang out spot. Pace Shopping mall was inaugrated in November 2007 and got public response better than expected.its is a ultimate shopping mall, you will everything, food,clothes, electronics, movies in one amazing package! One feature of this shopping mall is that people can dine while shopping. Mr. Cod is small fast food outlet which started its operations in Pace. people stuff their faces with fresh and saucy salad on ground floor.famous clothes outlet are Breeze and focus.
- Satellite Town Market
- Model Town Market
- Wapda Town Market
- Bank More Cantt Market
- Butta Plaza
- Rail Bazaar Rail Bazaar is the oldest bazaar of Gujranwala, yet it has coped with the changing times by introducing new trends in business. Today it can be considered as one of the best business centres of Gujranwala.just like any down town or high street transport inside market not supposed to come down.
No trip to Gujranwala can be complete without visiting at least one of its many enticing restaurants.during our research we saw each and every eatery places of gujranwala. Gujranwala is the foremost name in kabab & barbecue, the latter being one of the most unique aspect of this city.
- Food Street ' A small food street with name of Liberty Market is also establish in Gujranwala. Renowned restaurant like Hot Grill restaurant, Quick Pizza Hut and Fry Master are providing high services. After Shebaz Tikka Shop it's the busiest food area in Gujranwala.
- Shelton Hotel besides these traditional spots, Shelton Hotel has been providing % different types of cuisine since 1987 in Gujranwala, and also providing banquet and other hotel services.
- Royal Garden In 2002, Royal Garden Hotel started its operations in Gujranwala. This restaurant also provides variety of cuisine along with restaurant services.
- Marian Hotel Marian hotel was brought a great change in traditional and continental cuisine in Oct. 2006, This restaurant also provides the same services as Royal Garden Hotel does but it has created different through its environment which is modern but with a traditional artistic touch.
- Hotel Global Village Hotel Global Village is also a great name in traditional and continental cuisine. It has facilities of restaurant as well as Marriage Hall along with a beautiful Marriage Lawn. Hotel Global Village situated near Rahwali Cantt opposite DC Colony, a famous modern housing colony at G T road N5.
- Fast Junk Food Many small restaurant have also started there operations in Gujranwala in last five years. Among those restaurants famous names are Salva Restaurant, Chanab Rutt, Usmania Restaurant, etc, there are also many fast food outlets in fried chicken such as HFC, AFC and in pizza KIng Pizzaetc, whose branches are spread all over the city.
- Picking Picking is new addition in cuisine market of gujranwala, and other sea food specialist are Sardar Restaurant and Meraj Deen have been serving their Chinese stuff to their loyal customers. Their Pakistani continental also grabbing market share.
- Ghanni kay Pai Ganni kay pai once in a lifetime u should eat , from across the Pakistan, families come to eat here
- Shabaz Tika you 'll find variety of dishes, including grilled foods, Batair, Tikka, Chiray(sparrow), rice dishes, curry, and everyone's favorite, desserts here.we visited this place with Trade development authorities of Pakistan's directors,its menu offers a combination of continental food, local cuisine and dessert. The focus being the main entrées on the desi menu; curries, kebabs, barbecue dishes, naans chicken dishes. The upside is the manner in which the waiters dealt with it once the complaint made its way to their very distracted ears: eager to solve the issue at hand, the waiter presented us with a light shade ala napkin. Points down for the lack of elegance but the round went to the house for good service.
- Allah Rakha (at Sialkoti Darwaza) is famous for its chicken karahi & seekh kabab (ground beef grilled on skewers marinated with aromatic herbs and succulent spices), grilled goat chops, and dal fry with fresh cilantro and green peppers.
- Briyani Express is new addition in Gujranwala traditional food, when we started research it was first place where we went. Rice was fluffy and tempting blended with saucy chicken. However, its standards have decreased a lot especially in Lahore. There is usually no sitting place and the sometimes the rice do not have enough masala in it and are usually non spicy.
- Baba Fareed Burger (BFB). As we know that Gujranwalians are extremely fond of eating. Most people says that they live just for eating. If you visit Gujranwala then you must go to BFB. BFB is one of the most busy restaurant in Gujranwala. It has a lot of variety in menu. The most famous dish is Nan Shami. It's served with Raita and Salad. It was just started with a 200 square feet shop. Now it's extended to thousands of square feet.
- Badamo ki Sardaiit is a traditional summer drink of punjab which has cool effect on your body. so one golden hotest noon we went to a sardai shop on pasrur road, to beat the heat. It was a different kind of drink shop, in hygiene and taste side. Drinks in all color were on front shelf of the shop. After visiting this place, I bet that this is one of the shop that should take place in our research. the taste was, heavenly falvoured and divinely delicious, with out pick up a chilled glass of sardai or thandai, no trip is complete widout visit here kind of phrase can be use for this place. They create a attractive environment in which customers can enjoy their products like alaichi sherbet and marraba.each product gives one unique taste that never fails to please – that the best part of this shop's magic.
This drink is a very nutritious and very good for every one.
- Sialkoti Gate
Lots of food shops serving fish, samosa, sweets, and tikkay chiray at just few step further to Sialkoti Gate and throw a fun street in middle of the city as well. Sialkoti Gate is a centre of traditional Pakistani food and there was a lot on offer for every taste. The site is surrounded by food shops and places like Anarkali Bazaar lahore and other narrow street bazaar. i visited some chicken charga shops where grilled batair was excellent as was the grilled chicken, Kabab, chicken katakat, fried fish, chicken boti and mutton biryani. The bar-b-Q looked mouth-watering as well but no room to try it. For those with a sweet tooth, there was much in the dessert section to delight jalaibi, gulab jaman , kheer, ice cream, Someone in our group was having it with a hot gulab jamun and swore it tasted better that way. Although ambiance is similar with other bazaars of city in portraying chaos and pell mell.
- Chatti Ki Lassi
Taj Mahal Hotel
Do not miss to go to Emin abad a historical and well preserved village with pre partition Hawelis Temples and GuruDawaras