The third largest city is Pakistan, Faisalabad is a bustling metropolis full of culture, history and fascinating sights, which is a great place to head for a weekend break.
Top things to see and do
- Take a stroll around the palatial old campus of the University of Agriculture. It’s one of the largest universities in Asia and has some beautiful green spaces to take in too.
- The impressive clock tower, known locally as Ghanta Ghar, is one of Faisalabad’s main landmarks. Built under the British Raj, the tower is a starting point for 8 bazaars, which form the shape of the Union Jack flag.
- From Chinese food to pizza, there’s loads of delicious international cuisine on offer in Faisalabad, but make sure you try local specialities such as paratha, a flatbread stuffed with different fillings.
- Head to the beautiful Jinnah Garden for some fresh air after the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s also where you’ll find a monument to the city’s founder, Sir Charles Lyall.
- Sports fans will jump at the chance to visit Faisalabad’s Iqbal Stadium, which has played host to many international cricket games, including several Test matches. It’s around 2km outside the city centre.
Tips for travellers
You can drive to Lahore, the cultural centre of Pakistan, in around 2-and a-quarter-hours. Here you’ll find fascinating architecture and beautiful gardens.