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Introduction: Jhelum is a city in northern Punjab Province in Pakistan (population 293,000 in 1998). Jhelum lies on the right bank of the Jhelum River. It's a very old city. It was known to the Greeks as Hydaspes - Alexander the great dropped by when he tried to conquer the planet. Across the river is a smaller town, Sarai Alamgir, where the Military College Jhelum (MCJ) is based. The old Grand Trunk Road passes through both towns.

On the site of modern Jhelum, Alexander the Great founded the city of Alexandria Bucephalous (named after his horse Bucephalus, who died in a famous battle here, known to the Greeks as the Battle of the Hydaspes).

Attractions: Nearby there is the historic Rohtas Fort : Following his defeat of the Mughal Emperor Humayun in 1541, Sher Shah Suri built a strong fortified complex at Rohtas, a strategic site in the north of what is now Pakistan. It was never taken by assault and survives intact to the present day. The main fortifications consist of the massive walls, which extend for more than 4km; they are lined with bastions and pierced by monumental gateways. Rohtas Fort, also called Qila Rohtas, is an exceptional example of early Muslim military architecture in Central and South Asia.The main market area of the city is centered around "Shandar Chowk", and includes "Main Bazaar", "Niya Bazaar", "Chowk-Ehl-e-Hadith" etc.The city also boasts a high-class golf course called the River-Side Golf Club, where national golf tournaments are held regularly.

Accessibility: Jhelum is well connected with Rawalpindi and rest of the country by rail and road.

 

Jhelum Fact Sheet

Physical Location:

Northern Punjab
Geographical Location: 3256'1.11"N, 7343'14.56"E
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Total Area: 7750 hectares
Population: 320000
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Best Time: May to October
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