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Sialkot, a city known for its industrial and historical significance, is located in north eastern Punjab, near the river Chenab. The ‘Modern Sialkot’ is one of the major industrial cities of Pakistan. Sports, surgical goods, leather garments, uniform badges, musical instruments, stainless steel utensils, health gloves and many other exportable items are produced in Sialkot. Adidas has a factory located in the city and the footballs used in the FIFA World Cup editions of 2006 and 2014 were made in the city. The shrines and tombs in the mausoleum complex of Sialkot consist of narrow streets leading to multiple shrines including the shrine of Imam Ali UlHaq, the 13th century caliph famous for converting a majority of Sialkot’s population to Islam through his nobility and humbleness. The Sialkot Fort is located in the city premises, famous for being the site of the original stronghold of Raja Salivahan. The birthplace of Allama Mohammad Iqbal, the famed poet and philosopher of the subcontinent who inspired the Pakistan Movement, is located in Sialkot as well. It has been developed into a small museum, IqbalManzil, home to some of his original books and belongings. Among major mosques and tombs is the Jamia Masjid, the Grand Mosque of Sialkot with one of its minarets being the tallest landmark of the city. Other places of interest include the tombs of great Muslim scholars, Hakim Khadim Ali, Hafiz Muhammad Alam and Mullah Abdul Hakeem Sialkoti. The Trunk Bazaar, Tehsil bazaar, Saddar bazaar and Lahai bazaar make up the major city markets for getting hands on locally produced goods.
The Sialkot International Airport is located 10 to 12 kilometres west of the city near the town of Sambrial. It is categorized to be the airport with the longest runways in Pakistan.
Gulf Air and the Emirates are the major airlines that fly to Sialkot from the UK.
The airport parking is usually flooded with taxis and rickshaws to take arriving passengers to their respective destinations. Rental car services are also available but they have to be booked beforehand.
To get around Sialkot conveniently one should try renting a car or using a taxi service if you don’t know your way around the city. Local transport options include the Quinqi, a Chinese motorcycle rickshaw for allowing travel to be real cheap.
Sialkot is chilly in winter and humid in summer. Arguably the best time to visit the city is in spring, when the weather is pleasant to enjoy a day out exploring the city.
Average flight time from UK to Sialkot is 8 hours and 30 minutes.
Emirates offers direct flights from London to Sialkot.
The city is home to numerous hotels, the best among them being Javson Hotel and the Jeevens Hotel. All the accommodation options are local. Located nearby the city are other hotels like the Jewels and the Jammu International. A trend exists of providing apartment hotel rooms to all the guests. Guest houses are rare options in the city.