Wah

I was born in Wah. Its a small industrial town and due to the factories around, the basic facilities(health, education, better roads) are really good for such a small place so the literacy rate there is 100percent and there are hardly any blackouts (due to all the factories). Since its in the northwest of my current city, its a bit cooler and hillier.

There is a freshwater spring near the city.
Legend says the famous mughal emperor Akbar(also called Mughal-e-Azam meaning the great Mughal) made a stop at the spring and impressed by the scenery and the quality of water he just exclaimed "Wah!"(translation: Wow!) and a royal garden and a little town was built there.

And its beautiful, I'll add some pics i found.

These are some images of the Mughal Gardens of Wah

    





Wow, i love the way this tree in the gardens has been captured!



This is where the spring is :)

      
The Mughal ruins:
           

Okay enough with the gardens.


This is the Mukaram Mosque. It resembles the famous Badshahi Mosque of Lahore. I love the design



But this is how this mosque looks during Ramadan




Here are some places in the town

This is some new development. Wasn't there when we used to live there but looks nice. :)


The college from where my mother started her teaching career


The Ordnance factory hotel.


Oh and i forgot, the buses! :) They're cheaper and run throughout the city so there are hardly any taxis or rickshaws or suzuki vans being used as public transport there.



Here are somethings you'll see everyday if you live there.



Evenings look so haunting in little towns don't they?





Outside the city near the hills.



*sigh* isn't it beautiful?

Okay if you still want to drown the story and know the information instead of pretty pictures, here's what wikipedia has to say about it:

Wah (Punjabi, Urdu: واہ) is a city in Punjab, Pakistan. The population of Wah is estimated to be over 500,000.[citation needed] Amenities include a garden said to have been built by the Mughal emperor Akbar in the 16th century.
It is connected by road with Peshawar, Islamabad and Rawalpindi and is a growing industrial centre. Industries in Wah include one of the largest cement factories in South Asia, other than ordnance and tractor plants, and agricultural implements and spare-parts manufacturing. Nearby is Wah Cantonment.


FreeFallWall FreeFallWall
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15 Responses Aug 13, 2010

stomachs are important you know!<br />
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no. the photos are not deceiving! i live in a big city now which is polluted.<br />
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Hehe. no hair volume form stuff. oil sometimes though.<br />
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yeah i remember getting a portable game in one such quiz. in 90s portable was a big thing wasn't it?<br />
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i have my baby pics of that city. =) they're not digital though.

:) The city I live in is very much like the smoggy ones you describe. I mean I just returned from the older, denser part of the city and i think i need a shower again. lol.<br />
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Yeah the mosque is cute isn't it? :)<br />
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Agreed, it feels strange when new things emerge. But we have to adjust. I mean, near my school i've seen decades old trees being cut down to widen roads. That's sad.<br />
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Yeah that city has a silent air about it. People keep to themselves mostly. But the community is strong, i remember they used to hold quizzes and games for kids of the neighborhood. To give away the old toys and stuff of the older kids of the neighborhood to the younger ones.<br />
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Heh, I could offer you a full tour kiddo! lol.<br />
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There are no famous eat-out places there though. :P

Hey i think wikipedia got it wrong.<br />
Here's the town's website if anyone wants to see.<br />
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http://www.wahcantt.com/about_wahcantt.htm

693 is totally unbelieveable!!<br />
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I was surprised at that figure too! hehe. Maybe it was a small town when i was there? Or maybe its just wikipedia and somebody accidently added a zero. <br />
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Pakistan is quite an overpopulated country. I remember reading in our social studies books that we export wheat and sugar. Now i read in newspapers that we have to import them. That's overpopulation i think.

Well, if this is a *small town* then you would be lost in my town! I mean....how can 500,000 people be a SMALL town? The roads look like they could handle quite some traffic.<br />
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Australia is definitely underpopulated! ( my town has 37.000 people and called a regional centre because it has a large population, the town I moved from had 639 people )<br />
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BTW I loved the hills and the historical buildings. The Mosque looked amazing with the lights

Sure is. :)

It's a nice place. :)

Thanks Ihatemyselfwhy :)

Awesome pics!

Thanks peanlo, yeah it means wow. :)<br />
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Yeah june i liked those pics too.<br />
Sure most welcome! But the place is tiny. When we were there, you could walk through the whole town(not sure how it is now) If you ever visit Islamabad(much diverse and beautiful city for the tourists), its a good idea to drop by Wah for a day.<br />
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Hey ForestSong :) You got me. The images are nice but living there is like living in any small town. If you are looking for fun places like good resturants, theaters, galleries, malls etc, forget it. Its a small town and people living there are mostly factory workers or workers of teaching institutions associated with the factory and the like.<br />
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We lived there about two years old when we came here but moved back there again when i was 5. Finally we left the town and came here in August 97 when mom was transferred to a college here. <br />
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The place had loads of trees then(and i mean it). And wildlife. Jackals especially but now the place is pretty urbanized and Wah has lost a significant number of trees "gone bald" according to my older siblings. We used to go for walks and see horses grazing in the open and all. So it was nice and quiet.

Wah!!! It's beautiful :D! Was it nice living there (I mean, not just to look at :P)?

Glad I came back. Lovely pictures!<br />
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The picture of the particular tree in the garden is my favorite as well as the haunting shot :) I'm starting to think I should include Wah into the list of cities I need to visit in the future.

Wah. What a funny name haha, I like it =] The pics are awesome by the way.

Yeah, that's what kings are like. They can make strange things happen :)<br />
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You have to see the pictures though. :)

Wah.<br />
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I love it. He said Wah, and a garden and a town were built :)