ABOUT PUNJAB GOVERNMENT SERVANTS HOUSING FOUNDATION, SIALKOT
The Punjab Government Servants Housing Scheme Foundation (PGSHF) Act put into effect in 2004 states that it would provide housing to government servants and their families in case of death during their service to the government. All government servants of Punjab are eligible for the foundation, and they have the option to choose from 10 stations selected for these housing societies, including Bahawalpur, Dera Ghazi Khan, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Lahore, Multan, Rawalpindi, Sahiwal, Sargodha, and Sialkot. Since the initial announcement, PGSHF has provided housing to more than 3,000 government servants.
Similar to the Defence Forces Housing Scheme, it is a no-profit no-loss project, established to award the zeal and dedication of government servants. The government of Punjab launched this initiative as a social security benefit, which is free of cost except for the development and construction cost.
Punjab Government Servants Housing Foundation Scheme (PGSHF) in Sialkot is located in Madharian Wala Kalar and has easy access to Sialkot Road and Daska Road. The housing scheme is spread over 1,504 kanal of land, divided into 1,928 plots of 5 marla, 7 marla, 10 marla, and 1 kanal.
AT A GLANCE
- Gated community
- The property can be sold after 3 months of possession
- All Punjab government employees are eligible
- A well-developed water supply system
- Wide roads
- Modern sewage system
FACILITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTHCARE
PUBLIC TRANSPORT IN AND NEAR PUNJAB GOVERNMENT SERVANTS HOUSING FOUNDATION, SIALKOT
Being located near Sialkot Road, Punjab Government Servants Housing Scheme three by several bus stops. The presence of quite a many local transport service providers has made travelling more comfortable for people living in the society and the surrounding area.
Some bus stops operational near PGSHF are:
- Jinnah Chowk Bus Stop, located on Jamke Road, Daska is 17 minutes’ drive away.
- Anwar Pura Bus Stop, around 12 km away, is situated in Anwar Pura.
- Adamke Bus Stop sited on Sambrial Road, Adamke Cheema is 20 minutes’ drive away.
- Madharian Wala Kalar society has Warsalke Bus Stop, which is 22 minutes’ drive away.
- Gudhiala Bus Stop, situated on Gudhiala Khurd Road, is 23 minutes’ drive away.
As evident from the bus stops mentioned above, none of them are situated at walking distances from PGSHF, Sialkot; however, locals of the city mostly rely on traditional rickshaws and taxis for their commuting needs; thus they are available at large. Also, it has been observed that once a society gets developed and populated, public transportation providers establish newer stops in the vicinity to attract more passengers, and the same might become true for PGSHF, Sialkot as well.
Also, Daewoo, which first started in 1997, has now become a household name in Pakistan. Daewoo has now begun expanding its operations to other provinces too, including Sindh. Daewoo Terminal Daska, situated in Nazeerabad, which is only 24 minutes’ drive away, is the closest Daewoo terminal to Punjab Government Servants Housing Foundation. PGSHF residents can also benefit from Daewoo Cargo services office, which is 21 minutes’ drive away on Shahab Pura Road.
Sialkot Cantonment, 36 minutes’ drive away, is one of the oldest cantonments in Pakistan. Many trains arrive and depart in the day and night; hence, making it easier for intercity travelers to reach their destination. Sialkot International Airport, located in the west of Sialkot, is 41 minutes' drive away from Punjab Government Servants Housing Scheme. The distance may seem a lot to the residents of PGSHF, but access to Sialkot Road and Daska Road makes travelling swifter.
MARKETS IN AND NEAR PUNJAB GOVERNMENT SERVANTS HOUSING FOUNDATION, SIALKOT
Punjab Government Servants Housing Foundation tends to make sure that the housing schemes that they set up have all the necessary facilities nearby. Hence, PGSHF in Sialkot also has many markets located nearby, and the ones that are far away are easily reachable via Daska Road.
There are some small markets near PGSHF to go for groceries, clothes, and furniture shopping, and they are:
- Imam Furniture, located on Pasrur Road, is 18 minutes’ drive away.
- Daaman Boutique Shop, situated in Main Bazar, is 11 km away.
- Akbar Plaza, located on Sialkot Road, is 14 minutes’ drive away.
- Cattle Market, located on Pasrur Road, is 16 minutes’ drive away.
- Crystal Jewellers, sited on Khadim Ali Road, is approachable in 25 minutes.
Sialkot is a place of grand bazaars and unlimited shopping; hence, several great bazaars of Sialkot are located near Punjab Government Servants Housing Foundation. Saddar Bazaar, located near Sialkot Cantonment, features the famous 19th-century clock tower. The tower is surrounded by a stream of constant traffic, while at a distance, the city bustles with shoppers. The narrow streets of Saddar Bazaar lined with outlets echo the voices of local vendors.
Tehsil Bazaar, located on Daska Road, is 19 minutes’ drive away from Punjab Government Servants Housing Foundation. Another similar market is Trunk Bazaar, which is 22 minutes’ drive away from PGSHF. Located near Sialkot Fort, it is a shopping paradise, while Lahai Bazar, located on Railway Road, is 20 minutes' drive away. All these bazaars are similar, with their narrow streets and hundreds of vendors selling everything that you might need. These bazaars are known for selling products at the most reasonable prices and for having goods in bulk.
Urdu Bazar, found in all big cities in Pakistan, is one of the most famous markets in Sialkot. Located near Sialkot Fort, it is the best place to go to if you are looking for books at economical prices. Situated only 23 minutes' drive away from PGSHF scheme, it is one of the oldest markets in the city. You are bound to find almost any book there, and if you cannot, then you can call beforehand, and they will arrange the books for you. They also have an online service where you can order all the books you want. As it initially started as a way to preserve Urdu language by printing more books, the market holds a great variety of old Urdu literature.
It is a great convenience to have traditional vegetable and fruit vendors nearby; and luckily for prospective residents, Punjab Government Servants Housing Foundation has several sabzi mandis in the vicinity such as:
- Akram Sabzi Shop, located in Kotli Bago, is 13 minutes’ drive away.
- There is a Sabzi Mandi in Bhadal, which is 14 minutes’ drive away.
- Sabzi Mandi Colony, situated in Daska, is around 14 km away.
MOSQUES IN AND NEAR PUNJAB GOVERNMENT SERVANTS HOUSING FOUNDATION, SIALKOT
Residents of PGSHF enjoy the benefit of a posh location with every facility within reach, including mosques. There are many small mosques near Punjab Government Servants Housing Foundation, including:
- Masjid Block B of City Housing Society is 6 minutes’ drive away.
- Jamia Masjid Farooq Ahle Hadith, located in Ghuinke, is 7 minutes’ drive away.
- Jamia Masjid Abu Bakar Sadique, situated on Union Council Road, is approachable in 9 minutes.
- Ghuinke has a Jamia Masjid, which is 10 minutes’ drive from PGSHF scheme.
Pakistan is a country of multiple religions and colourful history; hence, it does not only have mosques but many temples, shrines, and churches too.
Jagannath Temple, located on Paris Road in Sialkot, is one of the oldest temples in the city. Jagannath Temples, dedicated to the Hindu God Jagannath, are a category of temples that are present in India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. Some people claim that Ratha-Yatra is a chariot festival that used to take place in this temple before independence. The temple features a tall tower that rises over the houses near it. It might be crumbling, but the government is taking steps to restore the temple to its original glory. Approachable in 24 minutes' drive from PGSHF scheme, the temple is a peaceful reminder of the multicultural history of the country.
Holy Trinity Cathedral Church of Sialkot, also known as Cantt Church, is around 16 km away from Punjab Government Servants Housing Scheme. Located on Quaid-e-Azam Road, the church boasts red bricks and Gothic architecture. Built in 1852, surprisingly the old architecture of the church is in good condition. It is a tall building with painted windows and high pointed-arched vaults.
Shrine of Imam Ali-ul-Haq, located inside the old city of Sialkot, is 20 minutes’ drive away from Punjab Government Servants Housing Foundation. The mausoleum, where the shrine is located, can be reached by going through several narrow streets hosting several shrines of other saints. Imam-ul-Haq died in the battle against Raja of Sialkot, and today, his grave rests under the mausoleum.
SCHOOLS, COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES IN AND NEAR PUNJAB GOVERNMENT SERVANTS HOUSING FOUNDATION, SIALKOT
Education for children is something that keeps parents up at night since there are many factors to consider, including the quality of tuition, fees, and the commute, to name a few. Fortunately, there are several well-reckoned schools near Punjab Government Servants Housing Scheme. Many of the schools that are in the vicinity are government schools such as:
- Government High School, located on Sialkot Road, Ghuinke, is 6 minutes’ drive away.
- Government Higher Secondary School, situated on Daska Road, is approachable in 6 minutes.
- Government Primary School, sited in Gidpur, is around 3 km away.
- Government Girls Elementary School, located in Nagaur, is 13 minutes’ drive away.
- Qureshi Public High School, situated on Sialkot Road, is approachable within a drive of 9 minutes.
As for private schools, Millennium Roots School, located on Daska Road, is a well-known name in Sialkot. It is only 7 minutes' drive away from Punjab Government Servants Housing Scheme. The school has completed around 30 years of excellence in academics. Roots aims to teach through a creative curriculum that caters to both intellectual and physical strength of the students. It is one of the first schools to work with the World Wide Fund (WWF) Green School to create a sense of responsibility in students for a green and clean community. Roots also offers many challenging international programmes for its students, such as MUN. According to its website, many students of the batch 2019 have enrolled in some of the best international universities, including Yale.
Also, Allied School has several campuses in Sialkot, the nearest one to PGSHF scheme is located on Motra Road. Allied School is 8 minutes’ drive away and has one of the largest educational networks in the city.
Beaconhouse School System started in 1975 as Les Anges Montessori Academy. Today, it has become a worldwide name with branches in almost every city in Pakistan. Located on Faraz Shaheed Road, Beaconhouse Sialkot Campus is a co-education school that offers education from nursery to higher level. It is around 18 km away and is excellent at helping children with more significant achievements in academic life. Beaconhouse School also offers extra curriculum activities like debate and drama clubs that boost confidence.
Convent of Jesus and Mary is one of the rare Catholic schools in Pakistan. Known for its discipline and values, Convent of Jesus and Mary is a private school for girls. Situated around 17 km away on Haider Road, it is a well-known name in Pakistan.
Residents of PGSHF are equally fortunate when it comes to colleges. For instance, Superior Group of Colleges started in 2000, which has today become a well-known chain of colleges in Punjab. Superior College, found in Hajipura, is only 15 minutes’ drive away from PGSHF scheme. It is a private, co-education college that offers Intermediate (FSC in pre-engineering and pre-medical, F.A, I.C.S, I.Com) and graduate programmes (B.SC, B.Com, B.A). The college has initiated several entertainment, cultural, industrial, and academic programmes over the years for the mental, physical, and intellectual growth of students.
Besides, Aspire Group of Colleges has a chain of colleges in Punjab, with one only 15 minutes' drive away from PGSHF scheme. The best thing about Aspire Colleges is that they offer many scholarships for students such as merit-based, need-based, orphans, distinction holders, sports stars, and teacher's son or daughter. Located on Daska Road, the college offers Intermediate (FSC pre-engineering, ICS, I.Com), Bachelors (B.Sc, B.Com, BA), and Masters (M.Com, MA, MIT).
Punjab Group of Colleges started in 1985 in Lahore as a Commerce College. It started a journey of struggle, which took 33 years until recently when it became a recognized name in Punjab. Today, it offers intermediate, bachelors, and masters programmes and has more than 490,000 students enrolled in its branches across Pakistan. The college provides several scholarships such as merit-based, need-based, for orphans, and athletes. The college also offers afternoon classes for those who might be working in the morning. Punjab College for Boys, located on Hajipura Road, is 16 minutes’ drive away while Punjab College for Women, located on Shahab Road, is 20 minutes’ drive away from PGSHF, Sialkot.
Sialkot, like every other city of Pakistan, is rich in educational institutions. Hence, there are several universities located near PGSHF scheme.
University of Management and Technology (UMT), located on Daska Road, formally opened its doors in 2012 in Sialkot. The university spreads over 20 kanal and boasts the tallest towers in Sialkot. Only 4 minutes’ drive away from Punjab Government Servants Housing Foundation, it is the best university in Pakistan for technology. It is well equipped with modern and efficient technology for research and study purposes.
Government College Women University started in 1951 with classes for intermediate students only. By 2010, the university had grown to a variety of programmes including FSc, B.Sc, Masters (English, Urdu, Islamiyat), and BS Hons. Situated on Kutchehry Road, it has become one of the best universities today. Located around 13 km away from Punjab Government Servants Housing Scheme, it also has a Finishing School for women, which teaches grace, elegance, and poise.
BANKS NEAR PUNJAB GOVERNMENT SERVANTS HOUSING FOUNDATION, SIALKOT
Another essential need in today's time is to have easy access to banks and ATMs, and thankfully, Punjab Government Servants Housing Foundations has many banks nearby. Some of the banks in the vicinity are:
- National Bank, sited on Waryo Road, is 2 minutes’ drive away.
- Faysal Bank, situated on Sialkot Road, is approachable in 4 minutes’ drive.
- Askari Bank, located on Daska Road, is 7 minutes’ drive away.
- UBL in City Housing Society is around 2 km away.
- MCB, located on Daska Road, is 3 km away.
At a drive of 3 to 7 minutes, there are several ATMs located on Daska Road, including Askari Bank ATM, National Bank of Pakistan ATM, and Faysal Bank ATM.
The government or the society does not guarantee any electricity backup, but the installation of generators and UPS can easily help residents during times of load shedding.
CLINICS AND HOSPITALS NEAR PUNJAB GOVERNMENT SERVANTS HOUSING FOUNDATION, SIALKOT
There are several clinics near Punjab Government Servants Housing Foundation of Sialkot, including Ladies and Children Clinic, located on Sialkot Road (4 minutes’ drive away), Azra Akbar Dental Clinic, situated on Badiana Road (approachable within 7 minutes’ drive), Civil Veterinary, located on Shah Link Road (7 minutes’ drive away), and Qazi Laser Eye Centre, sited on Commissioner Road (around 13 km away), while Zainab Skin Clinic, located on Stadium Road is approximately 18 km away.
In times of emergency, we all want to reach a hospital quickly, and fortunately, there are some big hospitals present close to PGSHF.
To begin with, Allama Iqbal Memorial Teaching Hospital, located at a distance of 13 km from PGSHF scheme, is a well-established and developed hospital of Sialkot. According to a report by Pakistan Today, the hospital boasts a 7-storey building with more than 1100 beds. It also has excellent medical staff, and its heart department is the best according to Google reviews.
PROPERTIES IN PUNJAB GOVERNMENT SERVANTS HOUSING FOUNDATION, SIALKOT
SALES PRICE TRENDS IN PUNJAB GOVERNMENT SERVANTS HOUSING FOUNDATION, SIALKOT
Punjab Government Servants Housing Foundation is a posh and prime location for living with all possible facilities available nearby. It, therefore, becomes all the more important to keep yourself updated with the latest price trends to ensure that you make the right deal for a property at the right price. The following price trends have been compiled using the data extracted from Zameen.com
PLOTS FOR SALE IN PUNJAB GOVERNMENT SERVANTS HOUSING FOUNDATION, SIALKOT
As the land is available for government servants only (they can, however, sell it later), there are several plots for sale of 5 marla, 7 marla, and 1 Kanal size. 5 marla plots are available for a price of PKR 1.5 lakh to PKR 5.5 lakh, 7 marla plots for PKR 11 lakh to PKR 12 lakh, and 1 kanal plots are available for a price of PKR 30 lakh.
SHOPPING, RESTAURANTS, AND BAKERIES
MALLS IN AND NEAR PUNJAB GOVERNMENT SERVANTS HOUSING FOUNDATION, SIALKOT
When it comes to shopping, it is a great solace to have shopping malls near your residence. Even if the malls are a little far, knowing that you can conveniently commute to them becomes a source for peace of mind.
Sialkot is one of the few cities that was built during the colonial time; hence, it still revels in the old culture of open bazaars. The trend of shopping malls is relatively new for the city but has gradually started to gain traction in Sialkot too. Fortunately, the residents of Punjab Government Servants Housing Foundation have several shopping malls nearby.
Yousaf Shopping Mall is 22 minutes' drive away from Punjab Government and is located in the heart of Sialkot. Located in Lahai Bazar, Hajipura Road, Yousaf Shopping Mall features a play area for kids, food court, 150+ outlets, offices, and a rooftop restaurant. The mall has an efficient security system, electricity backup, and a hassle-free parking arrangement in the basement.
The Mall of Sialkot, located on 100 Aziz Bhatti Shaheed Road, Sialkot Cantonment is the biggest shopping mall in Sialkot. It is 30 minutes' drive away from Punjab Government Servants Housing Foundation but is the best place for a weekend get-away. The mall features everything from clothing brands, a food court to a prayer area. The mall has 10 floors, with 5 for shopping outlets while others are reserved for offices and restaurants. The mall has many outlets of national and international brands, which offer every product for sale, including shoes, clothes, bags, jewellery, and accessories.
RESTAURANT AND BAKERIES IN AND NEAR PUNJAB GOVERNMENT SERVANTS HOUSING FOUNDATION, SIALKOT
The people of Punjab are known for their love of food, and the same goes true for Sialkot as well. Therefore, eateries are abundant near Punjab Government Servants Housing Scheme.
Take Awayz, located on College Road, Daska is a restaurant with an outdoor sitting arrangement. It is 17 minutes' drive away from Punjab Government Servants Housing Scheme and is a great place for fast food. Take Awayz is a famous restaurant in Sialkot that specializes in fried chicken, burgers, pizzas, and wraps, away from the hustle-bustle of the city.
Frangoz Café, sited on main Shahab Pura Road, is one of the most popular options in the city. Situated 19 minutes' drive away from PGSHF scheme, the café first opened in 2005. It started as a small restaurant but soon gained popularity and expanded to accommodate 110 guests today. Frangoz Café has become a hallmark for a plethora of cuisines such as Chinese, Continental, Thai, Turkish, and Pakistani. The café remains open Monday to Sunday from 12:00 PM to 12:30 AM. It currently has six branches in Sialkot and is gradually receiving more appreciation.
Flip and Served Pizza is among the recent fast-food chains to pop up in Sialkot. According to Google reviews, it is one of the best fast food outlets found on Circular Road, Tibba Kake Zaiaan. It is 22 minutes’ drive away from Punjab Government Servants Housing Foundation and specialises in pizza, burgers, and some delicious smoothies.
Yorkshire Restaurant, sited on Railway Road, serves a variety of Chinese, Thai, Continental, and Pakistani dishes. It is 25 minutes’ drive away from PGSHF scheme and is open Monday to Sunday from 11:30 AM to 11:30 PM.
Grill n Thrill, only 31 minutes' drive from Punjab Government Servant Housing Scheme, is a famous go-to place for foodies. Located on Allama Iqbal Road, it offers some of the best paratha rolls, shawarma, handi, and nihari.
Grandiose Restaurant, situated on Aziz Bhatti Shaheed Road, cantonment is another well-known name in eateries. Only 32 minutes' drive from PGSHF scheme, it offers some rare features like musical programmes on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. It serves some great food, including shrimps, biryani, tikka boti, Manchurian, and ice cream. It also has a particular area reserved for private parties and events.
Silver Spoon, located on Aziz Bhatti Shaheed Road, is 37 minutes’ drive away from PGSHF scheme. According to the website of Silver Spoon, the restaurant started in 1857 and was the first restaurant to serve Chinese and Pakistani cuisine. Sh. Rashid Ahmed and sons own the restaurant, who extended it later on to a hotel. It serves a variety of food including barbeque, karahi, handi, daal, seafood, steaks, noodles, and soups.
Punjab Government Servants Housing Foundation is also surrounded by bakeries. Some bakeries closest to the community are:
- Ghumman Bakers & Sweets, located in Madharian Wala Kalar is at a walking distance of 10 minutes.
- Al-Rahat Bakers & Sweets, 7 minutes’ drive away, is located on Daska Road, Motra.
- Gourmet Bakery, sited in Pakki Kotli, is around 19 km away.
- Heaven Sweets & Bakers sited on Daska Road, Hajipura is approachable within 16 minutes’ drive.
- Sweet Palace, located in Rangpura, is 26 minutes’ drive away.
Gourmet Bakers & Sweets and Al-Rahat Bakers are among the most famous names in sweets and have the most significant food chain in Punjab for baked goods and desserts. They often have rows and rows of freshly baked cakes open for sale and boxes of traditional sweets ready. Gourmet even has an online business where it offers boxes of assorted sweets such as a box containing habshi halwa, fig halwa, and dates halwa.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
SPORTS FACILITIES AND FITNESS CENTRES IN AND NEAR PUNJAB GOVERNMENT SERVANTS HOUSING FOUNDATION, SIALKOT
Sialkot is world-famous for producing and exporting some of the best quality sporting goods, such as footballs. The people of Sialkot are just as enthusiastic about staying fit and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. As such, there are several small gyms located near PGSHF scheme for everyday use such as:
- Citi Fitness, located in City Housing Society, is only 6 minutes’ drive away.
- Fitness Gym, located on Sialkot Road, is reachable in a drive of 11 minutes.
- Mirza Gym & Fitness Centre, sited in Ghuinke, is around 4 km away.
- Life Fitness Gym, located in Noorabad, is 15 minutes’ drive away.
Sialkot Gymnasium, located on Pasrur Road, is a top-notch and posh gym of Sialkot. Fortunately, it is only 23 minutes’ drive away from Punjab Government Servants Housing Scheme. It has some of the highest ratings on Google reviews and features badminton court, a volleyball court, and a well-equipped gym.
Almost every Pakistani is a die-hard fan of cricket; hence, there are several cricket grounds in Sialkot. The closest cricket ground to PGSHF is Anwar Khawaja Cricket Ground, located on Daska Road, and only 10 minutes’ drive away. Since Pakistan is well on its way towards reviving cricket in the country and hosting international cricket matches once again, there could be a match played in Sialkot shortly at Jinnah International Cricket Stadium. The cricket stadium is 29 minutes’ drive away from PGSHF scheme and is the biggest stadium of Sialkot.
Garrison Swimming Pool, located near Sialkot cantonment, is 35 minutes’ drive away from PGSHF scheme. The distance might be too much for everyday swimming, but for weekends, there is no better place for swimming then Garrison Swimming Pool.
There are many hockey grounds in Sialkot, as hockey is also a much-loved sport in Pakistan. Sialkot Hockey Stadium, located in Madharian Wala Kalar, is 11 minutes’ drive away with other hockey grounds nearby such as the Model Town Hockey Ground.
PARKS AND CLUBS IN AND NEAR PUNJAB GOVERNMENT SERVANTS HOUSING FOUNDATION, SIALKOT
Punjab tries to make sure that all its cities are green; hence, Sialkot has many community parks, some of which are in proximity to PGSHF, such as:
- City Park, located in Citi Housing Society, Madharian Wala Kalar is 6 minutes’ drive away.
- Sports Park, sited on Daska Road, is approachable within 5 minutes’ drive.
- Shahabuddin Jubilee Park, located in Mohalla Marrian, is 22 minutes away.
- Habib Pura Community Park, situated on Aminabad Road, is 24 minutes’ drive away.
- Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park is 25 minutes’ drive away.
Fountain Theme Park, located in City Housing Society, Madharian Wala Kalar, is a thrilling and exciting park for a family adventure. It has some impressive features such as Ferris wheel, cup rides, trains, bumper cars, swings, and roller coasters. It is a great park for all ages and has rides for all ages too. Only 6 minutes’ drive away from Punjab Government Servants Housing Foundation, it is a place of beauty with its lush green belts open for picnics.
Fatima Jinnah Park, situated in Sialkot Cantonment, is a recreational and amusement park for children and adults. Only 29 minutes' drive away from Punjab Government Servants Housing Scheme, it is a great place for a weekend picnic. It has lush green belts with benches at both sides where people can sit and have food or talk. The park also features a train, which travels around the park so that people can have a tour of the park. Other than that, the park is home to several vendors who sell carnival food like cotton candy and French fries. There is also a variety of choice in rides, including Ferris wheel, swings, and twister ride.
People in Punjab actively enjoy planning gatherings and going to clubs; hence, there are several clubs near PGSHF scheme.
- Snooker Club, located on Motra Road, is 8 minutes’ drive away.
- Ideal Snooker Club, situated on Fateh Garh Road, is around 17 km away.
- Passion of Victory Cricket Club, located on Main Green Wood Street, is 23 minutes’ drive away.
Sialkot is unique in its culture of numerous lavish marriage halls at every corner. Marquee Village, situated on Wazirabad Road, is a sight to behold with grand carpets, flower arrangements, and excellent wedding food. It is 25 minutes’ drive away from Punjab Government Housing Scheme and is highly frequented. Grace Marquee, situated 31 minutes’ drive away on 17 Khawaja Safdar Road, is a household name in Sialkot. It boasts a fancy exterior and interior with its customized and premium decorations and food. It is an expensive place for booking but the money spent is worth it.
SALONS AND SPAS IN AND NEAR PUNJAB GOVERNMENT SERVANTS HOUSING FOUNDATION, SIALKOT
It is essential to look after our body too, as that affects our mental health. The best solution is to spend a day at a salon or spa after a hectic week of work. Fortunately, there are several highly-rated salons nearby such as:
- City Parlour of City Housing Society is 6 minutes’ drive away.
- Hina Beauty Parlour, located on Ugoki Road, Shahab Pura is only 17 minutes away.
- Paragon Salon & Studio, situated on Aziz Shaheed Road, Saddar Cantt is 20 minutes’ drive away.
- Jugnu Beauty Parlour, located on Kashmir Road, is approachable within a drive of 22 minutes.
- Mehwish Beauty Parlour in Model Town is 24 minutes’ drive away.
While small salons are best for regular haircut or massage, for significant events like parties and weddings, people prefer going to some of the famous salons in the vicinity. Even if they are far away, it would be convenient to go early in the morning and spend a peaceful day at a salon or spa.
Blush on Beauty Iconz & Spa, certified by some famous brands such as L’Oréal and Framesi is a well-known spa in Sialkot. Located near Lasani Hotel, Roras Road it offers a plethora of services such as hair trim, hair extensions, manicure, Dermalogica Spa, age lifting treatments, and Thalgo treatments. It is only 22 minutes’ drive away from Punjab Government Servants Housing Scheme and is managed by a Dubai-based, certified makeup artist, Mona Adil. The spa ensures that branded and authentic brands like Body Shop are used and that clients receive the best care and treatments.
Bellezza Hair & Beauty Salon, sited on Lane No 6, Saddar Bazar, is an eminent salon in Sialkot. It is 31 minutes’ drive away from PGSHF scheme and offers some great haircuts, hair extensions, nail treatments, manicures, pedicures, and facials.
Depilex Beauty Salon, located on 95 Aziz Bhatti Shaheed Road, Jinnah Colony is one of the famous salons in Punjab. It started as a small visionary project by Masarrat Misbah but today has managed to make a name for itself. It is 34 minutes’ drive away from Punjab Government Servants Housing Foundation and offers various skin and hair treatments.
Seerat Study Centre, located on Ghazi Road, is known to host a treasure-trove of information on the life of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). An International Seerat Conference held in Karachi on March 1976 by some of the greatest religious scholars of the world decided to establish an internationally recognised academic forum for the research and study of the life of the Prophet (PBUH), and Seerat is the outcome of this initiative.
Hotel Taj Palace, located on Kachehri Road, is one of the most luxurious hotels in Sialkot. It is 24 minutes’ drive away from Punjab Government Housing Scheme and is a high-class hotel with features such as pick and drop services, swimming pool, breakfast, taxi services, and free Wi-Fi. The hotel features different types of rooms, including standard, deluxe, and executive rooms, as well as business suites.
According to the historian, Rashid Niaz, archeologists have examined various spots in Sialkot, and according to them, the history of the city dates back around 5,000 years. Sialkot Fort, which is situated inside the city, has seen many rulers including Aryan, Persian, Greek, Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, and British. It is 24 minutes’ drive away from Punjab Government Servants Housing Foundation and took two years of construction to reach its present form. In the initial years, the fort only had double walls, but Raja Salban used around 10,000 labourers and masons for the repair and extension of the fort.
The famous poet of Pakistan, Allama Muhammad Iqbal used to reside in Sialkot, which is why Sialkot is also called the city of Iqbal. The house of Allama Iqbal, Iqbal Manzil, is located in Kashmiri Mohalla. First bought in 1861 by Allama Iqbal’s grandfather, the house is only 22 minutes’ drive away from PGSHF. The house has a framed photograph of a Round Table Conference in London, where Allama Iqbal and Muhammad Ali Jinnah can be seen seated at the same table. There is also a balcony in the house, which was once a stage for Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s speeches. The house has several pictures of Iqbal and family and many old belongings of Iqbal such as a hookah pipe.
Clock Tower, also known as Iqbal square, is 15 km away from Punjab Government Servants Housing Scheme. Located in Saddar Bazaar, it acts like a majestic anchor that holds the bustling streets of Sialkot in place. The British built the tower in the 19th century, and Sheikh Ghulam Qadir and Seth Rai Bahadur laid the foundation stone. Said to be more than a century old, the tower has seen many riots and upheavals in the country. There was once a Hindu temple situated next to the tower, which was destroyed in the 20th-century riots. Renovated many times over the century, architects made sure that the original architecture and structure remains the same.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
Punjab Government Servants Housing Foundation is a well-developed and well-planned housing scheme featuring all the necessary facilities for property seekers. The scheme is a unique mix of sophistication, security, and luxury that’s rarely available in most housing schemes. Located near Sialkot Road and Daska Road, residents can benefit from the convenience of ready availability of various transportation options, which adds to the value and worth of the society. Also, there are many markets, hospitals, mosques, and sports facilities present near PGSHF scheme.
IMPORTANCE OF PUNJAB GOVERNMENT SERVANTS HOUSING FOUNDATION, SIALKOT FROM MAJOR LOCATIONS NEARBY
- City Housing Society, located in Madharian Wala Kalar, is 6 minutes’ drive away.
- Daska Road is approachable in a drive of 6 minutes.
- PGSHF scheme is 4 minutes’ drive away from Sialkot Road.
- Kashmir Colony is only 3 km away.