14 Feb All About Most Charming Saidpur Village
The charm of Saidpur Village is hidden behind its history and its interior. Situated on the slopes of Margalla Hills in Islamabad is one of the most established towns in Pakistan. More than 500 years old Saidpur Village is known for its heritage, history and old stories. These days the town is filling in as one of the most cherished outing places in Islamabad for both nearby and outside visitors. The town inclining on the slopes of Margalla Hills presents a charming view in the delicate light of morning and night.
People from all over Pakistan come to appreciate the beauty of Saidpur village. The weather in Saidpur village is very charming and the people there in Saidpur village are very friendly. If you haven’t visited this beautiful Saidpur then take your car or hire a rental car and visit this beautiful village once in your life. Here is all about charming Saidpur village for you to know before visiting it.
The history of Saidpur dates back to the 16th century
Settled in the lap of rich green Margalla Hills, Saidpur Model Village wasn’t always known by its present name. Back in the year 1530, the town was called Fatehpur Baoli after its founder Mirza Fateh Ali. About 50 years after the fact in 1580, Hindu Commander Raja Maan Singh constructed a temple in Saidpur. The temple housed tall metal statues of goddesses Kali and Lakshmi. Additionally, he also built four sacred lakes in the region named Ram Kund, Lakshman Kund, Sita Kund, and Hanuman Kund.
During the Mughal time, Emperor Akbar handed down the town to Sultan Said Khan Ghakar for the services of his dad Sultan Sarang Khan in the fight against Sultan Sher Shah Suri, the founder of short-lived Sur dynasty in the sub-continent. The town was then named Saidpur after its new proprietor, who later gifted it to his daughter.
In 1609, Emperor Jahangir referenced Saidpur town in his autobiography ‘Tuzk-e-Jahangiri.’ He referred to this town as a ‘place beyond Rawalpindi’ and showed he had remained there on his way to Kabul. He was also married to Sultan Said Khan’s daughter.
Up until the years leading to the partition in 1947, Hindu enthusiasts in the region used to gather in Saidpur to celebrate the celebration of Baisakhi. In the mid-twentieth century, a Sikh Gurdwara was worked next to the temple.
Nonetheless, things took an exceptional turn after the formation of Pakistan. As most Hindus in northern Punjab moved to India, they also took with them their holy statues, leaving the temple surrendered. Meanwhile, the Sikh school in Saidpur was transformed into an elementary school for girls.
The beauty of Saidpur Village
Saidpur village is situated on the hills of Margalla. It is a lush green village with many charming views. There are many natural and artificial lakes and sanctuaries built by Hindu Raja Maan Singh. Those sanctuaries have been saved to exhibit the history and culture of Hindu human progress in the region.
The work to change over Saidpur into a multicultural and chronicled outing spot was started by Capital Development Authority in 2006 under the management of Chairman CDA Mr. Kamran Lashari.
Also, Saidpur was successfully changed over into an awesome inquisitive town in 2008. The governing body of France gave specific assistance with this work and the total cost was Rs. 400 million.
Renovations in Saidpur Village
Meanwhile, some parts of Saidpur, particularly those not frequented by the tourists, still don’t have proper roads and lack several other facilities. However, according to the reports, major development work is currently underway.
The location of Saidpur Model Village additionally makes it a perfect outing spot for the residents of Islamabad.
It is imperative to note that authorities didn’t force any residents to leave their homes during the renovations. Local people who lived in the region still have their homes intact. In fact, most of the residents have begun working as ushers and servers in the newly constructed cafés.
Meanwhile, some parts of Saidpur, especially those not frequented by the visitors, still don’t have appropriate streets and come up short on a few different facilities. However, as per the reports, significant development work is at present in progress.
Tourism in Saidpur Village
This tourist and traveler attraction in Islamabad also has many shops. These shops sell everything from old and antique jewelry and clay pottery to metal artifacts and silverware. If you are hoping to get some truly stunning and innovative souvenirs, this is the place to visit. You can also trek up a cobblestone pathway to the Sufi shrine that sits on a little slope.
Despite the renovation and conservation work, Saidpur Model Village still paints a very vivid image of a quiet and basic life in Pakistani towns. From local tea stalls to the existence of hand pumps on street corners, spending a day exploring this amazing town should be on everybody’s wish list.
The lovely blossoms, brilliant buildings, and a pleasant landscape also make this town the ideal spot for a photoshoot in Islamabad.
Considering all these things, one should visit this charming village. So hire any cheap rent a car in Lahore or any other city and plan your trip with your friends and family.