Kallar Kahar

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Kallar Kahar كلّر كہار
Town and town committee (tehsil)
Country Pakistan
District Chakwal District
Time zone PST (UTC+5)
Area code(s) 0543

Kallar Kahar (Urdu: كلّر كہار‎), is a town and subdivision (Tehsil) of Chakwal District in Punjab, Pakistan. It is also capital of Kallar Kahar Tehsil.[1] It is a tourist destination located 25 kilometres southwest of Chakwal along the motorway. It is notable for its natural gardens, peacocks and a saltwater lake. It is 125 km away from Rawalpindi.

The Katasraj Temple is situated in Choa Saidanshah tehsil (CSS), in 1981 a project was started named as Pak German Project (PGP). There also a degree and college for Mines diploma. There is a cadet college in Kallar Kahar named Cadet College Kallar Kahar, functional since 1998; it produces a variety of professionals, including army cadets, doctors and engineers.

History[edit]

Tukht-e-Babri

Lying 30 miles southwest of Chakwal on the Chakwal-Sargodha road, Kallar Kahar is known for its peacocks, for its freshwater lake, and for the Takht-e-Babri, a flat stage built of stone by emperor Babar to address his army while coming down from Kabul in the quest of the crown of Delhi. During his stay at Kallar Kahar, Babar also planted a garden, which still exists, called the Bagh-e-Safa. In his memoirs, the Tukht-e-Babri, Babar described Kallar Kahar as a "charming place with good air" and natural beauty.[2]

MALIK LAL KHAN (late) of sarkalan. Passed away in 1983, a revered chieftain of Jhurwal and Phulial clans of Awan tribe in Wanhar region (salt range) of District chakwal
Pir Fazal Shah

Kallar Kahar Lake[edit]

Kallar Kahar Lake is located in Tehsil Kallar Kahar near Kallar Kahar interchange on Motorway M2. It is a saltwater lake. It is a famous and popular tourist resort. An Amusement park is located on bank of this lake. A motel and restaurant of Tourism Development Corporation of Punjab is also located there.

Leading personalities[edit]

Kallar Kahar is the home to Awans

MALIK LAL KHAN (LATE) of Sarkalan, the 1st Coal Lease owner of the Wanhar region was a personality with hundreds of attributes unveiled. Revered as a mentor, he was an authoritative chieftain of his Jhurwal and Phulial clans of Awan tribe. Stories of his dictates with his 11 nephews are still of stimulus interest in Wanhar region. Even after 30 years of his death,still his native land, his village Sarkalan, is branded by his name.Cited as an exemplar for children now-a-days,stories of his moral stature, selflessness and metal-like hardened leadership of his whole clan, puts him forward as a personality venerated by elders and youngsters alike. A custodian of the rural ethics, his life has become a tale, still serving as a lode-star for the generations to come.

PIR FAZAL SHAH (LATE), who was the Raees-e-Azam of Wanhar, was awarded the title of Khan Sahab by the then British government. He was also the Zaildar (chief) of Wanhar. More than 22 villages were under his jurisdiction.

MALIK SHAHBAZ (LATE) of Buchal Kalan is still venerated as the strong leader who played an important role in shielding the region against the onslaught of boorishness by resisting the unchecked opening of cinemas in the rural areas.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Tehsils & Unions in the District of Chakwal
  2. ^ Salman Rashid, The Salt Range and the Potohar Plateau, Sang-e-Meel Publications, 2001, ISBN 978-969-35-1257-1, "... Babur tarried beside 'densely growing corn' in the vicinity of Kallar Kahar Lake and promptly fell in love with this 'charming place with good air.' The lake, he writes in his memoir ..." 

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Coordinates: 32°47′N 72°42′E / 32.783°N 72.700°E / 32.783; 72.700