Jhelum is known for providing a large number of soldiers to the British and later to the Pakistan armed forces due to which it is also known as city of soldiers or land of martyrs and warriors. Jhelum is near the site of the famous Battle of the Hydaspes between the armies of Alexander the Great and Raja Porus. This battle took place a few miles downstream from the city centre, along the river banks. The city was founded to commemorate the death of Alexander's horse, Bucephalus, and was originally called Bucephala. Nearby there is also the historic 16th century Rohtas Fort, another historic fort since Sikh era located at the backside of main Bus stand near Railway Phatak Jhelum City now being used as stores under Railway Authorities and also Tilla Jogian.
Tilla Jogian (meaning The Hill of the Saints in Punjabi) is the highest peak in the Eastern Salt Range, a hill system in Punjab. Being 975 meters (3,200 ft) above sea level, the famous pinnacle is located approximately 25 km to the west of Jhelum, and is sitauted on a commanding place near the Jhelum River. Tradition holds that Tilla Jogian was founded in around 100 B.C. The site is traditionally and culturally significant in many ways, such as the fact that it remained the place of sun worship by the Hindus for thousands of years, Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of Sikhism, also having spent 40 days of quiet seclusion in the area, and Mughal emperor Jahangir often having made frequent visits throughout his lifetime. (More...)
Jhelum:Five hundred cadets of the Pakistan Military Academy (PMA) including 22 female commissioned officers participated in a full-fledged military exercise held at Tilla Ranges of Jhelum District. Jet fighters, tanks and artillery were participating in the exercise. The exercise began in the mountainous terrain of Jhelum early in the morning with majority of the participating cadets, officers and jawans with fasting. No refreshment, water or food was provided during the tough training respecting the holy month of Ramazan. Name of the exercise was Fire Power Demonstration and Battle Inoculation summer Session 2009. Special feature of the exercise was engagement and destruction of targets by Artillery followed by destruction of fortified positions of the ‘enemy by jet fighters of Pakistan Air Force. (AAP Videos)