Jhelum Things to Do
In the Jhelum there are ruins of Hindu period, like Rohtas, Tilla Jogian, Katas, Nandna, Mankiala, and Tomb of Shahab-ud-din Ghauri and there are world famous salt mines and big lake of Rasul for bird watching.
You can never get the jist of just how big the fort inner walls are a story about the many thousands of soliders in the fort refers to the cook using 10 kilos of saffron to flavour and colour the rice for the troops there were that many as you may know just a pinch will do for many people .may be local folklore but whoever built it was intent at being top dog in the area.
A few miles outside of Jhelum is a massive ruin of a fortress it was built a long time ago by many thousands of workers ,apparently the location at that time was to protect India from invasion,very old and impressive
The evergreen restaurant in the centre of jhelum offers a good selection of local and chinese cuisine from 300rs
very bust with lots of ex pats and army personell
Favorite Dish: chicken karahi and egg fried rice yummy
Jhelum Local Customs
My family over 30 of us went to Pakistan this time to be at my nieces wedding ,lots of expense on the wedding dress ,gold and celebrations
Jhelum Tourist Traps
as a westerner avoid asking "how much " in local shops make sure you point out or tell a local what you want and get them to ask the price.
example: my bother speaks Urdu and was dressed as a local he had been in the country 6 weeks had the tan and looked just like a local he went into a shop asked the price for a ladies suit/dress was given the price which was twice what it should have been he said to the shopkeeper keep your prices for tourists i am a locl , the shopkeeper replied you may look local but this dress is going to London pay the price or dont... my brother was shocked they can smell you out a mile away
Unique Suggestions: ensure you have a friendly relative who does not know how deep your pockets are suggest to them some ridiculous price and ask them to try and get it that way you will save loads
Jhelum What to Pack
Luggage and bags: i guess most visitors to this area are asian or ex pats visiting relatives, we arrive with bulging cases of shampoos soaps and gifts which are all available in jhelum at a price the difference is locals wont spend 200rs on shampoo (£2) but love it when we buy it and drag it half way across the world and give it them as a gift, give them cash instead and save your backs
Favorite thing: shandar chowk has many money exchangers who will change your uk pounds/dollars into local rupees you see lots of visitors asking each and every one what rate when they are all the same and agree the rate betwen themselves, take larger notes they will call you to the front of the queue. count it there and then there is a angry man with a shotgun as security with beggars on the road starving a strange place, if you give one beggar they will follow you all day. i have seen the same gypsey girls from little girls who now have kids living off the streets they will never go away as long as fools like us throw cash at them whilst a labourer on a building site breaks his back working hard under the hot sun all day for 200rs