Jehlum Travel Guide

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Jehlum Overview

Jhelum or Jehlum is a city in northern Punjab Province, Jhelum District, Pakistan. Jhelum lies on the right bank of the Jhelum River. The 16th-century Grand Trunk Road passes through the city. The name of the city is derived from the words Jal (pure water) and Ham (snow), as the river that flows through the river originates in the Himalayas.
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.
Rohtas Fort is a garrison fort built by the great Afghan king Sher Shah Suri. Qila Rohtas is situated in a gorge approximately 16 km NW of Jhelum. The old city has a fascinating labyrinth of narrow streets and crowded bazaars. Located in the cantonment area is the famous St. John's Church Jhelum which was built in 1860. The Mangla Dam is located on the Jhelum River about 30 km from Jhelum City; it is the twelfth largest dam in the world. It was constructed in 1967 across the Jhelum River. There is the Mangla view resort that is the first planned resort development in Pakistan to offer residences, villas, townhouses, hotels, serviced apartments & retail outlets. The resort is located on a 340-acre (1.4 km2) site on the Mangla Dam area.