Saidpur Village, Islamabad

Saidpur Village situated on the slopes of Margalla Hills in Islamabad is one of the oldest villages of Pakistan. More than five hundred years old Saidpur Village is known for its heritage, history and folklore.

These days the village is serving as one of the favorite picnic place in Islamabad for both local and foreign visitors. The village inclining on the slopes of Margalla Hills presents an attractive view in soft light of morning and evening.

The village was named Saidpur after Sultan Said Khan son of Sultan Sarang Khan. During the rule of Mughal Emperor Babur Sultan Sarang Khan was the Lord of Pothohar region (from Jhelum to Attock).

Later Said Khan gifted this place to his daughter who was married to Mughal emperor Jahangir son of Mughal emperor Akbar. Jahangir’s biography, Tuzk-e-Jahangiri mentions him staying in Saidpur while he was on his way to Kabul. The village used to be a garden resort at that time.

A Hindu commander Raja Man Singh later converted Saidpur into a place of Hindu worship. He constructed small ponds and temples for the worship of Hindus. Those temples have been preserved to show the history and culture of Hindu civilization in the region.

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