Wah Cantt originally called jalal sar is a beautiful small town (valley) surrounded by mountains. The city is located in the premises of district Rawalpindi soon to be connected to new Islamabad zone. The cant area is confined within five secured barriers. The literacy rate in Wah Cantt is 100 percent. The name “Wah” was coined after the words of Mughal Emperor Jahangir. It is said that the emperor with his army was coming back from a mission and were in search of place with a natural source of water. Jahangir was impressed by the beauty of Wah Cantt and the fascination was expressed in the words “Wah” (an expression of appreciation).
The significant visiting spots of Wah include Wah Garden, Sher Shah Park and Markez e Jamia Mosque. The Mughal emperors loved this spot as it was enriched piece of land with water and moderate climate. Mughals had built a beautiful garden (Wah Garden) here as well as a Mosque. The Markez e Jamia Mosque (built in the 17th century) is an outstanding specimen of grandeur and beauty. The mosque is much similar to Badshahi Mosque of Lahore in design and architecture with three domes and four minarets. Inside the entire mosque is decorated with in colorful geometric and floral patterns. The exterior of the mosque has inscriptions from the Quran. The inscriptions and patterns speak eloquently of the skill of the artists and the fine taste of the Mughals.
The citizens of wah cantt enjoy the benefits of clean environment. The housing sectors are well planned with all facilities. Wah Cantt is divided into 27 sectors and some private housing colonies. Recently significant population has shifted from Islamabad to this little paradise due to its peaceful environment.
Wah cant is a hub of different educational institutes including 2 universities one medical and engineering college. There is a long list of well reputed schools and colleges as well. It was also titled as the “THE ISLAND OF EXCELLENCE” with 120 educational institutes serves over 50,000 students by former Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz.
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