Gujranwala (گوجرانوالہ‎) is a city in Punjab, Pakistan, that is located north of the nearby provincial capital of Lahore. It is also known as “City of Wrestlers” and is quite famous for its food. The city is Pakistan’s 7th most-populous metropolitan area, and its 5th most populous city proper. Founded in the 18th century, Gujranwala is a relatively modern town compared to the many nearby millennia-old cities of northern Punjab. The city served as the capital of the Sukerchakia Misl state between 1763 and 1799, and is the birthplace of the founder of the Sikh Empire, Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Gujranwala is now Pakistan’s third largest industrial centre after Karachi and Faisalabad Gujranwala’s name means “Abode of the Gujjars” in Punjabi, and was named in reference to the Gujjar tribe of nomads and grazers that live in northern Punjab. One local narrative suggests that town was named in reference to a specific Gujjar, Choudhry Gujjar, owner of the town’s Persian wheel that supplied water to the town. Evidence suggests, however, that the city derives its name from Serai Gujran – a village once located near what is now Gujranwala’s Khiyali Gate

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