In Punjab province of Pakistan, Gujranwala is a city in the north east. It is the seventh biggest city in Pakistan with a population of 1,132,509 (1998 census). It is 744 feet above sea level. It borders with Ghakhar Mandi and some small towns and villages. Punjabi is the local language, however English and Urdu are also common, particularly in schools and offices.
Due to extensive road and rail links the city has flourished within the manufacturing and agricultural markets. The city is on the Grand Trunk Road which allows logistical connections to the provincial capitals such as Peshawar and Lahore.
Gujranwala is known for its extensive production of sugarcanes, melons and grains for exporting internationally. The city also has set up several commercial and industrial centres allowing the manufacturing of ceramics, iron safes, metal utensils, textiles, sanitary as well as tannery production. The city is also known for its wrestlers & bodybuilders. It has produced some of the finest wrestlers & bodybuilders of the sub-continent, which has resulted in the city to be called the “City of Wrestlers” or “Phelwana da shehar” in Punjabi. “Gold’s Gym” is the most famous gym among all bodybuilders due to its unique and most advanced machinery. The city also arguably has some of the best barbecue food in the Punjab, including such specialties as kebabs, chicken tikka and lamb chops.