Do you have an urge to travel alone and on your own in Pakistan? If so, then hurry up and don’t waste your time because it is going to be an ultimate fun, especially when you are planning a trip to Multan, an ancient and historical city in Southern Punjab.
Apart from visiting the worth seeing shrines, Old bazaars, and historic places, living in an economical hotel in Multan which barely witnesses single woman clients is enough to get an entertaining experience.
Yes, when you are a girl, then this fun is ultimately going to double with the privileges and uncalled for guards you would get out of the sheer hospitability of the people.
So, here is a travel guide to your world of amusement and excitement from a real-time experience of my journey to Multan.
Got a new definition of alone
I always thought alone meant a single person and since we were two friends traveling, we were definitely not alone. But, I was wrong. I was quick to realize my ignorance after I came across this new definition, when people during our journey inquired us, you both are traveling alone?
Maybe for them, a girl has to be with a male to be “not alone.”
Felt eyes on me
If two girls are traveling ‘alone’ then they should be ready for the judgments, and hilarious comments of whoever they are compelled to meet, like one such sentence by my hotel manager that made me burst into laughter was
No Gents are allowed in your room
It was very harsh to control the smirk, especially when my best friend was around, so I couldn’t stop the smile from oozing out of the corners of my lips.
Repeated Knocks on the Door
Who deserves more attention than two single girls in a strange city? I tried hard to find fault with hotel staff, but that innocent creature was actually busy helping the two girls. They had to knock gently every time someone came from the housekeeping.
They seemed very comfortable with their male customers and entertaining the two ladies was pretty much cumbersome for them.
Received complimentary services
Again, these were perks of being alone lady travelers. We received cold drinks, tea, and other such services that we thought were paid but to our surprise the receptionist considered them complimentary.
Interestingly, there was no prior mention of them when we booked our room in that economical hotel and it turned out to be more economical.
Compromise on my freedom
What fascinated me the most about being in another city was to enjoy the liberty of moving freely while eating or having tea at any roadside dhaba. Alas! My wish couldn’t come to fulfillment as my hotel manager turned out to be too conservative, he offered to order chai for us while we were limited to our room. Perhaps, having sips of chai while sitting at a neighboring dhaba by two of its female clients would have put hotel’s honor at stake.
They were right because
To our surprise, that chai was also complimentary.
Got Free Travel Guide
From the manager to receptionist and the security guard, every employee of the hotel became our travel guide. They would try to prove themselves our good wishers by only telling about the safest of places to visit and revealing the more secure options. In our case, we got this free travel advice from every employee of the hotel. Perhaps, they were more concerned about our security.
Yes, there was much more to visit in Multan which is the city of shrines. Overall people were kind and very cooperative, unlike the major cities we were able to move more freely without the fear of being harassed.
There was only one thing that exactly bothered the people.
How come two Pakistani girls can travel ‘alone’?
After coming back to Lahore, I was relieved that everything was okay except few people frowning upon our traveling status, but still, it was alright.
Finally, I can’t forget to mention the repeated messages on my WhatsApp from an unknown number, when I was back in my city. I was not shocked to find out that the person in DP was the hotel receptionist.
I hope this shouldn’t be an issue as blocking the contact can quickly make us get away from such unwanted communication.