By Waleed Khan 

Patan Minara structure is believed to be 5000 years old Buddist monastery.

Patan Minara is located 8 kilometers from Rahim Yar Khan city in the Southern Punjab of Pakistan. It’s believed to have been built during Hakara Valley civilization in Mauryan period. But some archaeologists contest this claiming that the structure was built by Alexander the Great during his military expedition to India. According to them, Alexander established the cantonment and a tower to watch the movement of the tribes and the enemy.

There is also a great deal of mystery surrounding the Patan Minara as it’s believed that there was once a treasure hidden in the building.

The political agent of Bahawalpur state named Colonel Minchin was fascinated by the historic site and set out to explore the ruins of Patan Minara. But the expedition ended up in a disaster as the workers engaged in digging the site came across a semi-liquid swarmed flies that killed them on the spot.

PakVoices has presented these latest photos which capture the historical structure of Patan Minara in Rahim Yar Khan.

 The outer structure of Patan Minara has intricated brickwork. 


According to some archaeologists, Patan Minara was built by Alexander during his military expedition to the subcontinent.


There is a mystery that once there was a treasure hidden in this historical building.


Patan Minara is one of the landmarks of the city of Rahim Yar Khan and Cholistan.

Waleed Khan is working with PakVoices as a citizen journalist from Rahim Yar Khan. 

All photos by the author