Wah Cantt is adjacent to Taxila,  a small City  enriched with one of the  most important archaeological sites of the world.  The  name “Wah” has i ts roots in the Mughal era with the Mughal emperor Jehangir. It is said that Jahangir’s army was coming back from Kashmir mission, it was evening time, and they were tired and looking for a place to stay. They started  to search an appropriate  place among Barren Mountains. After a little search they were successful to find a place, where there was natural source of water. When the  Mughal King watched  the natural spring,  he loudly said “Wah” ('wow'). His words were as it is jotted down on the stones of history.  After that  day, this place is called Wah. The Mughal advent  had a strong  influence on  the  architecture of the village and whole area which is still visible to date with prominent Mughal sites like the Wah Garden.

After gaining independence,  Pakistan had  no facilities capable of producing  armaments and  ammunition so urgent  plans were made for an ordnance factory near Wah village, Punjab. Thus,  the  Wah Cantonment (or Cantt)  came into being in  1951,  when Prime Minister Khawaja Nizim-u-Din unveiled the foundation stone of Pakistan  Ordnance  Factories Wah Cantt.   Chaudhry Sardar Khan was the founder  and first  Deputy Director General of Pakistan ordnance Factories (POF), Wah Cantt.

Wah Cantt is a multicultural city. People with various ethnic backgrounds live and work here. People from different religious background live here. Culture from Karachi to Khyber can be observed in the city. People  are skillful and educated and  most of them are factory employees. The city is rather quit in the morning, but all charm of the city is restored in evening. The hustle bustle of people for evening walks,  children and elders playing games in playing grounds and elderly sitting on  grass  gardens  add to the beauty of city. The  city is said to have one of the  best civic  amenities in  the entire  country  with a solid h ealth care and education system.

Wah Cantt is divided into 27 Sectors and some private Housing Colonies. The commonly known colonies are Officers’ Colony, Labour Colony, PMHS, Shahwali Colony, Lalazar Colony,  Gulistan Colony, Lala Rukh Colony,  Wah Modal Town,  Gulburg Town,  Nawababad,  Gadwal, Saadat Colony, Gulshan Colony, Chachi Mohallah, Shadman Town, Gulshan-e-Anwar, Kohistan Enclave and AC Wah.

Popular Markets include Aslam Market, Basti Market, Anwaar Chowk, Laiq Ali Chowk, Nawababad, Asifabad, Munirabad.

This city is distinguished because of a  very high standard  of education.  Literacy rate is approximately 96%. The Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said “Wah Cantt possessed ideal  education and  health facilities and I am impressed with the  96% literary rate in the city.  It was also title as the “The Island of excellence” 120 educational institutes serve over 50,000 students.