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Derawar Fort

Derawar Fort is a large square fortress in Bahawalpur, Punjab, Pakistan. The forty bastions of Derawar are visible for many miles in Cholistan Desert. The walls have a circumference of 1500 metres and stand up to thirty metres high.

The fort was built by Hindu Rajput, Bhati of Jaisalmer. It remained in the hands of the Rajput Bhati royal family of Jaisalmer until captured by the Nawabs of Bahawalpur in 1733. In 1747, the fort slipped from the hands of the Abbasis owing to Bahawal Khan’s preoccupations at Shikarpur. Nawab Mubarak Khan took the stronghold back in 1804.

The historic Derawar Fort, enormous and impressive structure in the heart of Cholistan desert, is rapidly crumbling and if the immediate preventative measures are not taken, the edifice will be destroyed and the historians, researchers and sightseers deprived of the view of the legacy of the bygone era. Like so many other historic sites in the country, Derawar Fort is yet another sign of old times we are poised to lose forever due to the apathy of those who are responsible for its upkeep and preservation.

Darbar Mahal

he Darbar Mahal is a historic fort located in the Pakistani city of Bahawalpur; this city is deeply rooted in Asian history and is considered to be one of the most important trade and cultural centers in local history. The Mahal itself is under the control of Pakistan Army, but its grounds are a popular tourist attraction; since they provide proximity and excellent view of the architecture that resembles that of the ancient Mughalai Forts, and is on par with the typical fusion of East Indian and Arabic architectural techniques that were prevalent in the subcontinent during the 1800s.

Moti Mosque (Abbasi Mosque)

“Like a thief, reason sneaked in and sat amongst the lovers eager to give them advice. They were unwilling to listen, so reason kissed their feet and went on its way.” -Rumi Abbasi Mosque. Bahawalpur, Pakistan.

Noor Mahal

Noor Mahal (Noor Palace) is a palace located in Bahawalpur, Pakistan. Built in 1875 AD, the palace is nearly one hundred and fifty years old, and, is the most recent monument in Punjab to be notified under the Antiquities Act.  The state of Bahawalpur was merged in Pakistan in 1956 AD and control of the palace was given to Dep. of Auqaf under the Antiquities Act. It was locked under a judicial order but not before most of its rich holdings were smuggled out. Its furniture, carpets, paintings and crockery were sold almost all over the country.

Pakistan Army took responsibility for palace in 1999 and helped to restore and preserve the building into its original shape. The building was declared a “protected monument” in September 2001 by the Government of Pakistan’s Department of Archeology. Currently department of Archeology is responsible for the look after of the palace and they have opened it for general public, students, and to delegations and visitors from other countries.

Tomb of Bibi Jawindi

The Tomb of Bibi Jawindi is a monument in Uch Sharif and on the tentative list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. According to historians, the shrine was built around 1493 by an Iranian prince for Bibi Jawindi, the great-granddaughter of a famous Sufi saint Jahaniyan Jahangasht. Overall Uch Sharif, is famous for shrine culture because of several monuments and shrines in the area.

The tomb is part of the “The Uch Monuments Complex” which contains Tomb of Bibi Jawindi, Baha’al-Halim and Ustead and the Tomb and Mosque of Jalaluddin Bukhari. It was built with dressed bricks. The structure is further decorated, internally and externally, with enamelled tiles in floral and geometric designs.

Over the time, the tomb had been badly damaged due to environmental conditions. In 1817, floods washed away half of the structure. Only half of the structure remains today. Government of Pakistan invited international bodies and city officials to work on the conservation of the complex. The World Monument fund has been working there on conservation since 1998, but due to humidity, salt infiltration, and erosion, the monument is still crumbling. Poor repair methods have further damaged the complex.

Farid Gate

BAHAWALPUR: The suspension of restoration work on Farid Gate, one of the monuments defining the city, has rendered the site an eyesore for the citizens.

The restoration work on the historic gate was undertaken as part of local administration’s city beautification project.

Earlier, the administration had engaged art students to draw paintings depicting local culture, heritage and life in Cholistan desert on outer walls of various buildings along the Circular road from Farid Gate to Library Chowk.

Spotlights were also installed on the walls to highlight the paintings on the buildings, including the historic Nawab Sadiq Reading Hall, now named as Central library, which presented a fascinating night view.

Sadiq Garh Palace

This magnificent palace is located in a lost county of Dera Nawab Sahib, in Bhawalpur district of Punjab, Pakistan. Once a headquarters of one of the richest princely states of united India is today hidden in the mists of time, mass urbanization and political negligence. The Sadiq Garh palace was constructed in 1882 by ruler of Bhawalpur Nawab Sadiq Muhammad Khan (V) with total expenditure of 15 Lac rupees; and it is said to be designed by the Italian architects.

Many famous personalities remained guests of this palace; out of which are Lord Mountbatten, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Shah Iran, Z.A Bhutto and many more.

The palace is not occupied by any inhabitants since last two decades, as it is under legal dispute among decedents of royal family. Therefore this palace is not open for common public. However, thanks to Mr. Jan Muhammad Kerio, a family friend working as a Principal of Islamia University Engineering College, whose local connections worked and we were not only granted permission to visit palace but also a guided tour by a member of royal family who had witnessed the glory of palace and the last rulers.

The Lal Sohanra National Park

Lal Sohanra is a biosphere reserve in the central Pakistan 36 Kilometers from Bahawalpur city. The park has a small zoo recretion area and a conservation area for animals.

Lal Sohanra is spread over 153,000 acres (620 km2) and is notable for the diversity of its landscape, which includes areas of desert, forest and water.

Lal Suhanra National Park occupies land on both sides of Desert Branch canal, and is spread over an area of 127,480 acres (51,368 hectares) – out of which 20,974 acres (8,491 hectares) are green land (irrigated plantations), 101,726 acres (40,942 hectares) are dry land (desert), and 4,780 acres (1,935 hectares) are wet land (ponds and lakes). The park’s terrain is generally flat, interspersed with sand dunes measuring between 1 and 6 meters in height and occupying as many as thousands of acres apiece.

Central Library

The Central Library of Bahawalpur (Urdu: سنٹرل لائبریری بھاولپور) is an old and worth mentioning library of Pakistan located in Bahawalpur city of Punjab province. It has the collections of 105000 books. The building itself is a piece of art which construction started in 1927 people of bahawalpur devoted 100000 rupees for construction. It is the 2nd biggest public library of the province. It possesses, besides vast collection of old newspapers since 1947 and even later than it, more than lac books and a fair number of manuscripts

Gulzar Mahal

Gulzar Mahal was built in the time of Nawab Sadiq Muhammad Khan IV. Its beautiful architecture contains European influences just like Noor Mahal. Interestingly the Mahal was the first building in Bahawalpur to be equipped with concealed electric wiring, and the system operated using a diesel generator. The Mahal presents beautiful synthesis of traditional and Islamic architecture and it is worth paying a visit.

Government Boys High School

Government Boys High School SADIQ DANE BAHAWALPUR, BAHAWALPUR CITY, BAHAWALPUR Government Sadiq Dane Model high school Bahawalpur was established in 1911. This old and historical and academic institution is attributed in the name of Nawab of Bahawalpur Sir Sadiq Muhammad Khan Abbasi the 5th and the then Governor of Punjab Sir William Dane. The primary portion of this academic institution consists of six rooms, middle portion comprises of seventeen rooms and Secondary school block has eighteen rooms. About two thousands students are studying here. This institution has rendered commendable service to the nation, particularly in the field of education. This institution has produced several doctors, engineers Bankers and renowned players and politicians. Such as Justice of the Supreme court Mr. Justice M.A Shahid., Mr. Justice Farukh Mehmood(R), Brigadier Mr. Abdul Qayyum(R), Federal secretary Mr. Malik Najeeb Ullah Bhutta, Ex. Nibe Nazim city Mr. Liquat Ali Shah, Ex. Minister Railway Mr. Malik Faroo-e-Azam,Ex. Principal Mr. Syed Daulat Ali Zaidi, Famous political and Social personality Mr. Malik Hibib Ullah Bhutta, Ex. Inspector General Jails Punjab Mr. Hafiz Muhammad Qasim, Station Director Radio Pakistan Mr. Sajid Hassan Durani, Famous Journalist and writer Mr. Hafeez Qasar, International cricket player Mr. Kamran Hussain etc.

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