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Bahawalpur Travel Guide, Pakistan

Bahawalpur, Pakistan – Overview

Bahawalpur is a district of Punjab, Pakistan situated near the river Sutlej and the Indus. This city became a part of Pakistan in 1947. The founder of Bahawalpur was Nawab Bahswah Khan Abbasi 1. His family reigned for 200 years.

Initially, Bahawalpur was a state, but now is treated as a district and divisional headquarters. It is connected with major cities like Peshawar, Lahore, Quetta and Karachi. The city is one of the vital marketing locations of the country today. Though Saraiki is the local language, Urdu, Punjabi and English are also spoken.


Bahawalpur is dry during both summer and winter. Winter is shorter compared to summer. March and November are quite pleasant.


The citizens of Bahawalpur are kind and generous. This place has a mind-blowing architecture, which blends with the Italian style. The city is full of schools, colleges, mosques and elegant buildings. These buildings are decorated with crystal chandeliers and paintings. The sophisticated glory is very much evident.


Local people of Bahawalpur depend on the agriculture. These products are exported to various other parts. Besides, people are doing small businesses – fruits, soap, cotton, textiles, sugar and wheat.


Bahawalpur has all kinds of transportation facilities like airlines and railways. The train journey would be undoubtedly more exciting, as you get the chance to see small and big towns. Again, tea stalls and local restaurants are serving their best.

Historical City of Pakistan

Bahawalpur is a historical city and hence, many important heritage buildings are still here to carry out its glory. ‘The fort’ is a must-see location where the Mausoleum Hazarat Bahauddin Zakaria, a Sufi saint’s tomb, is kept. He taught Sufism. This unique tomb was made of terracotta bricks and decorated with blue tiles. Besides, you can also visit the tomb of Shah Rukn –e-Alam, another Sufi saint. This is also a beautiful tomb adorned with blue and turquoise tiles. Devotes from different regions came to pray here everyday.

Don’t forget to have a look at the main bazaar of Multan. Multan is popular for the puppet show. These puppet shows depict the story of some legend or of a king or a Sufi saint. In Punjab, there is a small village of fishermen. The visitors can have a boat ride on the river Chenab. There are also cricket grounds, a zoo and a national library to see in this historical city.

Bahawalpur is definitely a historically magnificent place with cultural heritage.

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