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Title : Nawab

Race : Daudputra

Religion : Muslim

Size : 15,000 square miles

Gun Salute : 17


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Fact Sheet  

Altitude: 400 ft
Area: 27530 sq Km
Climate: Winter - October-March Maximum 24 C Minimum 8C
Summer - April Sep Maximum 43C min 32C
Tourist season: October March


The founder of the state of Bahawalpur was Nawab Bahawal Khan Abbasi I. The Abbasi family ruled over the State for more than 200 years (1748 to 1954). During the rule of the last Nawab Sir Sadiq Muhammad Khan Abbasi V, Bahawalpur State was merged with Pakistan in 1954. Bahawalpur was formerly the capital of the state and now is the District and Divisional Headquarters of Bahawalpur Division.
It is an important marketing center for the surrounding areas and is located on the crossroads between Peshawar, Lahore, Quetta and Karachi. Saraiki is the local language of the area. Urdu, Punjabi and English are also spoken and understood by most of the people.

How to get there  

  • By Air

    Bahawalpur is connected by air from Karachi and Islamabad.

  • By Rail / Road

    There are daily train and bus services from Multan, Lahore, Sukkur, Karachi, Dera Ghazi Khan, etc. to Bahawalpur.

  • Internal Transport

    Horse drawn vehicles (tongas), and rickshaws ply in the city. Cars are also available for hire.

Places of Interest  

  • Central Library

    This library was built in 1924. It has a vast collection of books and rare manuscripts. It is one of the best libraries in Pakistan. Scholars from all over the world visit it.

  • Bahawalpur Museum

    This is a modest museum with a good collection of old coins medals postage stamps, manuscripts inscriptions woodcarvings camel silk paintings historical models stone carvings of the Islamic and pre Islamic period

  • Zoological Garden

    The Bahawalpur zoo is considered to be one of the best in the country. Spread over an area of 25 acres, it has an interesting collection of 120 animals and 750 tropical birds. The zoo has the distinction of breeding lions. It also has an aquarium and museum with stuffed rare birds and animals.

  • Dring Stadium

    Bahawalpur has one of the finest stadiums in the country. It has 5 cricket grounds 2 football stadiums, 1-basketball court 6 lawn tennis courts and a covered swimming pool. It also has one of the best hockey stadiums in the country.

  • Shrine of Muluk Shah

    He was a popular saint. An annual fair is also held here annually.

  • Jamia Masjid al Sadiq

    It was made by Nawab Sadiq Khan Abbasi . It has a capacity of 50 to 60 thousand people. It is one of the most beautiful and prominent mosques in Pakistan.

Places around  

  • Lal Suhanra National Park

    36 km east of Bahawalpur
    Area 77,480 acres
    This park is ideal for recreation education or research but shooting is forbidden. This park is a combination of natural lakes and forests. It has watchtowers tourist huts rest houses camping grounds and treks for the visitors and nature lovers.

  • Panjnad Head

    12 km from Uch Sharif
    It is the spot where five rivers of Punjab meet. It is a nice picnic spot with scenic beauty.

  • Dera Nawab Sahib

    55 km from Bahawalpur
    This was the residential headquarter of the Nawabs of Bahawalpur. There are palaces dating back to the 18th century here.

  • Forts

    50km from Bahawalpur
    The old forts of Munde Shahid and Marot fort are considered to be antiquities.

  • Mosque at Bhong

    200 km from Bahawalpur
    This mosque was built by Rais Ghazzi, the local landlord of Bhong. Gold leaves have been used for the intricate decorative work and stylish calligraphy in the mosque.

  • Pattan Minara

    8 km east of Rahimyar Khan
    This is an extensive site of ruins. There is a tower in the center of four similar smaller towers in this place that are believed top form a Buddhist monastery.

  • Bhutta Wahan

    15 km from Rahim Yar Khan
    It is believed to be the birthplace of Sassi, one of the legendary lovers sassi punno. It is also the birth place of one of the sons of the famous courtesans of Akbar the Great. It is a legend that if a child gives birth to a child at this place the child is sure to get the fame of a statesman.

Main shopping areas  

  • Shahi Bazar
  • Machli Bazar
  • Farid Gate
  • The Mall

 Bahawalpur State Map


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