Bahawalpur - a city of palaces (Punjab)

Bahawalpur is the twelfth largest city in Pakistan, located in Punjab immediately south of the Sutlej River, with a splendid view of 4,250 ft long Empress Bridge over the Sutlej River. Bahawalpur was the former capital of Bahawalpur State ruled by Nawabs, part of Rajputana States. Now the buildings of Nawabs are opened for the public such as Noor Mahal, Sadiq Ghar Palace, and Derawar Fort.

Another charming beauty of Bahawalpur is the Cholistan Desert, where the historical Derawar Fort is one of the most romantic places. In a desert safari, one can enjoy mild hot sandy winds of the Cholistan Desert.

Bahawalpur is situated at a distance of 420 km from Lahore, and accessed through the motorway M5. From Kabir wala interchange on the motorway, Bahawalpur is accessed through the National Highway - N5 through Khanewal and Lodhran.

Bahawalpur is a gateway to Lal Suhanra National Park with an area of 162,568 acres , which is considered as the largest nationals park in the South Asia and homeland for different type of precious animals and birds.

Bahawalpur Map

Tour places in Bahawalpur

Bahawalpur museum

Bahawalpur Museum is located at the distance of 5 km on Medical Colony Ave Road via Railway Circular Road. It has a wonderful collection of coins, postage stamps of the former State of Bahawalpur, medals, manuscripts, documents, inscriptions, camel skin paintings, wood carvings, historical models and stone carvings, etc. of the Islamic and pre-Islamic period. There is a complete set of medals issued by State for military officers as well as for civilians.

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Central Library

Central Library of Bahawalpur is an old and important library of Pakistan in Bahawalpur, situated at the distance of 5 km on Medical Colony Ave Road via Railway Circular Road before Bahawalpur Museum. There is a huge collection of books around 1,05,000 in number. It is the second biggest public library in Punjab.

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Cholistan Desert

The Cholistan Desert is the most popular and largest desert in the Southern Punjab, that is the part of the Thar Desert. It was fertile land in 4000 BC due to water from the Himalayas, but due to climate change and with scarcity of water, it turns into barren desert. It also has ancient settlements from the Indus Valley civilization.

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Darbar mahal

The Darbar Mahal is a historic fort located in Bahawalpur, Pakistan at a distance of 6km from Bahawalpur Railway Station through Railway Road and turn right for Girls School Road, on Darbar Road. It is masterpiece construction in red bricks and has an excellent view just like the ancient Mughalai Forts, but it is not a fort, it was a palace used by one of the wive of Nawab. Its interior construction is very attractive just representing the royal touch of princely State of Bahawalpur.

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Derawar Fort

Derawar Fort is situated in Ahmadpur East at the distance of 130 KM in the South of Bahawalpur. It is a square fortress in the Cholistan Desert. It is also known as Bhati Fort and was built in 9th century by Rai Jajja Solanki, a Rajput ruler of the Solanki clan. Then it was rebuilt in 1732 by Nawab Sadeq Mohammad Khan. It was initially known as Dera Rawal, then became Derawar.

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Lal Suhanra National Park

Lal Suhanra National Park is situated in Bahawalpur District at the distance of 35 KM from Bahawalpur Railway Station in the South side. It covers an area of 162568 acres with different landscape including desert, forest, and wetland. It was established in 1972 to preserve endangered fauna and flora in the Cholistan Desert. Derawar Fort is situated in Ahmadpur East at the distance of 130 KM in the South of Bahawalpur. Chinkara, Blackduck, and Blue bull are the most immportant wildlife in the part.

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Noor Mahal

The Noor Mahal palace was built in 1872 like an Italian chateau on neoclassical lines. It is located at the distance of 5 km from Bahawalpur Railway Station, turn right from Railway Road to Noor Mahal Road. It belonged to the Nawab of Bahawalpur during British Raj, who constructed this palace for his wife.

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Royal Graveyard

Royal Graveyard, near Derawar Fort, is burial place of number of Abbasi family Nawabs of Bahawalpur state and their relatives. The graveyard is still under the control of Nawab family, so not open for public. It is only open for special guests and Nawab family members. It has number of tombs where wifes of Nawabs are buried, whereas all of the Nawabs graves are in a rectangular build in the corner of the premises.

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Sadiq Garh Palace

The Sadiq Garh Palace is situated in Dera Nawab Sahib in Ahmedpur East at the distance of 26 Km. It is one of the biggest palace constructed by the Nawabs of Bahawalpur state. It is a three-storey building with basement. There are 120 rooms and darbar. Rooms are constructed for different purposes. There are two lifts in the building to move at the different levels of building.

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Uch Sharif

Uch Sharif is situated at the distance of 73 km from Bahawalpur in Ahmadpur East in South Punjab. Once it was at the confluence of the Indus and Chenab rivers but now that confluence has moved to Mithankot.

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