by Ayesha Ghafoor
Bahawalpur is one of the major cities in Punjab. It is the capital of Bahawalpur district and the 13th most populous city of Pakistan. Bahawalpurhas a royal history, and is now a much developed metropolitan city. It can be considered as a mega city in terms of real estate, parks, markets and institutions.
The city is situated near the prehistoric and ancient cities of Uch and Harappa, which were once a domination of the Delhi Sultanate and Indus Valley Civilization. As Bahawalpur has been home to most of the kings and nawabs, it is a vital attraction for tourists and history lovers. These kings built palaces for themselves which are a basis of tourist attraction.
Bahawalpur is well-known for its legendary carpets, embroidery and pottery. The Punjab government has given notice to such amazing hand work and has set up a Craft Development Centre from where handicrafts can be purchased. Some of souvenirs manufactured in Bahawalpur are Flassi, Gindi, Changaries, Khalti and more.
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The Noor Mahal is abeautiful palace in Bahawalpur which was owned by the Nawab of Bahawalpur. The palace was created by NawabSadiq Muhammad Khan (IV) who was passionate about constructing spectacular buildings. Most of the palace's raw materials were imported from England and Italy and was furnished with top quality foreign gears. The palace was complete in 1875.
It has 32 rooms altogether. The interior of the palace is an incorporation of Islamic and sub continental styles. The building was acknowledged a “restricted monument” in September 2001 by the Government of Pakistan's, Department of Archeology, but it is now one of the main attractions for anyone wanting to visit.
Derawar Fort is a large square fortress in Bahawalpur located in Cholistan desert.Built by a Hindu Rajput, Raj JajjaBhatti, the fort has a majestic sight that one cannot miss if visiting Bhawalpur.It was. However, the fort has been depreciating over the years, and needs instant repair if not renovation.
The Bahawal Stadium is a very famous cricket ground in Bahawalpur. It is the second largest stadium in Asia in terms of area.This ground is used for many other sports, cricket being the core. The stadium has a capacity of 15,000 spectators. The first test match in Pakistan was held at the Bahawal stadium while the second test match held here was between India and Pakistan, a news that still excites the people of both nations.
Bahawalpur has a rich culture of dining out. There is a range of cuisines and restaurants be it 5 star to roadside cafes. Names like Four seasons, Kebabish grill, The Grand regency are a must try! To complete the dining experience, the city has a wide variety of desert shops.
A number of shopping centers are under construction in Bahawalpur. Shahi Bazaar, Machli Bazaar, Farid Gate and The Mall are the main shopping markets. Apart from that, major shopping malls, which are highly in trend, include Bobby Plaza, Takbeer Shopping Mall, Time and Prince.
Bahawalpur is host to many hotels that are a good choice for accommodation. There are 5 star hotels present including Pearl Continental. Other than that, there is a list of reasonable hotels that are perfect for planning a low budget trip to the city. You can check this list at Jovago’s website with further deals and great offers.