Bahawalpur located in Punjab, is the twelfth largest city in Pakistan. In 2007, the city’s population was recorded to have risen to 798,509 from 403,408 in 1998. The city is capital of Bahawalpur District. The city was once the capital of the former princely state and later the province of Bahawalpur. The city was home to variousNawabs (rulers) and counted as part of the Rajputana states (now Rajasthan, India). The city is known for its famous palaces such as the Noor Mahal, Sadiq Ghar Palace, and Darbar Mahal, as well as the ancient fort of Derawar in theCholistan Desert bordering India. The city is located near the historical and ancient cities of Uch and Harappa, which were once a stronghold of the Delhi Sultanate and Indus Valley Civilisation. The city is home to one of the few natural safari parks in Pakistan, Lal Suhanra National Park.
The city, which lies just south of the Sutlej River, is the site of the Adamwahan Empress Bridge, the only railway bridge over the Sutlej in Pakistan. It is situated 90 km from Multan, 420 km from Lahore, 122 km from Burewala, 90 km fromVehari, 270 km from Faisalabad and about 700 km from the national capital, Islamabad. The west region of the city is called the Sindh. It is a fertile alluvial tract in the Sutlej River valley that is irrigated by floodwaters, planted with groves of date palm trees, and thickly populated forests.
Languages spoken in Bahawalpur include:
- Punjabi by majority of populace
- Urdu, the national language, widely understood
- English, the official language, is also understood and spoken by the educated elite
- Balochi is also spoken by some people
- Bahawalpur Museum
- Bahawalpur Zoo
- Derawar Fort
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