Tourist Places to Visit in Shikarpur, Pakistan, Asia
Shikarpur is the administrative headquarter of Shikarpur District of Sindh province in Pakistan located about 40 kms northwest of Sukkur and about 500 kms northeast of Karachi, the capital city of Sindh province.
Shikarpur is well known for Mola Bukhsh Memon and Mohammad Qasim Pickles and Deewan sweets. It houses large cloth and pottery manufacturing units. Due to the greater presence of perfume industries and Shanzelize pattern modern buildings, Shikarpur is popularly called as “Paris of East”. The major landmarks in Shikarpur include Chellaram & Seetaldas College and Rai Bahadur Udhaudas Tarachand Hospital.
Geography of Shikarpur:
Shikarpur is placed between latitude 28.00° in the north and longitude 68.40° in the east at an altitude of 13 meters.
Shikarpur District covers an area of 2640 square kilometers and shares its border with Jacobabad, Khairpur, Sukkur and Larkana.
History of Shikarpur:
It is believed that, Shikarpur was founded by Kalhoras’ cousins Daudpotas.
Connectivity to Shikarpur:
Shikarpur is catered by Sukkur Airport located about 30 kms from the city centre with flights to Hyderabad, Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore and Moenjodaro and the air services operated by Pakistan International Airlines and Shaheen Air.
There are daily trains accessible from Shikarpur Railway Station to Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and Hyderabad and the railway station is 2 kms away from the heart of the city.
Tourists can board buses from Shikarpur City Bus Stand or Blue Lines Bus Stand where the buses are accessible from morning till evening with good frequency.
Culture, Food and Shopping in Shikarpur:
Shikarpur is the birth place of renowned poets Saami, Bedal Masroor and Shaikh Ayaz. Shikarpur houses several drama and music centres.
Tourists can taste food items from different regions of the country and overseas at Deewan Ramchand’s historical restaurant at reasonable prices. Samosa is very popular food in Shikarpur available at Hathidar Road.
The products like carpets, metal goods cotton cloth, and embroidery are available at affordable cost in the handicrafts shops of Shikarpur.
Places to see near Shikarpur:
Shrine of Syed Sadar-Un-Din Shah:
Syed Sadar-Un-Din Shah Shrine is the holy place for Muslims located in Sukkur, about 40 kms from Shikarpur.
Shah Khairuddin Jillani Tomb:
The tomb of Shah Khairuddin Jillani is known for its strong construction and designs is situated in Sukkur.
Sukkur Barrage earlier known as Lloyd Bridge is constructed over the Indus River during British rule. It is considered as one of the largest barrages in the world. The barrage construction was started in the year 1923 and completed in 1932. This 5000 feet long barrage caters the water needs of 10 million acres of farmland.
Sadh Belo Temple:
Sadh Belo Temple is located on the banks of River Indus in Sukkur known for its holiness.
Lansdowne Bridge Rohri:
Lansdowne Bridge Rohri is an ancient railway bridge over the River Indus in Sukkur. It was longest rigid girder bridge during the end of 19th century in the world. The construction work of the bridge was started in 1887 and completed in the year 1889. Sir Alexander Meadows Rendel was an architect of Lansdowne Bridge.
The list of other tourist attractions near Shikarpur:
- Tomb of Abdul Baqi Purani
- Minaret of Masum Shah
- Thermal Power Station Sukkur
- Ayub Gate
- Ladies and Children Hill Park
- Qasim Park
- Hyderi Masjid
- Jinnat Building
- Bukkur Island
- Shrine of Pir Sadardin
- Shrine of Qazi Baba
- Syed Mukhdoom Shah Badshah Tomb
Best time to visit Shikarpur:
Between October and May is the best time to visit Shikarpur.
Accommodation Options in Shikarpur:
Hotels in Shikarpur and Sukkur city (about 40 kms) are listed here below:
- Al-Madina Hotel
- Deewan Hotel
- Sunny Hotel
- Red Carpet Hotel
- Al Karim Hotel
- VIP Guset House
- Mehran Hotel
- Hotel Forum Inn
- New Baloch Niazi Hotel
- Hotel Al-Habib
- Al-Kamran Hotel
- Noor Musafirkhana
- Baloch Hotel & Sheermal House