Bahawalpur is 889 km from Karachi. 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).
Noor Mehal is one of the three palaces that attracts tourists. Bahawalpur is also known for
its distinctly embroidered slippers and shoes and the filigree pottery. It has a marble mosque in the Fawara Chowk and a few
British buildings like the Science College. Bahawalpur has a modest museum with a fine collection of coins, medals, postage
stamps of former State of Bahawalpur, manuscripts, documents, inscriptions, wood carvings, camel skin paintings, historical
models and stone carvings. All the pieces date back to the Islamic and the pre-Islamic period.
It is an important marketing centre for the surrounding areas and is located on the cross roads
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 the people. There are three palaces, the main one Noor Mehal. Bahawalpur is also known for its
distinctly embroiderd slippers and shoes and the filigree pottery which is made here. It has a marble mosque in the Fawara
Chowk and a few British buildings like the Science College. Bahawalpur has a modest museum having a fine collection of coins,
medals, postage stamps of former State of Bahawalpur, manuscripts, documents, inscriptions, wood carvings, camel skin paintings,
historical models and stone carving etc. of Islamic and pre-Islamic period.
Uch Sharif, 75 km from Bahawalpur, is a very old town. It is believed that it was founded in
500 BC. Some historians believe that Uch was there even before the advent of Bikramajit when Jains and Buddhist ruled over
the sub-continent. At the time of the invasion by Alexander the Great, Uch was under Hindu rule.
Uch Sharif has been described
as a flourishing and beautiful town perched upon the plateau near the confluence of the Chenab and Ravi rivers. The famous
shrines existing at Uch include those of Hazrat Bahawal Haleem, Hazrat Jalaluddin Surkh Bukhari, Makhdoom Jahanian Jahangasht,
Shaikh Saifuddin Ghazrooni and Bibi Jawanadi. The shrine of Bibi Jawandi is a central Asian design, titled in the blue faience.
Uch is a small town today and divided into three different parts known as (i) Uch Bukhari,
after Hazrat Syed Jalaluddin Bukhari Surkhposh, (ii) Uch Jilani, after the name of Hazrat Shaikh Mohammad Ghaus Qadri Jilani
(Bandagi), who came from Halab in 887 AH, (iii) Uch Mughlan after the Mughal rulers