Sukkur, the 14th largest city of Pakistan and 3rd largest city of Sindh Province, may not strike you as a place worth visiting when you first hear of it. It is a city we often pass by when going to other areas like Lahore. This is a place we choose to stop by for the night and for refreshments, and usually not for sightseeing. If this is true, you have no idea what you are missing. Going over these pictures, you will definitely want to visit Sukkur now and get amazed by these beautiful sights and experiences.
1. The magnificent Sukkur barrage
Sukkur Barrage is nothing short of an engineering marvel. The 5000 ft. barrage was completed in 1932 and irrigates more than 10 million acres of lands with seven canals that crop out of it.
2. And this view of the barrage at night
Who wouldnt want to witness this beauty.
3. This awesome aerial view of the three canals emanating out of the Sukkur Barrage
The three canals Dadu Canal, Rice Canal and Kirthar Canal are coming out of the Sukkur Barrage to irrigate a large area of land in Sindh.
4. The stunning Lansdowne Bridge you will definitely love to cross
Yes, this is Sukkar! Lansdowne Bridge was constructed in 1889 by Lord Landsowne, the then Viceroy of India. Legend holds that British engineers werent very sure of the stability of this bridge so the first train that crossed it was full of prisoners who were waiting for their capital the punishment. The train crossed the bridge successfully and the prisoners were let free from their punishment.
5. This beautiful bridge which is a sight to behold at night
What a beauty to behold! You wont be able to look away for some time.
6. The awe-inspiring Masoom Shah Jo Minaro
No, this is not Istanbul, this is Sukkur! Located in the center of the city, the shrine overlooks the entire city. The Minaret was commissioned by Masoom Shah who was the governor of Sindh appointed by Mughal Emperor Akbar. However, Masoom Shah died before it was completed and was buried in its shadow.
7. Another view that captures its enchanting architecture
It offers a breathtaking view from the top where you can view the entire city of Sukkur, the River Indus, Sukkur Barrage, clock tower and the frenzied expansion of the city.
8. The historical remains of the Mosque of Mohammad Bin Qasim
This mosque was built by the first Muslim man to set foot in the region, Mohammad Bin Qasim, in 711 AD. Its historical remains will take you back in time and will leave you entranced.
9. The lovely and enchanting Tomb of Seven Sisters
Known as Sateen jo Astaan in the local language, this tomb, located on the left bank of the River Indus on a small hill, is known to be the refuge of seven unmarried female friends who were held captive by a Raja who wanted to abduct them. But they prayed to Lord and before anything could happen to them, the earth engulfed them. Before you ask why didnt the Earth engulf the Raja, let me tell you that this story is just folklore and is not plausible at all.
But the tomb ACTUALLY houses seven beautifully engraved graves, which are only permitted for females to visit. This place is very popular with females as they think visiting this place and praying here can cure their sufferings.
10. Another view of the Sateen jo Astaan
The top of the mound leads to a graveyard where the then governor of Bakhar, Mir Abul Qasim is buried. The graves are made of yellow stone with beautiful carvings that will leave you in awe.
11. A closer view of its intricate work
This lovely work of art will leave you in a trance, no doubt!
12. The beautiful Lab-e-Mehran where you will love to spend your day relaxing…
Lab-e-Mehran is a popular getaway for the local citizens. On a weekend, you will see families gathering over food stalls or enjoying boat rides across the river. The walkway lets you walk on the bank of the River Indus. Just sit under a tree and enjoy the beautiful sights of the sun setting over the gigantic river.
13. Just catching this beautiful scene of sunset over the River Indus will be worth everything
Even if you travel especially to visit Sukkur, this breath taking view will be worth everything!
14. Finally, the enchanting Sadhu Belo that will sweep you away into a whole different world of fantasy…
Sadho Belo is a Hindu pilgrimage area on an island on the main River Indus accessible by boat. A visit to this sacred Hindu shrine will leave you completely spell bounded by its amazing architecture.
15. Especially these amazing findings at the temple.
This tableaux featuring a scene from hell will leave you staring at it in amazement.
So, do you feel an urge to pack your bags and head off to this enchanting and magical land in interior Sindh?