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Thal Canal in Bhakkar
Thal Canal in Bhakkar
Bhakkar is located in Punjab, Pakistan
Location in Pakistan
Bhakkar is located in Pakistan
Bhakkar (Pakistan)
Coordinates: 31°37′40″N 71°3′45″E / 31.62778°N 71.06250°E / 31.62778; 71.06250Coordinates: 31°37′40″N 71°3′45″E / 31.62778°N 71.06250°E / 31.62778; 71.06250
522 ft (159 m)
Time zoneUTC+5 (PKT)
 • Summer (DST)+6
Calling code0453
Union councils42

Bhakkar (Urdu: بهكّر‎), is the principal city of Bhakkar District, Punjab, Pakistan. It lies on the left bank of the Indus river.


Bhakkar city is also the administrative centre of Bhakkar Tehsil one of the four tehsils of the district. Bhakkar Tehsil is subdivided into 17 union councils, three of which form the city of Bhakkar.[1]


Bhakkar was founded probably towards the close of the fifteenth century by a group of colonists from Dera Ismail Khan.[2] During the 15th century, Bhakkar saw a struggle for power between Sher Shah Suri and Humayun. It came under Humayun's rule after he restored back the Mughal empire and he appointed Khan Khanan as the governor of the city alongside Multan,[3] as Multan was a province during Mughal empire which included the city of Bhakkar in it.[4]

Fray Sebastian Manrique, a 17th-century traveller, travelled to this city in 1641 and described it as the capital of a Kingdom of Bhakkar.[5]

British rule[edit]

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During British rule Bhakkar Town was part of Bhakkar tehsil of Mianwali District. It was located on the left bank of Indus River and was on the North-Western Railway line.[2]

The Imperial Gazetteer of India described the town as follows:

Places to Visit[edit]

Dilkusha Bagh[edit]

There is an Old Date Orchard, locally known as 'Dilkusha Bagh' which is believed by some to be a Mughal garden built by Humayun, however Humayun never visited the area, on his retreat to Iran, he went to another Bakhar in Sindh to seek help from Mahmood Khan, which was however denied by historian Henry Raverty.[6]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ Tehsils & Unions in the District of Bhakkar – Government of Pakistan Archived 9 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b c Bhakkar Town – Imperial Gazetteer of India, v. 8, p. 44.
  3. ^ S.R. Sharma 1999.
  4. ^ Ashiq Muhammad Khān Durrani 1991.
  5. ^ Zulfiqar Ahmad 1988.
  6. ^ Bhakkar District Official Website"Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 November 2016. Retrieved 22 October 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)


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