Important Places of District Bhakkar

Menkera Fort

Mankera fort is located about half a kilometre from Mankera on the the Bhakkar highway. This fort was built in two phases. The initial construction of the brick fort was carried out during the time of the Baloch rule, and further fortification in the form of a thick mud wall was undertaken during the Pathan rule. Today the fort and its fortification are mostly in ruins. The major part of the mud wall still exists, however decay and neglect is abundantly clear. The main fort is mostly in ruins except for a well, a tomb, and a few signs of masonry. The outer walls of the citadel are however intact.

Dilkusha Bagh

Dilkusha Bagh is believed by some to be a Mughal garden built by Humayun, but historical facts do not verify it. Humayun never visited the area, on his retreat to Iran, he went to another place called Bakhar (in Sindh) to seek help from Mahmood Khan, which was however denied by historian Henry Raverty. This garden is ruined now and no signs of history are present, only stories about the garden can be heard around.

Temple of lions

The temple was built in 1945.The two lions which were on the door of Temple of lion in muhalla Malikan wala Bhakkar. These lions had diamond in eyes before 1947 and were destroyed. Now these lions are not there.


Bhakkar is yet another destination of Punjab that lies on the left bank of River Indus District. The city of Bhakkar weather also features a desert like climate, with almost no rainfall. The average temperature remains 24.6 °C. The recorded average rainfall in a year is 213 mm. The driest month recorded in Bhakkar is November with 2 mm of rainfall. Meanwhile in July, the precipitation reaches its peak, with an average rainfall of 57 mm.

Average Rainfall in District Bhakkar.

Sr. No. Name of Month 1991 to 1995 % 1996 to 2000 % From1991 to 2000 %
1 January 45 34 39.5%
2 February 37 23 30%
3 March 34 37 35.5%
4 April 52 19 35.5%

Natural Resources of District Bhakkar

Natural Resources



The mighty Indus River flows on the Western side of the District which plays havoc during monsoon season and the Jhelum and  Chenab rivers both flow on the eastern side. They also sometimes play havoc during monsoon season. One third of the land is sandy of which small portion is irrigated by Thal canal. Rest of the sandy land is cultivated and is entirely dependent upon rains. People mostly depend on agriculture which is highly dependent on rain falls.

Thal Desert

The Thal desert is situated in Punjab, Pakistan. The vast expanse is located between the Jhelum and Sindh rivers near the Pothohar Plateau, with a total length from north to south 190 miles, and a maximum breadth of 70 miles (110 km) and minimum breadth 20 miles. The desert covers the districts of Bhakkar, Khushab, Mianwali, Layyah, Muzaffargarh as well as Jhang, from the left bank of the river Jhelum. Geographically, it resembles the deserts of Cholistan and Thar.


Bhakkar Forest Division came into being under Thal Development Authority (TDA) in the year, 1952. When the development of Thal tract started, government decided to allocate waste land for afforestation in order to stabilize shifting sand dunes and for the production of timber and firewood. In 1951, this tract was handed over to Punjab Forest Department.The forest area is around 15531 acres. There is also linear plantation of 1345 km alongside the road/rails/canals in the district. The popular trees of this area are kikar and shisham.


Wild Life

Distt. Bhakkar has four types of habitat, dimensional type of biodiversity main wild life of Grey Patridge, Black Patridege, Dive, Common Myna, Common Bobbler, Bulbul, Indian Robin,Wood Pecker, Migratory birds included Houbara Bustard, Quills water fowls and Prey birds also visit in this areas.

Bhakkar has four types of habitat:

  • Riverian Area
  • Thal Area
  • Irrigated Forest Plantation
  • Agriculture Land

Bhakkar Culture

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