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Bakhar Fort (Island), Sukkur

It is a small island in River Indus located between the towns of Sukkur and Rohri. The island which is irregular in shape is about 2 furlong broad in the North-South directions and 4 furlong long in the East-West directions. The entire island falls within the Fort as the fortification wall runs on the outer periphery of the island touching the Indus water around. The western portion is inhabited and has backs and parade ground devoid of any monument except for a shrine and ruined mosque but there are indications that this part once contained many building etc. as the whole area is littered with brick-bats, pottery shreds and heaps of earth collected over, collapsed structures.

The fortification wall which used to go round the entire island has disappeared except for a few portions here and there and in the southern and north-western side. It is made from burnt brick tiles of 12”x12”x21½” size though there are many different sizes of bricks which have been used in it probably for repair purpose. A number of bastions of semi-circular and elliptical shape are still standing there. Also alongwith them can be seen gate-ways of different sizes which are now looked with rubble. The fortification wall is about 5’ thick but at places it reduces to only 2’ but at places it is only 10’ high.

The Railway line divides this for into two equal parts. The western part has only two buildings, one modern shrine or tomb and the other a mosque built of burnt bricks in mud. The eastern part, however, only contains foundations of walls, here and there.

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  • District: Sukkur
  • Visit hours: Summer: 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Winter: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
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