Mianwali Pakistan is located smack in the center of Northern half of Pakistan, at the Eastern Bank of a delta of Kurram and Indus Rivers. There is evidence to show there were ancient settlements here. As soon as we climb out of the River delta, Mianwali District is as parched as Sahara Desert.
Route to Mianwali from Islamabad
It takes 2 hours 30 minutes to cover the 230 Km on the Hakla-CPEC highway to Mianwali City, from Islamabad.
Route to Mianwali from Lahore
From Lahore, Mianwali is 330 Km and it takes 6 hours on the Sheikhupura,-Sargodha- Jauharabad route.
Best Hotel in Mianwali Pakistan
The best hotel in Mianwali to stay and have a clean meal is Hotel Shahzad and Restaurant (0459) 232706.
Easiest way to travel to Mianwali Chashma and Kalabagh
The best way to travel to Mianwali either from Islamabad or Lahore is through Daewoo Bus that costs Rs 2000 one way.
Things to do in Mianwali Pakistan
Travel to see these places, for which you will have to stay the night:-
- See Fighter Planes takeoff at PAF Base Mianwali
- Enjoy the fresh water
- Have Barbecues
- Visit the hydro power station
- Visit the Nuclear Power Station
- Stay at Chashma Irrigation Guest House
- Cross over the Canals to head towards Dera Ismail Khan
- Visit Kalabagh City
- Boat at Chashma and Kalabagh
- See the Mansions of Kalabagh
- Hangout with Mianwali boy at their Hujra and smoke Hash
- Visit Kalabagh Dam site
- Namal Lake and University
- Mughal Era Step Well at Tarap
Chashma Canal Headworks and Kalabagh City
Chashma Canal headwork is just half an hours drive from Mianwali city. It takes lesser time if you leave early. These headworks were made in the 70s to irrigate this parched land, where poverty and ignorance reigned.
A further one hour ahead is the old Kingdom of Kalabagh city hidden in the mountains and surrounded by water.
Weather at Mianwali
The temperature at Mianwali Chashma is hot in the summers. That is, the weather stays hot above 30 degrees Celsius throughout – that is 8 months of the year
Pictures of Mianwali Chashma and Kalabagh City
Some random pictures of Mianwali, Chashma and Kalabagh will give you a fair idea what it is like there.
Roads in Mianwali are well prepared , but there is heavy traffic on this route.
Mughal Era Step Well at Tarap
We returned back from the Kalabagh-Tarp-Dhermond- Fatehjang route. it was a much quieter road and we got to see the interior of Punjab.
Saffron in Spring time
Namal lake Mianwali City Pakistan
These are the first things that you see when you are close to Mianwali. Right across from Naml lake is the Mianwali Naml university, built by Imran Khan.
Desi Fish at Chashma Lake
Sole, Singhara, Malhi, Damra, Sarya, Bam, Bachwa, Mori, Gulfam, Chira are all available from the barrage waters.
Visit this Fish contractor jetty to get fresh catch for the day. Go early in the morning. Sole and Singhara are the tastiest and very good for mental health. We had Chira fish, charcoal toasted. It was very tasty.
Visit Fishery breeding farm of Mianwali City
Right on the Chashma bank are the Fishery department’s hatchery and breeding farm. Watching the fish breeding in massive tanks is very interesting.
Enjoy the Calm at Chashma Lake
Because Chashma site is so remote, it is peaceful. Only the traffic for DI Khan plies through this barrage, which is not much. It is a quiet place.
Crossing of Chashma Barrage towards Dera Ismail Khan
Beach of Chashma
The banks of Chashma are excellent for soul-enriching morning and evening walks. It’s like reciting Chashma poetry.
Boating at Chashma and Kalabagh
Motorboats, paddle boats are available for tourists in PAF hut, Fisheries hut, and a few other places. During summers, you can go right up to the Barrage gates.
Migratory Birds Watching at Indus River
Because Mianwali, Chashma and Kalabagh are all located close to the Indus River Delta, migratory birds flock to the bushes every year.
There are a lot of hunters in the bushes as well
Seeing this huge pool of static water, lots of Siberian migratory birds settle down here and in the tributaries close by.
Hydro and Nuclear Power Stations of Chashma
Pakistanis just emptied their own wallets.
The old Kingdom of Kalabagh
It has colonial bridges and Mansions indicative of a Royal bygone era. The local ruling class has kept the people as ignorant at people a century back.
How to book Visits to Government compounds?
If you know someone in Pak Atomic Energy Commission and WAPDA, trip to these power plants can be very informative for the kids
Kalabagh City Mianwali
Two Hours’ drive from Chashma, Kalabagh city’s regal, colonial past is visible in its metal bridge, Borh Guest House, and Khan of Kalabagh Haveli.
Borh Circuit house
Borh House has a jetty for boating in the Indus River flowing beside the city. Kalabagh Dam site. The natural dam site is located in a pristine landscape surrounded by green hills. The Road network is perfect till the dam site.
5 km from Kalabagh city, the Jinnah irrigation barrage is an engineering marvel. It tames the mighty Indus just downstream of Kalabagh city. It irrigates areas in Sindh mostly and also adds 96 MW of cheap electricity to the system.
Ilaqa Ghair (Tribal Area) Mianwali
Sindhi Fisherman Tribe
Due to their hereditary skill in fishing, a Sindhi-speaking tribe of immigrants in settled on the banks of Chashma, Mianwali. They provide the bulk of manpower for the fishing industry and are perfectly at ease in the environment. One Sindhi youngster told me that Mianwali people don’t interfere in other’s affairs as long as they are not disturbed.
History of Mianwali
Mianwali was established as district HQ by the British Raj in the early 1900s. When we go to the bazaar now, it still seems to be from the same era.It has a GPO Mianwali with the postcode of 42200.
Dhol Jhuma Dance
Mianwali has a particular dance called the Mianwali Dhol Jhumar.
The Cock fighters of Mianwali Aseel
It is a known joke in the rest of the county that Mianwali people love
- Aseel Murgh cock fighting and
- Atta Ullah Esa Khelvi songs
You cant fit into the Mianwali Sub culture unless you buy yourself a tillay wala Chapal.
Restaurant for Lunch
For food, there is a good restaurant Green Lagoon at the chasma barrage. We had breakfast from a Dhaba in wapda colony which was quite good.
Mianwali has its own allure and if you haven’t met someone as bullheaded and lively in their hujra like these guys, then you have really missed out.
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