Pakistan Cities

Bhimber

History

Famous Chinese tourist Hune Sang has talked about Bhimber in his journeys in seventh century A.D. For centuries, Bhimber has remained as capital city of Chibhal. Raja Chib Chand who was the first Chib came to Bhimber about 700 years ago. In Chibs, the first who embraced Islam was Shadaab Khan who is famous as Hazrat Baba Shadi Shaheed. His Hindu name was Raja Dharm Chand Chib. The last ruler of Chibhals was Raja Sultan Khan (1800–1840). Bhimber has been important strategically. It lies on the route that was followed by the Mughal Emperors for their frequent visits to the Kashmir Valley. It is also known as “Baab-e-Kashmir” (Door to Kashmir) because of its importance and geographical location which was ideal for Mughal Emperors to enter Kashmir. Therefore, the Mughals used Bhimber as a staging point for journey to Srinagar. Mughal Emperor Jahangir discussed Bhimber in his book Tuzk-e-Jahangiri. There live different caste peoples , in which mostly are Jatt secondly Rajpoot and some are Butt Mirza and Gujjar. [2]

Culture

Native people and people migrated from Samahni Valley speak Pahari. Bhimber is situated at the border of Azad Kashmir and Punjab, so Pahari dialect influenced by Punjabi is also used.

Geography and climate

The Bhimber region is only region in Azad Kashmir which consists of plains. Its hot, dry climate and other geographical conditions closely resemble with those of Gujrat, the adjoining district of Pakistan.

Tourism

Bhimber and its surrounding area is very rich in archaeological remains. There is a forest rest house in Bhimber. Famous historical and scenic sites in the town and surrounding area include:

  • Baghsar Fort – This ancient fort is built in Samahni Valley close to a place known as Baghsar.
  • Baghsar Lake – This lake is situated near Baghsar Fort.
  • Famous Haathi Gate – Jahangir’s elephant used to enter the town through it.
  • Jandi Chontra – This is the place from where Srinagar and Lahore are at the same distance.
  • Sarai Saadabad – The Sarai is located near Bandala in the Samahni Valley. It was used as a staging camp during Mughal Era for the caravans moving from Lahore to Kashmir.
  • Tomb of Sufi saint Baba Shadi Shaheed.

Sangar [phalwari]

Transportation

Road

Bhimber is connected with the rest of the country through well bulit road network. Common public transport is Hiace. Daily routes include Mirpur, Gujrat, Dina, Jhelum, Gujranwala and Kharian. The coaches andcoasters travel to larger cities of Pakistan including Lahore, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi and Gujranwala.

Rail

There is no railways station in Bhimber, the nearest railways stations are that of Gujrat, Lala Musa Junction and Kharian City & Cantt.

Air

The nearest commercial airport was the Islamabad International Airport, which is approximately 166 km by road from Bhimber. Recently, Sialkot International Airport has become operational which is about 150 km from town. So, this is most suitable for the people. There is a small military air strip in the town.

Educational institutes

Schools and colleges

  • ALBERUNI School
  • Allied School System
  • Army Public School & College
  • Bhimber Public School
  • Crescent Model College
  • Dar-e-Arqam School System
  • F.G. Ashiq Husain Public School
  • Faran Institute of Technology
  • Government City High School
  • Government Degree College for Girls
  • Government Girls High School
  • Government Pilot High School for Boys
  • Government Post Graduate College for Boys
  • Insight Model school College
  • Institute of Education
  • Khan Muhammad Khan College Of Education & Technology
  • Little Angels Public School
  • Minhaj-ul-Quran Public School
  • READ Foundation Degree College
  • The Learners
  • Muslims Hands Model School
  • Science Foundation High School

Universities

  • Al-Khair University
  • Mirpur University of Science and Technology (Campus)

 

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