Dadu | Famous Places of Dadu | Rani Kot fort

The famous city of Sindh - Dadu - Manchar Lake - Kirthar National Park


Dadu is an old and historic city of Sindh. The area of the district is 19,070 square kilometers. Wheat, rice and gram are famous crops. Most of the population lives in rural areas. The Prodigious sites of Dadu are Manchar lake, Rani Kot fort, Kirthar National Park and Khuda Abad mosque.


Key Info About Dadu PK

Attribute Information
Location Dadu, Sindh, Pakistan
Area Approximately 19,073 square kilometers
District Dadu is the headquarters of the Dadu District
Population Approximately 406,335
Geography Situated in the arid plains of Sindh, with the Indus River flowing nearby
Climate Arid climate with scorching summers and mild winters
Economy Predominantly agrarian, with agriculture, livestock, and fishing as the primary economic activities
Culture A rich blend of Sindhi traditions and customs, with a diverse population
Education Home to various schools, colleges, and the Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences
Landmarks Mohenjo-Daro, an ancient archaeological site, is located nearby
Transportation Connected to other cities by road, with the Indus Highway passing through Dadu
Languages Spoken Sindhi, Urdu, and English are commonly spoken
Notable Features Known for its cultural festivals and traditional music, including folk songs and dances
Local Cuisine Offers a variety of Sindhi dishes, with Sindhi biryani and sajji being popular
Biodiversity The region features diverse flora and fauna adapted to the arid conditions
Challenges Faces water scarcity and irrigation issues, which impact agriculture and livelihoods
Tourist Attractions Mohenjo-Daro, Shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, and various Sufi shrines

Prodigious sites of Dadu

Khuda Abad Masjid

This beautiful mosque is situated on the highway, 136 km from Larkana and 10 km south of Dadu, in Khuda Abad town. This mosque was built by Mian Muhammad Yar Kulhora of the Kulhora family from 1700 to 1718. They nominated Khuda Abad as capital but after some time the capital was shifted to Hyderabad.

Khuda-Abad Mosque

This exquisite mosque holds a unique status because of Kashi Kari, beautiful domes, and alluring tile work. The Shrine of Mian Muhammad Kulhora and some others mosques are noteworthy places.

Shahbaz Qalandar

Shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalander

His real name was Usman and he was a resident of Maiwand (marond) town situated near Tabrez (the current capital of Azerbaijan). That’s why he was famous as Maiwandi (marondi). His year of birth is 573 Hijri.

He chose Sewan Sharif Sindh and started guiding and preaching Islam. He was a high-ranking Sufi saint and a very eloquent Persian poet. He was also proficient in the Arabic Language and Grammar. He died in 673 Hijri and was buried in his chamber (room).

Manchar lake

Machar lake is the largest lake of sweet water in Pakistan and one of the largest lakes in the world. In the district Dadu, in the south of the river Indus and Sewan Sharif, this lake has a perimeter of 350 square kilometers and goes up to 520 km depending upon the quantity of water.

The water is collected in the lake from the Kirthar mountains and other water channels. This lake came into being in 1930 when Sukkar Barrage was constructed on the river Indus.

Manchar lake

Two canals Aral and Danister are the sources of connection between the lake and the river Indus. Some time ago, due to the sweetness of the water, a lot of fish were caught. But nowadays it is reduced because of the mixing of salt in the lake water.

The result is that the Siberian birds don’t stay here for food in the winters. The Winter season is best for visiting this lake. In this season, thousands of birds can be seen around this lake. This lake is located 25 km from Sewan Sharif.


Amri Harappa’s archeological sites belonged from 3300 B.C to 3600 B.C. 88 km from Dadu, these archeological sites are located near the Kirthar mountain range. Amri is located near Baluchistan’s area that was thickly populated with skilled farming men (4000 B.C. to 6000 B.C.).

On the western bank of the river Indus, an eight-hectare ancient mound has been extensively excavated. During the excavation, signs of a massive fire have been found. In addition to this, the utensils found there are of exceptional designs. They are given the name of “Amri Ware”.

 Rani Kot Fort

Despite being the largest fort in the world, this fort, despite its individuality, is of interest to the people because it is not mentioned anywhere in history. This fort is known as “Super Natural Wonder of Sindh”. It is a memorial to ancient times in the gigantic desert.

The Great Alexander Chander Gapat Moria took part in its construction. At the entrance of the fort, two castles are seen constructed on each other. The underneath fort is called “mary” and the higher castle is known as “Sher Gash”.

These are built at the height of 1480 feet. It is assumed that this fort is established in the era of Arias. They brought the architectural style of the “China Wall” with them to the Sub-continent along the way of Gilgit and Taxila. Too many similarities are found in the height of the China Wall and the wall of this citadel.

The height of the China wall is about 26 to 30 feet while that of Rani Kot’s fort is 30 feet. The length of the Rani Kot wall is 32 km. Stupa, At the entrance of the fort, reminds visitors of the Hindu period. Phrases are written in ancient language on the fine quality yellow stone.

The walls are made of gypsum, lime, and rocky stones. Travel Sun from Dadu. The 20 km beyond Sun is a sandy path. The ride through Jeep is better.

Gorakh Hill Station

The Kirthar mountain range is situated on the boundary of Sindh and Balochistan. This mountain range is spreading like a wall from Jacob Abad to Karachi. Gorakh hill station is an under-developed hill station of Sindh. It is situated in the Kirthar mountain range about 93 km in the northwest of Dadu city.

At the height of 5688 feet from sea level, covering up to 32 to 40 square km of the area it is the highest plateau of Sindh. Surrounded by the hot plain areas, it is the only hill station of Sindh, where it snows in winter.

The temperature goes beyond in winter, and in summer it is less than 20. It is the reason; Gorakh hill station is known as the “Murre of Sindh”. It is the best place for people in search of natural beauty.

Gorakh Hill station Dadu

In 1935, the British government decided to build a Sanatorium but this project was not initiated. Former Governor Sindh, Sir Ghulam Hussain Hidayat Ullah gave the idea of making it the winter capital. Now, the project of turning this natural rocky garden into the first Hill Station of Sindh is in progress.

From Dadu to Johi, come to Wahi Pandi, which is the base camp of Gorakh Hill Station. Here at this point, one can find the 4×4 vehicle and a guide easily. On the way to the top of the hill, almonds, pistachio, and olive trees in a massive volume make your path memorable. The cold breeze keeps blowing there.

Take your warm clothes when you travel to this station. It is 421 km from Karachi at a height of 5688 from sea level (close to the height of Murree). The distance remains 260 km if one travels along the way of Krachi to Baluchistan.

Butta Quba

It means a tomb without a dome. This graveyard is situated in the historic area of Johi near district Dado. This momentous place is related to the Talpurs family. They ruled over Sindh in the past.

Kirthar National Park

This park was established in 1974 by the Department of Wild Life. This park is the second-largest park after Hungol National Park. And it is one of the four parks included in the UNO list of National Parks. Cheetah, Hyenan with strips, ships, Chinkara dear, Sindhi goats, Ratels, flying animals, nightingales, Ghazal, and lots of other animals are kept here.

Kirthar National Park

This place is specially made as to the habitat of rare animals. The black tigers of Texas America gifted to the state of Bahawalpur, are also kept here. A hub lake is present in the park. The park becomes rich green during the Monsoon rainy season. However, October to February is the best season for a picnic.

A rest house of Sindh Wildlife management is present. Two tourists spot named Kharadar and Karchat is located inside the park. Rest houses and guides facilities are available for vacationers. One must see the designs on the rocks discovered from the Kirthar Mountain Ranges.


  • Dadu Public School
  • Government Boys High School Dadu
  • Happy Home School Dadu


  • Government Degree College Dadu
  • Sindh Law College Dadu
  • Dadu Institute of Science and Technology


  • Civil Hospital Dadu
  • Liaquat Medical Center Dadu
  • Fatima Medical Center


  • Al-Habib Restaurant
  • Foodie’s Haven
  • Oasis Restaurant and Grill

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

Q: What is the population of Dadu?

A: As of the 2017 census, the population of Dadu is approximately 408,733.

Q: What is the primary language spoken in Dadu?

A: The primary languages spoken in Dadu are Sindhi and Urdu.

Q: Which are the major crops cultivated in Dadu?

A: Dadu is known for the cultivation of major crops such as cotton, rice, and wheat.

Q: What is the climate like in Dadu?

A: Dadu experiences a hot desert climate with high temperatures, typical of the Sindh region.

Q: Are there any famous landmarks in Dadu?

A: Yes, Dadu boasts notable landmarks such as Gorakh Hill Station and Dadu Fort.

Q: What is the economic focus of Dadu?

A: The economy of Dadu is primarily agrarian, with a focus on agriculture. Trade and services also contribute to the economic landscape.

Q: Which festivals are celebrated in Dadu?

A: Residents of Dadu celebrate festivals such as the Urs of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar and Sindhi Topi Day with enthusiasm.

Q: Are there educational institutions in Dadu?

A: Yes, Dadu is home to various educational institutions, including schools, colleges, and universities.

Q: What is the administrative setup of Dadu?

A: Dadu is subdivided into talukas and union councils for administrative purposes.

Q: Are there tourist attractions in Dadu?

A: Yes, besides historical landmarks, tourist attractions in Dadu include Gorakh Hill Station and the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar.

Q: Can you recommend some hospitals in Dadu?

A: Some hospitals in Dadu include Civil Hospital Dadu, Liaquat Medical Center, and Fatima Medical Center.

Q: Which are some famous restaurants in Dadu?

A: Popular restaurants in Dadu include Al-Habib Restaurant, Foodie’s Haven, and Oasis Restaurant and Grill.

Wind Up Lines

The historical places of Dadu Sindh such as Shahbaz Qalander, Manchar lake, Gorakh Hill Station, Rani Kot Fort not only enhanced the importance of Pakistan on a geographic level but also promoted tourism. The government must take the steps to renovate and promote these places.

Nizam Ud Deen Usman

He is known as Travel Blogger. He Visit around the Pakistan to explore the beauty of Pakistan. He is continuously updating his content to feed his reader the best they are searching for.

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