Sukkar Rohri is the third-largest city of Sindh Province is located on the western coast of the River Indus. The world’s famous Ayyub Burj is constructed on the Sukkar Barrage River Indus in between Sukkar and Rohri. Lance Down Burj is linked to Ayub Burj. Seven giant-sized canals arise from Sukkar Barrage for cultivation.
Rohri Canal Panama is longer than the sovenir canal. Sukkar city is located on G.T road while Rohri Junction is situated on the main railway line. These are called the twin cities just like Islamabad and Rawalpindi.
History of Sukkar Rohri
It is said that when Arabs conquered Sindh, they suffered from extremely hot weather and they named this place “Safar” which has a meaning of “hard”. In the regional language, it changed to Sukkar. The Great Alexander invaded this place in 326 B.C. Before the Arabs, the Royal family “Roy” used to govern there.
Later on, Umayyad Caliphs, Sama, Somro, Mughals, Kulhora, Talpur, and other tribes ruled this area. Jamya Masjid (1564 A.D) and Eid Gha (1593 A.D) established by Fateh Khan are worth watching places.
Famous places of Sukkar Rohri
1- Masoom Shah’s Shrine and minaret
Masoom Shah was appointed as the ambassador of Iran during the sway of the Mughal king Akbar. Later on, he was selected as Commander in the army, and after that as governor’s Sindh. Mir Muhammad Masoom was the best calligrapher of the Mughals era. He adorned the mosques, routes, and buildings in India, Tabrez, and Isfahan through his calligraphy.
Scriptures on the mosque of Fateh Pur, the door of Agra Fort, Jmaya Masjid Delhi, are designed by him. He also painted and wrote his own grave’s scripture. Masoom Shah constructed the highest and ancient minaret of Sindh Province on the order of King Akbar based on the architectural style of Qutab Minar Delhi.
This project was completed and inaugurated by king Akbar in 1605. This minaret is located in the middle of Sukkar City at some height and linked to his tomb. It has a diameter, height, and depth of 84 feet and with 84 staircases.
The cone-shaped minaret has screwed shape stairways. The upper portion has a balcony, which presents an aerial view of the city. The stone is imported from Jay Pur India and the bones of Halal animals are mixed in the mixture of building.
This minaret is waterproof and so strong that a steel nail will be bent if one tries to fix it in the minaret. A dome-shaped building close to this is also famous as “Faiz Mahal”. The Quranic Ayahs are carved on the walls.
As you walk along this beautiful park by the river Indus, your footsteps stop. This is “Lab e Mehran” park. Surrounded by green trees and situated on the bank of the river Indus, this park is always full of holidaymakers. The 66 doors of Sukkar Barrage can be seen from one of its benches. On the other side, Lance down bridge can be seen. One can enjoy boating and sailing. This place becomes memorable if a dolphin comes out.
3- Sukkar Barrage
Built on the river Indus, this barrage has 66 gates. Each gate has a width of 60 feet. This irrigation system is one of the largest irrigation systems in the world. Besides this, Lands down Burj is a unique tower of its kind situated between Sukkar and Rohri.
4- LLOYD Museum.
Situated on Sukkar barrage, this museum was started in 1923 and finished in 1932. This museum has all the information and statistics related to Barrage. Maps, models, pictures, and information related to the canals are provided. Come from the Lab-Mehran side, cross the barrage to reach the museum on the right side.
5- Kanhiya Lal Cottage
On the bank of the river Indus, in the city Rohri, Kanhiya Lal built this grand seven stories building in 1934. This building has gained popularity in every age because of its unique architectural style.
6- Bal Mubarak
Mian Muhammad Kulhoro took the hair of Holy Prophet Muhammad ﷺ to Rohri. He built a separate building and mosque for it. The Bal Mubarak is exhibited in this mosque.
7- Lakhan Jodaro
Look at the antiques of the Sukkar site area. They belonged to 2400 B.C. Besides this, the first emperor Kulhora family Adam Shah Kulhora’s shrine is a symbol of beautiful architecture. This tomb was built by his grandson Mian Muhammad Kulhoro.
8- Sadho Bella Mandir (temple)
This temple is situated on an island in the middle of the river Indus. Earlier this, Sadho Bella forest was there. In 1823, Sengro Baba Kundi Mahraj made this temple when he came here from Nepal. This temple is Pakistan’s third largest ritual bath place. According to Hindu beliefs, all their sins are washed by taking a bath at this place. An annual fair is held at this place on the occasion of Sab-e Barat. Thousands of Indians visit this temple.
9- Muhammad Bin Qasim Mosque
Great Muslim conqueror and Commander Muhammad Bin Qasim attacked Sindh in 711 A.D. and constructed a mosque at the place of Arwar. This mosque is still present on a high rock in a terrible state. Azan is called 5 times a day. During his attack on India, a Hindu Raja (king) was killed.
Muhammad Bin Qasim shifted his two daughters to Damascus to join the Caliph’s Harem. They protested and claimed that Muhammad Bin Qasim rapped them and the caliph didn’t worth them. The caliph got angry at this and ordered to sew Muhammad Bin Qasim in the fur of a cow. (This meant to be un ultimate death). And sent him back to Damascus.
The servants took immediate action. When the dead body of Muhammad Bin Qasim reached Damascus, the girls openly expressed their happiness. And said that the Qasim was innocent. They took revenge on their father. The caliph beheaded them.
10- Malkan Mandir(temple)
Hindu’s Malkan temple is located on a hill 4 km away from Muhammad Bin Qasim Mosque. It is supposed that this temple is one and a half thousand years old. It has a cave. It is claimed that this cave went to Kolkata. After the earthquake, this cave was closed. A small distance can be covered by lying down in this cave.
11- Muhabbat ki Chatan (NEENHU JABAL)
Muhabbat ki Chatan(The rock of love), a masterpiece of strange natural carvings, is also a sight to behold. On the top of the rock, the captivating view of the oasis and hilly desert will urge you to praise Allah. A similar type of rock is present in France’s seashore but is built because of sea waves. However, this is a natural rock.
Wind Up Lines
It is the third-largest city of Sindh Province with one of the largest irrigation systems in the world. Masoom Shah’s Shrine and minaret, Sukkar Barrage, Lance down the lake, Lab-e Mehran, Bal Mubrak are the remarkable sites of these twin cities.