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Explore the mystic city of Bhambore

Explore the mystic city of Bhambore

Bhambore reflects the rich cultural heritage and historical Significance of the province of Sindh, Pakistan in the true sense of the word. It basically displays the ruins of ancient port city of Debal and is located near Karachi right at the base of Indus River. Bhambore is widely famous for the ruins of a castle which was destroyed by Muhammad Bin Qasim when he invaded Sindh. Another distinguishing importance of this city is its rich folk culture including the legendary love story of Sassi Punnun.

These ruins of Bhambore are approximately located at a distance of 60 km between Dhabeji and Gharo. Once a very much developed around 7th century, the population was mainly Hindu. Buddhists were also there but in minority. Bhambore was used to be an important trade route between Arab and South Asian Nations of the past. Later on, the city was abandoned when the river Indus changed its course. The city offers a delightful treat for all the archaeologists, travelers, explorers and historians. A large part of the city is surrounded and enclosed by a stone and mud wall which has been strengthened by various solid semicircular bastions. There are three main gateways and the walled area is mainly divided into sections namely eastern and western sections. These sections are separated by a stone wall. One of the main tourist attractions this ancient, mystic offers is the Bhambore mosque located in the middle of the eastern sector. It’s a beautiful mosque which used to resemble the Kufa mosque at one time. The mosque is known to be one of the earliest mosques in Indo-Pak continent. While in the city, you can also visit the Bhambore museum to catch a glimpse of a rich collection of painted pottery, ancient coins, stamps, beads and related accessories etc. The city of Bhambore is also famous for the legendary folklore of Sassi and Punnun. Back in its glory days, ‘Daybul’- the old name of Bhambore was a prosperous, modern and developed city with magnificent and grand houses and a rich cosmopolitan lifestyle. The city life displayed the perfect blend of traditional and contemporary cultures with strong administration, growing economy, trade, agricultural and arts. Amongst all this, there began the love story of Sassi and Punnun that led to a tragic end. A miserable and bare-footed Sassi tried to cross the vast desert to reach her lover Punnun in Turbat. But ofcourse, the fate conspired against them and they couldn’t unite. Their love story was narrated in detail and with all its beauty by the famous Islamic Sufi poet Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai and was published in his own magazine called ‘Shah Jo Risaloo’.

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