district, lies in foothills, comprises partly plain and partly
hilly areas. Its hot climate and other geographical conditions
closely resemble those of Jhelum and Gujrat, the adjoining districts
of Pakistan. It shares borders with Pakistan in the west, with
Kotli in the north and is bounded to district Bhimber of the
state in the northeast. The district is divided in two sub-divisions/tehsils
with total area 1010 square kilometers. According to 1998-census
total population of the district stands at 323,000, which is
estimated to be 333,000 according to projections of 1999.
is linked with the main Peshawar-Lahore Grand Trunk road at
Dina. The building of the new city in late sixties paved the
way for new Mirpur situated on the banks of Mangla lake. District
Mirpur is developing into an industrial area very rapidly. Textile,
vegetable ghee, logging and sawmills, soap, cosmetics, marble,
ready-made garments, matches, resin, turpentine and Vespa scooter
industrial units have already been established in the area.
Mangla is a small but beautiful modern town in the district
situated 16Km from Mirpur at the mouth of the Mangla Dam.
Located 8Km from Mirpur is Khari Sharif. Known for housing the
Shrine of the Sufi Saint known as Baba Pir-e-Shah Ghazi (Damrian
Wali Sarkar). The place acts as a great seat of learning for
students of Islam. Darvishs (disciples) of the Saint can be
seen today wandering in AJK and Pakistan. Also at Khari Sharif
is the Shrine of the late Mian Mohammed Baksh who wrote the
famous tale Saif-ul-Muluk.
Mangla Dam is the most famous attractive place for tourists
in Mirpur district. The construction of the Dam reservoir, which
has a perimeter of 400Km, has turned it into a place of tourist.
is located on the Mangla Dam bank. It overlooks the Mangla dam
partially. The castle serves as a historical backdrop. People
in large number visit the place, particularly in summer. A beautiful
park has been laid inside the castle, which serves as a picnic
spot for the nature lovers.
1010 square kilometers
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