In this post
- Historical Bazaars
- Jadeed Bazar
- Sadar Bazar
- Qazi Bazar
- School Bazar
- Sadiq Bazar
- Railway Bazaar
- Shahi Bazaar
- Grain Market
- Real estate
Rahimyar Khan is one of the largest districts of Punjab. Its capital city is also called Rahim Yar Khan, and shares its boundary with Rajanpur and Muzaffargarh districts. Historically known as Aror or Alor, the city’s name was changed to Naushehra, before being converted to Rahim Yar Khan, a name that came from one of the relatives of Nawab of Bahawalpur. In 1905, the city came to be recognized as an urban center. In the year of 1930 Rahim Yar Khan was designated as a District Head Quarter, and by a 1930 extension, a development scheme was made under which a number of bazaars were developed in the city. These historical bazaars in Rahim Yar Khan have stood the test of time, standing firm as the city around them changes. These are, therefore, a revered treasure for explorers and tourists.
Let’s explore the city through its main urbanizing component, the bazaars.
Historical Bazaars In Rahim Yar Khan
When this city was first developed, a number of bazaars, specific for each kind of product, were established. The city’s urbanization then took place around the bazaars. In the first phase, Jadeed Bazar, Sadar Bazar, Qazi Bazar, and School Bazaar were developed. In the year 1950, Improvement Trust was created for the face-lifting of the town, under which many new schemes and two factories, now Lever Brothers were established. Similarly, new Bazaars, Sadiq Bazar, Railway Bazaar, Shahi Bazaar and Grain Market were also established, which have played a vital role in the urbanization of the city.
As the bazaars were developed, they boosted the city’s commercial activities. As employment opportunities grew, so did settlement by traders and labourers. Thus, commercial avenues led to industrial, and infrastructural development. Educational institutions were also established. Over the years, this rapid settlement and development has developed the city on the pattern we see today. Rahim Yar Khan district is divided into three main physical features: (a) Riverside area, b) canal-irrigated area, and (c) desert area which is called Cholistan.
It is a historic city with a rich and diverse cultural heritage that is celebrated by its people. Much like the age-old bazaars, the city of Rahim Yar Khan boasts of variety and colors. As much as the city has expanded and modernized over the years, the heart of the city remains in its hold historic bazaars.
Rahim Yar Khan district has a number of beautiful mosques, especially in Sadiqabad.
Different Bazaars In Rahim Yar Khan
Rahim Yar Khan’s bazaars have similar features; old colonial-style buildings with alleys and walkways, that are now decorated with neon signs and new-age brands. This presents an interesting cascading landscape of old architecture, breathing a new life with dizzying lights and fast slogans that have become the norm. However, if you take a good look at the bazaars, you’ll see the grandiose plans, details of architectural designs, and properly-planned commercial avenues that are a necessity of any city that aims to grow. Let’s explore each of these bazaars and what makes them particularly famous.
Bazaars & Their Specialty
- Jadeed Bazaar
This is a whole-sale cloth market. You’ll also find a number of traditional artefacts shops here. On any given day, a number of visitors, especially women visit this place. It has a variety of clothes, outfits, and traditional jewelry pieces that garner the attention of many. Here, Mirza Mohammd Din & Sons is a famous shop for sewing machines. It is considered to be the go-to place for tailors and brands that produce ready-to-wear clothes.
2. Sadar Bazar
In most historic cities of Pakistan, you’ll find a Sadar Bazar. Sadar Bazaars were initially developed to cater to the needs of the British Military officers. Therefore, they had shops for uniforms, shoes, stationery, books, riding, fishing, and golfing equipment, as well as mechanic shops. Rahim Yar Khan’s Sadar Bazar is no different in terms of the products that can be found here, however, over the years, this bazaar has expanded, and attracted a lot of new merchants who have set up jewelry shops, goldsmiths, school uniform shops, outlets for bedding and linens, and cafes.
People come here especially for the gold shops as a number of outlets present here present good jewelry at affordable prices.
- Qazi Bazar
This is located inside the Circular Road, which means the market assumes a circular orientation. A number of shops and eateries are located here. These include Surmawala Rahim Yar Khan, and Dawood Electronics, both of which have a variety of electronic equipment in store. This bazaar offers a number of similar electronics shops, and shops for construction materials, and of course cloth as well.
As this is a circular market, it is encapsulated by Basti Amanat Ali, Baghdad Colony, Officers Colony, Rehmat Colony and Abbasia Bungalows. There are also three government schools in close proximity to the market.
- School Bazar
This is right next to Qazi Bazar, where most of the government and private educational institutions are located. As the name suggests, this bazaar has everything for students, from uniform, to books and stationery, you’ll find everything here for students of all ages. What is particularly interesting is how all the major educational institutions are located all around this bazaar, as it serves as the focal point for all pupils. You’ll find a range of tailors here as well as opticians.
To the right is Sheikh Zayed Hospital and Medical College. Overall, this is a densely-populated and constructed bazar with a number of eateries, which again are a delight for most students.
- Sadiq Bazar
This is located right to the north of School Bazar, and is a relatively smaller bazar. It is primarily known for its supermarket of the same name, Sadiq Bazar Market which has all grocery items. Here you’ll find the main branch of MCB, and outlets of leading clothing brands.
- Railway Bazar
Located at the end of Qazi Bazar and School Bazar is Railway Station Rahim Yar Khan. Pakistan’s railway stations have always been employment generators. With people commuting to and fro from railway stations in pre-partition time, the areas around stations became commercial hotspots. Rahim Yar Khan’s Railway Bazar is no exception to this norm. Its Lunda Bazar is famous for rare varieties of shoes and bags, whereas you’ll also find mobile shops and tea stalls located in close allies.
- Shahi Bazar
Shahi Bazar is located to the left of Railway Bazar, and is a relatively smaller bazar. It is particularly known for its Mardan Shahi Dera, InshAllah Pan and Cold Center, and Al Noor Hotel and Restaurant. Quetta Dry Fruit, Mian Rice Traders, and Faaiz Confectionary Traders are among the main attractions here.
- Grain Market
As the name suggests, this is the main trading center for agricultural producers. It is located in the outskirts of the city, and is accessible through Thali Chowk Bypass Road. A number of traders have their offices here, and is the marketplace for traders to set prices and determine supply chains.
These are the main bazaars of Rahim Yar Khan, and the city has taken decades to expand around it. However, this historic city is on a path of rapid development now. In recent years, there has been an upsurge of infrastructural development in the city, here’s what you need to know.
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Urbanization & Real Estate Development
Recently, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar announced a development package of Rs 10 billion for Rahimyar Khan while funds of Rs 70 billion have been received by the World Bank for water supply schemes and provision of clean drinking water. Moreover, under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor, the Specialized Economic Zone Committee of Rahimyar Khan has allotted land and approved a planned PKR 4.5 billion investment.
But, that’s not all! Technical Associates Pakistan (Pvt.) Limited has introduced a new Etihad Garden which will be a first-of-its-kind lifestyle housing project in Rahim Yar Khan spanning over 1,780 kanals. The project features Residential and Commercial plots, and modern amenities and facilities necessary for a modern community lifestyle. Rahim Yar Khan’s most attractive and safe investment opportunity. Etihad Garden is Rahim Yar Khan’s much-needed well-planned and secured housing project. The project has been approved by all relevant authorities and offers 5-, 8-, 10-, 20-, and 30- marla residential plots, as well as commercial plots ranging from 2-8 marlas.