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|• Total||2,640 km2 (1,020 sq mi)|
|• Density||470/km2 (1,200/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+5 (PST)|
|Website||Shikarpur Sindh www.shikarpur.tk|
Shikarpur district (Sindhi:شڪارپور) : (Urdu: ضِلع شِكارپُور), is a district in the Sindh province of Pakistan. The city of Shikarpur is the District, there are four (04) Sub-Divisions, locally called (Taluka) Lakhi Ghulam Shah, Garhi Yasin, Khanpur and Shikarpur itself. It is spread over an area of 2,512 km2 According to census 2017 total population of District Shikarpur is 1231481 . In Total population males are 634985, female are 596477 and Shemale / Transgender are 19 . Average annual growth rate is 1.78 from 1998 to 2017. The East India Company occupied Sindh in 1843; They formed three districts in Sindh administratively; 1.Hyderabad 2. Karachi 3.Shikarpur. Then the Shikarpur city was the District Headquarters till 1901 until the British Government Shifted District Headquarters to Sukkur. At that time Shikarpur had 14 talukas which covered the area of all North Sindh except Khairpur. Those days Shikarpur District had its boundaries from Kashmore to Dadu district nowadays.
As per the 1998 census of the country, Shikarpur had a population of 880,000 out of which (24%) was urban. The most common religion is Islam (98.03%) with small a population of Hindus (1.73%), which is larger in the urban areas – 4.36%. The predominant first language is Sindhi accounting for 96% of the population, followed by Urdu (1.8%) and Balochi (1%).
Shikarpur was an important place as commanding the trade route through the Bolan Pass, and its merchants have dealings with many towns in central Asia. Shikarpur was a city closed within a fort, that fort had seven gates like Hathi Gate, Lakhi Gate, Hazari gate, Khanpur Gate, Suvi Gate, Wagana Gate, Karan Gate & Noshero Gate.
Chak, Beechandi a town in taluka Lakhi has an important place in the district politically, socially and economically besides the main Shikarpur city.
The Shahi Bagh, was known for its thriving vegetation and scented flowers. Shahi Bagh had zoo with number of lions, cheetahs, bears and wild boars. These animals were later shifted to Karachi Zoo. The garden has a wooden pavilion that was designed by Perston Phel and constructed by Sir W. Merewether in September 1871. Many other public and private gardens and open spaces of Shikarpur have vanished.
The Covered Bazaar, Contemporary cities of that time - Bukhara, Samarkand, and Istanbul - had bazaars with covered streets. Shikarpur's main bazaar too was covered. The long, narrow bazaar lined with shops on both sides almost pass through the centre of the old city.
Recently some waterparks have been built around the territories of Shikarpur district, and Shikarpur has some nice restaurants to go to and have a nice dinner or lunch which are Kundan Restaurant, A.R Fast Food, and Zaiqa Restaurant; However if you're looking for refreshment you may visit Deevan Hotel which serves a tradional Shikarpuri food; Kulfi Falooda, which has been a tradional food of Shikarpur.
The traditional foods of Shikarpur are Achar(Pickle) and Kulfi Falooda. The pickle is sold by locals of Shikarpur city, The best pickle you'll find in Shikarpur is sold by locals living in Shah Hussain Mohala Shikarpur; Siddiqis are the locals who have the best pickle in Shikarpur city, the average quality pickle can be found on shops in Bazars(Markets), but for the best quality you must try Siddiqi's pickle. The Deevan Hotel sells the best Kulfi Falooda of Shikarpur, located at Lakhi Dar Shikarpur.