Mirpur Khas

Mirpur Khas literary the “land of most royal Mirs”, is an ancient and historical city of Sindh, previously used to serve as gateway to large arid, the Great Thar Desert and is today counted amongst the largest and major cities of Sindh. Albeit being amongst the larger cities of Sindh, unfortunately it doesn’t offer much to see for its visitors, except the ancestral graves of Talpur Mirs on the outskirt of the city.

Chitorri graves

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The early history of Mirpur Khas dates back to a of 4th century AD Buddhist settlement known as Kao Jo Daro. Much later, armies of Muhammad Bin Qasim settled in the area when Sindh was conquered by Muhammad Bin Qasim, and shortly following that, the city of Mirpur Khas was later founded by Mir Ali Murad Talpur in 1806. The city remained the capital of Talpur Mirs of Mirpurkhas until 1843 when Sindh was annexed to British India under East India Company. Later Sindh which included Mirpurkhas was made part of Bombay Presidency. Soon after the partition of India Pakistan, the population of city soar up because of its proximity with the Indian border, Mirpur Khas became the first city to welcome refugees from the newly found Indian nation to Pakistan and acted as a primary railway junction for the first trains to rail across the Rajistan to the Sindh.

Mirpur Khas railway station

Mirpur Khas lies 80 km east of Hyderabad can be reached both by trains and by car or bus. Buses from all major cities of Sindh can be easily available for Mirpur Khas. A ticket on air-condition bus and van from Karachi cost about ₹300 and journey may take around 3 hours.

Non-air-conditioned trains Saman Sarkar Express travel between Mirpur Khas and Hyderabad while Marvi Passenger between Mirpur Khas and border town of Khokhropar. The train passes through famous Thar Desert.

Chitorri Graveyard

One can go to different parts of the city by self driven cars, private taxis as well rickshaws both shared motorcycle type rickshaws as well typical rickshaws. Within Mirpur Khas, rickshaws of both types provide cheap and quick transportation for going from one place to another or for city tour and are perfectly fine. Taxis are generally private cars and operated by taxi companies and can be easily hailed only from the taxi stands as distinguishing between a taxi and a private car may be difficult. You can ask at a hotels to arrange a taxi as well. These taxis are usually air-conditioned, modern and clean fleet which makes them the most comfortable, luxurious way to navigate around the city of Mirpur Khas especially in the blistering hot weather of Summer.

A rickshaw can be hired for ₹1,000 to visit the Chittori, and archaeological site, both on the outskirts of the city.

Mirpur Khas museum building
  • Kahu Jo Darro. The oldest historical site in Mirpurkhas is of course Buddhist archeological site, Kahu Jo Darro. A Buddhist Stupa was excavated from this site. However, due to negligence of the government authorities, nothing interesting is left on the sites for general tourists. Archeologists and scientific investigators, however, can still find interesting remains for their research. 
  • Chitorri Graveyard Tombs (20km northeast of the city). This is historical ancestral graveyard of the Talpur Mirs, the former rulers of Mirpurkhas. Impressing tombs decorated with beautifully carved calligraphy dating back to 17th and 18th centuries have very interesting and wonderful sandstone architecture and monuments. 
  • Mirpur Khas Museum. Antiques and armoury belonging to the Talpur rulers are on display in the museum. The museum also serves as a library. 
  • Shiva Mandir. There’re few old Hindu temples in Mirpur Khas. Shiva Mandir is the oldest one among others. 

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